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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

Whatever happened to ‘reducing abortions’?

What approaches with wide popular support could reduce abortion, even as it remains legal under the Supreme Court’s decisions?

As flu outbreak spreads, faith leaders preach caution

As the flu outbreak spreads across 48 states, some religious leaders are advising their flocks to take precautions, but others … Continued

Can Biden plan stem epidemic of gun violence in Chicago?

President Obama has unveiled the most sweeping proposal to curb gun violence in generations. Will this combination of executive orders … Continued

In Israel, thin is not in: Jewish history and the skinny model ban

Ariel Schalit AP Images of too-thin women evoke memories of the Holocaust. But does Israel’s new skinny model ban really … Continued

Protecting circumcision in Germany

Markus Schreiber AP Mohel doctor Yacov Gassinovitch, center, is surround by other Rabbis and relatives as he holds eight days … Continued

Presidential scorecard by religiously unaffliated yields no ‘clear-cut option’

In October, the Secular Coalition for America released the 2012 Presidential Candidate Scorecard, which rates each of the presidential candidates … Continued

Is homeless crackdown a sign of compassion fatigue?

A growing number of cities across the United States are making it harder to be homeless. Philadelphia recently banned outdoor … Continued

As Muslim community grows, Muslim funerals follow suit

ST. LOUIS — When Adil Imdad’s 28-year-old cousin died of cancer in Ohio two years ago, the family’s grief was … Continued

On Mother’s Day, the gift of family planning

One of the defining characteristic of mothers with the good fortune of living in developed nations is having the means … Continued

Universal health care: A Jewish moral imperative

This week’s Supreme Court hearings on the president’s health care plan will likely generate this court’s signature decision of a … Continued

A vision for a secular America

The Reason Rally is necessary because secular Americans want to restore the values of our nation’s founders. As one of … Continued

An open letter to Komen CEO Nancy Brinker

Dear Nancy, We have known each other for a long time and I have admired your work enormously. That is … Continued

Evicting conscience at Occupy Wall Street

Bebeto Matthews AP Police arrest an Occupy Wall Street protester at Zuccotti Park on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 in New … Continued

Banning the ban on circumcision

Noah Berger AP In this Sunday, May 15, 2011 photo, Benjamin Abecassis rests on a pillow sounded by family members, … Continued

Michele Bachmann and anti-HPV vaccine unreason

Chris Carlson AP Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks during the California Republican Party Fall Convention dinner in … Continued

What’s Driving President Obama, Tea Party Republicans and Iran’s Ahmadinejad

In today’s video Q&A on ethical and moral issues in the news, which is embedded below, we focused on three … Continued

Abortion is a human rights issue, not a religious issue

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, along with … Continued

Defund family planning? Is that pro-life?

In my early days in the women’s health movement, I learned the slogan, “The personal is political.” As I’ve read … Continued

Sadly, Catholic hospitals have a right to be medieval

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued