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In Scotland, nonreligious surpass the Church of Scotland

CANTERBURY, England — For the first time on record, the number of Scots with no religion outstrips those who belong … Continued

Have we forgotten what Bar Mitzvahs are all about?

The egregious, licentious and thoroughly awful video that is circulating ‘celebrating’ a Bar Mitzvah contains so much that is offensive … Continued

How should Catholics respond to gay marriage decisions?

In two decisions today the U.S. Supreme Court avoided a firm declaration about same-sex marriage but signaled that attempts by … Continued

Jews rally around woman arrested for praying at Western Wall

JERUSALEM — Jews from Manhattan to Mozambique held prayer vigils on Monday (Oct. 22) to protest the arrest and incarceration … Continued

Will the Chinese government ban Wednesdays? A snapshot from Lhasa

This is the third in a series of five columns written by Matteo Pistono for the visit of Chinese President … Continued

Non-theists in the city: Gray off on the wrong foot

An inauguration is a traditional ceremony to mark the beginning of a newly elected leader’s term. Such festivities send symbolic … Continued

Religious difference must be addressed and negotiated

Chelsea Clinton, raised Methodist, and Marc Mezvinsky, Jewish, will wed this weekend. Statistics show that 37 percent of Americans have … Continued

Tweeting Death

In what is being called the “Executioner’s Tweet,” Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff tweeted updates concerning the execution of convicted … Continued

In the Post: Editor ‘coerced’ by Unification Church

Post media columnist Howard Kurtz writes about a recently dismissed Washington Times editor, who has filed an EEOC complaint against … Continued

Marriage: Both Civil and Religious

What is marriage? Is it a sacred rite or a civil right? What role, if any, should religious institutions, traditions … Continued

Separate the Civil and the Sacred

What is marriage? Is it a sacred rite or a civil right? What role, if any, should religious institutions, traditions … Continued

God Blesses Gay Marriage

What is marriage? Is it a sacred rite or a civil right? What role, if any, should religious institutions, traditions … Continued

Should Clergy Act as State Agents?

New Hampshire became the sixth state to let gay couples wed. The new law was approved after revisions exempted members … Continued

Poll: Support Strong for Gay Rights, Not Gay Marriage

By Michelle Boorstein A poll released today suggests Americans are becoming increasingly supportive of civil rights for gay men and … Continued

A Sacred Choice and a Civil Right

Let’s face it, love is tough. Finding someone to love, who will love you back…it’s the favorite subject of hit … Continued

What the U.S. Should and Should Not Do

This is a very important question and I wish to be very specific in my answer. In preparation for writing … Continued

Sex Scandals: The Pagan Perspective

To Pagans, sexuality is sacred, for it holds within it the possibility of deep, loving, ecstatic connection to the great … Continued

Eroticism and celibacy in Hinduism

“There has always been tension in Hinduism between sexuality and celibacy,” said Sudhir Kakar, a noted Indian psychoanalyst who also … Continued