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Pope Francis tells atheists to ‘obey their conscience’

VATICAN CITY — Once again breaking with traditional Vatican protocol, Pope Francis on Wednesday (Sept. 11) penned a long letter … Continued

America needs a revival

Pastor Greg Laurie is the Honorary Chairman of the task force for the National Day of Prayer, observed May 2. … Continued

The church young Catholics want

MAX ROSSI REUTERS Pope Benedict XVI walks past a figurine of baby Jesus as he leads the Christmas Mass in … Continued

Skeptics are the new religious

Except for presidential candidates and some parts of the Bible Belt, the days when church membership was necessary for social … Continued

Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan GOP ticket reflects religious shift

By naming devout, conservative Catholic U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan to be his running mate, former Gov. Mitt Romney, once a … Continued

An open letter to my Christian friends

Today’s guest blogger is Peter Hong, who pastors New Community Covenant Church, a series of urban, multiethnic churches in the … Continued

The poison of unified religious power an old cultural lesson from Spain

Years ago, before the rise of radical Islamism was a political issue in the West, I visited the great mosque … Continued

Religious belief is not insanity

This weekend, Jon Stewart is holding “a rally to restore sanity” on the mall, two months after Glenn Beck’s religion-infused … Continued

Atheists know more about religion than the religious

Why is anyone surprised at the findings of a new survey of American religious knowledge, released last week by the … Continued

Mixed marriage inevitable and desirable in a pluralistic society

Chelsea Clinton, raised Methodist, and Marc Mezvinsky, Jewish, will wed this weekend. Statistics show that 37 percent of Americans have … Continued

Why all religions aren’t equally dangerous

What do atheists think about specific religions, as distinct from all religion? One of the most common accusations leveled against … Continued

Time to retire the damnable word “moderate”

Overuse of the essentially meaningless word “moderate” has become a blight on American political and religious discourse. I call this … Continued

The Catholic church’s bureaucratic lament: “It wasn’t my responsibility”

As I drank my coffee, read the Sunday papers and mused over Pope Benedict XVI’s bureaucratic, responsibility-evading “apology” for the … Continued

Do religion’s dropouts become warriors for reason?

For those who long to loosen the grip of the most anti-rational forms of faith on the American public, there … Continued

Atheism and the silly goodness competition

The objection most frequently raised by defenders of faith to atheism and atheists is that there can be no morality … Continued

Atheists — naughty and nice — should define themselves

I was somewhat taken aback recently when I found myself on a list of “kinder, gentler atheists”–most of them women–compiled … Continued

What’s God got to do with it?

Q: What was the most important religion story of 2009? The important story for me was the omni-absence of a … Continued

Thanks, But No Thanks, From A Happy Atheist

Q:What makes the best ‘case for God’ to a skeptic or non-believer, an open-minded seeker, and to a person of … Continued

Concentration Camps and Comic Books

By Naif Al-Mutawacreator of THE 99 When I was 20 years old I boarded a train for Auschwitz. The year … Continued

The Killing of George Tiller: A “Pro-life” Murder?

“Pro-life” as the self-description of the anti-abortion movement has a fundamental flaw at its heart. The moral absolute of “life” … Continued