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Nepal battles misconceptions over Buddha’s birthplace

RNS () — Quick: Where was the Buddha born? To hear many Indians talk, you’d think it was India, where … Continued

Our moral obligations in Somalia

When pundits and politicos in Washington think of Somalia, the first thing they likely think of is al-Shabaab, the violent … Continued

Freedom languishes for Baha’is in Iran

Nagan is a professor of law and the founding director of the Institute for Human Rights and Peace Development at … Continued

Four more years of the same versus real change for America’s future

Chris Keane Reuters Bill Partlow sets up the voting area in Pineville, N.C., on Nov. 5. With nearly every poll, … Continued

Women get a shot: Martha Raddatz rules the vice-presidential debate

MICHAEL REYNOLDS / POOL EPA Vice President Joe Biden gestures toward Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as moderator Martha Raddatz listens … Continued

Ryan at Values Voter Summit: Obama is failing to lead in the Middle East

AP Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis. speaks at the Values Voters Summit in Washington on Sept. … Continued

‘Holy Terror’: Holy war is waging against sexual minorities

Gays are not ruining the fabric of American society. Rather, anti-gay fundamentalist Christians are. Take a deep breath. These are … Continued

Can young evangelicals move beyond the Religious Right?

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

Religious freedom ambassador settles into role, diplomacy

WASHINGTON — Nearly a year into her stint as the State Department’s point person on religious freedom, the Rev. Suzan … Continued

Pew study shows dramatic growth in religious advocacy

Mixed in with the thousands of corporate lobbyists on Capitol Hill each day is an unusual troop: religious advocates whose … Continued

Faith in the Philippines

The Philippines is in many ways the perfect place to explore the complexities surrounding the relationship between faith and globalization, … Continued

Don’t be fooled: this is political power disguised as religious violence

2011 began with some bleak news for Muslim-Christian relations around the world.Recent attacks against churches in Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt … Continued

WikiLeaks exposes Muslim nations’ hypocrisy

WikiLeaks is in the process of transforming foreign affairs and international relations in a dramatic fashion. It is revealing over … Continued

We need frank conversations about 9-11 with Muslims

After 9/11 President Bush reminded Americans that the attack was the work of a few terrorists and not the Muslim … Continued

Changing how Muslims see America

By Amar C. Bakshijournalist Last week, the Pew Research Center released its annual survey of global public opinion, including a … Continued

Obama names Cook religious freedom ambassador

By William Wan and Michelle Boorstein This post has been updated. The White House just announced that they’re filling the … Continued

National security without religious liberty?

FAITH AND FOREIGN POLICY By Thomas Farr In a previous post, I voiced the fear that the Obama administration was … Continued

U.S. foreign policy and religion: here be dragons

Last week, a task force sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs delivered a 99-page report to the White … Continued

Establishment Clause doesn’t limit foreign policy

JUST LAW AND RELIGION Michael Kessler Does the Establishment Clause prevent the President from using or aiding religion as part … Continued

Why no Hindu or Buddhist representation?

Q: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is recommending that the U.S. government develop a strategy to make religion ‘integral’ … Continued