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Bracketing Life
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.

Scholars seek to reclaim a dirty word: secularism

A conference at Georgetown University in Washington this week focused on cleaning up what many Americans consider a dirty word … Continued

Can Chuck Hagel make gay equality a reality in the military?

Win McNamee GETTY IMAGES In his file photo, Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) speaks at the DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial in … Continued

Scott Lively gets his day in court

MICHELE SIBILONI AFP/GETTY IMAGES A man looks on December 11, 2012 at an advertising by campaign group Avaaz in the … Continued

Protecting circumcision in Germany

Markus Schreiber AP Mohel doctor Yacov Gassinovitch, center, is surround by other Rabbis and relatives as he holds eight days … Continued

Romney, Obama and the elephants in the room

A previous version of the blog entry misspelled author Vishal Mangalwadi’s and Rabbi Daniel Sperber’s name. I could see Anwar … Continued

Why not polygamy?

Is the legalization of polygamy inevitable in America? From 1965 to 2005, American courts struck down the traditional sex crimes … Continued

David Wolpe: Circumcision is ‘far from disfigurement’

AP A bris in San Francisco is celebrated by family members in May 2011. In the wake of the ruling … Continued

The nuns who once taught the bishops aren’t done yet

When publicly reprimanded by some of the most powerful men in the Vatican, one is expected to respond, “Yes, Your … Continued

Catholic groups file suit over HHS birth control mandate

Dozens of Catholic universities, dioceses and other institutions filed lawsuits in courts around the country on Monday (May 21) in … Continued

Why claims of conscience matter

Lest we forget, our Framers put religious liberty, or freedom of conscience, first on the list of fundamental rights protected … Continued

When religion is the bully

By Joel P. Engardio The news of gay teen suicides this fall made me think of my college friend Jeff. … 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

How American ideals won in Qur’an burning controversy

By Tad Stahnke Recently, anti-Muslim incidents in the United States sparked deadly protests in Afghanistan, marches in India and Indonesia, … Continued

Tweeting Death

In what is being called the “Executioner’s Tweet,” Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff tweeted updates concerning the execution of convicted … Continued

Diversity is good; Religious tests for office are not

Q: If Elena Kagan is confirmed to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, the Supreme Court would for the first … Continued

Free speech or foul behavior?

A few days back, small groups of college students at Northwestern, Illinois and Wisconsin – angry that Comedy Central had … Continued

Tide turning against support for ‘defamation of religions’

By Tad StahnkeHuman Rights First On March 22, a Malaysian human rights group called Sisters in Islam was hit with … Continued

A permanent end to American torture

As a boy I lived on the Malaysian island of Penang. Just down the road from our home stood an … Continued

Sack the pro-life quarterback?

Q: The conservative Christian group Focus on the Family is sponsoring a pro-life ad, featuring football star Tim Tebow, during … Continued