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Are atheists taking over? Signs abound, from Francis interview to Virginia’s governor race

Are atheists taking over the debate?   In the past weeks, Pope Francis gave an interview to an atheist journalist in … Continued

Fed-up victim nabs his priest abuser in sexting sting

NEWARK, N.J. — The text messages read as if they’ve been ripped from a pornographic novel. Matthew Riedlinger quizzed his … Continued

COMMENTARY: A new evangelical engagement with public schools

PORTLAND, Ore. — Why would evangelical Christians want anything to do with public schools? Judging from decades of culture war … 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

Parents seek veto on sexuality teaching in Ontario schools

TORONTO — A group of conservative Christian and Muslim parents in Ontario want schools to notify them before their children … Continued

Political discourse: a family affair

AP This photo combo shows President Barack Obama in Chapel Hill, N.C. on April 24, 2012, and Republican presidential candidate, … Continued

Rep. Todd Akin’s remark reflected ignorance — just like much of the abstinence education the Christian right promotes

Let’s stipulate that the remarks Rep. Todd Akin made last week – the ones in which he expounded upon the … Continued

How the Web is killing faith

apple “Open access to knowledge — the ability to fact check your pastors and imams and rabbis — is a … Continued

After Breaking Dawn, talking sex and chastity with teens

HANDOUT REUTERS Actors Kristen Stewart (L) and Robert Pattinson, stars of the new film “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – … Continued

Michele Bachmann and anti-HPV vaccine unreason

Chris Carlson AP Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., speaks during the California Republican Party Fall Convention dinner in … Continued

Pro-choice and pro-life

Why I don’t appreciate pandering politicians who take simple positions with bible-based answers, while ignoring any evidence-based, opposing points of view.

Rick Perry and educated sex

So how, I want to know, did sex become a political issue? Talk about advocating intrusive government! If your mind … Continued

Opposite games by politicians

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

Newt Gingrich’s Catholicism and his 2012 penance

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks to a cheering crowd during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. Thursday … Continued

Talking to your kids about sex

Note: In working on our book about marriage and sex (due out in early 2012), My wife Grace and I … Continued

The religious right: back in business with censorship at the Smithsonian

Since the November election, there has been a lot of foolish talk from pundits convinced that the new, Tea Party-infused … Continued

2010 electoral results bad news for secular Americans

It is undeniable that the economy dominated campaign 2010 and that cultural issues at the nexus of religion and politics … Continued

Political popery a bad idea

Pope Benedict XVI and Catholic Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke both recently characterized voting as a moral act with spiritual consequences. The … Continued

Herb tea party

Delaware GOP Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell this weekend attended the annual conservative Values Voters summit in Washington, DC. There, she … Continued

Faith, feminism, and fundamentalism

Religious denominations in America have a vast diversity of views on abortion, ranging from the very narrow to the very … Continued