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What’s the real cost of cheap, fast food?

(Photo: Belleville News-Democrat) Last week, thousands of Americans stepped away from their jobs at fast-food restaurants and into the streets … Continued

New biography to present a less “zealous” Jesus

Jay Parini’s “Jesus” (Amazon) will be the first in a new series of biographies called “Icons,” starting in December. Last … Continued

Arizona’s show me your stigma law

AP Members of Promise Arizona, Leonila Martinez, left, Patricia Rosas, and Gustavo Cruz, right, react to the United States Supreme … Continued

American atheists must define themselves, not be defined by the religious

I am sorry to tell you that this will be my last regular “Spirited Atheist” column, and I want to … Continued

Gov. Rick Perry’s anti-gay Christianity

GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry talks about his faith talks disparagingly of gays in the military in a new political … Continued

Harold Camping: World ‘probably’ to end Oct 21, 2011

Marcio Jose Sanchez AP Harold Camping speaks during a taping of his show “Open Forum” in Oakland, Calif., Monday, May … Continued

Indonesia isn’t as tolerant as Obama would have us believe

By Ashley Samelson McGuire Wednesday President Obama raised eyebrows in the human rights world when he bestowed lavish praise on … Continued

Beck’s infusion of religion into civic life

By Becky Garrison Father James Martin, SJ reflects how one can find some underlying Christian reasons for confronting hypocrisy: “Remember … Continued

Old vices don’t improve with age

Speaking to a meeting of Hasidic Jewish leaders on Sunday, New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said, “I don’t … Continued

Obama’s religion matters to him

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

It’s marriage – no adjectives needed

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

Fourth of July Honor Roll: Champions of American Secularism

The founders were not atheists.

Love thy illegal immigrant neighbor

By Rev. Erik Walker WikstromUnitarian Universalist minister and author A friend of mine recently wrote on her Facebook page, “As … Continued

It’s about Biblical social justice, not Wallis or Beck

Q:Fox News commentator Glenn Beck claims that faith-based calls for “social justice” are really ideological calls for “forced redistribution of … Continued

What does “proselytize” really mean?

Q: Is there a problem with proselytism overseas by U.S. religious groups? Isn’t sharing one’s faith part of religious freedom? … Continued

Hating Muslims, hating Jews

Newsflash: People who hate Jews also hate Muslims. Anti-semitism is linked to Islamophobia. If you are spreading the former, you … Continued

Religious abuses of just wars and holy wars

Q: Is there such a thing as a ‘just war’? In his Nobel speech, was President Obama right to speak … Continued

Believers in denial

The polar ice caps are melting before our very eyes, low-lying land is already being reclaimed by the rising seas, … Continued

A Christian case for same-sex marriage

Most media coverage of the D.C. Council’s steps toward civil marriage equality for same-sex couples has followed a worn-out script … Continued

Morality: no gods required

Q: Is there good without God? Can people be good without God? How can people be good, in the moral … Continued