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Meditation guru Tara Brach is calm eye of Washington’s storm

A tornado warning was in effect over Washington and the rain was coming down in sheets, but the little residential … Continued

Atheists: Let your conscience be your god

Recently I was invited to participate in a Religion and Law Conference at Florida State University. Almost all the other … Continued

Welcome to Women’s History Month, Justice Scalia

March is Women’s History Month, and this year’s celebration of the historic and contemporary contributions of women in this country … Continued

Bible reading
An atheist’s three favorite Bible stories

What do Christian fundamentalists and many atheists have in common? Both read the Bible as if it were meant to be taken literally. Here’s a better approach.

From the road to Emmaus to the Supreme Court

Mine is not the sort of faith that credits divine providence for the goings-on in the world. But even I … Continued

Is the church corrupt?

Franco Origlia GETTY IMAGES Cardinals and Bishops attend John Paul II Beatification Ceremony held by Pope Benedict XVI on May … Continued

‘The Seton Miracles’: Pr. William church weeping statue reports continue to spark interest — but no official inquiry

Who knew the subject of miracles was so sensitive? Some of you may remember the flood of publicity that came … Continued

Attention social conservatives, time to join Mitt Romney

Governor Mitt Romney won the Iowa caucus, something few pundits predicted in the many months of pontificating leading up to … Continued

A social conservative’s view of the Republican debate

Eric Gay AP Republican presidential candidates from left, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker … 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

Why taxes are a moral issue

A deal President Obama struck with Republican leaders last week will extend tax cuts across the board including, controversially, to … 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

Ken Buck “disagrees” with separation of church and state

By Gustav Niebuhr I just watched the clip of Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck declaring himself four-square against the … Continued

Nuremberg: Its lessons for today

I recently spent part of a beautiful autumn Sunday in New York watching a dark (in every sense of the … Continued

Gays should be welcomed by our religious institutions

Speaking to a meeting of Hasidic Jewish leaders on Sunday, New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said, “I don’t … Continued

Westboro Baptist Church: the right to be offensive?

By Elizabeth Tenety The Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in the case of Snyder v. Phelphs: Albert Snyder, a grieving … 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

Atheism and the Tea Party

What is the Tea Party? Is it “a recession-era version of the religious right? ” Is it something else? And … Continued

Creative tension: ‘Purpose Driven,’ vs. ‘Retro’ Catholics

I avoid writing about “liberal” and “conservative” Catholics. These terms are too easily politicized as Democrats v. Republicans. Moreover, the … Continued

Extra! Extra! Elena Kagan liked Thurgood Marshall

I really would like to know what Elena Kagan thinks about the separation of church and state, executive power, free … Continued