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The Rise of ‘New Values Voters’

Nuns on the Bus article icon Issue Brief The election results in November were a sign that faith aligned with progressive values is alive and well in the public square. Likewise, the results underscore the rejection of religious and political extremism.

By Catherine Woodiwiss | Friday, January 25, 2013

Searching for Answers After the Sandy Hook Tragedy

Connecticut School ShootingThe senseless shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, has forced all of us to confront unspeakable tragedy and unanswerable questions.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Muslim Americans Bridging Communities Through Art and Music

Omar OffendumA number of Muslim Americans are using art as a point of connection, not discord, between Muslims and non-Muslims in the United States.

By Jack Jenkins | Monday, December 17, 2012

The Political and Cultural Embrace of Marriage Equality Is Growing

rally in support of same-sex marriageVoters young and old are supporting marriage equality for gay and transgender Americans, and many religious institutions are supportive too.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Universities Welcome Muslim Students Through Interfaith Efforts

NYUnitedMany universities—both religious and secular—are making extensive interfaith efforts to help a diverse group of religious students, especially Muslims, feel welcome on their campuses.

By Aaron Shapiro | Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Courting the ‘None’ Vote

St. Brigid's church article icon Issue Brief The growing number of religiously unaffiliated Americans presents potential challenges for both political parties, but their presence may also be beneficial.

By Jack Jenkins | Thursday, November 1, 2012

This Liberty Mutual Commercial Mixes Theology and Politics

A recent insurance company commercial demonstrates the values of compassion and community, which support the Affordable Care Act.

By Sally Steenland | Friday, October 26, 2012

Health Care

Christians kneeling outside of Supreme CourtFor many people of faith, the fight for health care reform reflects deeply held values that were tested in the political arena and still remain strong.

By Eleni Towns | Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Video: 5 New Ways to Vote Your Values

The Center for American Progress's Faith and Progressive Policy team examine five issues that will drive conscientious voters to the polls: immigration, health care, the economy, the environment, and gay and transgender equality.

By Jack Jenkins, Catherine Woodiwiss, Eleni Towns, Sally Steenland, and Eliza Blanchard | Wednesday, October 3, 2012

5 Issues that Expand the Notion of What It Means to ‘Vote Your Values’

Sister Simone Campbell at the Democratic National ConventionThis year’s presidential election is proving that so-called “values voters” aren’t just focused on abortion and marriage equality.

By Sally Steenland | Monday, October 1, 2012

Not in Our Name: Understanding Youth Engagement in the Middle East and Around the World

Interview with Zeenat Rahman, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's special adviser for Global Youth Issues at the U.S. Department of State.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Attacks on Muslim American Houses of Worship on the Rise

Acts of violence against Muslim Americans and their houses of worship have increased, especially in the weeks since Ramadan began this year.

By Jack Jenkins | Wednesday, September 26, 2012

2 Versions of Faith Outreach at the National Political Conventions This Summer

Archbishop Timothy DolanJack Jenkins analyzes what it meant for Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan and Sister Simone Campbell to speak at this year’s Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention.

By Jack Jenkins | Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The State of the Catholic Vote in 2012: It Ain’t What It Used to Be

President Obama speaks with a cardinal at Sen. Ted Kennedy's (D-MA) funeralJack Jenkins looks at what it takes to court Catholic voters this election cycle.

By Jack Jenkins | Friday, August 24, 2012

10 Things You Need to Know About Religious Liberty

Sally Steenland lists the top 10 reasons why religious liberty is alive and well in the United States.

By Sally Steenland | Thursday, June 14, 2012