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Christian scholars are exploring what is appropriate religious expression in a diverse society. Read more»

Senator Mike Lee of Utah speaking on March 6th at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

When people tell stories rooted in fantasy, they’re called fairy tales. Such was the case last fall when Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) spoke at an anti-poverty forum at the Heritage Foundation. His remarks spun a mythical tale of our nation’s past, when kind, hard-working men and women helped their neighbors and didn’t need the big, bad government. According to Sen. Lee, a free-market economy and a volunteer society were all we needed to thrive. These two magical ingredients supposedly spurred “millions of ordinary Americans to make our economy very wealthy and our society truly rich.” Read more»

A page from the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General's response to a FOIA request from the Center for American Progress for records of complaints and/or investigations involving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender detainees in ICE facilities from fiscal year 2008 to present.

One of the saddest and most damaging consequences of the Religious Right’s grip on partisan power over the past three decades has been the tarnishing of Christianity. Change happens when there is a shift in the wind—when collective urges and values find public expression and action. Pope Francis is one of the expressions of this change. In office less than a year, he has urged the church to be more compassionate and welcoming. Read more»

Muslim Woman and Child - Jackson Heights New York

When people are forced to choose between protecting their safety and guarding their civil rights, almost everyone picks safety. After all, what good are rights if you’re injured or dead? Read more»

If ever there were a dream team lineup, it’s the large and dazzling array of those who support immigration reform. Read more»

Sequestration protest

It’s Day 90 of sequestration—the across-the-board spending cuts that went into effect March 1, which the Obama administration predicted would be devastating and conservatives insisted wouldn’t be so bad. Three months in, it’s worth asking how harmful the phased-in cuts have been—although that depends on whom you ask. Read more»

As we approach the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Tuesday, it may be surprising for some to find out that in the years before the Supreme Court legalized abortion in its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, clergy were among the staunchest supporters of women seeking an abortion. Read more»

Two days after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the Very Rev. Gary Hall climbed into the stone pulpit at Washington, D.C.’s National Cathedral and delivered a fierce sermon that grabbed headlines across the country. Read more»

'For all those who hurt because of others.'

It feels wrong to speak of children in the past tense. Their lives are just unfolding, with so many years ahead. But the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last Friday stopped short the lives of 20 young children, erasing their future, breaking the natural order of birth and death—and breaking the hearts of their families and community. Read more»

An interview with scholar Joanna Brooks about the Mormon faith and politics, political coverage of religion, history of the LDS Church, and the progressive Mormon tradition. Read more»

Sen.-elect Rand Paul (R-KY), above on election night, believes the government should intervene when it comes to pregnant women—forcing them to continue their pregnancy, even in cases of incest or rape. In fact, by the latest count, the midterm elections brought 44 more antiabortion votes to the House and six more votes to Senate.

Now that the midterm elections are over and a sizable number of conservatives have won office based on promises to shrink the government, you might think that economic issues have trumped social-cultural issues in the public mind. Not so fast. Read more»

Obama on Election Night, 2008.

Here's a new item to add to the growing list of fake facts dominating the news over the past year. Already on the list are death panels, a foreign-born president, the hoax of global warming, and rampant discrimination against white people. Now we can add a new fake fact: President Obama is a Muslim. Read more»