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Florida’s anti-Sharia law problematic, and not only for Muslims

State lawmakers around the country have proposed bills to effectively make sharia law illegal. FOR GOD’S SAKE | Having handily … Continued

Religious freedom at school

When people ask if kids in public schools have First Amendment rights, I’m tempted to answer “only if you think … Continued

Catholic Church still plagued by cardinal sin

View Photo Gallery: Cardinals from around the world gathered inside the Vatican for their first round of meetings before the conclave … Continued

Faith-based procrastination: Religious job bias in taxpayer-funded programs

No American should be denied a taxpayer-funded job because of what he or she believes about religion. Yet that’s exactly … Continued

Suffer the children

As news about shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., began to spread last week, I could hear the … Continued

Don’t deface the anti-Muslim Metro ads

REUTERS Cyrus McGoldrick, a member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, talks to commuters as they walk by an advertisement … Continued

Preachers arrested during New Orleans gay pride party plan to sue for right to protest

NEW ORLEANS — Nine preachers and activists who were arrested on Sept. 1 after they allegedly yelled slurs during the … Continued

Poll: Religious groups divided on gun control, but united against guns in churches

After the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., and a deadly shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., … Continued

Canadian man sues to stop ‘anguish’ of Lord’s Prayer

TORONTO — A Canadian man is suing his local government to stop the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer before council … Continued

Is this what a gang symbol looks like?

Matt Rourke AP Gang symbol or article of faith? When Jake Balthazor was sent to the office by his teacher … Continued

Muslims sue to stop NYPD spying program

Muslim civil rights activists are headed to court to end a New York City Police Department program that they say … Continued

Rock Beyond Belief: An atheist victory at Fort Bragg

The Army base at Fort Bragg, N.C., promoted its 2010 “Rock the Fort” festival as an event for soldiers of … Continued

You can’t ‘compromise’ on religious liberty

Susan Walsh AP President Barack Obama announces the revamp of his contraception policy requiring religious institutions to fully pay for … Continued

Catholics rally against Obama contraception mandate

NEW ORLEANS — From Maine to Arizona to southern Louisiana, Catholic churches across the country echoed with scorn for a … Continued

Where does church end and state begin?

For a few years now activists on the Christian right have propounded an absolute doozy of a justification for legitimating … Continued

Democrats and Republicans agree: They want a president who believes in God

Brandon Thibodeaux GETTY IMAGES A cross necklace hangs in front of Lucy West’s American flag t-shirt as she participates in … Continued

Another brick in the wall of separation?

By David Waters A California public school district is refusing the place on a new school campus six bricks inscribed … Continued

Blaming “incendiary language” is a tool of ideologues

After Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric. Many singled out Sarah Palin’s … Continued

Same-sex marriage is a fundamental right

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft New York Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino is far from alone in his bluntly stated opposition … Continued

Islam from news cycle to protest cyclone

By Peter Gottschalk No Qurans burned, no “Ground Zero mosque” built, so time to move on. The op-ed pieces have … Continued