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Americans: Marijuana isn’t sinful but not sure it should be legal

WASHINGTON — American views on marijuana are evolving much like their views on gay marriage, according to a new poll, … Continued

The trouble with labels

Labels can be helpful when, for instance, applied to cans of soup or barrels of toxic waste. But they are … Continued

Romney, Obamacare and Mormonism

Image courtesy of Businessweek First, the economy is in the toilet. The numbers get worse every day. We can’t see … Continued

How to make atheism matter

If I were in charge of American atheism–which I am not, but then again who is?–I would ask myself the … 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

Cowardice and hypocrisy surround DADT

Despite public and military support for overturning Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the legislation which bans openly gay service members, political, … Continued

Talking the ‘Hereafter’ with atheists and believers

Today’s guest blogger is Nicholas Lang, an intern at Interfaith Youth Core and a senior at DePaul University. Lang co-founded … Continued

When God enters the voting booth

Pope Benedict XVI and Catholic Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke both recently characterized voting as a moral act with spiritual consequences. The … Continued

Cubby-hole thinking

This weekend, Jon Stewart is holding “a rally to restore sanity” on the mall, two months after Glenn Beck’s religion-infused … Continued

A mosque at the heart of America

The New York City community board endorsed the Cordoba House, a community center and mosque planned for construction near Ground … Continued

God did not make denominations; people did

I do not remember the source, but when I was writing my final paper for my D.Min. degree, I found … Continued

Should we be spiritual AND religious?

By Joan Ballauthor, blogger Reading through some of the more than 3.6 million articles that show up on a Google … Continued

Beyond aggressive atheism

By Eboo Patel and Samantha Kirby Five years ago, atheism was all aggression. From Christopher Hitchens to Richard Dawkins, the … Continued

Too many ‘i’s’ in proselytizing

Q: Is there a problem with proselytism overseas by U.S. religious groups? Isn’t sharing one’s faith part of religious freedom? … Continued

Let’s argue the truth of our ideas

The problem with American foreign policy is that it never considers that a particular religious belief might be true or … Continued

Repeal don’t ask, don’t tell

Q: Top U.S. defense officials say they will repeal the decades-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which requires gay soldiers … Continued

Obamas at Christmas: Balancing public and personal

Q: Should the White House, whose residents serve all Americans, display a crèche or a menorah or any strictly religious … Continued

Respecting religion, staying secular

Today’s guest blogger is Christopher Stedman, an Outreach, Education and Training intern at the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC); he also … Continued

Always raise concerns, but never make policy

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

Nuclear Arms Are Frightening, But Not Sinful

Q: Reacting in part to recent missile tests by Iran and North Korea, President Obama and a unanimous UN Security … Continued