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Atheists at the Pulpit

Congregations of atheists may be the new, beneficial alternative to organized religion.

Atheists and humanists launch Freethought Equality Fund PAC

WASHINGTON — Atheists and humanists hope to increase their influence in politics with the launch of the Freethought Equality Fund, … Continued

Our moral obligations in Somalia

When pundits and politicos in Washington think of Somalia, the first thing they likely think of is al-Shabaab, the violent … Continued

Dispelling the myth of a ‘Christian nation’

(Brandon Thibodeaux — GETTY IMAGES) Culture warriors, pseudo historians and opportunistic politicians have spent the last several decades peddling the … Continued

Reza Aslan defends controversial new book on Jesus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For the third time, Jesus is about to change Reza Aslan’s life. As a teenager, Aslan turned … Continued

The Catholic Health Association v. the bishops v. Obama

Last week, the Obama administration published its final guidelines for contraception coverage by insurers, putting what should be closure on … Continued

COMMENTARY: The revolution is upon us

Religious historians say that every 500 years, Christianity goes through a “massive transition,” as noted religion writer Phyllis Tickle puts … Continued

The Muslim world needs a ‘women’s uprising’

While the rest of the world enters a new year, the Arab world is stuck in some archaic ways of … Continued

Afghan women in the context of transition

GETTY IMAGES Afghan women pray during friday prayers at the Madinatul-Elm mosque on June 3, 2011 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghan … Continued

Let my people know

Courtesy: National Conference on Soviet Jewry Thousands gather on the Mall in 1987 to rally for Soviet Jewry. “We are … Continued

The return of pharaoh? The ‘power grab’ by Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi

AP In this Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 photo released by the Egyptian Presidency, President Mohamed Morsi, center right, waves to … Continued

Religion as pretext or cause in attacks in Cairo, Egypt and Libya

REUTERS The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames during a protest by an armed group said to have … Continued

Hoping Muslims in Murfreesboro will enjoy some of Ramadan in their new mosque

AP A Muslim boy looks up as members of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro pray on the first day of … Continued

Mormonism and the cult of name-calling

REUTERS Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney smiles as he is booed after saying he will repeal “Obamacare” at the NAACP … Continued

Budde: Saddened by prolonged debate of women bishops in the Church of England

The debate on women bishops is headed to the General Synod of the Church of England, the Guardian reported Friday. … Continued

AME bishops condemns actions taken against Eric Holder

“[T]he African Methodist Episcopal church has a 196 year tradition of speaking truth to power and advocating the active application … Continued

Nixon’s Worst Watergate Legacy: The Politics of Hatred

President Nixon managed to destroy himself in the wake of Watergate, but the legacy he managed to leave had a much more unfortunate impact.

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Three decades ago, the evangelical faithful was galvanized by public debates over abortion, the size of the federal government, the … Continued

A new way of being Christian

Three decades ago, the evangelical faithful was galvanized by public debates over abortion, the size of the federal government, the … Continued

Catholic bishops issue rallying cry for ‘religious freedom’

The nation’s Catholic bishops are calling on the faithful to pray and mobilize in a “great national campaign” to confront … Continued