Politics & Economics

The US Supreme Court's decision on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby announced on Monday produced predictable joy and angst from those on the political poles, but I must confess to some surprise at how many seem either surprised at the result or find the decision somehow...

[caption id="attachment_2865" align="alignright" width="235"] Roberts served as the swing vote in this case, much to the chagrin of conservatives.[/caption] In a decision that some will see as shocking and others see as obvious, the US Supreme Court has ruled the health insurance mandate (and most of...

This week's NPR Religion Podcast featured a piece from "All Things Considered" looking into the debates in Denmark relating to Muslim immigration and religious tolerance. Especially interesting was the observation about changing attitudes to multiculturalism in Europe: The very concept of multiculturalism is now being called...

I wonder how much the AP paid these songbirds to leak these details. Adding exclusive new details to the account of the assault on bin Laden’s hideout, officials described just how the SEAL raiders loudly ditched a foundering helicopter right outside bin Laden’s door,...

[caption id="attachment_2366" align="alignright" width="198" caption="Vote Quimby!"][/caption] LZ Granderson has put forward quite a provocative proposal: before anyone can register to vote, they should be required to take and pass a test modeled off of the citizenship test required of immigrants. He roots this in the (true)...

It occurred to me in the process of thinking about the similarities between much of the rhetoric used by those screaming about anthropogenic climate change and "rapture watchers" that the very fact that their rhetoric is so simple is one reason that climate change arguments...

My recent series "A Civil War Between the Church and the Gay Community?" (Part One, Two, and Three) has involved a discussion of the church's relationship to the state, with some special attention paid to the current debates over homosexuality and marriage. During that discussion,...

[caption id="attachment_2126" align="alignright" width="300"] No war is ever civil.[/caption] In Part One, we looked at how Washington, DC, pastor Anthony Evans' declaration that the Supreme Court's refusal to hear a case challenging the DC gay marriage law has set up a "civil war between the church...