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U.S. households eligible to receive SNAP benefits will receive their February disbursement ahead of schedule in late January. However, low-income families will need to submit new applications sooner too. […] Read More

In our current political era, the immigration debate has become maddeningly difficult. Immigration hardliners oversimplify the issue, but following God’s will and practicing The Golden Rule take precedence over flawed laws. […] Read More

Many persecuted and marginalized groups, including people of faith, are affected by the constitutional law of their nations. A new resource compiles what 180 nations’ constitutions say about religion, belief, faith and conscience. […] Read More

Disputes litter our lives. People backbite; politicians gaslight. Rather than hear the ugly truth, we pick up stones. In a world offering illusions at half price and selling wholesale deceptions, we must call for peace. […] Read More

Politics isn’t a zero-sum game. When political parties enter candidates for public office, more than winning or losing is at stake. In a divided electorate, the majority that won by a slim margin still must represent everyone. […] Read More

Dear Gov. Riley: Congratulations on your re-election. Your 58 percent margin is the largest since 1982, when Alabama governor races started being competitive. For my part, I’m glad you won. You have demonstrated understanding about the needs of the poor in our state and have taken significant steps to address their needs. Congratulations on your […] Read More

Two Republican governors expressed support for the teaching of neo-creationism—intelligent design—in public schools in the past two weeks. “What is wrong with teaching ‘intelligent design’ in our schools?” asked Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R.-Ky.), at the end of his state of the commonwealth address. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” />   A lay Baptist […] Read More

The “Christian Exodus” has begun, albeit slowly, with a handful of families moving to South Carolina in hopes of leading thousands of other evangelicals to relocate and establish what founders envision as a “constitutionally limited government founded upon Christian principles.” A nationwide movement started in 2003 by Californian Cory Burnell, Christian Exodus claims that Christians […] Read More

America needs a government as good as the best of the American people—the police officers, firefighters, soldiers, civic leaders and volunteers who showed courage and gave sacrificially to meet human needs in an overwhelming crisis. What America has is a badly flawed government, a government where spin counts for more than substance, where country club […] Read More

The president of the largest African-American Baptist organization called on church members to hold national leaders accountable for “preventable consequences” of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. William J. Shaw, president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., released a statement on Wednesday criticizing “troubling and troublesome injustices that seem to be taken for granted by public […] Read More