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Spiritual Politics

The Trumpian breach of faith

By Mark Silk — November 4, 2020

(RNS) — Imagining what Theodore H. White would have made of the making of the president 2020.

The nondenominational Donald

By Mark Silk — October 28, 2020

(RNS) — The president discovers that his Presbyterianism was so 20th century.

Jewish voters edge further away from Trump

By Mark Silk — October 22, 2020

(RNS) — Republican politicians — Trump above all — have failed to grasp that Israel policy has never had much impact on the voting behavior of American Jews.

White Catholics could be key to a Biden victory

By Mark Silk — October 11, 2020

(RNS) — For Biden, the swing shown in a new poll has everything to do with reconstructing the ‘blue wall’ that collapsed in 2016.

Trump in the belly of the whale

By Mark Silk — October 4, 2020

(RNS) — Will President Trump’s hospital stay change his approach to COVID-19?

Playing the anti-Catholic card in the Barrett nomination

By Mark Silk — September 27, 2020

(RNS) — Anti-Catholicism in American politics used to be all about Protestants against Catholics. These days, the Catholic right is crying foul, and their opponent is often other Catholic politicians and the pope himself.

With Ginsburg’s seat open, abortion moves to the center of the 2020 election

By Mark Silk — September 19, 2020

(RNS) — For both candidates, it’s an issue that they’d prefer not to deal with.

John MacArthur’s COVID-disbelieving church loses round 1

By Mark Silk — September 14, 2020

(RNS) — More interesting than the open-and-shut legal case, however, is MacArthur’s own position in the evangelical world and his stance on church-state issues.

How will Joe Biden deal with the abortion question?

By Mark Silk — September 4, 2020

(RNS) — For the duration of the Democratic primary season, the abortion issue was off the table. Now that the general election is here, there’s something to talk about.

Joe Biden’s Pauline acceptance speech draws on hope, light and love

By Mark Silk — August 21, 2020

It was all about love and light versus darkness.

Trump’s campaign aims at consolidating his Judeo-Christian base

By Mark Silk — August 18, 2020

(RNS) — His numbers are up from 2016 among Jews, Latino Catholics and Mormons, but in some quarters there’s a definite lack of enthusiasm.

Trump’s 2020 religious attack on Biden harks back to 1800

By Mark Silk — August 11, 2020

(RNS) — Then too, a Democrat was charged with being godless.

Mike Pompeo claims the Judeo-Christian tradition for his agenda — a tradition in itself

By Mark Silk — August 5, 2020

(RNS) — Just because it’s been embraced by the religious right doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

The war over in-person church continues

By Mark Silk — July 28, 2020

(RNS) — In the court’s latest church reopening case, the culture warriors suffer a setback.

Pompeo’s rights commission delivers an implicit critique of Trump

By Mark Silk — July 17, 2020

(RNS) — A report with a more expansive of human rights than the secretary of state — or his boss — may have anticipated.

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