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Democracy is a marketplace of (sometimes obnoxious) ideas

RNS () — Time was when a determined minority vowed to change the nation’s collective mind about racial integration and … Continued

NC Muslims hope Gov. Pat McCrory vetoes anti-Shariah bill

North Carolina Muslims hope they can persuade Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican, to veto a bill that prohibits state judges … Continued

Anti-Shariah movement changes tactics and gains success

When Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly approved a 2010 ballot measure that prohibits state courts from considering Islamic law, or Shariah, the … Continued

Pro-Life Movement: Not Just for Abortion Anymore

Members of a “new evangelical” movement promote a broadening conception of the term “pro- life.”

Kermit Gosnell and the abortion movement: In defense of the defenseless

Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post As abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s murder trial is in the hands of the jury, … Continued

After Rhode Island, is gay marriage ‘inevitable’?

WASHINGTON — Rhode Island on Thursday (May 2) became the 10th state to approve same-sex marriage, and the Delaware Legislature … Continued

Pastors weigh in on gay-marriage court cases

On Tuesday, Supreme Court justices questioned whether same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry. On Wednesday, the court will … Continued

Did gun control prevent Jews from stopping the Holocaust?

As gun control moved toward the top of the American agenda after the Dec. 14 massacre at a Connecticut elementary … Continued

The rise of a new religious America

AP Democrat Colleen Hanabusa, right, congratulates candidate Tulsi Gabbard after both women won their Hawaii Congressional district seats on Nov. … Continued

Death of the Christian Right? Not so fast.

The 2012 elections raise questions for the Christian Right, but are far from a fundamental shift in the electorate.

Oregon may be next state for gay marriage ballot battle

PORTLAND, Ore. — Three states made history Tuesday (Nov. 6) voting to approve same-sex marriage, and a fourth repudiated an … Continued

Hindu-Americans elected to Congress

Marco Garcia AP Democrat Colleen Hanabusa, right, congratulates candidate Tulsi Gabbard after both women won their Hawaii Congressional district seats … Continued

Hawaii Democrat poised to be elected first Hindu in Congress

Hindu Americans have run America’s major companies and universities, won Nobel prizes and Olympic gold medals, directed blockbuster movies, and … Continued

Leprosy survivors look to Mother Marianne’s sainthood

KALAUPAPA, Hawaii — At 81, Barbara Marks is among the last 17 leprosy patients Hawaii banished to the remote peninsula … Continued

Paying the price for religious illiteracy

In Judge Joseph Sheeran’s courtroom, religious literacy is seen as an antidote to intolerance and hate. Last week, the Michigan … Continued

Shariah or not, Muslim divorces can get tricky

New Jersey lawyer Abed Awad has been involved with more than 100 cases that involved some component of Shariah, or … Continued

Celebrating AB1964, California’s New Religious Freedom Law

Source: California Assembly California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill providing workers in his state the nation’s strongest protections against … Continued

Eagle Scout activist shares family story at DNC

AP Zach Wahls waves after addressing the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on Sept. 6, 2012. Zach Wahls, who has … Continued

Muslims petition Egypt not to include Shariah

Muslim and Coptic Christian leaders in the U.S. are calling on the Egyptian government to exclude any mentions of Islamic … Continued

Anti-Shariah bill defeated in Oklahoma senate

The Oklahoma state Senate voted down a bill that would have prohibited state judges from considering foreign laws, including religious … Continued