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(Correction) Mass. Supreme Court weighs challenge to Pledge of Allegiance

BOSTON — Justices of Massachusetts’ highest court examined the nature of the Pledge of Allegiance Wednesday (Sept. 4) as they … Continued

Mass. Supreme Court weighs challenge to Pledge of Allegiance

BOSTON — Justices of Massachusetts’ highest court examined the nature of the Pledge of Allegiance Wednesday (Sept. 4) as they … Continued

An open letter to religious conservatives

Dear Christian Right: GETTY IMAGES Supporters of President Obama cheer as they wait for the president to appear on stage … Continued

Buddhists aim to bring mindfulness to the ballot box

The mindfulness movement has seeped into Silicon Valley, Capitol Hill, and even the United States Military Academy at West Point. … Continued

Professor Jacques Berlinerblau tells atheists: Stop whining!

Jacques Berlinerblau wastes no ink in his new book trying to flatter his fellow nonbelievers. “American atheist movements, though fancying … Continued

The problem with political prayer

REUTERS New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, delivers the closing benediction during … Continued

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The elephant in the GOP? Mormonism.

Prejudice against Mormonism may be an unexpected factor in Romney’s electoral hopes.

Tweeting for justice: Why social media is the new face of feminism

“Feminist ethicist Beverly Harrison once wrote, “God is in the connection.” In the “spectacular social media defeat” of Rush Limbaugh, … Continued

Religion at the GOP debate

ABC News hosted a halting debate Saturday night at St. Anselm College. It was followed by a far better “Meet … Continued

Can a Christian be a libertarian?

Charlie Neibergall AP U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks during a news conference at his newly opened Iowa campaign office, … Continued

Where does church end and state begin?

For a few years now activists on the Christian right have propounded an absolute doozy of a justification for legitimating … Continued

Seeing Jerusalem anew

Many of us who travel to Israel frequently risk becoming jaded. Obsessed by Realpolitik, the peace process, internecine and ultimately … Continued

Michele Bachmann shattering stereotypes of conservative women

BRETT FLASHNICK AP Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., answers questions from the media after signing the Cut Cap … Continued

Peter King’s Muslim hearings: Trust is the key to our shared security

People attend the “Today, I Am A Muslim, Too” rally in New York City March 6, 2011. The rally was … Continued

Love cannot be earned

By Patrick Deneen UnorthodoxyA woman holds Valentine’s Day balloons to hand out on a street in Lisbon February 14, 2011. … Continued

New political equation for religious right

The meaning of the 2010 election is destined now to be the Great Debate of the next political season. While … 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

Bitter religious fighting over mosque plays right into al-Qaeda’s hands

By Evan F. Kohlmann The way that renowned Christian preacher Franklin Graham portrayed Muslims on a nationally-televised news broadcast last … Continued

The Supreme Court and the American mind

Why are we asking if the religious composition of the United States Supreme Court should be more representative of America’s … 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