Discussion: Evangelicals and the Public Square
Michael Lindsay and journalist Hanna Rosin discuss the present and future of a
religious, political and cultural movement that is reshaping American life. Lindsay
is the author of Faith in the Halls of Power: How Evangelicals Joined
the American Elite. Rosin authored God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to
Save America. Pew Forum Senior Fellow John Green moderates.
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A Delicate Balance: The Free Exercise Clause
Legal Backgrounder: The Free Exercise Clause and the Supreme Court
The First Amendment guarantees that the federal government will respect the "free exercise" of religion. But the meaning of "free exercise" has been a subject of debate. At the heart of the dispute is a basic question: Do sincerely held religious beliefs exempt individuals or groups from certain laws?
The third in a series of essays on religion and the courts, this legal backgrounder details the history of the free exercise debate.
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Q&A: The Free Exercise Clause and the Parameters of Religious Liberty
A military chaplain who believes he should only offer prayers "in the name of Jesus" is asked to pray at an official military function without using "sectarian" language. Does that violate his free exercise rights? In a Q&A, law professor Robert W. Tuttle answers this and other hypothetical questions about the application of the Free Exercise Clause.
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Candidate Profile: Alan Keyes
former assistant secretary of state and a seasoned campaigner, Alan Keyes has
joined a crowded GOP presidential field. Read his religious biography and compare
where he and other candidates stand on 12 key issues at Religion & Politics '08.
the Keyes profile
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Oct. 23 - The Washington Times
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Cardinal Pick Shows
Pew Forum Director Luis Lugo
notes that one-third of America's 67 million Catholics are Hispanic, a fact not
lost on the Vatican as it selected a new U.S. cardinal.
|Oct. 23 - The New York Sun
the Catholic Vote
In an election where most of the attention has been on the evangelical
vote, the group that could help determine the result in the general contest is
|Oct. 23 - Religion News Service
Ron Paul's Pastor Brother Keeps Eye on Race
David Paul, the assistant pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., never was much for politics. This year, however, he feels as if he has
a ringside seat.
|Oct. 22 - Religion
Split Over Issues as They Are on Candidates
Evangelicals are looking for a candidate who can win the
White House, but disagree as to which issues will move voters out of the pews
and into the polls.
|Oct. 22 - The
Iranian Jews to Israel
Evangelical Christians in the U.S.
have helped convince dozens of Iranian Jews to move to Israel in recent months, offering cash
incentives and claiming that Iran's
tiny Jewish community is in grave danger.
|Oct. 21 - The New York Times
the Religious Left
Those who would make the religious left a political force are rediscovering the
writings of Walter Rauschenbusch, the leader of the Social Gospel movement of
the early 20th century.
|Oct. 20 - The Politico
Poll Finds Thompson
Appeals to GOP Churchgoers
New polling suggests that Fred Thompson is winning over a
critical segment of the Republican coalition.
|Oct. 20 - The Columbus
Muslims' Dowry Not
Binding, Judge Says
An Ohio court ruled that a Muslim dowry arrangement is a
religious agreement, not a legal contract.
|Oct. 20 - The New York Times
Find a Way to Reach the Religious
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean gets surprised looks when he
points out that his chief of staff is a pentecostal minister.
|Oct. 19 - CNN
Backs Out of GOP Presidential Race
Sam Brownback had hoped to make himself the choice of
religious conservatives, but, citing fundraising woes, the Kansas senator has pulled out of the GOP
|Oct. 19 - The Washington
State Dept. Urged
to Shut Saudi School in Fairfax
A federal panel urged the State Department to shut down a
Saudi government-supported private school in Northern
Virginia unless it can prove it is not teaching religious intolerance.
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