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Obama extols a biblical vision of equality for all in second inaugural

A presidential inauguration is by tradition the grandest ritual of America’s civil religion, but President Obama took the oath of … Continued

Vatican criticizes European religious freedom ruling

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Wednesday (Jan. 16) criticized a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights that … Continued

In Israel, thin is not in: Jewish history and the skinny model ban

Ariel Schalit AP Images of too-thin women evoke memories of the Holocaust. But does Israel’s new skinny model ban really … Continued

Faithfully Democratic

GETTY IMAGES CPeople hold hands as they pray during the invocation during day two of the Democratic National Convention. The … Continued

The Icemen Cometh: Romney-Ryan and the future of compassion in America

Jason E. Miczek AP Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, left, and his vice presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., … Continued

COMMENTARY: Freedom in God’s economy

Call it the “BlackBerry Dilemma.” It goes like this: Corporate technology officers love the new BlackBerry cell phone developed by … Continued

Opposite games by politicians

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, along with … Continued

Obama and the redistribution of wealth

President Barack Obama arrives to speak at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Feb. 7, … Continued

Are money and freedom exclusive?

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

Chinese food and religious freedom

In the last week of last month, religion in America became part of the public conversation via two events that … 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

Out of many one

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

Imposed or self-imposed censorship?

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

Burqas and bomb threats: A broader context for ‘The Muslim Problem’

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

Without freedom of expression, there is no democracy

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

In their shoes

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

In defense of South Park — and burqas

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

Western democratic governments suffer double handicap

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

Conflicting cultural norms require respect, restraint

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

Secular fundamentalism

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