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February 4, 2013
"Public Religion" or "Religion-in-Public," our cause, appears in blogs, films, on TV and radio, and in zillions of sources which together dwarf the coverage in print media, our main source. Occasionally I sample them by reporting and reflecting on one day. At 4:44 a.m. our newspaperwomen drop two NY/National and two Chicago papers at our condo door.
February 4, 2013
"Public Religion" or "Religion-in-Public," our cause, appears in blogs, films, on TV and radio, and in zillions of sources which together dwarf the coverage in print media, our main source. Occasionally I sample them by reporting and reflecting on one day. At 4:44 a.m. our newspaperwomen drop two NY/National and two Chicago papers at our condo door.
January 31, 2013
Amidst the 2012-end apocalyptic fantasies, the customary commodified Christmastime God-talk, and the usual yarns of saviors and demons in Hollywood's holiday blockbuster season, Life of Pi stood out as an unusually overt pop-culture philosophy of religion teaching moment.
January 28, 2013
Tomorrow is the beginning of what will be a congressional battle over immigration reform. The subject was rarely and lightly handled in the political wars last year, perhaps because both parties found other issues to be more important for the country or more exploitable by their candidates.
January 24, 2013
On December 4, 2012 the U.S. Senate narrowly voted not to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, a treaty that has been signed by 154 nations (including the United States) and ratified by 126 of those nations.
January 23, 2013
Next week Crown Forum will publish Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010. The weekend Wall Street Journal gave a generous two-page preview.
January 21, 2013
Last Wednesday the Chicago Tribune alerted readers to the release that day of an ambitious set of findings about the effects of divorce on children. Reporter Manya A. Brachear called the project "unprecedented." I crossed the street to the site of the release, Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, 271 steps away—I once measured it.
January 17, 2013
A July 2012 survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reported that 17 percent of those surveyed thought President Barack Obama was a Muslim. These were mostly conservative Republicans. Assertions that Obama is a Muslim played prominently in critiques of his first campaign and during his presidency.
January 14, 2013
David Cole captures readers' attention with the observation that "the gay rights movement has achieved more swiftly than any other individual rights movement in history, not merely the impossible but the unthinkable." A few years ago, writes Cole, "those who fought for the right to marry. . .

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