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How to respond to a marathon massacre

“How do you defend against terrorists?” asked a colleague, as we processed news reports of two bomb explosions near the … Continued

Religious freedom, not just for the religious

Atheists, humanists and other non-religious people face discrimination and persecution in many parts of the world, according “Freedom of Thought … Continued

Middle East riots fueled by competition between radicals, moderates

Anti-American riots that have spread to more than a dozen countries across the Middle East are a sign of fissures … Continued

Pope meets with Fidel Castro, urges more freedom

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI ended his three-day visit to Cuba on Wednesday (March 28) with an appeal for … Continued

King’s speech

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will begin holding hearings Thursday on “the extent of … Continued

Change in Egypt will change the region

Mike Huckabee, the conservative former Arkansas governor, this weekend said that he is concerned about Islam’s role in Egypt’s future. … Continued

South Africa’s inspiring constitution

National pride is palpable in South Africa but so are the stunning challenges that face what is in many respects … Continued

American idolatry?

After Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric. Many singled out Sarah … 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

Humanism’s Future Hinges on Secular Discourse

By Michael De DoraExecutive Director, Center for Inquiry New York, and Contributor to Patheos.com We live in a time when … Continued

Answering ‘Will Muslims impose Shariah?’

One of the frequent battle cries raised by those who warn that Muslims want to overwhelm the West is that … Continued

Mixed faiths a mixed blessing

Chelsea Clinton, raised Methodist, and Marc Mezvinsky, Jewish, will wed this weekend. Statistics show that 37 percent of Americans have … Continued

Pre-marital counseling is a must for interfaith marriages

Chelsea Clinton, raised Methodist, and Marc Mezvinsky, Jewish, will wed this weekend. Statistics show that 37 percent of Americans have … Continued

Still counting the casualties of Vietnam War, 35 years later

America’s faith communities have a long and important history of helping their members more deeply understand the implications of war, … 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