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Circumcision, herpes, and religious freedom

The idea that a grown man would put his mouth on an infant’s penis is rather disturbing under pretty much … Continued

Singing on “Idol,” and facing the wrath of religious traditionalists

The biggest worry for most “American Idol” contestants is whether the judges will let them continue to the next round. … Continued

On Feb. 12, should Darwin get his day?

Michele Westmorland ILCP.COM Moon Jellies Schools of floating, pulsing mastigias and moon jellyfish. Trapped in this plankton-rich inland lake eons … Continued

Critiquing Morsi’s Egypt

EPA An Egyptian supporter of President Mohamed Morsi holds a copy of the Koran next to posters bearing Morsi’s photo … Continued

Pork-free vaccine wins cheers from some Hajj pilgrims

The nearly 3 million Muslims who will make next week’s annual hajj pilgrimage to the sacred Saudi Arabian city of … Continued

Ramadan fast poses challenge for Muslim Olympians

Winning an Olympic medal is hard. Surprisingly, winning one when you’re fasting for Ramadan is not that much harder. At … Continued

Sister Farley’s revenge: Want to popularize a book? Ban it.

From papyrus to vellum to paper to e-books, two principles of publishing have not changed over the centuries: 1. Churches … Continued

Was Santorum running for theologian-in-chief?

Rick Santorum has ended his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination. This is an historic moment. Santorum’s was possibly the … Continued

On campus, a move to end religious holidays

Every year it’s the same story: Another person, group, or institution attacks the observance of religious holidays in the name … Continued

Will Catholic Mass changes cause mass confusion?

Marvin Joseph THE WASHINGTON POST Valerie Grays right receives Communion from the Rev. William Norvel at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic … Continued

Can Democracy Save Egypt…Or Us?

By Roger Gottlieb Probably not. After all, it hasn’t saved the U.S. from having an often aggressive foreign policy and … Continued

The Mormon branding problem

With former Utah governor Jon Huntsman and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney both believed to be gearing up for a … Continued

“Shame on you”: religious leaders denounce biogotry against Muslims

The Islamic Society of North America convened a group of American religious leaders, Jewish, Christian and Muslim, at the National … Continued

Bangladesh rejects religious rule

Last week a Bangladeshi High Court ruled that all judgments and punishments outside of the legal system, including those made … Continued

Talk of more than death and dying in Nigeria

Today’s guest blogger is Saleemah Abdul-Ghafur, who works in the Office of the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for … Continued

Influential Pakistani cleric issues fatwa against terrorism

An influential Pakistani cleric issued a 600-page fatwa on March 2, described as an “absolute” condemnation of terrorism without “any … Continued

Blasphemy is good for religion

Q: Atheists are others are protesting a new law in Ireland, under which a person can be found guilty of … Continued

Public policy should be grounded in the Constitution, not scripture

Q: U.S. Catholic bishops are defending their direct involvement in congressional deliberations over health-care reform, saying that church leaders have … Continued

God’s Liberal (or Conservative) Bias

By David Waters In the beginning was the Wiki, and the Wiki was with God Jehovah Christ Allah, and the … Continued

Fear-Mongering Not the Answer to Fear

Some New York-area rabbis are planning to bring weapons to High Holy Day services this month to guard against terrorist … Continued