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Democracy minus freedom equals tyranny

Opponents of Morsi pray in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Anti-Morsi protesters have set up camp in the square, the site … Continued

On July 4th, cherishing precious religious freedom

Americans manifested staggering rudeness and aggression during a public gathering with the local Muslim community on June 4 in Tennessee. … Continued

Love is stronger than hate: Why Holy Week is the perfect time for marriage equality

“Holy Week” is when Christians remember the last days of Jesus of Nazareth, from his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, through … Continued

Scott Lively gets his day in court

MICHELE SIBILONI AFP/GETTY IMAGES A man looks on December 11, 2012 at an advertising by campaign group Avaaz in the … Continued

March of objects

Iranian human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh sits starving in a prison cell in Tehran. Twenty-five years ago that was me. … Continued

Evangelicals in U.S. stand with Israel

GETTY IMAGES An Israeli soldier stands on his tank in a deployment area on Nov. 22, 2012 on Israel’s border … Continued

The biggest threat of all

Of all the ugliness in Election 2012, nothing is more disturbing than attempts to prevent people from voting. Voter suppression … Continued

Human rights (or wrongs) in Mideast

AP President Barack Obama addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 25, 2012. In his … Continued

A dark Easter for Palestinian Christians

Each year during Holy week, Christians around the world anticipate what come call the “Old Faithful” of miracles. At the … Continued

The GOP’s war on women and our right to self-defense

Women in America need to know they have a right to self-defense as they are increasingly subject to an all … Continued

Saudi women’s vote great news– If this were 1911

HO AP A Saudi Arabian woman drives a car as part of a campaign to defy Saudi Arabia’s ban on … Continued

Bishops seek health care that’s universal

By Sister Mary Ann Walsh The health care reform discussion goes on and on and seems to be the same … Continued

‘Apartheid’ in Pakistan

By N. Mahmood Ahmad and Amjad Mahmood Khan More than seven months have passed since the Pakistani Taliban attacked two Ahmadiyya Muslim mosques in Lahore massacring … Continued

Question everything

In recent debates between tea party endorsed Senate candidates and their Democratic opponents, faith has emerged as a campaign issue. … Continued

Morality, not religion, is what matters

In the wake of his weekend rally, Glenn Beck kept up the drumbeat of criticism about President Obama’s religion, calling … Continued

Silent clergy no new thing

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, terrorism analyst Evan Kohlmann said that anti-Muslim rhetoric in America is bad news … Continued

Biblical religion the only–and illegitimate– basis for anti-gay laws

“Moral disapproval alone is an improper basis on which to deny rights to gay men and lesbians.” “Moral disapproval alone … Continued

Proposition 8 ruling in California: religion roundup

By Elizabeth Tenety Religion roundup on Prop 8 ruling: In the immediate aftermath of Wednesday’s ruling that deemed Proposition 8, … Continued

A nun’s death and illegal immigration: Forgiveness or punishment?

On Sunday, Sister Denise Mosier, 66, a Benedictine nun and former missionary in Africa was killed and two others gravely … Continued

The church chooses to serve all or some

Q: If a church or other religious charity receives government funding, should it follow all government rules, including those against … Continued