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Pastor Saeed Abedini faces grave new danger

In a disturbing turn of events, an American Pastor imprisoned in Iran has been transferred to one of the deadliest … Continued

Founding Father - Jefferson Memorial, National Mall, Washington
Founders’ view of prayer should prevail at Supreme Court

The Founding Fathers found a common ground in prayer that should still guide us today.

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

Ohio court gives lawyer guardianship of Amish girl with cancer

RNS () — An Ohio court has given limited guardianship of a 10-year-old Amish girl to a lawyer who will … Continued

Brazil tries to combat religious intolerance of minority faiths

RIO DE JANEIRO — The couple practiced Candomble, an African-Brazilian faith with roots in Brazil’s slave trade. They dressed in … Continued

Religious liberty takes center stage in diplomacy with Iran

AP Photo/Brendan McDermid, Pool — AP photo Hasan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, addresses the 68th United … Continued

Are atheists taking over? Signs abound, from Francis interview to Virginia’s governor race

Are atheists taking over the debate?   In the past weeks, Pope Francis gave an interview to an atheist journalist in … Continued

Is Christian-owned Hobby Lobby boycotting Hanukkah?

RNS () — Hanukkah comes early this year. But it apparently never comes to Hobby Lobby. The national craft store … Continued

Iran’s president speaks of religious ‘tolerance,’ now is time for action: Free American Pastor Saeed Abedini

AP Photo/Brendan McDermid, Pool — AP photo Hasan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, addresses the 68th United … Continued

‘Secular safe zones’ offer campus shelter to atheist students

RNS () — The small sticker on professor Robert Schmidt’s office door isn’t just a decoration — it’s a beacon … Continued

A rabbi’s call to draft Israel’s ultra-Orthodox into military service

Surprisingly, Rabbi Dov Lipman, an Israeli Orthodox rabbi, had other things on his mind last week than Syria. He was … Continued

‘Hug an Atheist’ film tries to put a human face on unbelief

SAN FRANCISCO — Few outside the atheist community — and even many inside it — would argue that atheism has … Continued

I’ll take my salvation without the snakes, please

RNS () — If there were such a thing as “spiritual hazard pay” for columnists, I would be filing a … Continued

What’s next for Tim Tebow? “Relentless pursuit of … dream of being an NFL quarterback” goes on

Tim Tebow isn’t giving up. (Charles Krupa / AP) Tim Tebow has been released by two NFL teams and traded … Continued

Keep doomsday religion out of the Syrian conflict

RNS () — As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons at the outskirts of Damascus and President Obama mulls … Continued

N.Y. Freethought Trail traces nonbelievers’ historic course

SENECA FALLS, N.Y. — More than 29,000 people visit the Women’s Rights National Historical Park each year, where they sit … Continued

Quebec moves to ban religious headgear for public employees

TORONTO — Quebec’s separatist, secular-minded government plans to move forward with a controversial bill that would ban religious headgear for … Continued

Steve Jobs: Prophet of a new religion

RNS () — The new movie about Steve Jobs is short on anything explicitly religious. Like its main character, however, … Continued

Conservatives vow suit over N.J. gay conversion law

TRENTON, N.J. — Licensed therapists are banned from using conversion therapy to try to change a child’s sexual orientation from … Continued

Are atheists smarter than believers? Not exactly.

RNS () — A new study of almost a century’s worth of data shows that the smarter you are, the … Continued