(RNS) When President Obama rests his hand on two historic Bibles to take his second-term oath of office Monday, he’ll add a phrase not mentioned in the Constitution: “So help me God.” But the Almighty’s role on the Capitol steps is a controversial one. By Cathy Lynn Grossman.
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(RNS) There are certain speeches, songs, books, letters, laws, and axioms that Americans appreciate enough to argue about, says religion scholar Stephen Prothero. By Daniel Burke.
(RNS) This Fourth of July, after the parades are over, I propose we all devote a few minutes to remembering our least Christian president. Instead of reading David Barton, go straight to Thomas Jefferson himself and to the words he chose to deliver on his first day as president. By Stephen Prothero.