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Interview: Desmond Tutu on gay rights, the Middle East and Pope Francis

RNS () — Retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against apartheid in … Continued

Christian ethicist Jean Bethke Elshtain dies at 72

RNS () — Christian ethicist Jean Bethke Elshtain, a scholar who shaped national conversations on war and peace from her … Continued

Poll: Americans see gay marriage as inevitable

WASHINGTON — Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe legalized same-sex marriage in the U.S. is inevitable, according to a study by … Continued

Ten Commandments in Texas public schools?

Texas State House representative Phil Stephenson has introduced a resolution calling on all public schools to display the Ten Commandments. … Continued

The moral mandates around gun control

JONATHAN ERNST REUTERS A copy of the book ‘Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games’ sits at … Continued

Journey from Oak Creek to Newtown

GETTY IMAGES Zulma Sein prays at a memorial set up outside of the entrance to the Sandy Hook School on … Continued

Does God hear our cries?

GETTY IMAGES People climb down a destroyed section of boardwalk after checking the storm’s approach as a nor’Easter arrives in … Continued

LGBTQ student groups at Catholic colleges form pro-equality association

Today the leaders of several lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) student groups based on Catholic college campuses sent a … Continued

Mitt Romney, Mormon: This I know

View Photos: “I know that Mormonism can foster thoughtful deliberation and humanity; are these also features of Mitt Romney’s Mormonism?” asks … Continued

When gay-bashing goes viral

Brad Loper AP Dale Robinson waves his flag for people driving by a rally of the Dallas LGBT Community to … Continued

Guidelines seek line between free speech, bullying

WASHINGTON — When Sally tells Jimmy that he’s going to hell for believing in a false religion, is that Sally … Continued

Holy hoodies: Trayvon Martin, a child of God

Thousands and thousands of Americans are now wearing hoodies, the hooded sweatshirt that Trayvon Martin was wearing when he was … Continued

Why the Mississippi personhood amendment self-imploded

Bruce Newman AP Amendment 26 supporter Joyce Haskins, with her grandchild Landry Bruce, waves to passersby outside the voting booths … Continued

In Trinidad and Tobago, youth and faith join hands to fight homophobia

Trinidad and Tobago hardly seems a likely battleground for America’s culture wars. But recent months have seen a drama there … Continued

Should we fear Islam?

By Congressman Keith Ellison At a time when our nation is seeing a rise in intolerant behavior, crossing every cultural … Continued

Jewish reflections on America’s relationship with Islam

By Rabbi Steve Gutow Last week two disturbing incidents occurred that I hope and pray are not the start of … Continued

Building mosque can be a redemptive act

President Obama, after saying that building a mosque at Ground Zero fit our “commitment to religious freedom,” backtracked, saying he … Continued

Evangelicals to weigh in on Cordoba House

One of the joys of my job as Executive Director of Interfaith Youth Core has been to get to know … Continued

Religion and U.S. foreign policy

By Leonard Leochair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom It’s early December 2009 and a U.S. Commission on International Religious … Continued

It’s about Biblical social justice, not Wallis or Beck

Q:Fox News commentator Glenn Beck claims that faith-based calls for “social justice” are really ideological calls for “forced redistribution of … Continued