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Coming to the Supreme Court: the politics of public prayer

The constitutionality of legislative prayers returns to the Supreme Court after 30 years.

The power of prayer?

AP Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters about the fiscal cliff negotiations at the Capitol in … Continued

Does God hear our cries?

GETTY IMAGES People climb down a destroyed section of boardwalk after checking the storm’s approach as a nor’Easter arrives in … Continued

Catholic priest suggests Satan made James Holmes a killer

A Catholic priest has suggested that Satan may have driven accused killer James Holmes to open fire at a Colorado … Continued

Debate reignites over religion at Air Force Academy

The long-smoldering debate at the U.S. Air Force Academy over the role of religion in cadets’ lives has reignited, just … Continued

What Perry gets wrong about religion in America

GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry talks about his faith and America in a new political ad Rick Perry would be … Continued

In GOP race, public prayers seem more political than personal

Among the Republican candidates running for president in 2012, there’s been a whole lot of praying in public. Months before … Continued

A prayer for 9/11

Mark Lennihan AP World Trade Center construction workers hold hands during a prayer at a ceremony for the September 11 … Continued

Creeping theocracy

Governor Rick Perry’s national prayer event actually teaches a valuable lesson about the dangers of becoming a theocracy.

A fundamental human right

2011 began with some bleak news for Muslim-Christian relations around the world.Recent attacks against churches in Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt … Continued

Christmas skirmishes and the war for American history

By David French This article is part of a series for the Patheos Holiday Monitor, which tracks the War on … Continued

Call it karma

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

Christine O’Donnell: ‘Separation of church and state’ not in First Amendment

By Elizabeth Tenety Delaware Senate candidates Chris Coons (D) and Christine O’Donnell (R) met again Tuesday at Widener University’s School … Continued

Happy National Day of Prayer?

Prayer is good. But perhaps I should qualify that observation by admitting that I am not taking a position on … Continued

Pray in Jesus’ name? OK

Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell restored the right of Christian chaplains serving the State Police to pray in the name of … Continued

We the people at prayer

By Carol and Philip Zaleskireligion teachers, authors Prayer is everywhere: on the battlefield, in the birthing room, on the deathbed, … Continued

Why is the Army hosting a prayer event?

Q: Did the Pentagon do the right thing by disinviting evangelist Franklin Graham from a National Day of Prayer event … Continued

Maybe not unconstitutional, but pointless

Q: Did the Pentagon do the right thing by disinviting evangelist Franklin Graham from a National Day of Prayer event … Continued

Faith groups urge National Day of Prayer and Reflection

Two religious groups are calling on President Obama to declare an Inclusive Day of Prayer and Reflection, in response to … Continued

National Day of Prayer ruled unconstitutional

A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled Thursday that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. National Day of Prayer “goes … Continued