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How to counter violent extremism

Dec. 8, 2012Seven-year-old Walid, right, is comforted as he mourns a fallen Syrian rebel fighter taken away for burial in … Continued

COMMENTARY: Islamist suppression could reach U.S. shores

RNS () —  Egypt now teeters on the edge of an abyss. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was in Cairo … Continued

Drone policy can be moral policy

Reuters photo In a recent contribution for On Faith, former Chicago Theological Seminary President Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite denounced U.S. drone … Continued

A plea for common sense and compassion in the immigration debate

A rosary rests between the hands of two protesters during a vigil on immigration policy. (Jonathan Gibby – GETTY IMAGES) … Continued

Fifty years later, church leaders respond to King’s “Birmingham Jail” letter

Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. challenged white church leaders to confront racism, an ecumenical network has … Continued

Congress must address real roots of immigration

‘’For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a … Continued

Journey from Oak Creek to Newtown

GETTY IMAGES Zulma Sein prays at a memorial set up outside of the entrance to the Sandy Hook School on … Continued

What do religious leaders want for Obama’s next four years?

WASHINGTON — Addressing poverty. Seeking reconciliation. Protecting religious freedom. Religious leaders already have their wish lists ready for President Obama’s … Continued

Buddhists aim to bring mindfulness to the ballot box

The mindfulness movement has seeped into Silicon Valley, Capitol Hill, and even the United States Military Academy at West Point. … Continued

What Santorum meant to social conservatives

What Rick Santorum brought to the table this election cycle, and what won over social conservatives, was his inexhaustible energy … Continued

Decent mourning

After Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric. Many singled out Sarah Palin’s … Continued

Religion-based bigotry harms youth

By Mitchell Gold In the past few weeks, the shocking number of suicides by gay teenagers has sparked a serious … Continued

Should we fear Islam?

By Congressman Keith Ellison At a time when our nation is seeing a rise in intolerant behavior, crossing every cultural … Continued

Pro-life movement and GOP politics: an unholy alliance

By Chris Korzen Self-proclaimed pro-life groups with close ties to the Republican Party are spending millions of dollars in a … Continued

Religion and U.S. foreign policy

By Leonard Leochair, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom It’s early December 2009 and a U.S. Commission on International Religious … Continued

Keeping faith with immigrants and America

By Rev. Jon Pedigopastor, St. Julie Billiart Parish, San Jose, Calif. As our national political debate remains focused on the … Continued

Exploring the future of Islam

My new book, “The Future of Islam,” seeks to understand the struggle for reform in Islam, sometimes described as a … Continued

Tiger’s apology and what it teaches

He came, he apologized and he left. Does it matter? Why do we care? If Tiger Woods were not a … Continued

Kaleidoscope of religions

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall Every five years a gathering known as the Parliament of the World’s Religions draws … Continued

Need Plus Greed

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall “Don’t give money to the beggar with a baby,” a colleague cautioned me in … Continued