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Discontent threatens Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and its leader President Mohamed Morsi. Top Muslim and Christian religious leaders have been called to an emergency meeting. The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it will delay the health care mandate that larger employers cover their workers, postponing the effective date beyond next year’s midterm elections. Meanwhile, a broad coalition of religious leaders called the […]

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Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a national correspondent for RNS, covering how faith intersects with politics, culture and other news. She previously served as online editor for Christianity Today where she remains an editor-at-large.


  1. Another great RNR by SPB, thanks! While I think Tim Teebow has gotten a raw deal so far in his pro career it’s even more sad to see what has happened to Aaron Hernandez. All the talent needed for a Hall of Fame career and I’m sure Teebow and other teammates tried to get Hernandez to see this. Sad. By the way, any updates on yesterdays audio/video clip of the, so called “Rude” preacher. I’d use another word but this is family friendly, I’m assuming. One final thought, how can the contraceptive mandate be religiously controversial? Never have understood that for I would think Christian’s would not want to see children born into families that don’t want or can’t afford them. I’ve came to the conclusion that some Christians just don’t care what happens to other’s lives at all for if they did I imagine we’d have a lot less of this nonsense from Christians regarding all this.

    • Sarah Pulliam Bailey

      Sarah Pulliam Bailey

      Article author

      Thanks, Kevin. On the contraceptive mandate, many religious employers, such as Catholic groups, would say contraceptives go against their teaching. Some also find some of the contraceptives to be abortifacients. More here:

    • It’s not really about the contraception, since that’s almost purely a Catholic issue. The religious problem is the exception and how the line is drawn. I posted more on the other article. Suffice to say, the administration arbitrarily picking what is and isn’t 1st Amendment protected is a legal challenge waiting to happen. And with this SCOTUS you may as well be betting on a coin flip. Hopefully we won’t see other useful and much needed healthcare reform gutted along with it.

      Also, yes, a lot of these guys are just anti-Obama conservatives, but you can’t pick your allies.

  2. Happy July 4:

    “History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.” – Thomas Jefferson to Alexander von Humboldt, Dec. 6, 1813.