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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 freedom is not a ‘second-class right’

A rosary is held in the hand of a walker during a “Rosary Walk” rally supporting religious freedom. Over 100 … Continued

Catholic leaders using Communion as a weapon in the culture wars

Polling shows that ex-Catholics are the third largest religious group in the United States. Many Catholic laity are experiencing a … Continued

In search of Jordanian hospitality

While the 2012 election produced ample opportunities to expose the underbelly of American exceptionalism, I observed one especially cringe-worthy moment … Continued

California bans ‘praying away the gay’ therapies

California became the first state to ban the use for minors of disputed therapies to “overcome” homosexuality, a step hailed … Continued

Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Lebanon as riots flare across Middle East

BEIRUT — As violent protests against an anti-Islam film spread to much of the Muslim world on Friday (Sept. 14), … Continued

‘Nuns on the Bus,’ bishops out of gas

Marvin Joseph THE WASHINGTON POST Sister Simone Campbell speaking to a crowd of supporters near the U.S. Supreme Court . … Continued

Evangelicals press Congress on immigration

WASHINGTON — Evangelical activists are pressing Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform plan — a tricky election-year issue that … Continued

Analysis: Catholic bishops divided in legal battle against Obama birth control mandate

NEW YORK — The wave of lawsuits filed this week by more than 40 Catholic groups against the Obama administration’s … Continued

Rep. Pelosi, conscience is more than a ‘thing’

MANDEL NGAN AFP/GETTY IMAGES House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, speaks during her weekly briefing November 17, 2011 in the … Continued

How should Christians cope with ‘Christmas wars?’

By Douglas A. Hicks Welcome back to the “December dilemma” death match — the 2010 edition. In this corner are … Continued

God bless sanity in religion and in politics

This weekend, Jon Stewart is holding “a rally to restore sanity” on the mall, two months after Glenn Beck’s religion-infused … Continued

Escaping the tyranny of me

Author Anne Rice said last week that she was ‘quitting Christianity:’ The once-lapsed Catholic wrote that she was could no … Continued

Ban the burqa? Is the yarmulka next ?

Q: What is the obligation of a Western, democratic government to protect individual freedoms in light of a realistic terrorist … Continued

National Day of Prayer always an unconstitutional custom

Q:Did the Pentagon do the right thing by disinviting evangelist Franklin Graham from a National Day of Prayer event next … Continued

National day of prayer confusion

JUST LAW AND RELIGION By Michael Kessler The 59th National Day of Prayer is scheduled for May 6. It is … Continued

National Day of Prayer ruled unconstitutional

A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled Thursday that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional. National Day of Prayer “goes … Continued

Muslim fighters

Q: What is the proper role of religion — and personal religious belief — in the U.S. armed forces? Should … Continued

The secularist case against “Atheism 3.0″

By Austin Daceyauthor A new, milder “Atheism 3.0″ is on the market, teaching a more forgiving attitude towards faith. Bruce … Continued

6 Questions for S. Court Nominee

JUST LAW AND RELIGION By Michael Kessler President Obama will soon announce his nominee for the next Supreme Court justice. … Continued