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Brazil’s police take Bible classes to reduce stress

RIO DE JANEIRO — Amid concerns about police brutality, Brazilian military police officers are taking Bible study classes during their … Continued

Syrian Christians may get pulled into civil war

ISTANBUL — A huge statue of the Virgin Mary towers over churches, monasteries and mosques in the Syrian city of … Continued

Dispelling the myth of a ‘Christian nation’

(Brandon Thibodeaux — GETTY IMAGES) Culture warriors, pseudo historians and opportunistic politicians have spent the last several decades peddling the … Continued

Irish abortion debate reflects growing church-state tensions

DUBLIN, Ireland — Ruth Bowie was in the throes of grief when she found out she would never know her … Continued

Scholars seek to reclaim a dirty word: secularism

A conference at Georgetown University in Washington this week focused on cleaning up what many Americans consider a dirty word … Continued

Whatever happened to the religious right?

Juana Arias JUANA ARIAS Ralph Reed and Pat Robertson speak at the Washington Hilton Hotel, 9/16/94, for the Road to … Continued

Religion at the GOP debate

ABC News hosted a halting debate Saturday night at St. Anselm College. It was followed by a far better “Meet … Continued

Where does church end and state begin?

For a few years now activists on the Christian right have propounded an absolute doozy of a justification for legitimating … Continued

Is the Prophet a founding father?

Mike Huckabee, the conservative former Arkansas governor, this weekend said that he is concerned about Islam’s role in Egypt’s future. … Continued

Christmas skirmishes and the war for American history

By David French This article is part of a series for the Patheos Holiday Monitor, which tracks the War on … Continued

In Norway, taking religion seriously

By Katherine Marshall FAITH IN ACTION When pitfalls of the modern godless secular state are decried, Norway is often invoked … Continued

Faith: the strongest motive to serve

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

Shouting, “Peace! Peace!” where there is no peace

Mideast peace talks resume this week, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveling to Egypt and Israel for negotiations between … 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

Courts must reflect the people they serve

I do not believe religion matters in the composition of a court. There has been something of a parallel in … Continued

Ultra-Orthodox Haredim threaten Israeli democracy

The Hebrew word Haredim translates as “the fearful ones”–those who tremble in awe before God. Israelis apply the term to … Continued

Moral mayhem on high seas

Israel’s early morning commando raid on a Freedom Flotilla headed for the Gaza Strip has ignited a torrent of judgments. … Continued

Iran’s green jihad

By Melody Moezzi author and attorney I like to fancy myself a jihadist. Not in the false, hackneyed and mistranslated … Continued

Palestine must be a secular state

By Hussein IbishSenior Fellow, American Task Force on Palestine As Palestinians press the international community to live up to its … Continued

Tilting at symbols

Q: What’s your reaction to Sunday’s decision by voters in Switzerland to ban construction of minarets, the slender towers from … Continued