Myth: A majority of Americans believe that the United States was founded as a Christian nation.
Fact: The First Amendment of the Constitution explicitly forbids the establishment of any belief system as the country’s official religion.
There’s no question that most Americans identify as Christian, but when did we lose faith in a pluralistic society? Despite the varied religious heritages of Americans, many today now believe that the U.S. was designed to be a Christian nation and that “real Americans” and Christians are under siege. Many Christians feel that liberals and atheists are erasing their heritage, while Islam is threatening to upend the Constitution and our system of justice. Why do so many think these things?
GOP’s Trend of Demonizing Dissent Should Be a Warning
From wanting to forbid protests in public areas of Washington, D.C., to a constant stream of performative victimization, President Trump and the Republican party “have all agreed on a central message: Democratic protest is wrong and dangerous in itself.”read more
The President’s Lawyer Calls for an End to the Mueller Investigation
Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, called for an end to the Mueller investigation after the Justice Department’s Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, released a report on the FBI’s handling of the 2016 Hillary Clinton email inquiry.read more
Meet the Anti-Trump Evangelicals
Not all evangelicals are supporters of President Trump; the problem is, every time they try to speak up, their bretheren try to silence them. And that’s a problem when it comes to equal representation in the media. But things are slowly starting to change.read more
EPA Blocks AP and CNN from Summit on Contaminants
Reporters from the Associated Press and CNN were blocked from entering a summit on contaminants in drinking water. An EPA spokesperson claimed that there was no space for them, but some are seeing it as “selective” exclusion, possibly in retaliation for unfavorable news coverage.read more
Is Legislating From the Bench Bad?
The term “legislating from the bench” has been used to discredit the Supreme Court when it makes decisions that seem to be partisan in nature, or to protest the appointment of a potentially partisan justice. But what does the term really mean, and is it actually part of the Supreme Court’s job?read more
The Demonization of Parkland Teens Is A Dangerous Distraction
Guest author “Rye Bred” tells us that while we’ve been busy demonizing the kids from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for their activism, all in the name of preserving the Second Amendment, Congress has been busy signing away our other freedoms.read more
Is A Dollar the Same as A Vote?
Campaign finance reform has been on many people’s minds since the 2009 “Citizens United” decision by the Supreme Court, which officially codified political spending as free speech under U.S. law. But what would campaign finance reform look like, and why do people want to change the current system?read more
Unifying the Country Through Meaningful Debate
The divide between Republicans and Democrats is greater than ever. If we want to bridge this divide and bring America back together, we need to pull back from the present combative dialogue to one that is more meaningful and constructive.read more
Demystifying What a Safe Space Is
Confused about the definition of a safe space? You’re not alone. Some say they are necessary to help marginalized people feel welcome, while others say they violate the First Amendment. In order to understand why safe spaces exist, we first have to understand what they are.read more
The Difference Between Legal and Illegal Protests
The First Amendment gives us the right to peacefully assemble and petition the government. However, there are legal and illegal ways to protest. Both protestors and those who disapprove of their activities should be aware of the laws and limitations of First Amendment rights.read more