Steven Waldman

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 to play. Over and over during the course of the game Matt will say, “Coach…

I actually agree with the folks at the conservative Values Voters Summit trying to shut up the MSNBC reporter. It’s always struck me as rude when TV reporters do live shots during public events in a way that ruins the experience for the people there.

Is praying becoming a religion unto itself? Consider this: 39% attend church weekly yet 75% pray at least weekly, according to the Pew Religion Forum. In fact, 58% of Americans, and 66% of American women pray daily. And maybe most remarkably: 35% of those who don’t identify with any religion at all — the “unaffiliated”–…

In response to some recent posts about the Catholic Bishops position on abortion and health care, some have chided me for caring too much about what the Bishops think. After all, there’s plenty of evidence that Catholics don’t follow the Bishops on a wide variety of political or social issues, from abortion to contraception to…

At first blush, the health care plan released today by Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus seems to shift somewhat in a pro-life direction. Whether it will be enough to satisfy pro-life groups — especially the Catholic Bishops — remains to be seen but it is more pro-life than the House bill in the following…

Application of State and Federal Laws Regarding Abortion Current Law The performance of and payment for abortions is regulated by both state and Federal laws. State law, for example, sometimes prescribes parental notification, waiting periods and other procedural requirements before an abortion may be performed. Under Federal law, certain kinds of Federal funds may not…

“Please pray for me because I am unemployed and my wife is legally blind. I need to return back to work so my wife and I can take care of some medical issues.” Please add your prayers here for Vanessa Fiebiger

Are the Catholic Bishops splitting from the rest of the pro-life movement on health care and abortion? The Bishops have always been in a different category from most of the pro-life or religious conservative groups in this sense: but for the abortion issue, they want to support health care reform. So far, though, their concerns…

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of pro-life activist James Pouillon, as well Mike Fuoss, who were both murdered yesterday in Owosso, Michigan. Also, prayers of thanks that the third prospective victim was spared.

I’ve long been among a very small minority of pundits who believed that, in toto, Barack Obama was a good-not-great public speaker — on a par with Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The reason I’ve held this eccentric belief is that Obama has been incomplete. He gives the inspirational, thematic speech better than anyone…

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Steve 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.

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