Clock Is Ticking for Religious Freedom Panel

WASHINGTON (RNS) The independent and bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom could be forced to shut its doors if the Senate does not vote by week’s end to reauthorize the panel. The commission appears to be in legislative limbo after the House...

What’s the Debt-Ceiling Debate Really About?

We are a nation of hypocrites, at least those of us franchised into the political economy are. We say we want democracy but what we actually want is something more like “Lord of the Flies.” Take the current debt-ceiling battle. We shouldn’t be fooled...

Poll: God Has Better Approval Ratings than Congress

WASHINGTON (RNS) More than half of U.S. voters approve of God’s job performance, according to a new poll, making God more popular than all members of Congress. The poll—which was conducted by the Democratic research firm Public Policy Polling (PPP)—surveyed 928 people...

NBC Apologizes to Congress for Edited Pledge

WASHINGTON (RNS) NBC has issued a formal apology to more than 100 members of Congress for omitting the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during a patriotic montage that aired last month. The letter, signed by Kyle McSlarrow, president of NBC Universal,...