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Separating Islam and the state

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, will begin holding hearings Thursday on “the extent of … Continued

Will Obama preach the American sermon to Hu?

In President Obama’s meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao this week, should discussion of human rights and religious freedom be … Continued

Islam from news cycle to protest cyclone

By Peter Gottschalk No Qurans burned, no “Ground Zero mosque” built, so time to move on. The op-ed pieces have … Continued

The Supreme Court and the American mind

Why are we asking if the religious composition of the United States Supreme Court should be more representative of America’s … Continued

The follies of Hindu denial

By Vamsee Juluriprofessor, University of San Francisco I wonder if the followers of any other faith in America have to … Continued

Sex and religious beliefs

1….Do your religious beliefs exalt or stigmatize sex (or both)? 2…. Is religion a useful tool for helping young people … Continued

Does the Constitution assume Christianity?

In America’s public schools, the war for yesterday (that is, how the story of yesterday is to be told) is … Continued

Losing Trust in God and Government

We have entered what columnist Kathleen Parker calls “a political era of uninhibited belligerence,” that is finding expression in sermons, … Continued

Lockerbie: Justice, Mercy, and Reputation

Scotland freed the terminally ill Lockerbie bomber last week so he could die at home in Libya. “Our beliefs dictate … Continued

Our Muslim Allies

“Allahu Akbar!” It’s an Arabic declaration, meaning “God is great!” And it is remarkable that the men and women shouting … Continued

Does a Prurient Public Deserve the Truth about Marital Infidelity?

No, I think not. Like almost everybody else, I would either be silent or lie if asked the personal question … Continued

American Law and Shariah are Incompatible

In thousands of Islamist madrasas worldwide, Muslim youth are being told that their fundamental choice is between going to hell … Continued

The Two-String Lyre of American Politics

The reason secular ideas are “getting shorter shrift” in this year’s presidential campaign is that the people are scared and … Continued

Is the Constitution “under God”?

Visible from any angle within my father’s courtroom, and situated between the judge’s bench and the witness stand, was a … Continued

The Jewish Mind and the American Mind

1…..Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel (d.1972) and his martini came to mind as I read this “On Faith” assignment: “We know … Continued

The Almighty and the Mighty

1…..“INTEGRITY” is the answer I got from everyone I asked, “What is the most important quality we need in our … Continued

Founding Religion, Not Established Church

On the 16th of this month (Dec’07), “The U.S. House of Representatives approved HR 847 recognizing the importance of Christianity … Continued

Cacophony of Religions, “Symphony of Faith”

We Americans are predisposed to kick or kiss political candidates before they open their mouths, and they know it. Clearly, … Continued

Thanksgiving as the Meeting of Two Minds

In the American year, Thanksgiving is the only day officially converging the Christian mind and the American mind—two minds, independent … Continued

Vote American!

Observation 1…..“Only in America,” as “Carolina Israelite” Harry Golden used to say. In our country more than anywhere else on … Continued