National Day of Prayer on the calendar
May 3rd, 2019

The National Day of Prayer has long been celebrated by religious groups as an opportunity for Americans to unite and connect with their faith. But critics say it’s blatantly unconstitutional. Continue reading

A Bible wrapped in the American flag
April 17th, 2019

A new study shows that church leaders feel conflicted about discussing political issues from the pulpit. When it comes to exploring controversial topics, should they pipe down or speak up? Continue reading

Statue erected by the Satanic Temple
August 17th, 2018

The Satanic Temple protested a statue of the Ten Commandments outside the Arkansas State Capitol by unveiling their own monument to a popular Satanic figure. The incident infuriated Christian lawmakers, who vowed that “it will be a cold day in hell” before any Satanic statue is displayed on state property. Continue reading

Arkansas new Ten Commandments statue
April 30th, 2018

Nearly a year after the first Ten Commandments statue was toppled at the Arkansas State Capitol, a new replacement monument was installed. However, pending legal challenges from the Satanic Temple and the ACLU mean that its not guaranteed to remain standing this time, either. Continue reading

President Trump signing an executive order on religious freedom
May 4th, 2017

President Trump marked the National Day of Prayer by signing an executive order making it easier for churches to take an active role in politics. The order gives churches much wider leeway to engage in political speech and endorse specific candidates. Continue reading

A church is seeking to create its own police force.
April 14th, 2017

In an unprecedented move, the Alabama state Senate has approved a bill that would allow a Birmingham megachurch to create its own police force. These “church cops” would have the same authority and power as regular police officers, and would be permitted to carry guns. Continue reading

bible
February 29th, 2016

Republicans in Idaho are looking to use the Bible as a classroom reference tool. Senator Sheryl Nuxoll is introducing a bill that will allow public schools to refer to the Bible as a reference in a wide variety of subjects, … Continue reading

January 21st, 2016

“In God We Trust” has been inscribed on American currency since the late 1950’s when Congress passed a resolution adding it. It has appeared on all subsequent designs of both paper money and coins in the country (except for gold … Continue reading

group of young adults sitting against white backdrop
October 9th, 2012

Young Americans are turning away from organized religion more than ever, it appears, as religion becomes more intertwined with U.S. politics. Robert Putnam, a Harvard political scientist and public policy professor who has been following the trend closely, spoke on … Continue reading

February 3rd, 2012

On the same day as the Washington state senate votes on a bill to legalize gay marriage, the Florida senate was preparing to vote on a bill that would legalize prayer in public school classrooms, further illustrating the widening rift … Continue reading