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Doug Mastriano leads the crowded primary field in the polls ahead of voting on Tuesday. And should he win, a man who espouses Christian Nationalism, has spoken at QAnon events, and was at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, would be the Republican nominee in a swing state for a race that pretty much all political analysts call a “tossup” in the general election.

Interfaith leaders, including a top White House official, gathered at Georgetown University on Tuesday to affirm engagement across faiths and urge more multireligious action to enhance democracy and diminish polarization.

As scholars of fundamentalism and creationism, we have visited the Ark Encounter multiple times. What we find particularly striking about Ark Encounter is that it is a tourist site devoted to emphasizing — with great specificity — the wrathful nature of God and the eternal damnation that awaits unrepentant sinners.

The Satanic Temple is requesting to fly a flag over Boston City Hall after the U.S. Supreme Court this week ruled the city violated the free speech rights of a conservative activist seeking to fly a Christian flag outside the downtown building. 

Hundreds of demonstrators on both sides of the abortion debate gathered outside the Supreme Court to lift their voices and raise up prayers, responding to the prospect that a right to abortion at the national level will lose its legal grounding after a half-century if Alito’s draft becomes official.

In this edition of A Public Witness, we look at his impact on key races and where his desires don’t align with evangelical leaders. We then consider potential outcomes and what they could mean for Trump and White evangelicals. 

In this issue of A Public Witness, we tackle the arguments in Kennedy v. Bremerton, review the call on the field about church-state issues in public schools, and throw a flag against the Christian Nationalism trying to undermine public education, democratic principles, and religious sincerity.

As Josh Mandel campaigns in Ohio for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate, he keeps showing up in churches. Mandel made four stops Thursday as part of a “Faith & Freedom” tour with Michael Flynn.

After being accused of wanting to “groom” and “sexualize” kindergartners, Michigan State Sen. Mallory McMorrow responded Tuesday with a forceful, impassioned floor speech that resonated nationwide.

We cannot remain quiet — and let just the rock stars cry out, “Is nothing sacred anymore?” In this issue of A Public Witness, we report on three moments from this weekend when Easter hope was weaponized for partisan politics.