John F. Kennedy


When Was the Last Time a Rabbi Prayed at a Presidential Inauguration?

  Last week, President Obama’s inaugural committee caused quite a stir after it announced who would be praying during the president’s second inauguration. Myrlie Evers-Williams, …

By Rachel Gordan


A Moral Guide to Obama’s Foreign Policy

Three years ago today, President Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize. The awkward contexts of 2009 that accompanied, if not overshadowed, the award and his …

By John D. Carlson

Editor’s Note

When Church and State Collide: The Supreme Court Goes to Mass

Any reader of U.S. history knows that religion and politics have mixed in a multitude of ways from the time of the nation’s founding. Motivated …

By Marie Griffith


The Anniversary of Kennedy’s Landmark Speech on Religion

On September 12, 1960, John F. Kennedy gave his now-famous speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. In front of the Protestant ministers in attendance …

By The Editors

States of the Union

Writers tell us stories about where they discovered religion and politics in their states.


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