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Defend the Innocent

Some New York-area rabbis are planning to bring weapons to High Holy Day services this month to guard against terrorist … Continued

What About the Child?

What should be done when parents rely on religion instead of medicine to heal sick children? Recent cases involving parents … Continued

A Christian People Created a Secular Government

What’s your reaction to President Obama’s recent statements to the Muslim world that “the United States is not, and never … Continued

Patriarchal Religion, Domestic Violence And A Beheading In Buffalo

Of course there is a general relationship between patriarchal religion and domestic violence, and the more rigid and traditional the … Continued

Be Suspicious of Religious Authorities Telling You What the Bible Says

I have done Bible studies with battered women for decades. In book chapters and articles, I have written about what … Continued

Palin’s Pastor Problem

In the fine, new American tradition of presidential campaign “pastor disasters,” Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin might have one … Continued

Understanding the Palin Prayers

Sarah Palin is busting glass ceilings, but with views drawn more from the Gospels than from the New York Times. … Continued

Ramadan and Fasting in a Parallel Universe

Today’s guest blogger is Usra Ghazi, an American Muslim living and working in Amman, Jordan. Usra is a graduate of … Continued

Unwanted Advice for Candidates On The Faithiness Trail

There is no point in my advising John McCain or Barack Obama about the role that religion should play in … Continued

No Theocracy Here: Saddleback Does What American Christians Have Always Done

And lo it is a few days after the Saddleback Civil Forum and the republic is still safe. Extremists on … Continued

What Evangelicals Want

What are evangelicals looking for in a presidential candidate this year? In my experience, most evangelicals, like most Americans, want … Continued

Jeremiah Wright, Revisited

We host about two dozen international delegations every year at the Interfaith Youth Core – African journalists, Pakistani businesspeople, European … Continued

Wright Shows He’s No Politician

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright is a man of many faces. He’s an old-school 70’s leftie, a man who preached every … Continued

Archbishop Misunderstood, or Quite Mistaken

I have read carefully the Archbishop of Canterbury’s words and believe that he muddled them. I don’t believe any responsible … Continued

Religion No Panacea For Social Injustice

People who are living longer with AIDS and HIV today owe their continued existence not to religion or religious leaders … Continued

Mitt Romney’s American Religion

Imagine if John Edwards, Hilary Clinton or John McCain gave a speech on faith. Would it have been awaited with … Continued

Two Flags and a Cloud of Witnesses

It has been said that the American founders, as in the First Amendment to the Constitution, “solved the religious question … Continued

Faith In the Public Square

God, or at least an evocation of the Almighty, was there in the very beginning. In November 1800, on his … Continued