The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday for Town of Greece vs. Galloway, a case addressing the constitutionality of sectarian prayers at a town board meeting. Experts agree that the Court will rule in favor of the public prayers, but how it decides the case could be more significant.
There were only a few elections Tuesday, but the results can say a few things about the current state of American politics. Here are five takeaways:
Some couples will pay more for health insurance if they are married under the Affordable Care Act's, or "Obamacare's," new health care insurance exchanges.
David Barton, an evangelical political activist, is reportedly considering a run against U.S. Senator John Cornyn in next year's Republican primary in Texas. Barton is known for his history books, which historians say are full of factual errors.
Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about his adopted niece and called for more intercountry adoptions of orphans around the world in a Friday video message. He did not address, though, some of the criticisms of the State Department for its role in the decline in intercountry adoptions.
The current debate over the Affordable Care Act's, or "Obamacare's," coverage mandates illustrates the differences between liberals and conservatives over the proper role of government. To demonstrate, here is a debate between a liberal Lacy and conservative Chris over the ACA's coverage mandates.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will introduce a bill in the U.S. Senate next week that would ban all abortions after the fetus is 20-weeks old.
The Affordable Care Act's, or "Obamacare's," birth control mandate "trammels the right of free exercise" of religion for an individual, a U.S. federal appeals court ruled Friday. But, the court did not rule, as other courts have in similar cases, that for-profit companies are protected by the Free Exercise clause. The decision's inconsistency with other court decisions on the birth control mandate increases the likelihood that the Supreme Court will have to weigh in on the debate.
While Christians may view themselves as simply travelers in this world, on a path to a greater destination, they should not be passive travelers, theologian Jordan Ballor says. To avoid the "twin errors of materialism and spiritualism" Christians need to mix it up with the "dirtiness" of this world, he argues in "Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (And Action)."
Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Resolution Demanding Answers From Obama About NSA's Spying on the Pope (VIDEO)
U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced a resolution Thursday calling on President Barack Obama to fully explain the National Security Agency's spying activities in relation to Pope Francis and the Vatican.
Americans who identify with the Tea Party are more likely to identify with the Christian Right than to hold views consistent with a libertarian philosophy, according to a new report by the Public Religion Research Institute.
In a new book on American evangelicals, political scientist Corwin Smidt finds that how evangelicals view the importance of tradition was the best predictor, among several alternatives, of a range of political views and actions.
Children raised by both their mom and their dad are more likely to go to college and to make more money than children raised by unwed and divorced parents, and the impact is greater among the poor.
Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion, was decided without any case record of facts or evidence. This is just one of the findings of Clarke D. Forsythe in Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade, the most thorough account of the Roe decision since the release of most of the justice's court papers for the case.
The Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," is "more than just a website," President Barack Obama recently said. True. The law is expansive, with lots of different parts. If the problems with Healthcare.gov are not fixed soon, though, the rest of the law is threatened.
Pope Francis Reminds Us We Live in an Increasingly Cold World, Catholic Theologian George Weigel Says
One of Pope Francis' messages is that the world is becoming increasingly cold, not cold in the meteorological sense, but in a relational sense, George Weigel, distinguished senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, explained in his Tuesday address to the Catholic Information Center's second annual "Blessed John Paul II Award Dinner for the New Evangelization."
Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, clarified some misleading information from a profile of him in The Wall Street Journal, and praised his predecessor, Dr. Richard Land, in a Wednesday interview with The Christian Post.
Children who are homeschooled have less body fat than children who attend schools outside the home, according to a new study published in the journal Obesity.
Where did the Common Core State Standards Initiative come from? What is the debate over Common Core really about? Some of the media coverage of these issues may lead to some misimpressions about the Common Core. Here are three common Common Core myths:
The national debt has surpassed $17 trillion, or about $53,765 for each U.S. citizen, including children. Total U.S. unfunded liabilities, what the federal government is projected to owe minus what the federal government is projected to receive in revenue, is over $126 trillion.
President Barack Obama acknowledged in a Monday speech that the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," health care insurance exchange website, healthcare.gov, has issues far more serious than a few "glitches." The ACA is not just a website, he reminded, and encouraged those seeking insurance on the exchanges to either call 1-800-318-2596, go to a community center, or mail in their application.
In a critique of certain Tea Party activists, such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Huckabee complained Saturday that Republicans who claim that those who disagree with their tactics are not devoted to conservative principles, are hurting the Republican Party. "Legalism — not liberalism is dividing the GOP," he said on Fox News' "Huckabee."
Dan Kahan, professor of law and psychology, found that those who identify with the Tea Party score higher than non-Tea Partiers on a measure of science comprehension. In a blog post, he says the results surprised him because his only impressions of Tea Partiers came from watching news coverage of the movement.
Self-described "dissident feminist" Camille Paglia recently took feminists and women's studies programs to task for failing to acknowledge biological gender differences. She also criticized the American education system for failing to recognize the unique needs of boys and girls, and suggested there could be a conservative backlash against the cultural message that gender is socially, rather than biologically, constructed.
After suffering a humiliating loss over the government shutdown, Republican politicians have now turned their sights on each other as they argue about who is at fault.