Backgrounder: Public Religious Displays and the
the last three decades, government displays of religious symbols have sparked
fierce battles in the courtroom and in the court of public opinion. An in-depth
legal backgrounder - part two of a series on church-state law - outlines the history of the debate and examines significant
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A Q&A explains how current religious displays law might be applied.
35th Anniversary of Ruling, Americans Still Support Death
marks the 35th anniversary of the Supreme Court's temporary
moratorium on the death penalty. While the court has changed its view of capital
punishment more than once since then, the majority of Americans have
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|June 22 - Los
Red and Blue in the
Senior Fellow John
Green's new book, The Faith
Factor, cements his position "as our pre-eminent student
of the relationship between religion and American politics."
June 28 -
The Washington Times
Bush Asks Muslims
to Hit Terror
President Bush challenged Muslim leaders to do more in
denouncing Islamist terrorism and announced that he will name a special
envoy to the world's diplomatic body of Muslim states.
|June 27 - Reuters
Conservatives Wary of Abortion View
Rudy Giuliani tiptoed around the thorny issue of abortion in a
speech to conservative Christians at Pat Robertson's Regent University.
|June 25 - The Roundtable on Religion
& Social Welfare Policy
Taxpayers May Not Challenge Promotion of Faith-Based
The nation's highest court has ruled that
taxpayers may not legally challenge federal funding of religious organizations
unless Congress has authorized the programs that provide the money.
|June 25 - The Boston
The Making of Mitt
Romney: Centered in Faith, a Family Emerges
series from The Boston Globe
examines how faith shaped the Romney family.
|June 24 - U.S. News & World
Democrats Set Their
Sights on Winning Back Catholics
Democrats are waging an offensive to
shore up what was once a bedrock constituency.
|June 24 - Chicago Tribune
Obama Tells Church Right 'Hijacked' Faith
In a speech before more than 10,000 members of his
own denomination, the United Church of Christ, Barack Obama said "so-called leaders
of the Christian right" have hijacked Jesus.
|June 24 - The Washington
Democrats Cautious on
Gay Rights Issues
While the Democratic presidential candidates remain
cautious on gay rights issues, many have taken stances that only a few years ago
would have been far out of the party's mainstream.
|June 22 - The New
Muslims' Veils Test
Veiled Muslim women are fueling a
debate about the limits of religious expression in British
|June 21 -
Embryonic Stem Cell
Research Divides States
President Bush's second veto
of a bill allowing federal funding of stem cell research puts the ethical issue
squarely in states' hands.
|June 21 - Associated
Bishops Weigh Political
Questions are building about how prominent the voices of U.S.
Catholic bishops will be in the 2008 presidential race.