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Cohen: Pete Buttigieg, please don’t equate religion with morality

Opinion writer Kate Cohen recently wrote on presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg in the Washington Post, noting, “Buttigieg kept calmly answering questions exactly the way I would if I were a more hopeful, smarter person, which suddenly I wanted to be. There was just one thing that bothered me: the religion.” Cohen continued, “I’m an atheist. I …

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At a National Day of Prayer speech, Trump falsely claims there was little religious freedom before his election

In his National Day of Prayer speech, President Trump focused on how much the United States has changed since his election, particularly for people of faith. The president, who won a large majority of white evangelical Christians and white Catholic voters in 2016, spoke about how difficult life had been for religious Americans before he …

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Why Is Trump Suddenly Talking About God?

Donald Trump is finding religion. Or at least, religion is finding its way into his remarks and his campaign’s rhetoric to an unprecedented extent. The president celebrated the National Day of Prayer at the White House and he said the Almighty had helped him persevere through the ordeal of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. “People …

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Buzzfeed Asked All Of The 2020 Presidential Candidates Their Thoughts On Vaccines

Measles, an extremely contagious and potentially dangerous disease, continues to spread in the US, with more than 700 cases so far this year in outbreaks that public health officials say are driven by communities refusing vaccines based on misinformation and conspiracies. Across the country, local leaders have struggled to gain the upper hand against new …

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EGAN: How to Break the Republican Lock on God

Opinion writer Timothy Egan wrote recently on the contrasting approaches leading Democrats and Republicans are taking when citing faith in their politics. “Buttigieg goes much further than mere Bible-citing,” says Egan. “He’s taking it directly to Trump and to Vice President Mike Pence, who flashes his piety like a seven-carat diamond on his pinkie finger. …

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Beinart: “Secular Democrats Are the New Normal”

Peter Beinart, Professor of journalism at the City University of New York, argues that Beto O’Rourke’s presidential-announcement video marks a paradigm shift in democratic politics, since it did not close with any mention of God. “Today’s white liberals don’t only talk about faith less than their predecessors did. They talk about it in a strikingly …

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Pete Buttigieg, Gay and Christian, Challenges Religious Right on Their Own Turf

As a religious gay man who believes his party has ceded discussion of religion and spirituality to Republicans, Pete Buttigieg, a Democratic candidate for president, is talking about God and sexuality in an unconventional way: He is using the language of faith to confront the Christian right on territory they have long claimed as their …

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Trump’s Tweet Raises Profile of Bible Literacy Classes in Public Schools

America, it seems, is at something of an inflection point when it comes to religion and public education. Public school students in Pennsylvania are challenging bans on distributing Bibles at lunch, and Catholic high schoolers in Vermont want to participate in a publicly funded dual credit program. Parents are seeking an end to rules that …

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