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Mark Fischer
Praying for true religious freedom at the Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case “Town of Greece v. Galloway,” and then decide, once and for all, whose religion is best.

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Is atheism winning the culture war?

For many years, I’ve been encouraging atheists and humanists to organize and cooperate in order to change the culture.

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie won’t appeal gay marriage rulings

TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie announced Monday (Oct. 21) that he was dropping the fight against same-sex marriage in … Continued

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What the Confederate Flag in Front of White House Says About Our Political Battles

This is the racist legacy of slavery and its aftermath, as typified in Civil War symbolism.

ANALYSIS: Persecuted Coptic Christians still hopeful

RNS () — Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams took Britain’s Christian community to task last month when he said … Continued

(Correction) Mass. Supreme Court weighs challenge to Pledge of Allegiance

BOSTON — Justices of Massachusetts’ highest court examined the nature of the Pledge of Allegiance Wednesday (Sept. 4) as they … Continued

Mass. Supreme Court weighs challenge to Pledge of Allegiance

BOSTON — Justices of Massachusetts’ highest court examined the nature of the Pledge of Allegiance Wednesday (Sept. 4) as they … Continued

Mass. Supreme Court to hear challenge to Pledge of Allegiance

RNS () — Massachusetts’ highest court on Wednesday (Sept. 4) will consider whether the daily recitation of the Pledge of … Continued

A prison of cruelty: End injustice in criminal justice system

(Matt York/AP) When some friends began talking to me about the need for prison reform a few years ago, I … Continued

50 years later: Dream. Vision. March.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Nikki Kahn THE WASHINGTON POST) Yesterday a great crowd gathered on the … Continued

Churches raised funds, encouraged crowds at ‘63 march

RNS () — For weeks leading up to the March on Washington, the Rev. Perry Smith urged his congregation to … Continued

A chance for change in Iran

Iranian President-elect Hasan Rouhani at a June 17 news conference in Tehran. (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP ) Winston Nagan is a professor … Continued

There’s something in the air: Grace

RNS () — Moments before I left Laguna Beach to drive to Long Beach one recent Friday afternoon, the U.S. … Continued

COMMENTARY: The reckless right-wing war on America

It is tragic to watch contemptuous right-wingers declaring war on America. With little heed for consequences on either actual people … Continued

Got democracy? From Egypt to the U.S., religion and secularism must embrace women’s rights

Morsi opponents in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The photograph in the back is of Egyptian Army Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, who … Continued

Religious groups OK with gay Scout ban for years now say no problem. What gives?

For years, the biggest faith groups in the Boy Scouts Mormons, Catholics and Methodists supported the organization’s ban on openly … Continued

A wrong decision by the Boy Scouts on gays

(Eric Gay/AP) At 19, the Boy Scouts of America expelled me for being gay. I was overwhelmed with sadness, grief … Continued

Boy Scouts’ ‘compromise’ on gay members is dead wrong

(Eric Gay/AP) At 19, the Boy Scouts of America expelled me for being gay. I was overwhelmed with sadness, grief … Continued

Catholic Church sees “hopeful future” in the Boy Scouts, even if openly gay scouts allowed

Richard W. Rodriguez AP Scouts hold signs at the “Save Our Scouts” Prayer Vigil and Rally at the Boy Scouts … Continued

Why the faith of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects doesn’t matter, but yours does

It simply does not matter that Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the two Chechen-born brothers suspected of perpetrating the attacks were … Continued