"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.
Former Republican congresswoman Michele Bachmann says she is now advising GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on foreign policy.
Every four years, responsible faith leaders are careful to point out the flaws in both parties.
Stein responds to a question about her religious views by saying that she believes in something "spiritual and beyond our grasp."
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.
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?
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.
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.
The violent rhetoric is wrapped in a reprehensible reality.
Assange said he wouldn’t reveal his sources but that he was “concerned about” and “investigating” the staffer’s death.
The story broke this morning, but Hillary Clinton's op-ed is now live on the Deseret News (Salt Lake City) website.
When I think of my burkini, I don't ponder what it means for democracy, secularism, and religious diversity. I think of access.
In short, supporting the ban, for Catholics of all stripes, makes very little sense.
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.
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.
The Obama administration announced that they aim to phase out private prison use and ultimately end the country's use of them entirely.
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?
Most old-school manufacturing jobs were dirty, arduous, dangerous, low-paid, and often all four.
God is either assuredly present or obviously absent to people in times like these.
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.
Tourists have been deported from some Asian countries for publicly displaying tattoos of Buddha.
Chinese authorities are destroying Larung Gar, a vast monastic city in eastern Tibet (in China's Sichuan Province).
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.
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.
After three acquittals and one hung jury, all remaining charges against the six Baltimore police officers who killed Freddie Gray have been dropped.
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There are few greater opportunities for parents to express the importance of faith than within the midst of a national election.
I'm really tired of reading on the internet and hearing on the podcast that people don't know "who Hillary Clinton really is."
The lack of inclusion within our communities is one of the reasons parents and community members sometimes miss the process of radicalization.
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.
A Harvard-educated evangelical professor of Christian ethics argues that voting for Trump is a morally good choice.
Jane the Actuary
Three choices. She doesn't want to. She doesn't need to. She isn't able to.
Jane the Actuary
Erdogan is following a Putinesque model, maintaining the appearance of democracy while installing himself as an ever-more authoritarian ruler.
This right here makes me damn proud I supported Bernie. He's a class act and he gets it.
People need to take a deep breath and back away from their newsfeeds for a second to realize a number of things.
Minorities are getting a disproportionate amount of the blame for Remain sentiment.