U.S. Supreme Court
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November 11, 2013

Supreme Court Examines Anew Prayer At Government Functions

The U.S. Supreme Court delved into a subject Wednesday that has bedeviled it for decades: how to reconcile a tradition of public prayers with the Constitution's ban on establishment of religion. At issue were almost exclusively Christian prayers that took place at town board meetings in Greece, N.Y.


October 07, 2013

Enyart Defends Vote About Furloughed Chaplains

An Illinois congressman seeking re-election says he had no choice but to be the only U.S. House member to vote against what he called a "stupid'' resolution allowing military chaplains to still perform their duties during the federal government's shutdown.


Andrew Hamblin preaches while holding a snake above his head, LaFollette, Tenn.
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October 04, 2013

Snake-Handling Preachers Open Up About ‘Takin’ Up Serpents’

Snake handlers dwell at the edge of the spiritual frontier — a community of people who are willing to die for their faith three times a week in church. Members of the Pentecostal Holiness Church take up venomous serpents to prove their faith in God. The practice is still widespread in Appalachia, though mostly hidden.


August 09, 2013

Faith Leaders Emerge As Key To Health Law Outreach

Leaders in some Illinois faith communities are spreading the word about the national health law to make sure those without insurance know about new tax-subsidized coverage and the start of enrollment on Oct. 1.


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