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Jewish feminists say they’d accept Western Wall prayer compromise

JERUSALEM — In a stunning reversal, a feminist Jewish prayer group said it will consider a government proposal to allow … Continued

For Iran’s Rouhani, the Human Rights of Baha’is Are the Ultimate Test of Reform

In Iran, Baha’is are regularly imprisoned and even executed for practicing their faith.

Got democracy? From Egypt to the U.S., religion and secularism must embrace women’s rights

Morsi opponents in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The photograph in the back is of Egyptian Army Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, who … Continued

Jerusalem court upholds women’s prayer rights at Western Wall

JERUSALEM — Women who want to wear prayer shawls while praying in the women’s section of the Western Wall are … Continued

Tensions flare over women’s prayers at sacred Western Wall

JERUSALEM — The ultra-Orthodox rabbi in charge of the sacred Western Wall assured a government emissary on Thursday (April 4) … Continued

What the Catholic Church can learn from the Supreme Court

With the election of the next pope coming under precedent-breaking scrutiny, it may be helpful to take a look at … Continued

Negotiating change in the Islamic religious establishment

It has been said by many that Egypt is going through difficult and trying times. Today, however, I would like … Continued

What’s a Christian theologian doing at a conference on secularism?

As a Christian theologian, I gladly accepted the invitation to speak at the conference “Secularism on the Edge: The Church … Continued

Is there room in Christianity for doubt?

Of all the many reasons people lose their faith, the biggest by far is the question of injustice and suffering. … Continued

Why the National Cathedral’s decision to perform same-sex marriages matters

Nikki Kahn THE WASHINGTON POST The National Cathedral will become one of the first Episcopal Churches to perform same-sex weddings. … Continued

Jerusalem restaurants sue over rabbis’ kosher certification rules

JERUSALEM — Five Jerusalem restaurant owners have filed suit against the city’s Chief Rabbinate, saying the rules for kosher certification … Continued

On gay marriage, voters got it right even if the church gets it wrong

Last week, citizens in Maine, Maryland and Washington state made history with their votes to legalize same-sex marriage. Minnesotans, too, … Continued

The new secularism of Democrats

Nikki Kahn THE WASHINGTON POST Supporters hold up THANK YOU signs in support of the Armed Forces at the Democratic … Continued

Egypt’s mufti: To Muslims, prophet Muhammad is ‘the mercy to all worlds’

AP A Libyan woman, Salwa Bugaighis, on Sept. 17, 2012, carries a wreath with a photo of U.S. Ambassador Chris … Continued

What is a fatwa? Who can give one?

Amr Nabil AP Thousands of supporters raise a poster of Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi as they celebrate in Tahrir … Continued

Israel agrees to recognize non-Orthodox rabbis

JERUSALEM — When activist Anat Hoffman learned that the Israeli government had agreed to pay a state-funded salary to several … Continued

Counter Islamists and Islam: The new religious opposition

AMR ABDALLAH DALSH REUTERS A girl walks past a Muslim Brotherhood slogan “Islam is the solution” near a polling station … Continued

Exceptional in good and bad ways

Washington Post political reporter Karen Tumulty wrote Monday about the growing use of the idea of “American exceptionalism” by political … Continued

Deviant theology of violent extremists

By Imam Mohamed MagidExecutive director, All Dulles Area Muslim Society; President, Islamic Society of North America; Board member, Muflehun As … Continued

First Amendment includes separation of church and state

The phrase “separation of church and state,” once a widely-shared article of civic faith in the United States, has become … Continued