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Religious freedom isn’t just an American value

The religious pluralism that now prevails in the United States took hundreds of years to emerge, and it is still tested by bigotry and discrimination.

Judge in N.J. same-sex marriage case has deep Catholic roots

BAYONNE, N.J. — — The judge who declared same-sex marriage legal in New Jersey was raised a Catholic in Bayonne, … Continued

What the Confederate Flag in Front of White House Says About Our Political Battles

This is the racist legacy of slavery and its aftermath, as typified in Civil War symbolism.

In Egypt, complicated religious politics threatens a nation

A son of the late Ammar Badie prays during his father’s funeral in al-Hamed mosque in Cairo’s Katameya district on … 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

Church of England drops opposition to gay marriage bill

Bishops in the Church of England, who had strenuously opposed a bid to allow same-sex marriage, signaled that they won’t … Continued

Forget the IRS and Benghazi! Here’s the real scandal

Bill O’Leary / THE WASHINGTON POST Scandals in American government are nothing new. As King Solomon noted, “There is nothing … Continued

Latino blessing the 2012 election

REUTERS Placards and campaign stickers sit on a table at the Latino regional headquarters for the Obama campaign during election … 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

Evangelicals mobilizing for Romney campaign

The Romney-Ryan ticket is the first Republican presidential campaign in history without a Protestant candidate, but this hasn’t deterred evangelicals … 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

Lie to me, please: Truth was the real loser of first presidential debate

AP Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama wave to the audience during the first presidential debate at the … Continued

Middle East riots fueled by competition between radicals, moderates

Anti-American riots that have spread to more than a dozen countries across the Middle East are a sign of fissures … Continued

Mormon official on church stance in politics: ‘We do not direct them on how to vote’

“The church has always encouraged people to be a part of the political process and to register to vote. However, … Continued

Email prompts Mormon church to reaffirm that it’s neutral on Mitt Romney

WASHINGTON — Mormon leaders say the church is not attempting to sway members to support Mitt Romney’s presidential bid after … Continued

The one bright light in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. — Two forces of nature are bearing down on Tampa this week. One, Tropical Storm Isaac, is thought … Continued

Pluralism and prejudice: How conflicts over religious pluralism reveal America’s new ‘Sacred Ground’

The only Protestant running for president in 2012 is President Obama, an American of both a racially and a religiously … Continued

U.S. mosque report rapid growth in past 10 years

WASHINGTON — The number of mosques in America has jumped 74 percent since 2000, and the majority of them — … Continued

Scrooged: Why the 21st century now looks like the 19th

MGM Home Entertainment MGM HOME ENTERTAINMENT Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge in ‘A Christmas Carol.’ The 21st century is becoming … Continued

Romney’s Mormonism a tough sell for Millenials

Scott Olson GETTY IMAGES Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks to supporters during a rally on … Continued