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Lawmakers ask Obama for religious diversity summit

Nearly 40 members of the U.S. House, among them Buddhists, Hindus, Jews and Muslims, sent a letter to President Obama … Continued

Yes, you can be gay and Christian

A same sex marriage advocate waves a rainbow flag at a protest in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong/AP ) The … Continued

Catholic bishop returns petitions to ousted gay man

NEW YORK — The story of a Long Island Catholic ousted from his parish jobs for marrying his male partner … Continued

Atheists postpone protests after Bangladeshi disaster

Several atheist protests planned for Thursday (April 25) outside Bangladeshi embassies and consulates were postponed in the wake of Wednesday’s … Continued

Raising the bar of LGBT inclusion within the Jewish world

Jewish tradition teaches that we have a duty to treat all people with dignity and respect (kavod habriyot), as though … Continued

Report: Knights of Columbus and allies are leading funders of anti-gay marriage drives

The Knights of Columbus, a wealthy and influential Catholic charitable organization, is a leading funder in the push to make … Continued

Blood on the hands of both sides in culture wars

Thank you, Family Research Council, for now conceding what conservative groups have been loath to acknowledge in recent years: the … Continued

Muslims petition attorney general for NYPD probe

More than 30 Muslim and legal advocacy groups are urging New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman to investigate the … Continued

West Point speaker is former officer critical of Islam

A controversial retired Army officer who has drawn attention worldwide for speeches against Islam will be the keynote speaker at … Continued

Pew study shows dramatic growth in religious advocacy

Mixed in with the thousands of corporate lobbyists on Capitol Hill each day is an unusual troop: religious advocates whose … Continued

In Diwali celebrations, Hindus assimilate in America

Christmas, Yom Kippur and, increasingly, the Eid celebrations after Ramadan are ingrained in the national consciousness as days of significance. … Continued

Bloomberg takes stand on church v. state

Carol Guzy THE WASHINGTON POST NEW YORK NY – SEPTEMBER 11: New York marks the 10th anniversary of the World … Continued

White House names new advisors to faith-based office

By Michelle Boorstein Then-Senator Barack Obama speaks speaks to the media during his presidential campaign at Eastside Community Ministry in … Continued

Bearing witness: Why I spirited secrets out of China

This is the last in a series of five columns written by Matteo Pistono on the occasion of Chinese President … Continued

Report: Accused priests served in more than half of Chicago’s parishes

By Michelle Boorstein The country’s biggest advocacy groups for victims of Catholic clergy sexual abuse released a study today contending … Continued

By Francis DeBernardo, Marianne Duddy-Burke, Casey Lopata, Nicole Sotelo Today is National Coming Out Day, a day set aside as … Continued

Evangelicals and Obama: unlikely immigration reform partners

President Obama’s much anticipated speech on immigration began with a much unexpected introduction by Bill Hybels, senior pastor of Willow … Continued

The gospel truth behind Beck’s inartful words

(Originally published on my blog) Fox News broadcaster Glenn Beck is famous for launching verbal grenades, and he did so … Continued

Engage religious groups, but how?

Q: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is recommending that the U.S. government develop a strategy to make religion ‘integral’ … Continued

End discrimination against all God’s children

Q: Advocacy groups for people with intellectual disabilities are campaigning to end use of the word ‘retard’ or ‘retarded.’ What … Continued