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Measles outbreak in Texas church leads to soul-searching, thank God

(Jacquelyn Martin/AP ) There are 20 confirmed cases of measles in the latest outbreak of this preventable disease, according to … Continued

Does the Catholic Church really respect women, or the men who support them?

March 31, 2013Pope Francis arrives to lead an open-air Easter Mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. Pope Francis … Continued

Pope Francis and gays: A misinterpretation or a hint of the future?

Francis’ “Who am I to judge” opens a whole new set of questions – and answers – for the Church.

It’s pro-life to care for the poor. It’s also patriotic.

Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, speaks during a stop on the first day of a nine-state Nuns on … 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

Eric Holder rejects ‘stand your ground.’ Does the Bible?

Jacob Langston/ Orlando Sentinel Attorney General Eric Holder is speaking out against ‘stand your ground’ laws, which exist in 30 … Continued

Ryan Anderson’s uphill fight to change young minds on gay marriage

Ryan Anderson has planted himself on arguably the most unpopular stance for his generation: opposing gay marriage. At 31, Anderson … Continued

Death penalty grows rarer in U.S.

WASHINGTON — Though the number of death-row inmates executed in 2012 remained unchanged from 2011 at 43, death penalty opponents … Continued

Westboro Baptist Church to picket Sandy Hook funerals: 4 ways to respond

Astrid Riecken for The Washington Post Wally Dawall of Gaithersburg, Md., right, and Ray Schlegel of College Park, Md., pay … Continued

Death of the Christian Right? Not so fast.

The 2012 elections raise questions for the Christian Right, but are far from a fundamental shift in the electorate.

Old-fashioned nuns say the past is key to the future

KIRKWOOD, Mo. — The light, clear tones of young women’s voices filled the chapel, their chanted prayers drifting across the … Continued

In Egypt, electing the future of Islam

MAHMUD HAMS AFP/GETTY IMAGES Egyptians wait in a queue outside a polling station in Cairo on May 23, 2012 during … Continued

Catholic bishops: Birth control debate about ‘religious freedom,’ not access to contraceptives

Top U.S. bishops on Wednesday formally made their fight against a White House mandate for reproductive services the church’s top … Continued

What is the 9/11 Unity Walk?

As a lifelong interfaith junkie, I remember attending an interesting annual event a few years ago called the 9/11 Unity … Continued

How the millennial generation is transforming the politics of gay and lesbian issues

Over a week ago, Rick Perry added his name to the National Sue Ogrocki AP Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. … Continued

American values, seen from abroad

David Brooks does a great service with his annual Sidney Awards: his selection of what he considers the best magazine … Continued

Many charter schools continue to defy church-state separation

More than 1.5 million American children now attend charter schools, thanks to a movement asserting that whatever is wrong with … Continued

Culture’s last stand? Strong majorities support open military service for gays

Co-authored by Robert P. Jones and Daniel Cox A long-awaited Pentagon report released Tuesday has concluded that allowing gay and … Continued

The limits to Obama’s Muslim outreach

By Daniel BrumbergISLAM AND THE WEST President Barack Obama’s November 10 trip to Indonesia was short and bitter sweet: short … Continued

Ultra-Orthodox Haredim threaten Israeli democracy

The Hebrew word Haredim translates as “the fearful ones”–those who tremble in awe before God. Israelis apply the term to … Continued