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Miss America Nina Davuluri: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in the Response to American Diversity

Diversity confirms our American values of freedom and tolerance.

Twitter and tragedy: A revamped American religious experience

BOSTON — On my first Patriots’ Day in Boston, I was enjoying lunch with several colleagues when someone rushed into … Continued

10 ways to revitalize the Catholic Church

(Andrew Medichini/AP ) Reform is afoot in the Vatican. Pope Francis has tightened the reins on the Vatican bank, worked … Continued

For most Americans, gay equality trumps religious objections

Same-sex marriage supporter Vin Testa of the District waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court.Bill O’Leary / … Continued

COMMENTARY: Refusing service in the name of religion is never acceptable

In Vermont, a country inn declined to provide a wedding reception for a same-sex marriage. In Hawaii, the owner of … Continued

Got democracy? From Egypt to the U.S., religion and secularism must embrace women’s rights

Morsi opponents in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The photograph in the back is of Egyptian Army Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, who … Continued

From Cairo, with faith in God

Opponents of Morsi pray in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Anti-Morsi protesters have set up camp in the square, the site … Continued

The real fights over gay marriage are just starting

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, while historic, didn’t settle the issue. In fact, they fuel it. … Continued

Yes, you can be gay and Christian

A same sex marriage advocate waves a rainbow flag at a protest in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong/AP ) The … Continued

To the atheists behind the Florida monument: Welcome to the public square!

Planned Monument to Atheism Will Rise at Florida Courthouse As the old saying goes, what’s sauce for the goose is … Continued

My National Day of Prayer petition? Reason.

Today is the National Day of Prayer. Today is also the National Day of Reason. Take your pick. Or take … Continued

Have the bishops found their ‘attractive, articulate, intelligent’ spokeswoman?

NEW YORK — A former adviser to Sarah Palin and an attorney with a long record of advocating conservative causes, … Continued

Atheists rally around jailed Bangladeshi bloggers

An international consortium of nonbelievers is planning rallies Thursday (April 25) outside Bangladeshi embassies and consulates to demand the release … Continued

Richard Land, controversial Southern Baptist leader, gets a new job

Richard Land, the evangelical culture warrior who was set to leave his job with the Southern Baptists after a series … Continued

Judge: Atheist group takes separation of church and state too far on ‘Ground Zero Cross’

On March 28, a group of atheists in New York lost round one in their legal battle to keep the … Continued

R-E-S-P-E-C-T for our gay and lesbian friends

While Supreme Court justices engaged in contorted questioning, the verdict as rendered by wiser tests — known as “sniff” and … Continued

In defense of traditional marriage

Americans respect marriage, not only as a crucial institution of civil society but the fundamental building block of all human … Continued

America is ready for marriage equality

More than most, our family understands the movements of history. We were among those who first publicly and proudly identified … Continued

Ten Commandments in Texas public schools?

Texas State House representative Phil Stephenson has introduced a resolution calling on all public schools to display the Ten Commandments. … Continued

What’s a Christian theologian doing at a conference on secularism?

As a Christian theologian, I gladly accepted the invitation to speak at the conference “Secularism on the Edge: The Church … Continued