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God is opposed to food stamps? Let’s try an evidence-based approach to hunger instead.

More local produce coming soon to SNAP recipients in Michigan. (Jessica Tefft for The Washington Post) Recently, I wrote about … Continued

Franklin Graham calls IRS probe of ministry finances ‘un-American’

Evangelist Franklin Graham blasted the Internal Revenue Service probe of conservative nonprofit groups as “un-American,” saying both the Billy Graham … Continued

Mission not accomplished on reforming faith-based initiatives

John Dilulio’s essay on faith-based initiatives interested me – and caused me some surprise. Let me be clear from the … Continued

Love your faith? Then pay for it.

Some years ago, I lived in New Hampshire. I vividly remember two things about the state: The rock formation known … Continued

Faith-based procrastination: Religious job bias in taxpayer-funded programs

No American should be denied a taxpayer-funded job because of what he or she believes about religion. Yet that’s exactly … Continued

Canada cuts all non-Christian prison chaplains

TORONTO — The Canadian government is canceling the contracts of all non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons. By next spring, Muslim, … Continued

Paul Krugman as prophet?: Economic suffering is not a virtue

Damian Dovarganes AP Job seekers gather May 31, 2012, for employment opportunities at the 11th annual Skid Row Career Fair … Continued

JPMorgan and the problem of hubris

TIMOTHY A. CLARY AFP/GETTY IMAGES People walk past the JP Morgan Chase Building on Park Avenue May 15, 2012 in … Continued

Whose religious freedom?

The freedom of religion and belief is one of our most cherished liberties. The First Amendment protects our right to … Continued

Military atheists get ready to ‘rock beyond belief’

After more than a year of planning, atheists in the military will stage a public festival and rock concert celebrating … Continued

Obama vs. Catholics: Walking the contraception tightrope

            The Obama health care plan’s showdown with Catholic institutions belongs in what my husband calls the “too hard file.” … Continued

American atheists must define themselves, not be defined by the religious

I am sorry to tell you that this will be my last regular “Spirited Atheist” column, and I want to … Continued

Peace on earth? The end of the Iraq war

SHANNON STAPLETON REUTERS A child gives the peace sign inside the Al-Zawraa Amusement Park in Baghdad December 2, 2011. The … Continued

Judicial cross examination

By David Waters Caretakers of a World War I Memorial in the Mohave Desert, Henry and Wanda Sandoz, attends 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

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

Public charter schools culturally divisive, academically dubious

A federal district court judge in Idaho dealt a significant blow to the religious right last week by ruling that … Continued

Church-state separation and a successor for Stevens

The retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens from the Supreme Court this June will be a sad day for all … Continued

All taxpayers are created equal

Q:If a church or other religious organization receives government funding, should it follow all government rules, including those against discrimination … Continued

Flirting with Violations of Religious Liberty

Q: Dozens of major religious groups and denominations are urging Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. to renounce a Bush-era … Continued