| Sep 20, 2009
| 4:34 AM
Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty were among those lagging behind Mike Huckabee in a straw poll of presidential contenders at a conference of social conservatives this weekend in Washington....
| Feb 22, 2008
Skeptic Michael Shermer exposes hate speech against the Church of Scientology and strangely concludes that its "cult-like secrecy" and "hypocrisy" merit suspicion. He also calls it a "faux religion."
Speaking as a scholar who has analyzed new religions...
| Feb 26, 2008
Americans are switching religious affiliation in ever-greater numbers or abandoning ties to organized denominations altogether, and Protestants are on the cusp of becoming a minority, according to a survey released Monday.
Barely 51% of Americans are...
| Mar 28, 2008
THIS isn't exactly the show Chinese government officials had in mind when they signed on to host the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer.
They had envisioned a sporting event full of Hollywood splendor ( Steven Spielberg would serve as an artistic...
| Dec 21, 2008
Like Thomas Jefferson, we believe that the 1st Amendment to the Constitution erects a "wall of separation" between church and state. Government punches through that wall when it requires official prayers in public schools or bestows tax dollars on...
| Dec 26, 2008
Back in June, Letters to the Editor began tracking the mail we receive by subject.
In the six months since, reader reaction to Proposition 8 has dominated our mailbag, with thousands of readers registering their views. All told, we have received more...
| Sep 18, 2008
After a two-year legal battle with the city of Garden Grove, a Vietnamese Buddhist congregation has won a settlement paving the way for a 10,000-square-foot temple to be built on the site of a former medical building -- a spot the city had claimed was...
| Sep 30, 2008
When a trendy young theater company announces that its next subject is going to be the explosion of the evangelical Christian movement, snarky parody is a natural expectation. What's surprising about "This Beautiful City," a diverting if curiously earnest...
| Oct 17, 2008
Barack Obama has held himself out as a bridge builder across even divisive issues. No topic fits that description more than abortion.
In the final presidential debate Wednesday, Obama had seemingly finished giving his view on abortion when he added these...
| Oct 27, 2008
Today's topic: Pro-Proposition 8 ads have predicted that churches and schools may face more legal action and legislation restricting their rights if the initiative passes. Has this happened in other parts of the country? What would happen in California...
| Oct 29, 2008
Today's question: Why should the state recognize marriage at all? Wouldn't it be better to leave marriage to religious groups and instead have civil unions for everyone? Previously, Broyles and Jean offered their views of what would happen to married...