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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

The rise of a new religious America

AP Democrat Colleen Hanabusa, right, congratulates candidate Tulsi Gabbard after both women won their Hawaii Congressional district seats on Nov. … Continued

A Holocaust film that must be seen

Countries, like individuals, have sinister histories from which they cannot escape. At best, they may be able to come to … Continued

Oak Creek and the future of Sikhs in America

In testimony before a Senate subcommittee hearing on domestic terrorism and hate crimes, Sikh Americans demanded the federal government do … 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

American atheists must define themselves, not be defined by the religious

I am sorry to tell you that this will be my last regular “Spirited Atheist” column, and I want to … Continued

Can a Christian be a libertarian?

Charlie Neibergall AP U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks during a news conference at his newly opened Iowa campaign office, … 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

Rick Santorum makes faith pitch at GOP debate

Chris Carlson AP Republican presidential candidate former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks during a Republican presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 18, … Continued

Mitt Romney: A reasonable man?

The important question to ask all candidates is if and how their private faith would impact their stands on public policy.

Christian right fighting theocracy

Brandon Thibodeaux GETTY IMAGES Texas Gov. Rick Perry (L) speaks on stage alongside Rev. C.L. Jackson, of Houston’s Pleasant Grove … Continued

Religious liberty good for religion & the state

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

First Amendment includes separation of church and state

The phrase “separation of church and state,” once a widely-shared article of civic faith in the United States, has become … Continued

Same-sex marriage is a fundamental right

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft New York Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino is far from alone in his bluntly stated opposition … Continued

Unreason infects atheism (too) in the culture of American rage

For me, one of the worst aspects of America’s week of rage over the ashes of 9/11 was the commentary … Continued

A pilgrim’s walk with St. James

By Cherie Pagett Each year, tens of thousands of people step out of their front door to make their way … Continued

Fourth of July Honor Roll: Champions of American Secularism

The founders were not atheists.

Jesus prayer opens Texas textbook meeting

By David Waters Friday’s meeting of the Texas Board of Education, charged with revising the state’s social studies curriculum, began … Continued

In American foreign policy, why religious freedom matters

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom released its annual report today – and the news is grim: Millions of … Continued