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Beyond faith in guns

Scott Olson GETTY IMAGES Students learn how to grip a pistol during an NRA Basic Pistol Course at Freddie Bear … Continued

Sandy Hook: never again

The tragedy of Sandy Hook was stunning in its human face, the faces of first-graders and their teachers. In the … Continued

For Tyler Clementi, ‘hate the sin, love the sinner’ not enough

There is an unspoken narrative surrounding the life and suicide of Tyler Clementi and other similar stories. It must no … Continued

Democratic Tunisia! Can we dare to hope?

A few years ago Ronald Inglehart and Pippa Norris, both prominent American political scientists, made an interesting argument that the … Continued

There are not “both sides” to teen suicide issue

By Jarrett Barrios By giving noted anti-gay activist Tony Perkins a platform from which he could explicitly blame the victims … 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

Exploring the future of Islam

My new book, “The Future of Islam,” seeks to understand the struggle for reform in Islam, sometimes described as a … Continued

Opening Pandora’s Box overseas

Q: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is recommending that the U.S. government develop a strategy to make religion ‘integral’ … Continued

Tell and don’t ask

Q: Top U.S. defense officials say they will repeal the decades-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which requires gay soldiers … Continued

Europe and Islam: beyond minarets

Four minarets come up in Switzerland and a national identity stands challenged? Incredible that a national referendum even made it … Continued

Humanist ads: less Santa more Scrooge

Q: What do you think of the American Humanist Association’s new “Godless Holiday” campaign? The ads will say: “No God? … Continued

A call for civility and an end to ‘Nazi’ rhetoric

By Welton Gaddy, others A group of prominent faith leaders brought together by Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, President of … Continued

Neither Bush Nor Obama = Hitler

By Abraham Cooperassociate dean, Simon Wiesenthal Center As a rabbi, I believe our ultimate health care mandate is the one … Continued

Evangelicals are Celebrating Obama, Too

After a week or so of basking in the afterglow of the presidential election, I am starting to get a … Continued

Don’t Lend Despots the Veneer of Peace

Five religious organizations have invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to be guest of honor at a dinner this week in … Continued

Palin Must Shift from Parochial Religion to Universal Politics

In many respects, Sarah Palin represents the best of our great country. As mother of five and executive leader, star … Continued

Benedict’s Mixed Messages to Islam

Benedict XVI’s visit to the U.S. will be watched closely by people in America and across the world. Many will … Continued

Time to Renounce the Renouncing

The Question: John McCain’s spiritual guide, televangelist Rod Parsley, calls Islam a “false religion” that should be “destroyed.” Should McCain … Continued

America’s Real Power

Secretary of Defense Bob Gates caused a stir with a recent speech in Kansas extolling the importance of ‘soft power’ … Continued