Law & Order

Report

The Rise of Christian Conservative Legal Organizations

Two years ago, a longtime customer walked into Barronelle Stutzman’s flower shop with a request: the customer—who is gay—asked Stutzman to provide flowers for his …

By Daniel Bennett

Report

Will Same-Sex Marriage Split the United Methodist Church?

This month the Supreme Court will decide whether or not to make same-sex marriage legal in the United States. While the courts and lawmakers have …

By Shannon Craig Straw

Report

The Perilous Journeys of Syria’s Refugees

In August, Ahmad* calls from Greece. He got himself there from Turkey in a bilim after the smuggler took off. “What’s a bilim?” I ask. …

By Jennifer MacKenzie

Excerpt

The Past Imperfect of Barack Obama

Speaking at the ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery marches last month, President Obama posed a question that captured why many …

By Peter Manseau

Essay

What Can Be Done about Segregation in Churches?

In the wake of police violence that led to the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, and the protests that followed, religious leaders are …

By Gene Zubovich

Interview

Why Law Professor Douglas Laycock Supports Same-Sex Marriage and Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law

Last week, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law SB101, the state’s religious freedom bill, which prompted a sharp and vocal backlash. Critics say the …

By The Editors

Interview

America’s Broken Politics: A Conversation with Senators Joe Lieberman and John C. Danforth

Almost everyone across the liberal to conservative spectrum seems to agree that American politics is deeply damaged. It often feels as if nothing gets done …

By The Editors

Essay

State Legislatures Pit Religious Freedom Against Civil Rights

The debate over last summer’s Hobby Lobby decision has a new source for conflict: state legislatures. The Supreme Court decision, which expanded corporate religious liberty, …

By Sarah Barringer Gordon and Nomi Stolzenberg

Essay

God in the Machine: The Role of Religion in Net Neutrality Debates

The public movement to protect a free and open Internet is approaching a critical moment this week: on February 26, the Federal Communications Commission will …

By Emily Baxter and Aseem Mehta

Essay

The Troubling Push to Deregulate Homeschooling

When my mother pulled me out of kindergarten to homeschool, it wasn’t a religious choice. We were an average Christian family, casually attending a non-denominational …

By Caitlin G. Townsend

States of the Union

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

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An Atheist Finds (Some) Reasons to Believe in Her Old Church.

By Sarah Stankorb

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