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Politics and the Globe

"The important thing is neither your nationality nor the religion you professed, but how your faith translated itself in your life." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Where we draw our political lines is often the product of deeply held beliefs. Religion, or our lack of religion, informs who we vote for, what is important to us, and how we see the world. Here at Patheos many of our writers explore these connections and reflect on how they affect politics on a global scale. Following is a selection of our newest stories in concert with a curated selection of some of the most popular stories in Politics and the Globe.


On the Campaign Trail

Michele Bachmann: Trump's New Foreign Policy Adviser

Michele Bachmann: Trump's New Foreign Policy Adviser

Michael Stone

Former Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she is now advising GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on foreign policy.

Are Trump and Clinton Equally Flawed?

Are Trump and Clinton Equally Flawed?

Jacob Lupfer

Every four years, responsible faith leaders are careful to point out the flaws in both parties.

Jill Stein: Spiritual But Not Religious

Jill Stein: Spiritual But Not Religious

Michael Stone

Stein responds to a question about her religious views by saying that she believes in something "spiritual and beyond our grasp."

Trump's Unique Threat to Mormons

Trump's Unique Threat to Mormons

Gary Ashcroft

While Mormons' opposition to Trump has garnered a great deal of media attention, little has been said about the danger the Donald poses to Mormons as a people.

The Business Crisis Trump and Clinton Are Ignoring

The Business Crisis Trump and Clinton Are Ignoring

Timothy Askew

American entrepreneurship may well be dying a slow and ignominious death ... why did both recently concluded Republican and Democratic national conventions say so little about it?

Danger Games: An Analysis of Trump's Foreign Policy Speech

Danger Games: An Analysis of Trump's Foreign Policy Speech

Alan Howard

I decided to watch and breakdown his speech, point-by-point, so we can really gain an understanding into what we may be facing with a possible Trump presidency.

Hillary Clinton Warned of Data Breach Again and Did Nothing

Hillary Clinton Warned of Data Breach Again and Did Nothing

Mark Meckler

Back in March, the FBI paid a visit to the headquarters of the Hillary Clinton campaign to warn it was a target of a cyberattack.

A Nation of

A Nation of "Second Amendment People"

Lindsey Paris-Lopez

The violent rhetoric is wrapped in a reprehensible reality.

Assange Suggests Murdered DNC Staffer Was Wikileaks Source

Assange Suggests Murdered DNC Staffer Was Wikileaks Source

Nancy French

Assange said he wouldn’t reveal his sources but that he was “concerned about” and “investigating” the staffer’s death.

Can Hillary Clinton Woo Utah Republicans Who Hate Trump?

Can Hillary Clinton Woo Utah Republicans Who Hate Trump?

Jacob Lupfer

The story broke this morning, but Hillary Clinton's op-ed is now live on the Deseret News (Salt Lake City) website.

Controversy Over France's Burkini Ban

Banning Burkinis Won't Stop Muslim Integration

Banning Burkinis Won't Stop Muslim Integration

Hind Makki

When I think of my burkini, I don't ponder what it means for democracy, secularism, and religious diversity. I think of access.

Burkini Bans are Anti-Catholic

Burkini Bans are Anti-Catholic

Chase Padusniak

In short, supporting the ban, for Catholics of all stripes, makes very little sense.

"Burkini" Bans Shut Women Out of Public Space

Libby Anne

We can promote body positivity and work to break down the troubling ideas that undergird oppressive dress codes wherever they occur, but banning women from wearing specific clothing is not going to work.

France: Burkini Bans Spark Debate

France: Burkini Bans Spark Debate

Michael Stone

Several cities in France have banned the burkini, citing security concerns, public hygiene, and the belief that the body-encompassing burkini swimsuit subjugates women and is incompatible with secular values.

Most Recent Stories

Obama Announces Plan to End Private For-Profit Prisons

Obama Announces Plan to End Private For-Profit Prisons

Matthew Facciani

The Obama administration announced that they aim to phase out private prison use and ultimately end the country's use of them entirely.

Should We Give Up on Aleppo?

Should We Give Up on Aleppo?

Jane the Actuary

Assad is not a good guy. He repressed his people. But is the continued suffering and loss of life worth the effort to dislodge him?

Why We Shouldn't Want Manufacturing Jobs Back

Why We Shouldn't Want Manufacturing Jobs Back

Adam Lee

Most old-school manufacturing jobs were dirty, arduous, dangerous, low-paid, and often all four.

South Louisiana's Great Flood of 2016

South Louisiana's Great Flood of 2016

Matt Lafleur

God is either assuredly present or obviously absent to people in times like these.

Scotland's Jews and Their Gaza Concerns

Scotland's Jews and Their Gaza Concerns

Robert A. H. Cohen

When it comes to antisemitism and the impact of Israel-Palestine on our daily lives, the Jewish community in the UK asks the wrong questions.

Buddha Tattoos Are Taboo

Buddha Tattoos Are Taboo

Justin Whitaker

Tourists have been deported from some Asian countries for publicly displaying tattoos of Buddha.

Tibetan Nun Commits Suicide As China Destroys City

Tibetan Nun Commits Suicide As China Destroys City

Justin Whitaker

Chinese authorities are destroying Larung Gar, a vast monastic city in eastern Tibet (in China's Sichuan Province).

The War on Terror: Causing More Terror

The War on Terror: Causing More Terror

Qasim Rashid

As many continue to investigate and expound upon reasons why they think Muslims join ISIS or other terrorist organizations, one thing is for sure: dead civilians do not help the cause.

Beyond Science: Why I Left the Green Party

Beyond Science: Why I Left the Green Party

Dan Arel

While it was the anti-vaccine pandering, and the GMO fear mongering that pushed me over the edge, the truth is, the momentum to leave had already been set in motion.

In Democratic Baltimore, Black Lives Don't Matter

In Democratic Baltimore, Black Lives Don't Matter

Tom Swiss

After three acquittals and one hung jury, all remaining charges against the six Baltimore police officers who killed Freddie Gray have been dropped.

Most Popular Stories

5 Things Christians Can Tell Their Kids about Politics

5 Things Christians Can Tell Their Kids about Politics

Stephen Mattson

There are few greater opportunities for parents to express the importance of faith than within the midst of a national election.

Who Is Hillary Clinton to Me, Personally

Who Is Hillary Clinton to Me, Personally

Kaveh Mousavi

I'm really tired of reading on the internet and hearing on the podcast that people don't know "who Hillary Clinton really is."

Welcoming the So-Called

Welcoming the So-Called "Bad Muslims"

Ali Asadullah

The lack of inclusion within our communities is one of the reasons parents and community members sometimes miss the process of radicalization.

A Good Man Justifies a Wicked Deed: Grudem on Trump

A Good Man Justifies a Wicked Deed: Grudem on Trump

John Mark N. Reynolds

Professor Grudem, has made his views known: he asserts a good man can vote for Donald Trump and, in fact, probably should.

Another Respected Evangelical Defects to Trump

Another Respected Evangelical Defects to Trump

Jacob Lupfer

A Harvard-educated evangelical professor of Christian ethics argues that voting for Trump is a morally good choice.

Why Doesn't Hillary Triangulate?

Why Doesn't Hillary Triangulate?

Jane the Actuary

Three choices. She doesn't want to. She doesn't need to. She isn't able to.

Was the Failed Coup in Turkey a Reichstag Fire?

Was the Failed Coup in Turkey a Reichstag Fire?

Jane the Actuary

Erdogan is following a Putinesque model, maintaining the appearance of democracy while installing himself as an ever-more authoritarian ruler.

Bernie Calls for Clinton's Nomination by Voice Vote

Bernie Calls for Clinton's Nomination by Voice Vote

JT Eberhard

This right here makes me damn proud I supported Bernie. He's a class act and he gets it.

Why I Think Hillary Clinton Will Be Our Next President

Why I Think Hillary Clinton Will Be Our Next President

Neil Carter

People need to take a deep breath and back away from their newsfeeds for a second to realize a number of things.

The UK Body Politic: Internal or International Politics?

The UK Body Politic: Internal or International Politics?

Alan Duval

Minorities are getting a disproportionate amount of the blame for Remain sentiment.