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Mental illness, Islam or revenge?: Understanding terrorism from the Navy Yard to Pakistan to Kenya

Sept. 16, 2013Police personnel near the Navy Yard.Matt McClain / The Washington Post September 2013 has been a cruel month. … Continued

A wrong decision by the Boy Scouts on gays

(Eric Gay/AP) At 19, the Boy Scouts of America expelled me for being gay. I was overwhelmed with sadness, grief … Continued

Ready to come out as pro-gay? Welcome to the club.

MARK RALSTON AFP/GETTY IMAGES The t-shirt of a activist during a gay rights rally on March 4, 2009 against the … Continued

The new American Jewish secularism

Halloween was originally a Christian holiday, All Hallows’ Eve. Purim, the raucous Jewish feast that we celebrate this week [Feb. … Continued

God favored ‘older parenthood’

ABED AL HASHLAMOUN EPA A Palestinian carpenter carves a wooden sculpture of Virgin Mary and baby Jesus at a workshop … Continued

A vibrant, but different, future for religion in the U.S.

Research for my new book “God Is Alive and Well: The Future of Religion in America” documents the degree to … Continued

Sci-fi ‘Anomaly’ and the church of popular culture

Recently, writer Harry “Skip” Brittenham and artist Brian Haberlin released their epic science fiction multimedia project “Anomaly” to the delight … Continued

Extremism among the Amish

AP Members of a breakaway Amish group in Ohio are on trial for beard- and hair-cutting attacks on fellow Amish … Continued

The word “God” not a political wedge, Rep. Ryan

Mary Altaffer AP Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks during a campaign event at Kirkwood Community College … Continued

Religious liberty: Gold for the U.S.?

AFP/GETTY IMAGES U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers remarks on the “State of International Religious Freedom” July 30, 2012 … Continued

The Icemen Cometh: Romney-Ryan and the future of compassion in America

Jason E. Miczek AP Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, and his vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., … Continued

Can Christianity be revived?

Bill O’Leary WASHINGTON POST The Bishops’ Garden on the National Cathedral grounds as seen on July, 18, 2010 in Washington, … Continued

‘Holy Terror’: Holy war is waging against sexual minorities

Gays are not ruining the fabric of American society. Rather, anti-gay fundamentalist Christians are. Take a deep breath. These are … Continued

Sex-selective abortion hypocrisy

The “pro-choice” community was backed into a difficult, and illogical, position last week, a consequence of their own actions. While … Continued

From Harvey Milk to the White House: Gay marriage evolutions

ASSOCIATED PRESS Harvey Milk poses in front of his camera shop in San Francisco in this Nov. 9, 1977 photo. … Continued

What makes a Catholic patriot?

Alex Brandon AP A flag and and a copy of the U.S. Constitution are held in front of Independence Hall … Continued

Baylor and Notre Dame: Baptist-Catholic competition, cooperation

Baylor and Notre Dame are natural rivals on the basketball court who meet Tuesday in the NCAA Women’s National Championship … Continued

Holy hoodies: Trayvon Martin, a child of God

Thousands and thousands of Americans are now wearing hoodies, the hooded sweatshirt that Trayvon Martin was wearing when he was … Continued

Universal health care: A Jewish moral imperative

This week’s Supreme Court hearings on the president’s health care plan will likely generate this court’s signature decision of a … Continued

More than a ‘Mormon moment’

History has not recorded the name of the journalist who created the phrase, “the Mormon moment.” The originator may have … Continued