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The invisible secular humanists: A response to Joe Klein

In the wake of the April 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech, Dinesh D’Souza wrote an opinion piece asking why atheists … Continued

Is Purim the Jewish Halloween? Some Jews say no

WASHINGTON — Debby Levitt’s four children are dressing up big time for Purim, one of the more raucous of Jewish … Continued

‘A nation of Osteens and Obamas’

Bill O’Leary WASHINGTON POST Evangelist Joel Osteen brings his revival show to Nationals Park on April, 29, 2012 in Washington, … Continued

Do atheists have anything to learn from religion?

Stripped of its supernatural elements, does religion have anything to offer atheists? What can nonbelievers borrow from the organizations, practices … Continued

Do atheists need religion?

I wrote “Religion for Atheists” because I was deeply frustrated by the anger and intolerance of ‘new atheists’ like Richard … Continued

Expression of Religion

Our founding fathers were not fixated on religious expression as much as they were preserving the rights to do so. … Continued

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart on Ground Zero cross

BEBETO MATTHEWS ASSOCIATED PRESS All hands stretch towards a steel beam cross as Rev. Brian Jordan, center, applies holy water … Continued

No place for religion in public policy

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, along with … Continued

Faltering and Leading: The Conservative Movement

By Tim Muldoon In the aftermath of Jesus’ death, a frightened Peter and a group of dispirited disciples scattered, lost … Continued

Marriage: Yes it’s on the rocks, and good riddance

A new survey out this week from the National Marriage Project shows that marriage is an institution in decline in … Continued

Israel a model (of sorts) on gays in the military

By Michele Chabin JERUSALEM (RNS) Israel, like the United States, is a largely secular society with deep religious roots. And … Continued

Martyrdom, selective memory and Pope Benedict in England

I was almost going a little soft on Pope Benedict XVI during the early part of his visit to the … Continued

John Henry Cardinal Newman: beatification of a ‘revolutionary prophet’

Editor’s note: John Henry Cardinal Newman will be beatified (confirmed to be in heaven) in a Sunday mass presided over … Continued

Secular Society but Religious Animals

By Huston SmithAuthor, Professor, and Contributor to Religion’s future is secure for the sufficient reason that human beings are … Continued

The Prospect for Humanism: The Hope of a Secular Society

By Ronald A. LindsayPresident and CEO, Center for Inquiry, and Contributor to Properly understood, humanism is not a religion. … Continued

US Muslims should be American first

By Mansoor Ijaz I am an American by birth, a Muslim by faith and a New Yorker at heart — … Continued

Answering ‘Will Muslims impose Shariah?’

One of the frequent battle cries raised by those who warn that Muslims want to overwhelm the West is that … Continued

Marrying within faith respects difference among traditions

Q: Chelsea Clinton, raised Methodist, and Marc Mezvinsky, Jewish, will wed this weekend. Statistics show that 37 percent of Americans … Continued

Equal treatment is not unfair

Q:A senior Vatican priest last week compared outrage at Pope Benedict’s handling of sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church … Continued

The end for tax-funded religious service agencies?

Q: If a church or other religious charity receives government funding, should it follow all government rules, including those against … Continued