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The right to blaspheme: For no god and country

(Streeter Lecka — GETTY IMAGES) I could not have had a more patriotic beginning. I was born on Flag Day … Continued

Are institutions Catholic enough?

The number of agencies calling themselves big-C “Catholic” will shrink. That is the inevitable result of De Caritate Ministranda , … Continued

America mirrors global godless trend

For years, we’ve heard how the world is much less religious than America, and that America is a bit of … Continued

Coptic Christian ex-patriots keep a wary eye on Egyptian elections

LOS ANGELES — Abdel was born into a Muslim family in Egypt but embraced Christianity about 15 years ago. The … Continued

Why we need a Reason Rally

America is one of the most religious countries in the world. And if you are non-religious, it can seem that … Continued

Mitt Romney mirrors his Mormon church

The press is pawing over Mitt Romney’s religion, and the candidate may just welcome this scrutiny. It marks him as … Continued

American atheists must define themselves, not be defined by the religious

I am sorry to tell you that this will be my last regular “Spirited Atheist” column, and I want to … Continued

Why Coptic Christians worry about Egypt

Amr Nabil AP Egyptian Copt girls march in Cairo, as they carry pictures of some of the victims who were … Continued

Freedom is both a religious and secular idea

In light of the continuing political uprising throughout the Middle East, American leaders are reported to be recalculating their approach … Continued

Separation of church and health

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued

Religious groups: the backbone of Haiti’s recovery

By Julia Duin John Travolta flew supplies down to Haiti on behalf of the Church of Scientology Many of the … Continued

Religion must fix what it breaks

2011 began with some bleak news for Muslim-Christian relations around the world.Recent attacks against churches in Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt … Continued

Without secular government, there is no religious freedom

To end the old year and begin the new, there is more entirely predictable bad news from the world of … Continued

The scandal of atheist campaigns against Christmas

By Frederick W. Schmidt This article is part of a series for the Patheos Holiday Monitor, which tracks the War … Continued

Ken Buck “disagrees” with separation of church and state

By Gustav Niebuhr I just watched the clip of Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck declaring himself four-square against the … Continued

The Constitution is not an idol

In battling the right-wing argument that the framers of the Constitution never intended to separate church and state because the … Continued

Struggle between secularism and theocracy

In recent debates between tea party-endorsed Senate candidates and their Democratic opponents, faith has emerged as a campaign issue. Calling … Continued

Demystifying “Shariah”

By Nasim Rehmatullah and Amjad Mahmood Khan  Shariah is a misunderstood and misused concept. Critics of Islam frequently employ terms … Continued

What not to wear: outlawing the face veil

By Zehra Rizavi, contributor to Editor’s note: A French constitutional court Thursday determined that the measure banning the Islamic … Continued

One judge and Christian right throw stem cell research into chaos

It is impossible to overestimate the importance of and the tremendous damage to American scientific research inflicted last week by … Continued