Spiritual Politics

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.

Why governments should not be deeming in-person worship essential

By Mark Silk — May 26, 2020

(RNS) — Whether congregations should be permitted to meet or not is a different question.

The perils of in-person worship

By Mark Silk — May 22, 2020

(RNS) — This week, it was reported that a couple of churches in the South had reclosed after reopening for in-person worship.

White House tells CDC to butt out of religion

By Mark Silk — May 8, 2020

(RNS) — The government is free to forbid any behavior that threatens life, but the White House disallowed even suggestions on how to avoid being infected by COVID-19.

The mythic punch of the Lincoln Project’s ‘Mourning in America’

By Mark Silk — May 6, 2020

(RNS) — In a takeoff aimed at promises to restore America, Trump becomes the Anti-Reagan.

Mayor de Blasio and ‘the Jewish community’

By Mark Silk — April 30, 2020

(RNS) — The mayor’s angry tweet raises the question of whether there actually is a Jewish community.

Why are we litigating church openings?

By Mark Silk — April 22, 2020

(RNS) — Answer: Because it’s a good culture war issue.

A new Catholic legal doctrine

By Mark Silk — April 13, 2020

(RNS) — A conservative Harvard law professor and Catholic convert proposes ditching originalism in favor of ‘common good constitutionalism.’

Elijah at the tele-seder

By Mark Silk — April 6, 2020

(RNS) — In a dark time, he promises the Messiah.

A sermon on COVID-19 and climate change

By Mark Silk — March 29, 2020

(RNS) — Could this plague we’re going through represent a divine push to address climate change?

Why some keep believing when Trumpian prophecy fails

By Mark Silk — March 23, 2020

(RNS) — Empirical evidence to the contrary doesn’t matter to true believers..

Why white evangelicals are at odds with America

By Mark Silk — March 15, 2020

(RNS) — They are increasingly losing ground to the mainstream.

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