Dear Sun editors: Do you favor a state-endorsed faith or not?

Anyone who has been paying attention to American public life in recent decades knows that lots of people are getting very uncomfortable with that whole First Amendment thing. Many people are especially uncomfortable with free, even offensive speech about religion in any setting connected with government, public life, tax dollars, etc. Some even act as [Read More...]

Half-naked dancers and public prayers in Oklahoma City

“Gonna wear my Thunderwear in Times Square.” My friend Randy Roper, the preaching minister for my home congregation in Oklahoma, came up with that winning slogan in a 2009 contest sponsored by the Oklahoma City Thunder. As a result, Roper earned a free trip to New York for the NBA Draft Lottery. (That was, of course, before the Thunder [Read More...]

Grossman’s blog is back: Faith & Reason 2.0 at RNS

One of the first signs that the religion beat was in trouble at USA Today was the decision to shutter veteran scribe Cathy Grossman’s “Faith & Reason” weblog. Using a question-and-answer format — Grossman asked a news-related questions and readers would chime in — it allowed her to put quite a bit of interesting material [Read More...]

Football and prayer story: touchdown or incomplete pass?

A Washington Post sports story caught my attention with this intriguing headline: Faith and football collide on area public high school fields The 1,800-word story, published this week, starts with a revealing anecdote: Suitland football Coach Ed Shields called his team to the middle of the field after a mid-September practice and told the players the three-hour [Read More...]