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Soccer ban on Sikh turbans leads to backlash against Quebec

TORONTO — Earlier this week, the Canadian Soccer Association suspended the Quebec Soccer Federation for instituting the ban on religious … Continued

A vibrant, but different, future for religion in the U.S.

Research for my new book “God Is Alive and Well: The Future of Religion in America” documents the degree to … Continued

U-Va. sociology professor: Parenting in red, blue and purple America

BLOOMBERG President Obama looks over the crowd as he prepares to leave the stage after making an acceptance speech during … Continued

Roger Williams goes Baptist on legendary evangelist Billy Graham

AFP/GETTY IMAGES Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney speaks with the Rev. Billy Graham during a visit to the Graham cabin … Continued

Bringing Dharma, Seva, Shakti and Yoga at the Political forefront

As I watched the vice presidential debate last week I saw how comfortable we, as a nation, are about religion … Continued

Of Protestants, politicians and power

As the Republicans leave Tampa and the Democrats prepare to gather in Charlotte, one dynamic is immediately clear in both … Continued

In gay marriage fight, some companies take a stand

In an unconventional move, a number of high-profile business executives have come out on the issue of gay marriage. Amazon.com … Continued

‘Chick fil-A Appreciation Day’ announced by Mike Huckabee

Tim Carman/The Washington Post The Chick-fil-A sandwich doesn’t come these days without a healthy heaping of the culture wars. When … Continued

Affordable Care Act:

David Goldman AP Supporters of President Barack Obama’s health care law celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington Thursday after … Continued

Catholics see a rallying cry for ‘religious freedom’ in ‘For Greater Glory’ film

The film shows a burning crucifix, gun-toting priests and the torture of a young boy. And the Roman Catholic hierarchy … Continued

Churches tread lightly on politics in 2012 election

With the 2012 election less than six months away, congregations are getting the message that Americans want religion out of … Continued

Rick Santorum’s ‘phony’ Catholic theology

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has lambasted President Barack Obama for holding a “phony theology.” In the farce that politics … Continued

The politics of Catholic opposition to birth control

The confrontation between the bishops and the White House over coverage contraception in all health plans has not ended with … Continued

Time for the peace vote?

Bill O’Leary WASHINGTON POST Peace signs brandished by one of the protestors gathered in Freedom Plaza to occupy the town, … Continued

Embrace secularism; keep religion out of politics

Last week, most leaders of the Republican Party condemned the statement of the Rev. Robert Jeffress that Mormonism is a … Continued

Religious agencies and birth control

The Obama administration is about to draw a bright red line challenging Catholicism over what constitutes “religious activity.” Normally this … Continued

Calling Bachmann

JD Pooley AP Rep. Michele Bachmann, a tea party favorite considering a run for president in 2012, speaks to a … Continued

Do Egyptians want both democracy and a role for religion in their government?

Egyptian anti-government protesters stand atop an Egyptian army tank during a protest in Tahrir Square. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP) The dramatic images … Continued

How messianic hopes create both havoc and healing

In a world of increasingly ugly conversation, let alone action, fueled by faith, Paul Raushenbush, religion editor at the Huffington … Continued

President Hu Jintao, Tibet, and the Dalai Lama

This is the second in a series of five columns written by Matteo Pistono for the visit of Chinese President … Continued