Posts Tagged: church/state

“Values Voters” vs. Voting with Values



When we stepped into the election booths on Tuesday (or mailed in our ballots anti-climactically two weeks ago), we were finally alone—there was blissful silence from the seemingly never-ending campaign commercials, a lack of fliers and posters and bumper stickers, no friends telling us which way to vote, and no camera phones posting our opinions […]

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Americans Comfortable with Presidential Expressions of Faith



Religion and politics go hand in hand in American life. The relationship between the government and religion were of such importance and concern that our founders thought it necessary to write the Free Exercise and Establishment Clauses into the First Amendment. But while the relationship between the government as a whole and religious entities has […]

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Building Bridges – One Joke at a Time



by Steven Beck I have been on dozens of Freedom Rides in the year I have been working at IRAC. Recently, while taking a journalist on just such a ride, I realized I might have been on a few too many. I am starting to be recognized by Haredi men who ride the line regularly. […]

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Near D.C.? Join Us to Learn About Role of Religious Law in America



Over the last several years, there has been a barrage of legislation introduced at the state level under the guise of “protecting” secular law from religious influence. But in reality, many of these initiatives are obviously or surreptitiously targeting American Muslims. The rhetoric that has emerged out of these legislative campaigns has too often been […]

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Stop Hotel Discrimination!



If any of you have ever made a hotel reservation online, you know how important the rating system can be. If you are going someplace new and you have no first-hand recommendations to help you, seeing how many stars other guests have given a hotel is often all you have to inform your decision. The […]

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Update: Faith in the Election



In October of last year, Rabbi Saperstein, the Director of the RAC and an expert on church-state law, and Oliver Thomas, a noted First Amendment scholar and lawyer, partnered to lay out five rules candidates and the public should follow concerning faith in the upcoming election. The op-ed does not seek to remove religion from […]

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Americans Disagree on Beginnings of Human Existence



Even as technology and science have advanced in the past 30 years, the percentage of Americans who believe solely in the Divine creation of humankind has remained unchanged. In 1982, the first year the Gallup poll asked this question, 44% of Americans answered that humans were created solely by God. A recently published poll from […]

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Rabbi Eric Yoffie

Why Obama and Romney Should Share Their Religious Beliefs



It is not likely that either President Obama or Gov. Romney will say much about their religious beliefs during the upcoming election campaign, and this is unfortunate. If they were to do so, it would be good for them and good for the American people. America is by far the most religious of the western, […]

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Too Much Faith in Public Life?



Across the nation, the role that religion and personal faith play in America’s history and in our elections has become front-page news.  A new report from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life found that over a third of Americans (38%) think there has been too much expression of religious faith and prayer from […]

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