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When pride overruns the common good

Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) recently admitted that the government shutdown continues not for achievable policy goals, … Continued

Remembering the revival on the National Mall

Martin Luther King Jr. seen during his “I Have a Dream” speech.AP Hand clapping. Foot stomping. Shouts of “Amen!” and … Continued

COMMENTARY: Concealed handguns a form of white social control

Racism remains a dark, durable — and seemingly intractable — element of the American personality. Predictably, the trial of George … Continued

Why atheists should embrace America’s ‘godless’ Constition

Many atheists, myself included, are offended by what we view as unwarranted antagonism toward atheists. I’ve participated in a number … Continued

Scrooges on Capitol Hill: Republicans hold middle-class tax cuts hostage

AP James Dresch of MND Partners Inc. works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. … Continued

Baptist leader stands his political ground on Todd Akin’s campaign

ST. LOUIS — Don Hinkle stands out among the serious, conservative men of the Missouri Baptist Convention. Not that Hinkle … Continued

Why would Jews vandalize a Holocaust memorial?

The news that Israel’s memorial to Holocaust victims had been grafittied in early June with bitterly anti-Semitic and anti-Israel statements … Continued

Supreme Court health care defeat may be a win for religious opposition

Supporters of President Obama’s health care reform law were elated on Thursday (June 28) — and admittedly a bit surprised … Continued

Atheists challenge the tax exemption for religious groups

How much money does the U.S. government forgo by not taxing religious institutions? According to a University of Tampa professor, … Continued

The faux birth control debate

According to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll, while most U.S. Catholics support both the new federal directive that … Continued

Pastors’ call for more faith talk in 2012 shows common ground elusive

After watching two prominent evangelical pastors talk for two hours about the importance of civility and Christian decency triumphing during … Continued

A ‘Nobel’ way to live

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” So mused humorist Mark Twain upon learning of his premature obituary in … Continued

The ‘seamless garment’ on the campaign trail: Does the death penalty violate pro-life values?

Catholicism includes opposition to the death penalty as part of its pro-life agenda. The late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin called it … Continued

‘Dominionism’ beliefs among conservative Christians overblown

Here we go again. The Republican primaries are six months away, and already news stories are raising fears on the … Continued

Rep. King’s hearing is the wrong answer to the wrong question

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

Why stir up suspicion?

There was an interesting synchronicity with this week’s question about the congressional hearings on the “radicalization” of Islam. While I … Continued

Time to walk the talk in Mideast

By John L. Esposito and Sheila B. Lalwani The toppling of the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak and new dawn … Continued

Will the Chinese government ban Wednesdays? A snapshot from Lhasa

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

Preaching hatred begets hatred

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

Take the path of selfless service

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