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Vatican gets behind adult stem cell research

VATICAN CITY — Wading into one of the most controversial fields of modern medicine, the Vatican is pushing adult stem … Continued

The real church scandal

I have faith that the pope reads my On Faith blogs because he followed my advice in a column in … Continued

Europeans launch campaign to declare life starts at conception

VATICAN CITY — Anti-abortion groups from 20 different countries have launched a petition to ask the European Parliament to recognize … Continued

DNA experiment yields great promise and high ethical risks

PORTLAND, Ore. — Future generations could be stripped of mutations like hereditary blindness or maternal diabetes, after a breakthrough study … Continued

A vision for a secular America

The Reason Rally is necessary because secular Americans want to restore the values of our nation’s founders. As one of … Continued

The politics of Catholic opposition to birth control

The confrontation between the bishops and the White House over coverage contraception in all health plans has not ended with … Continued

Not pretty in pink: Komen has a trust gap

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the nation’s largest breast cancer charity, has had tremendous success in getting the … Continued

A Catholic nullification doctrine?

The Department of Health and Human Services has accepted the medical opinion that contraception is a preventive health measure. That … Continued

Embrace secularism; keep religion out of politics

Last week, most leaders of the Republican Party condemned the statement of the Rev. Robert Jeffress that Mormonism is a … Continued

The evangelical case for Mitt Romney —and against Robert Jeffress

NICHOLAS KAMM AFP/GETTY IMAGES US Republican presidential hopeful former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney leaves after addressing the Family Research Council’s … Continued

Religious agencies and birth control

The Obama administration is about to draw a bright red line challenging Catholicism over what constitutes “religious activity.” Normally this … Continued

No good choices

As voted by the Religion Newswriters Association’s members, among the year’s most consequential religion newsmakers were Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, … Continued

“Dog bites man” stories selected as top religious news of the year

As voted by the Religion Newswriters Association’s members, among the year’s most consequential religion newsmakers were Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, … 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

Apple zaps conservative Christian app

By David Waters The Culture War now has its own app. Or does it? After receiving thousands of complaints, Apple … 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

New political equation for religious right

The meaning of the 2010 election is destined now to be the Great Debate of the next political season. While … Continued

Voting a civic duty, not a religious act

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

The politics of ignorance: Election 2010

“I am you”–the now-famous line from Delaware Republican senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell’s campaign ad–exemplifies the marketing of ignorance that lies … Continued

Every secular vote must be counted in this election

The dramatic year 1968, when I cast my first unhappy presidential vote for Democrat Hubert H. Humphrey, was also the … Continued