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A rabbi and a sharia court judge walk into an auditorium

What are a Jewish rabbi and a Muslim Sharia court judge doing together on a speaking tour? I like to … Continued

Suzan Johnson Cook to resign as religious freedom ambassador

WASHINGTON — Suzan Johnson Cook, the State Department’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, will announce this week that she is … Continued

The Values Voter Summit Doesn’t Own God

I cringe as I listen to speeches invoking God’s name on behalf of political agendas.

Why Republicans long for a debt apocalypse

Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg We now know the date when our fragile economy recovery will die unless Congress votes to … Continued

Christians in Middle East: U.S. attack on Syria would be detrimental

NEW YORK — As the Obama administration considers a strike in response to recent chemical attacks, the head of a … Continued

Pope Francis rests ahead of busy week in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO — Pope Francis spent Tuesday (July 23) resting following his arrival here in his first international trip … Continued

African religious leaders reject Obama’s call to decriminalize homosexuality

NAIROBI, Kenya — Religious leaders in Africa strongly rebuked President Obama’s call to decriminalize homosexuality, suggesting it’s the reason why … Continued

An American church in Paris

(LOIC VENANCE/AFP/GETTY IMAGES) Recently The New York Times ran an article about Europe’s ongoing resistance to Christianity and it’s symbols. … Continued

Tony Blair misreads Muslim terrorism

This photo released by the FBI shows who the FBI was calling Suspect No. 1, in black cap, and Suspect … Continued

Franklin Graham vs. the IRS

Republican nominee Mitt Romney meets with the Rev. Billy Graham, and his son Franklin Graham in Montreat, N.C. in 2012. … Continued

Black pastors: Gun violence isn’t just a problem for white suburbs

WASHINGTON — Black clergy have launched a new coalition to fight gun violence, saying they are undeterred by the recent … Continued

Former National Council of Churches leader Bob Edgar dead at 69

The Rev. Bob Edgar, a Democratic congressman and United Methodist minister who went on to lead the National Council of … Continued

Terror, torture and truth

While the country struggles with the aftermath of the new terror attack in Boston, the importance of a new 500-page … Continued

At makeshift National Mall graveyard, clergy demand gun control

WASHINGTON — Clergy from California to Connecticut created a makeshift graveyard symbolizing victims of gun violence on the National Mall … Continued

ISO leaders who can act like grown-ups

I just spent a wonderful and encouraging weekend with a church leadership team from Reisterstown, Md. I came away filled … Continued

House considers rising anti-Semitism in Europe, Middle East

WASHINGTON — An advertisement in Athens intertwines a swastika with a Jewish star. Hungarian politicians declare Jews a national security … Continued

Rosa Parks statue unveiled at Capitol, celebrated by AME Church

WASHINGTON — A bronze statue of civil rights heroine Rosa Parks was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday (Feb. 27), … Continued

Negotiating change in the Islamic religious establishment

It has been said by many that Egypt is going through difficult and trying times. Today, however, I would like … Continued

For aging religious leaders, is it still ‘till death us do part’?

When aging religious leaders reach the top echelons of temporal and spiritual power, their followers have a certain expectation: Till … Continued

Muslim democracies: A new kind of political system?

ANDRE PAIN EPA Egyptian protesters perform the Friday noon prayer, during a protest marking the second anniversary of the Egyptian … Continued