Religious Practices

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Is it time to dial back Halloween in schools?

Principal Orlando Taylor believed he was doing the right thing last week when he sent a letter home announcing to … Continued

Muslims name 37 groups that fuel Islamophobia

WASHINGTON — Groups with a mission to spread prejudice and hatred against Muslims are coordinated and well financed, according to … Continued

Twitter and tragedy: A revamped American religious experience

BOSTON — On my first Patriots’ Day in Boston, I was enjoying lunch with several colleagues when someone rushed into … Continued

COMMENTARY: The truth about religious freedom in the military

WASHINGTON — Serving in the armed forces is one of the most honorable professions one can choose in our society. … Continued

To life, not martyrdom

Recently, I read two articles about dying for a cause. The first, on these pages, by Sally Quinn, addressed the … Continued

What do the religiously unaffiliated pray for?

A stained glass window glows, restored and then donated to the Museum of Divine Statues, is seen beyond a statue … Continued

House considers rising anti-Semitism in Europe, Middle East

WASHINGTON — An advertisement in Athens intertwines a swastika with a Jewish star. Hungarian politicians declare Jews a national security … Continued

What faith means for famlies

What’s happening to American religion? Recent reports emphasize new threats, from The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life’s publication … Continued

Chaplain: Quit using ‘loss’ when referring to death

AFP/GETTY IMAGES People pay their respects at a makeshift shrine to the victims of an elementary school shooting in Newtown, … Continued

‘With Liberty and Justice for ALL’

AP The Rev. Delman Coates, senior pastor of Mt. Enon Baptist Church in Clinton, Md., speaks while the Rev. Al … Continued

Oak Creek and the future of Sikhs in America

In testimony before a Senate subcommittee hearing on domestic terrorism and hate crimes, Sikh Americans demanded the federal government do … Continued

God goes back to school

Millions of kids return to school this week – and, contrary to culture-war rhetoric, most of them won’t leave their … Continued

Report highlights Islam’s global diversity

WASHINGTON — Nearly all Muslims can agree on the basic beliefs of Islam: There is one God, Muhammad is God’s … Continued

A Muslim’s love-hate relationship with Ramadan in the summer

AP An Indian Muslim man stands in front of the Jama Masjid as he and other worshippers leave following the … Continued

Religious questions for Pa. voter ID law draw fire

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Nothing is sacred about your religion when it comes to getting a state identification card without a … Continued

Barbara Johnson’s Buddhist Catholicism

The story we’ve been covering in recent days about a Maryland priest who refused to give a lesbian Communion at … Continued

Obama vs. Catholics: Walking the contraception tightrope

            The Obama health care plan’s showdown with Catholic institutions belongs in what my husband calls the “too hard file.” … Continued

Catholics rally against Obama contraception mandate

NEW ORLEANS — From Maine to Arizona to southern Louisiana, Catholic churches across the country echoed with scorn for a … Continued

On family planning, does the Catholic Church represent Catholics?

Riccardo De Luca AP Pope Benedict XVI leaves after an audience in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican, Saturday, … Continued

Separation of church and state: Good for religion?

If any more evidence were required that a nation whose Constitution guarantees individual religious liberty does not need members of … Continued