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Spiritual Politics

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.

Trump’s limp response to Uighur persecution

By Mark Silk — July 14, 2020

(RNS) — The greatest abuse of religious liberty in the world today should incur a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

Religious exceptionalism gains ground at the Supreme Court

By Mark Silk — July 9, 2020

(RNS) — But significant questions remain.

The Supreme Court expands the scope of religious free exercise

By Mark Silk — June 30, 2020

(RNS) — And Clarence Thomas gets some company.

Measuring the religious significance of the Supreme Court’s LGBT decision

By Mark Silk — June 15, 2020

(RNS) — Dashing the hopes of social conservatives, two justices President Trump nominated to the Court took a relaxed view of the religious implications of expanding LGBTQ rights.

Justice Roberts swings away from unfettered religious liberty on church openings

By Mark Silk — June 8, 2020

(RNS) — Kavanaugh’s dissent, on the other hand, is a good example of the spiritual libertarianism rampant on the right.

Trump makes Nixon look good

By Mark Silk — June 2, 2020

(RNS) — A tale of two presidential ventures out of a White House under siege.

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