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Brazil’s police take Bible classes to reduce stress

RIO DE JANEIRO — Amid concerns about police brutality, Brazilian military police officers are taking Bible study classes during their … Continued

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At the United Nations, the Vatican is Church and State. That Needs to Change.

In order for the pope’s new turn to have an impact, the UN must start by recognizing that the Holy See is not a state and should have no greater representation than any other religion.

Hiking with Pope Francis

Like many Americans this past holiday weekend, I was exploring the landscape of our great country. And hiking in one … Continued

Broad coalition says contraception mandate a religious liberty threat

WASHINGTON — Just days after the Obama administration issued final rules to religious groups for its contraception mandate, a broad … Continued

Obama extols a biblical vision of equality for all in second inaugural

A presidential inauguration is by tradition the grandest ritual of America’s civil religion, but President Obama took the oath of … Continued

‘Distilled Spirits’ traces birth of New Age spirituality

BERKELEY, Calif. — Gerald Heard is the most influential religious thinker you’ve never heard of. Without Heard, some of the … Continued

Romney appeals to evangelicals through ‘Judeo-Christian’ values

Mitt Romney angered evangelicals during his first White House run in 2008 by blurring the theological lines between their faith … Continued

A Heavenly Father for this life

“The idea that the universe invites me to pursue Heavenly Father’s perfection stirs and moves me, inspires my thinking, and … Continued

Tennessee’s science law: Academic freedom or monkey business?

AP Evangelist T.T. Martin’s books against the theory of evolution are sold at an outdoor stand in Dayton, Tenn., 1925, … Continued

Why do Mormons baptize the dead?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has apologized for a Mormon who baptized the late parents of famed … Continued

Woody Allen and evangelicals: A surprisingly romantic pair

REMO CASILLI REUTERS Director Woody Allen looks on during the shooting of his movie “The Bop Decameron” in downtown Rome … Continued

Dawkins teaches children how, not what, to think

Free Press FREE PRESS “The Magic of Reality: How We Know What’s Really True,” by Richard Dawkins. Illustrated by Dave … Continued

No place for religion in public policy

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, along with … Continued

Religion should be kept out of politics

Mike Huckabee, the conservative former Arkansas governor, this weekend said that he is concerned about Islam’s role in Egypt’s future. … Continued

Guaranteed freedoms sometimes come into conflict

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued

Threats to what is best in America

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued

What makes a hospital Catholic? Jewish? Etc?

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued

Religious leaders must safeguard life

2011 began with some bleak news for Muslim-Christian relations around the world.Recent attacks against churches in Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt … Continued

The secular best and the worst of 2010

I’ve always tried to avoid engaging in the hoary journalistic practice of filling space at the end of December by … Continued

For American Muslims, a year of living dangerously

Today’s guest blogger is Farhana Khera, the Executive Director of Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy and educational organization. As … Continued