J. Brent Walker




Stories by J. Brent Walker

Singling out one faith affects them all

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will begin holding hearings Thursday on “the extent of … Continued

Religious exploitation should be called out

Former Arkansas governor and 2012 presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee found himself in hot water this week after he called Islam … Continued

Freedom is both a religious and secular idea

In light of the continuing political uprising throughout the Middle East, American leaders are reported to be recalculating their approach … Continued

Religious liberty good for religion & the state

In President Obama’s meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao this week, should discussion of human rights and religious freedom be … Continued

Charged rhetoric pollutes the public square

After Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric. Many singled out Sarah Palin’s … Continued

Hubris and heresy

Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty wrote Monday about the growing use of the idea of “American exceptionalism” by political … Continued

Two things the president could do

President Obama’s 10-day Asia trip includes visits to India and Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. The president chose not … Continued

Liberation theology claim really a claim of Marxism

In the wake of his weekend rally, Glenn Beck kept up the drumbeat of criticism about President Obama’s religion, calling … Continued

Protecting religious freedom for all — in word and deed

President Obama, after saying that building a mosque at Ground Zero fit our “commitment to religious freedom,” backtracked, saying he … Continued

Other issues eclipse religion as important characteristics

When Associate Justice John Paul Stevens ascended to the High Court, he was one of eight Protestants (Associate Justice William … Continued

Stevens a thoughtful, diligent jurist

At the end of this term, Justice John Paul Stevens will have served longer than any other justice, save his … Continued

Taxes shouldn’t be used to infringe on employment rights

If a church or other religious organization receives government funding to provide a secular social service, it should not discriminate … Continued

Establishment Clause applies to U.S. foreign policy

Q: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is recommending that the U.S. government develop a strategy to make religion ‘integral’ … Continued

Atheistic construct doesn’t shed any light

Q: In the Weekly Standard, University of Virginia professor James. W. Ceaser argues that President Obama’s approval ratings are suffering, … Continued

Marketplace religion peddlers can’t cry foul

Q: Is there widespread media bias against Christianity? Against evangelicals such as Brit Hume and Sarah Palin? Against public figures … Continued

Blasphemy laws: state-sponsored religion on steroids

Q: Atheists are others are protesting a new law in Ireland, under which a person can be found guilty of … Continued

Referendum strikes at the heart of Islam

Q: What’s your reaction to Sunday’s decision by voters in Switzerland to ban construction of minarets, the slender towers from … Continued

Religion irrelevant to one’s fitness to serve

Q: What is the proper role of religion — and personal religious belief — in the U.S. armed forces? Should … Continued

Holder Must Withdraw the Memo

Q: Dozens of major religious groups and denominations are urging Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. to renounce a Bush-era … Continued

Religion in Public Schools: Academic, Not Devotional

The Texas Board of Education, the nation’s second largest purchaser of public school textbooks, is revising its K-12 social studies … Continued