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What’s at stake in Syria response? Human life and America’s credibility.

Free Syrian Army fighters taking cover as they prepare to join an attack on a Syrian Army base in Damascus … Continued

The right to blaspheme: For no god and country

(Streeter Lecka — GETTY IMAGES) I could not have had a more patriotic beginning. I was born on Flag Day … Continued

Catholic bishops: Birth control debate about ‘religious freedom,’ not access to contraceptives

Top U.S. bishops on Wednesday formally made their fight against a White House mandate for reproductive services the church’s top … Continued

Catholic women and contraception: Why don’t Catholics use Natural Family Planning?

Associated Press The Catholic Church, McGuire argues, should use this moment to more clearly explain its teaching on contraception and … Continued

Beyond a ‘loss of faith’

Fifty-nine thousand-plus On Faith readers recommended Thomas L. Day’s November 11th essay “Penn State, my final loss of faith.” Thirty-three … Continued

Evangelicals rethink nuclear weapons

Millions of Americans grew up fearing nuclear attack from the Soviet Union. Mehdi Ghasemi ASSOCIATED PRESS In this photo released … Continued

Pluralism at Ground Zero

We need a return to America’s wonderful unifying motto “E pluribus unum,” adopted in 1782.

Christians politicians echoing political Islam

Former Arkansas governor and 2012 presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee found himself in hot water this week after he called Islam … Continued

Secular or religious? Why make enemies when we don’t have to?

In light of the continuing political uprising throughout the Middle East, American leaders are reported to be recalculating their approach … Continued

Freedom is a human idea — Alleluia!

In light of the continuing political uprising throughout the Middle East, American leaders are reported to be recalculating their approach … Continued

An exceptional but not chosen people

Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty wrote Monday about the growing use of the idea of “American exceptionalism” by political … Continued

Bankers and prophets: reflecting on the Jubilee campaign

By Katherine Marshall FAITH IN ACTION In Biblical Israel, as in many agrarian societies, a family or community hit by … Continued

Tea-publicans and the Know-Nothing recycle

The Tea Party paints itself as something new in American politics: it is not. United States’ history has always harbored … Continued

Shouting, “Peace! Peace!” where there is no peace

Mideast peace talks resume this week, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveling to Egypt and Israel for negotiations between … Continued

Book burning: a terrible freedom

By Gustav Niebuhr How many people remember the photographs of British men in Bradford, England, burning a copy of Salman … Continued

65th anniversary of bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: a spiritual reflection

By Jane Smith Bernhardt On August 7th, the Hiroshima International House in Japan will offer an exhibit of my colorful … Continued

Nuclear swords to God’s plowshares

By Deena Guzderfree-lance journalist While most Americans were celebrating Independence Day by unfurling flags and setting off fireworks, over a … Continued

Morocco is not the problem

By Menachem Z. Rosensaftprofessor, Cornell Law School I take no position on whether countries should prohibit religious proselytizing. Over the … Continued

Vatican questions nuclear deterrence

THIS CATHOLIC’S VIEW By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. Not only is the use of nuclear weapons immoral, the conditions that … Continued

Suspect thy neighbor

Arizona’s new and far-reaching immigration law is bad on a lot of levels, including economic, social and legal , but … Continued