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Suzan Johnson Cook defends her work on religious freedom and explains why she left

WASHINGTON — Suzan Johnson Cook, who resigned this month as U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, said she left for … Continued

What grows in a garden?

Freshly dug carrots (John McDonnell/ The Washington Post) American spirituality is discovering itself anew as people of faith reconnect with … Continued

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

French Jews face uncertain future after scandal

PARIS — Amid a finance scandal that touched the heart of France’s Socialist government, a quieter drama played out this … Continued

A rabbi prays for the new pope

While the selection of a new pope is the selection of the leader of the Catholic Church, the newly instated … Continued

The Catholic Church must change

Philippe Wojazer AP In this Friday, Sept. 12, 2008 file photo, Pope Benedict XVI waves to wellwishers as he leaves … Continued

Beyond faith in guns

Scott Olson GETTY IMAGES Students learn how to grip a pistol during an NRA Basic Pistol Course at Freddie Bear … Continued

Mary Magdalene to Rush Limbaugh: Your apology is too little, too late

Rush Limbaugh, conservative radio talk show host, attempted to silence women’s voices in the public square through sexual shaming. The … Continued

Will Iran’s nuclear capability be an excuse for unjust war?

As the UN prepares to issue its report this week about Iran’s nuclear build-up there is a marked increase in … Continued

No Room for Zealots?

In 2008, during his campaign, President Obama’s affiliation with certain religious leadership was put into question. Namely, that of Jeremiah … Continued

100 years of International Women’s Day doesn’t mean women have achieved equality

On March 19, 1911, the first international celebration dedicated to women’s work and roles took place. Thus 2011 marks the … Continued

Israel’s concerns with the Egyptian tumult

By Ori Z. Soltes Religion has always been interwoven with politics. We can trace the use of religion for political … Continued

Using religion to forge peace

By Debbie WeissmanCommon Ground News It may very well be that one of the obstacles to the success of the … Continued

Why don’t women have more rights in Muslim countries?

No one should be complacent about the condition of women in many Muslim (or many Western) societies. Americans certainly are … Continued

Group cannot be held responsible for actions of a few

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, terrorism analyst Evan Kohlmann said that anti-Muslim rhetoric in America is bad news … Continued

The imam and the pastor

By Katherine Marshall FAITH IN ACTION The unlikely and inspiring Nigerian duo Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye were … Continued

Religion’s Invisible Women

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall Dekha Ibrahim Abdi, a courageous woman from the arid north of Kenya, devotes her … Continued

Trouble the waters. Heal the world

I have vivid memories of being in civil rights marches with my father, a Presbyterian seminary professor in Louisville, Kentucky, … Continued

Signs of peace in the Holy Land

By David Rosen American Jewish Committee JERUSALEM – The scene was stunning. At the Druze shrine of NebiShueib, against the … Continued

The Catholic Church’s religious blackmail of secular government

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