Tag: Religion-State Relations

Trump’s Other Personal Lawyer: Close to the Right, but Far From Giuliani

WASHINGTON — Jay Sekulow is a real lawyer, and he plays one on TV. Mr. Sekulow, the coordinator of President Trump’s personal legal team, does not have an office in the White House. He is best known as a prodigious fund-raiser on evangelical television and a litigator for the Christian right, not for handling criminal […]

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Conservative Hypocrisy Makes Its Case at the Supreme Court

What a time to be a conservative movement lawyer. Emboldened by the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, lawyers on the right have asked the Supreme Court to push the law beyond existing boundaries on a range of issues. From immigration, abortion and the use of public funding on religious schools to gun rights and L.G.B.T. […]

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Retirement Home Told a Nun She Couldn’t Wear Religious Attire

PARIS — A Catholic nun who was told she could stay in a retirement home in France only if she stopped wearing religious clothing was wronged, French officials say, in a case that they say misinterpreted the country’s laws prohibiting religious attire in some public spaces. The nun, who is over 70 and has not […]

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Adoption Groups Could Turn Away L.G.B.T. Families Under Proposed Rule

A proposed rule by the Trump administration would allow foster care and adoption agencies to deny their services to L.G.B.T. families on faith-based grounds. The proposal would have “enormous” effects and touch the lives of a large number of people, Denise Brogan-Kator, chief policy officer at Family Equality, an advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual […]

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God Is Now Trump’s Co-Conspirator

Listening to the speech William Barr, the attorney general, gave last week at the University of Notre Dame Law School, I found myself thinking of the title of an old movie: “God Is My Co-Pilot.” What I realized is that Donald Trump’s minions have now gone that title one better: If Barr’s speech is any […]

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Why a Judge Says She Gave Amber Guyger a Bible, a Hug and Hope of Redemption

Judge Tammy Kemp is a woman of faith. For more than 25 years, she has attended the same church in Dallas, where she serves as a deaconess. She keeps a Bible in her chambers, positioned on top of her laptop to remind herself to start her day with prayer. And she believes in redemption: In […]

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Why Evangelicals Support Donald Trump

WHO IS AN EVANGELICAL?The History of a Movement in CrisisBy Thomas S. KiddTHE IMMORAL MAJORITYWhy Evangelicals Chose Political Power Over Christian ValuesBy Ben Howe How 81 percent of evangelicals could have voted for Donald Trump, given his flouting of their “traditional values,” has been a question for many Americans since 2016. Thomas S. Kidd and […]

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A Crackdown on Islam Is Spreading Across China

YINCHUAN, China — In China’s northwest, the government is stripping the most overt expressions of the Islamic faith from a picturesque valley where most residents are devout Muslims. The authorities have destroyed domes and minarets on mosques, including one in a small village near Linxia, a city known as “Little Mecca.” Similar demolitions have been […]

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Religious Crusaders at the Supreme Court’s Gates

The Supreme Court’s decision in last term’s big religion case, on the constitutionality of a Latin cross that stands 40 feet tall on public land in Bladensburg, Md., left both sides in the religion wars unsatisfied. The court’s several opinions, adding up to seven votes to keep the cross in place, disappointed the secularists who […]

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How Jewish Should the Jewish State Be? Question Shadows Israeli Vote

JERUSALEM — For years, the resentment had been building. In Israel, Jewish men and women are drafted into the military, but the ultra-Orthodox are largely exempt. Unlike other Israelis, many ultra-Orthodox receive state subsidies to study the Torah and raise large families. And in a country that calls itself home to all Jews, ultra-Orthodox rabbis […]

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Nationalists Don’t See What Is Special About Our Biblical Nation

Does the Bible make us American? On one side of this debate stand those who see America as a “Christian nation.” On the other stand those who highlight religious skepticism among the founders and insist on strict separation of church and state. A third faction has entered the fray. Drawing on recent scholarship, a provocative […]

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You Can’t Force People to Assimilate. So Why Is China at It Again?

The Chinese government’s campaign of internment in the northwestern region of Xinjiang is extraordinary, by dint of its scale — but also, its contradictions. Up to 1.5 million people from predominantly Muslim Turkic minorities — Uighurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz — have been arbitrarily detained in political re-education camps designed in part to make them renounce […]

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Supreme Court Allows 40-Foot Peace Cross Honoring War Dead on State Property

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that a 40-foot cross honoring soldiers who died in World War I could remain on state property in suburban Maryland. The cross, justices said, did not violate the First Amendment’s ban on government establishment of religion. The decision was fractured, and the seven justices in the majority […]

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