Five things to watch as the 2016 campaign gets underway

Commentary: As presidential candidacies multiply and campaigning accelerates, we can expect much tawdriness to occur. These are difficult times in American democracy.


America isn't a 'Christian nation' and never has been

Right-wing Christians and the politicians who pander to them like to say that the United States was, is and always should be a "Christian nation."

Why, then, are they so obsessed about money and political power and so determined to make people afraid?

After all, Jesus spent an estimated two-thirds of his teaching time on wealth and power. His message was clear, if radical: Give wealth away rather than build bigger barns. Submit to others rather than seek power. Love your enemies rather than smite them.

Scapegoats along the border

Immigration and the Church: Ideologues who know how to exploit human suffering have pointed to dark-skinned immigrants and refugees and said, "They are to blame."

Attention (church) shoppers!

My first reaction to the much-publicized U.S. Religious Landscape Survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life was, "Hooray for common sense!"