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Democracy is a marketplace of (sometimes obnoxious) ideas

RNS () — Time was when a determined minority vowed to change the nation’s collective mind about racial integration and … Continued

Pope Francis is unsettling _ and dividing _ the Catholic right

RNS () — For more than three decades, the Vatican of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI operated on … Continued

COMMENTARY: Learning to love complexity

Tumult in Egypt reminds me how complicated the world can be, especially for a culture like our own that is … Continued

COMMENTARY: The real threat to marriage

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — As I officiate at a family wedding in this charming coastal city, it seems to me the … Continued

Catholics clinging to guns, not God?

A man fires his handgun along a mountain range in Buckeye, Arizona, January (Joshua Lott/Reuters ) The Boston Marathon bombing … Continued

Does Ben Carson have a prayer?

Dr. Ben Carson seems to be the Republican new best hope. The renowned African American Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon is everywhere … Continued

A Latino look at Pope Francis

Latin America is the demographic center of world-wide Catholicism and so it is fitting that the part of the world … Continued

NEW YORK — The “October trifecta” that touched my life — my father’s death, surgery the next day, and the … Continued

The shrill are shouting: So what?

Shrill voices, backed by vast ad spending, are trying to turn Americans against each other. And not just in vocal … Continued

‘Bachmann affair’ on Clinton aide Abedin is a wake-up call

STEVE MARCUS REUTERS Democratic presidential candidate US Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) waves to the crowd with her personal assistant Huma … Continued

Congresswoman touts Obama as the best options for Jewish Americans

“Our faith is so rooted in ideas of justice, and our values are the same as those at the core … Continued

Black preachers divided on same-sex marriage, not Obama

WASHINGTON — The 200 or so African-American pastors gathered here for the Conference of National Black Churches feel strongly about … Continued

Profiles in cowardice

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — My host and I were talking politics, as people do in east Tennessee. She told me about … Continued

Abortion as a cover war

The abortion debate, newly rekindled by opportunistic politicians, reminds me of marital strife where one or both sides declare lifelong … Continued

It’s not just Santorum who believes in Satan

For many, Rick Santorum is a living, breathing, head-scratching, eyebrow-raising quote machine. In just a week, he can raise the … Continued

Obama’s contraception compromise falls flat with bishops, GOP

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s effort to accommodate the Catholic Church by altering his administration’s rule on birth control coverage has … Continued

The American double standard on religious violence

FRANCOIS LENOIR Belgium’s Flemish right wing Vlaams Belang party member Tanguy Veys poses with a part of the manifesto written … Continued

From Jesus’ socialism to capitalistic Christianity

A truly strange thing has happened to American Christianity. A set of profound contradictions have developed within modern conservative Christianity, … Continued

Breivik a Christian, terrorist but not ‘Christian terrorist’

Despite the best efforts of ideologues on both sides, including some of my colleagues here at On Faith, it is … Continued

Media know-nothings first declare Norwegian terrorist Muslim, then Christian

Virginia Mayo AP Flemish right wing party member Tanguy Veys holds his hands over a copy of a manifesto written … Continued