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How the Prophet Muhammad Dealt with Insults

Muslims who respond to the likes of “Charlie Hebdo” with violence need to consult the Qu’ran.

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India’s fundamentalists win this round

Penguin’s decision to pulp Wendy Doniger’s “The Hindus” is not a victory for “Hinduism” over its American despisers. It is a victory of one group of Hindus over another.

Religious, civil rights groups demand investigation of NYPD spying

RNS () — A coalition of 125 religious, civil rights, and community-based organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Department … Continued

Malaysian court: Only Muslims can use the word ‘Allah’

RNS () — A court in Muslim-majority Malaysia ruled Monday (Oct. 14) that only Muslims are permitted to use the … Continued

Abercrombie & Fitch to change ‘look policy,’ allow hijabs

RNS () — Abercrombie & Fitch will change its “look policy” and allow employees to wear hijabs after a three-year … Continued

American idol: God does belong in public schools, if a student wants him there

(istockphoto) If you ask a class of 5th graders to write about someone they “look up to,” don’t be shocked … Continued

Muslim clerk wins hijab fight against Abercrombie and Fitch

RNS () — A federal judge ruled Monday (Sept. 9) that the Abercrombie and Fitch clothing chain violated federal anti-employment … Continued

N.J. gay conversion therapy ban challenged in federal court

RNS () — New Jersey’s newly enacted ban on gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors violates a licensed therapist’s obligation to … Continued

Blasphemy, the ‘crime’ that cannot be spoken

Imagine being hung upside down by your feet. Electric wires are tied around your ankles and you’re threatened repeatedly with … Continued

Democracy minus freedom equals tyranny

Opponents of Morsi pray in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Anti-Morsi protesters have set up camp in the square, the site … Continued

COMMENTARY: Online surveillance undermines civil liberties

Had to write a memo to government snoops: As I write this, I am listening to “Maybe” by a pianist … Continued

When students protest abortion, can schools draw the line?

Students with deep religious convictions are fast turning public schools into the newest battleground over abortion much to the dismay … Continued

The terrorists next door

For many of the self-radicalized, their religious education begins not in the family, but in fundamentalist groups or with radical … Continued

In defense of traditional marriage

Americans respect marriage, not only as a crucial institution of civil society but the fundamental building block of all human … Continued

Roman Catholic leaders need to get rid of their groupthink

Recent events prompt a stating of the obvious. The Roman Catholic Church is not now, nor has it ever been, … Continued

When do student prayers cross the First Amendment line?

Students are free to pray in public schools – except when they aren’t. If this sounds confusing, pity school administrators … Continued

Making Islamic sense of free speech

While many celebrated the winter holidays, news broke of the arrest in Saudi Arabia of liberal writer Turki Al Hamad … Continued

Election’s over: What do we do now?

Tom Pennington GETTY IMAGES A voter completes her ballot on Nov. 6, 2012 in Fort Worth, Texas. The election is … Continued

Why Arab spring uprisings and anti-Islam film protests do not compare

AFP/GETTY IMAGES People gather on Dec, 17, 2011 in Sidi Bouzid’s Mohamed Bouazizi square, named after the fruitseller whose self-immolation … Continued

‘If we don’t speak out, sin multiplies’

GETTY IMAGES People walk by a controversial ad, which has already been defaced, that condemns radical Islam in a New … Continued