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Water initiatives get congregations to pledge to conserve

RNS () — At an interfaith summer camp in northern New Jersey, two dozen children explored a swamp to learn … Continued

Vatican pulls support for seminarians’ soccer league

VATICAN CITY — A Vatican department has withdrawn its support from a soccer tournament that pits teams from Rome’s seminaries … Continued

Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition: Five Republicans fight for the faith(ful) in Iowa

The 2012 Republican Presidential race for conservative Christian hearts and minds and votes got off to an unbelievable start yesterday–really, … Continued

Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition: Five Republicans fight for the faith(ful) in Iowa

By Jacques Berlinerblau The 2012 Republican Presidential race for conservative Christian hearts and minds and votes got off to an … Continued

We are blessed to be in America

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

Converting to Islam today

By Alison Lake This essay is the second in a series about religious conversion. Click here to read Alison’s first … Continued

Defacing the Pledge of Allegiance (again?)

By David Waters Vandals inserted the words “Under God” into the original phrase from the Pledge of Allegiance — “One … Continued

Profaning creation

Q: The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a widening environmental, economic and political crisis. Is it … Continued

Final exam for American history textbooks in Texas

By David Waters The Texas Board of Education is considering today a number of final revisions to its new social … Continued

Holy wars and weapons

JUST LAW AND RELIGION Michael Kessler As ABC News first reported, Trijicon, a Michigan company, has been supplying rifle scopes … Continued

Stupidity — not hate — in S.C. GOP

Two South Carolina Republican officials have apologized for defending U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint by likening him to Jews who “take … Continued

Religion in American History, but in Public School Textbooks?

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

Factors inform but shouldn’t determine decisions

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

The Burqa in France: Freedom For Whom?

President Obama recently criticized a French law that prohibits Muslim girls and women from wearing body- and face-covering garments in … Continued

Southern Baptists Praise Obama, then Condemn His Views, Policies

By David Waters Southern Baptists honored the historic election of President Obama and praised his dedication to his family, but … Continued

A Post-Obama Kwanzaa

When Dr. Maulana Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966, he aimed to knit together black communities tattered by racial injustice and … Continued

Abortion: Single-Issue Voting is Immoral

John McCain and Sarah Palin say it’s time to overthrow Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized … Continued

Memo To Politicians: Let Jesus Rest In Peace

Oh no! Not On Faith too! These questions about what Candidate Jesus might stand for have no business in our … Continued

Faith and Reason — Compatible and Constitutional

If Governor Huckabee meant this the way it sounds, I would not agree with him. But I don’t think he … Continued

Holy Huckabee

Huckabee’s call to somehow reconcile the U.S. Constitution with God’s standards presents a provocative proposition that very well may redefine … Continued