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Requiem for Rick in Wisconsin

The dirty little secret of Rick Santorum's 42-38 loss to Mitt Romney in Wisconsin's open primary yesterday is that it would have been a lot worse for him if a bunch of Democrats and Independents hadn't shown up to make mischief. The Dems, at 11 percent of the turnout, voted nearly 2-1 fo...
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Romney’s faith: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

So Mitt Romney's taking questions from a crowd in Howard, Wisc., and this Ron Paul supporter manages to get the mic and raise the issue of racism in Mormonism by pointing to Moses 7:8 ("there was a blackness came upon all the children of Canaan, that they were despised among all people")...
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What’s Up with the Haggadah?

Yesterday, the novelist Jonathan Safran Foer concluded his New York Times op-ed on why he spent the last few years working on a new Passover Haggadah by telling how his six-year-old son, after hearing about the death of Moses from a children's book of Bible stories, burst into tears. ...
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Dalai Lama gets Templeton Prize

I'm as much of a fan of the Dalai Lama as the next guy--well, more than the guys who run China--but His Holiness' award of the 2012 Templeton Prize does set me to wondering what the folks at the Templeton Foundation are thinking when they seek out individuals to give $1.7 of their eponym...
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Religion in the News

On-line as well as hot off the press is the latest edition of Religion in the News, the semi-annual magazine that we've been publishing at the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life for the past 14 years. Here's a roundup of the contents, with links. After...
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War on Catholics

At the sexual abuse trial in Philadelphia yesterday, counsel for the defense contended that Msgr. William J. Lynn, whose job it was to oversee the archdiocese's 800 priests, should not be held responsible for covering up abuse cases because his boss, the late Anthony Bevilacqua, was the...
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HHS-USCCB Establishment Clause violation

Think of the Obama Administration's alleged "war on religion" as a three-legged stool. One leg is Hosanna Tabor, the case in which the Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in January against the Justice Department's position that there should be no automatic exemption from discrimination law for thos...
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Sanctum Santorum

As to Rick Santorum's smashing victory in Saturday's Louisiana primary, it was hardly a good omen for Mitt Romney that the sole parish he won was Orleans, home of the sin city that Republican voters in the state regard unfavorably by a 51-39 margin. The only demographic groups that went...
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Foxworthy’s Bible Challenge

Southern culture has always been about the struggle of wives and preachers to domesticate the huntin', fightin', drinkin', and whorin' Southern male. One more piece of evidence that the wives and preachers are winning is the announcement that Jeff Foxworthy has been signed up to host GSN...
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Lori in Carroll’s seat

With his promotion from Bridgeport to Baltimore, William ("Deli Bill") Lori ascends to the aboriginal episcopal see in the U.S., the chair first occupied by John Carroll, a member of Maryland's founding Catholic family and the man who effectively established the Catholic Church in the co...
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