Pope Francis Comes to Washington

As recently as the 1950s, it was gospel in certain liberal circles that Catholicism was, to take a leaf from Ben Carson, “inconsistent with the …

By Leslie Woodcock Tentler


Pulling Us Back In: David Barton, Ted Cruz, and the Evangelical Grassroots

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in. Like Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part III, who thought he could squirm …

By Paul Harvey

The States Project

Louisiana: A French Teacher Lives Among the Cajuns

A French Teacher Lives Among the Cajuns.

By Max Perry Mueller


What Should Be Made of the Undercover Planned Parenthood Videos?

It is indeed terrible to watch: A doctor arrives for lunch, breezily chats about L.A. traffic, casually gives out medical advice (drink water if you …

By Laurie Zoloth


The Pope and Laudato Si’: Is the Ecology Encyclical a Moral Analysis or a Political Indictment?

U.S. politicians who happen to be Catholic in the age of Pope Francis display a knack for religious privatization that would impress even the most …

By Christiana Z. Peppard


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


Mad Men and the Enlightenment of Don Draper

The pleasures of Mad Men were many. Fans of the recently concluded AMC series about advertising in the 1960s obsessed over the meticulous detail of …

By Matthew S. Hedstrom


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


A Parade, a Boycott, and a Jewish Group’s Struggle for Acceptance

On the 11th floor of a Seventh Avenue office building in New York City, an oversized silver mezuzah hangs beside a mahogany door. The dark …

By Jas Chana


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

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