Steven Waldman

Steven Waldman is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Beliefnet. He's also the author of the Founding Faith: Politics, Providence, and the Birth of Religious Freedom in America, which has been published by Random House. Before co-founding Beliefnet in 1999, Waldman was a political journalist, serving as National Editor of U.S. News & World Report and National Correspondent for Newsweek. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Review, The Atlantic, Slate, and many others.

(Photo by Gordon Waldman) The “church” that became infamous for bringing their “God Hates Fags” signs to the funerals of people who died of AIDS and fallen soliders came to town this weekend. Westboro Baptist Church of Topkea picketed my […]

I recently suggested that more people have died from lack of health insurance since 1994 (when Congress last defeated health care reform) than died during those years as a result of the first Gulf War, the Iraq War, the Afghanistan […]

A recent study in the Journal of American Public Health concluded that 45,000 people die each year for lack of health insurance. Another study in 2002, from the Institute of Medicine, put the number at 18,000. Still another, put it […]

When historians refer to some of the Founding Fathers as “Deists,” it’s as if they’re talking about an extinct philosophy, like alchemy or phrenology. Very few Americans go around describing themselves as Deists. Perhaps that ought to change. A new […]

Dan Gilgoff at US News speculates that the rise of the Nones will lead to a more polarized electorate: As more Americans leave religion, the ones left in the pews are those most committed to their faith. In a nation […]

I think I’ve finally figured out a way of pissing off both my pro-choice and pro-life readers in one post. Here goes. I believe that if one’s goal is to get health care to reflect the status quo on abortion, […]

Democratic health care proposals in the House and Senate included this novel provision: the new health care exchanges would be required to offer at least one plan that covers abortion and one that doesn’t. Doesn’t that sound even-handed? What I’m […]

In his “chairman’s mark” on health care reform, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus had rejected the pure pro-choice position — he limited direct government funding for abortion — but still included provisions that pro-lifers viewed as supporting abortion. Republicans […]

Whitney writes: My life has did a total 360. I went from a person who had everything to a person who right about now..has nothing nothing. Dealing with the lost of losing my job has added so much stress in […]

According to the description with this video, Matt Ziesel is a high school freshman with Downs Syndrome in Saint Joseph, Missouri. He loves football”He puts his pads and helmet on, stands next to Coach McCamy and waits for his turn […]