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Religious freedom isn’t just an American value

The religious pluralism that now prevails in the United States took hundreds of years to emerge, and it is still tested by bigotry and discrimination.

Venting and vetting: The brutal side of papal politics

If you want a crash course on how papal politics really works, look no further than the saga of Scottish … Continued

Muslims: Keep calm and carry on

Spencer Platt GETTY IMAGES NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 27: People walk by a controversial ad, which has already been … Continued

What Mormon women want

Carlos Osorio AP In this Feb. 28, 2012 photo, Ann Romney introduces Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney … Continued

‘Underwear bomber’ pleads guilty, says he was following ‘Islamic law’

A Nigerian on a terrorist mission for al-Qaeda prayed, washed and put on perfume moments before trying to detonate a … Continued

Dawkins teaches children how, not what, to think

Free Press FREE PRESS “The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True,” by Richard Dawkins. Illustrated by Dave … Continued

Egypt Can Learn from Survivors

By Marci A. HamiltonAuthor, Professor and Patheos Columnist How do the powerless overcome the powerful? Sometimes it is a very … Continued

Human rights crucial but complex

In President Obama’s meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao this week, should discussion of human rights and religious freedom be … Continued

Jehovah’s Witnesses: a model for church and state

By Joel P. Engardio If I’m ever allowed to legally marry, my mother won’t attend my wedding. I’m a gay … Continued

Cyberviciousness and a student’s suicide: the fault is always in ourselves

If there is any doubt about the pervasiveness of moral confusion and illogic in our society, one need only sample … Continued

The world’s oldest hatred

By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Anti-Semitism is the world’s oldest hatred. Yet, it was a prejudice that I thought the world … Continued

Generals come and go but religious repression of women remains

The front page news out of Afghanistan this week is, of course, the firing by President Obama of Gen. Stanley … Continued

Retiring Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas resigned Monday from her position as a syndicated columnist for the Hearst Corporation, in the wake of her … Continued

Faith is a true story

By Mitch Albomcolumnist, author He was The Singing Rabbi. Not just on the pulpit. Everywhere. In his later years, if … Continued

Friday Night Acolytes

By David Waters Before each football game at Georgia’s Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe high school, cheerleaders hold up cheerleaders giant banners containing … Continued

WWJD: Who Would Jesus Deputize?

The man accused of last month’s mass shooting in a Tennessee church was indicted yesterday on two counts of first-degree … Continued

Will “Agents of Intolerance” Return to SC?

As I think about what lies ahead for the Republican Party the phrase “pier-sixer” keeps coming to mind. What, pray … Continued


Books on Islam, recommended by “On Faith” panelist John L. Esposito, professor of religion, international affairs and Islamic studies at … Continued

In God Our Press Trusts

The question about whether the media treat religion fairly really ought to have two parts, and the second half ought … Continued