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A United States for nonbelievers?

JEWEL SAMAD AFP/GETTY IMAGES US President Barack Obama takes the oath of office in front of First Lady Michelle Obama … Continued

A holy impatience: Supreme Court must right a great wrong on marriage

GETTY IMAGES Same-sex marriage proponent Kat McGuckin of Oaklyn, New Jersey, holds a gay marriage pride flag while standing in … Continued

Affordable Care Act:

David Goldman AP Supporters of President Barack Obama’s health care law celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington Thursday after … Continued

Newt Gingrich’s Catholicism and his 2012 penance

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks to a cheering crowd during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Thursday … Continued

The Constitution is not an idol

In battling the right-wing argument that the framers of the Constitution never intended to separate church and state because the … Continued

Every secular vote must be counted in this election

The dramatic year 1968, when I cast my first unhappy presidential vote for Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey, was also the … Continued

Biblical religion the only–and illegitimate– basis for anti-gay laws

“Moral disapproval alone is an improper basis on which to deny rights to gay men and lesbians.” “Moral disapproval alone … Continued

Three “wise” women will change the Supreme Court

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite When Elena Kagan is confirmed by the Senate and becomes a justice of the Supreme Court, … Continued

Extra! Extra! Elena Kagan liked Thurgood Marshall

I really would like to know what Elena Kagan thinks about the separation of church and state, executive power, free … Continued

The Supreme Court vis-a-vis the Supreme Being (or not)

Q: If Elena Kagan is confirmed to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, the Supreme Court would for the first … Continued

Senator Kennedy’s Hope, and Heart for the Good Fight

“For me this is a season of hope, new hope for a justice and fair prosperity for the many, and … Continued

Can the Supreme Court Be Pure Again? (Was it Ever?)

No religion, gender or ethnicity disqualifies a person from becoming a Supreme Court justice, but how should a particular judge’s … Continued

Is She Catholic? Does It Matter?

God in Government blogger Jacqueline L. Salmon notes that the blogosophere is buzzing with speculation about Supreme Court nominee Sonia … Continued

Sotomayor Would Make It 6 Catholics on the Court

Judge Sonia Sotomayor is Catholic — not unusual for someone of Hispanic descent. Her religion also would not be unusual … Continued

What I Told Our New President and Why

I was honored to be invited to attend the National Prayer Service at the National Cathedral the day after the … Continued

Religion on Inauguration Morning ’09

“On Faith” asked for reviews of “the religious rhetoric in President Obama’s inauguration address and the inaugural prayers by Rick … Continued

Inaugural Prayers Fit America as a Civilization

1…..Should the presidential inauguration ceremony include prayers by clergy? 2…..Should President-elect Obama say “so help me God” at the end … Continued

A Transitional and Transcendent Moment

Should the presidential inauguration ceremony include prayers by clergy? Should President-elect Obama say “so help me God” at the end … Continued

Atheists Lose Inauguration Challenge

God is welcome at President-elect Barack Obama’s swearing-in. U.S. Dist. Judge Reggie B. Walton refused to grant an injunction in … Continued

Oath to God Shows Regard for Church

Did George Washington spontaneously add “So help me, God” to his conclude his inaugural oath in New York City in … Continued