Religious Justification

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Report: Americans hold different views of what “religious” means

 There is a lopsided divide in America about what it means to be a religious person, with a majority believing … Continued

COMMENTARY: Refusing service in the name of religion is never acceptable

In Vermont, a country inn declined to provide a wedding reception for a same-sex marriage. In Hawaii, the owner of … Continued

What Tony Blair meant about Islam

(Photo credit: Patrick McMullan) Globalization will be the greatest force for good in the 21st century, but it will also … Continued

Neither Obama nor Romney? Some Christians vote for’None of the Above’

Is it a sin not to vote? Or perhaps a virtue? The question may seem surprising, especially in a nail-biter … Continued

Bin Laden’s personal letters reveal Muslims are part of the solution to securing the United States

AP AP This handout document provided by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point shows page two , of four, … Continued

Breaking children’s spirits in God’s name

“To Train Up a Child” is the revealing title of an authoritarian child-rearing manual, written by a right-wing evangelical pastor … Continued

Conviction of Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper/rapist a victory for secular feminism

The conviction last week by a Utah jury of the man who kidnapped 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart in 2002, forced her … Continued

The theology of a homegrown terrorist and the problem of citizenship

The arrests of two American Muslims, one American born (Abdel Hameed Shehadeh in Hawaii) and one naturalized (Farooque Ahmed in … Continued

No religious basis for 9/11

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

Capital punishment and the medium is the message

Q: Was the Utah attorney general wrong to use Twitter, or religious language, to describe an execution? With all our … 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

Atheism and the death penalty

It was amusing to see both atheists and religious believers wrangling over biblical rationalizations for the death penalty in their … Continued

Church-state separation and a successor for Stevens

The retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens from the Supreme Court this June will be a sad day for all … Continued

Religion: the smartest power of all

Q: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is recommending that the U.S. government develop a strategy to make religion ‘integral’ … Continued

Good or evil? A decade defined by religious struggle

Q: What was the most important religion story of 2009? The first decade of the new millennium has been a … Continued

On being a patriotic and faithful Muslim American

Q: The Fort Hood shootings have raised questions again about how the military should handle the personal religious beliefs of … Continued

Sometimes Government Must Act

What should be done when parents rely on religion instead of medicine to heal sick children? Christians know we are … Continued

Synagogues and Bridges in the Bronx

Today’s blog is by Eboo Patel and Samantha Kirby. Wednesday night in New York, four Muslim men were arrested for … Continued

Turning the Tragedy of Aasiya Zubair Hassan into Action

While I would unequivocally assert that domestic violence and religion share no connection, that religion encourages harmonious relationships in the … Continued

Violence Against Innocents Never Justified

The despicable and depraved act of one Muslim is not worthy of serious comment in a religious context. There are … Continued