Republican

Essay

Declaration of Conscience

On June 1, 1950, Margaret Chase Smith (1897-1995), a Republican Senator from Maine, delivered her “Declaration of Conscience” speech to the U.S. Senate. Though she …

By Margaret Chase Smith

Review

The Father of Modern Political Cartoons

Thomas Nast: The Father of Modern Political CartoonsBy Fiona Deans HalloranUniversity of North Carolina Press, 2012 For those of us who work on American religion …

By Leigh Eric Schmidt

The Table

What Romney Wouldn’t Say

During his long pursuit of the presidency, three M-words rarely passed Mitt Romney’s lips: Massachusetts, Mandate, and Mormonism. This first two silent M’s were, at …

By Randall Balmer

Report

Can Obama Win the Latino Protestant Vote?

After John Kerry’s loss to George W. Bush in 2004, I attended at a day-long seminar at the home of Arianna Huffington called “Rebranding the …

By Gastón Espinosa

The States Project

Nevada: A Novelist Tours a Nuclear Testing Site

A Novelist Tours a Nuclear Testing Site.

By Rachel Marston

The States Project

Colorado: A Scholar Drives Through a Swing State

A Scholar Drives Through a Swing State.

By Paul Harvey

Excerpt

My Journey Toward the “New Evangelicalism”

If you’ve never changed your mind about something, you may be dead. Spiritually, intellectually, and even politically, if new facts and realities don’t ever prompt …

By Richard Cizik

Essay

Why Mormon Men Love “Church Ball” and Are Scared of Homosexuality

Mormon men play a lot of basketball. Every Saturday morning across the country, Mormon men gather for a strange liturgy of “Church Ball” in the …

By Kristine Haglund

Profile

Mia Love: The Most Interesting Mormon Speaking at the RNC

Tonight Mia Love takes the stage at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. This speech, delivered during the much-coveted primetime television coverage, will be the …

By Max Perry Mueller

Review

Vampires, Gay Rights, and the Political Underpinnings of HBO’s True Blood

HBO’s True Blood has always been saturated with political commentary. The first episode aired in September of 2008, just months before the passage of California’s …

By Joseph Laycock

States of the Union

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

Maine

A Spiritual Frontier Opens for Business.

By Brook Wilensky-Lanford

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THE TABLE

A setting to debate the issues of the day.

Should we teach religion in public schools? And if so, how?

How Should We Teach the Bible in Public Schools?

By Mark A. Chancey

The Dangers of Religious Instruction in Public Schools

By Annie Laurie Gaylor

We Must Teach about Religion in High Schools

By Joseph Laycock

To Teach or Not to Teach?

By Cynthia N. Dunbar

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