Public Life Archives
God Versus Godless—a False Choice
Extreme views on religious belief—or lack of it—may make for lively theatrics, but they ignore the dynamic complexities of behavior and faith.
Marriage Equality Will Not End LGBT Discrimination
As the Supreme Court decides who can say “I do,” finally passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is something that Congress must do.
Mobilizing at the Margins: An Interview on Women, Leadership, and Faith
Sally Steenland talks with Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, a Benedictine nun, speaker, and author.
Sequestration Hurts All of Us, Not Just Our Most Vulnerable
Three months into sequestration, we take a look at how harmful the phased-in cuts have been.
People of Faith Should Oppose Official Prayer at Public-School Graduation Ceremonies
In a pluralistic democracy, government should not be in the business of promoting religion.
Nothing Says Love Like Great Public Policy
While cards and flowers are fine Mother’s Day gifts, public policies that make life better for moms are the best way to honor all they do.
3 Facts About Religion and Violent Extremism
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, it’s important to keep the facts straight about the complexities of terrorism.
Advocates Continue Efforts to Prevent Gun Violence
In the wake of last week’s Senate vote against legislation to prevent gun violence, Americans must remember that their efforts to reduce gun violence are a marathon, not a sprint.
Thou Shall Not Kill: Faith Groups and Gun-Violence Prevention
Issue Brief In this brief, we examine the efforts of faith-based groups to prevent deaths caused by firearms through their work as first-responders, advocates, and prophetic voices against the scourge of gun violence.
Is Creativity or Obedience More Important?
Probing and honest conversation is key to fostering real understanding between people.
Reproductive Justice, Religious Liberty, and Pluralistic Democracy
Sally Steenland talks with Rabbi Dennis Ross, a religious advocate and congregational rabbi, in the third interview in a podcast series discussing the current state of the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement.
The Dark Side of ‘Bright Young Things’
Progressives should speak out about the commercial targeting of youth instead of shying away from a fight about deregulation and the “nanny state.”
Faith Leaders Calling for an End to Gun Violence
Voices in faith communities across America are loudly speaking out about how gun violence affects them and why we need a real solution now.
‘Girls’ Needs to Glance Away from the Mirror
Even the created reality of a television show can benefit from a diverse worldview.
Selection of New Pope Underscores a Shortcoming of Church Rules
A leadership devoid of women seriously undermines the Catholic Church’s mission and future.