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A rabbi and a sharia court judge walk into an auditorium

What are a Jewish rabbi and a Muslim Sharia court judge doing together on a speaking tour? I like to … Continued

Political Islam on the defensive across the Middle East

RNS () — The backlash against Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt comes as secular forces across the Middle East are … Continued

Why many Methodists still oppose same-sex marriage

Signs display messages about gay marriage in front of the Devon Park United Methodist Church polling site on Tuesday, May … Continued

Religious freedom is not a ‘second-class right’

A rosary is held in the hand of a walker during a “Rosary Walk” rally supporting religious freedom. Over 100 … Continued

French Jews face uncertain future after scandal

PARIS — Amid a finance scandal that touched the heart of France’s Socialist government, a quieter drama played out this … Continued

Clerics say Millennium Development Goals must be reached

LONDON — With fewer than 1,000 days left to meet the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, religious leaders from the … Continued

Israel and Palestine, a listening tour

Hope springs eternal. This week, as President Barack Obama makes the first visit of his presidency to Israel, Palestine, and … Continued

In defense of traditional marriage

Americans respect marriage, not only as a crucial institution of civil society but the fundamental building block of all human … Continued

Pastor and rabbi agree: Melissa Rogers is good choice for White House faith office

One might guess that a politically conservative evangelical pastor and a politically liberal rabbi would have little in common, and … Continued

Benedict the meek: How a quiet man’s pontificate shaped Millennials

Franco Origlia GETTY IMAGES Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he arrives in St Peter’s Square for his … Continued

Afghan women in the context of transition

GETTY IMAGES Afghan women pray during friday prayers at the Madinatul-Elm mosque on June 3, 2011 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan … Continued

Critiquing Morsi’s Egypt

EPA An Egyptian supporter of President Mohamed Morsi holds a copy of the Koran next to posters bearing Morsi’s photo … Continued

Punishable peacemaking?

REUTERS U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton listens she is introduced to speak at the residence of the U.S. ambassador … Continued

Uganda, AIDS, God and gays: Rick Warren and a punch in the nose

AP Filipinos release into the air paper lanterns to mark World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, 2012 at the Heroes … Continued

Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan: Does Islam give you a right to education?

AFP/GETTY IMAGES Pakistani civil society activists carry placards with a photograph of the gunshot victim Malala Yousafzai as they shout … Continued

Shouting ‘fire’ in a crowded world: What the blasphemy law debate can mask

REUTERS Clouds are reflected off the Secretariat Building of the U.N .headquarters during the 67th United Nations General Assembly, in … Continued

What Obama should say to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi

As Muslim Americans try to make sense of the violent demonstrations in some 20 Muslim-majority countries triggered by an anti-Islamic … Continued

U.S. Muslims are not measured by the exemplary work of its mainstream

AFP/GETTY IMAGES Pakistani Muslims offer prayers during the second Friday of Ramadan at the Data Darbar mosque in Lahore on … Continued

Tax Fairness Is a Family Value – and a Civic Virtue

BLOOMBERG U.S. Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service 1040 Individual Income Tax forms for the 2010 tax year. Consider … Continued

State Department highlights global religious restrictions in new report

Religious minorities continue to suffer loss of their rights across the globe, the State Department reported Monday (July 30), with … Continued