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Democracy minus freedom equals tyranny

Opponents of Morsi pray in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Anti-Morsi protesters have set up camp in the square, the site … Continued

Scott Lively gets his day in court

MICHELE SIBILONI AFP/GETTY IMAGES A man looks on December 11, 2012 at an advertising by campaign group Avaaz in the … Continued

March of objects

Iranian human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh sits starving in a prison cell in Tehran. Twenty-five years ago that was me. … Continued

Human rights (or wrongs) in Mideast

AP President Barack Obama addresses the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 25, 2012. In his … Continued

Morality, not religion, is what matters

In the wake of his weekend rally, Glenn Beck kept up the drumbeat of criticism about President Obama’s religion, calling … Continued

Silent clergy no new thing

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, terrorism analyst Evan Kohlmann said that anti-Muslim rhetoric in America is bad news … Continued

Biblical religion the only–and illegitimate– basis for anti-gay laws

“Moral disapproval alone is an improper basis on which to deny rights to gay men and lesbians.” “Moral disapproval alone … Continued

Proposition 8 ruling in California: religion roundup

By Elizabeth Tenety Religion roundup on Prop 8 ruling: In the immediate aftermath of Wednesday’s ruling that deemed Proposition 8, … Continued

A nun’s death and illegal immigration: Forgiveness or punishment?

On Sunday, Sister Denise Mosier, 66, a Benedictine nun and former missionary in Africa was killed and two others gravely … Continued

The church chooses to serve all or some

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

Wanted: A Church that listens

By Tom KamArcus Foundation My love for my Church is inspired by people whose lives challenge us to bear witness … Continued

Ban church-state entanglement, not blasphemy

Q: Atheists are others are protesting a new law in Ireland, under which a person can be found guilty of … Continued

Jewish and Muslim profiles in courage

By Menachem Z. Rosensaftprofessor, Cornell Law School At a time when Judaeophobia – a more accurate term than anti-Semitism in … Continued

Obama’s Noble Alternative

JUST LAW AND RELIGION Michael Kessler I wish this year’s Nobel Peace Prize had gone to the people of Iran … Continued

Obama’s Call to the Faithful

President Obama’s superlative speech at Cairo University will be much analyzed. It was, as expected, an address that was rational, … Continued

Iran’s Islamic Revolution at 30

I…do not accept Islamic human rights. If we accept that the Muslims can write an Islamic human rights declaration…from now … Continued

Pop Quiz: Who Would You Renounce?

Quiz See if you can tell who said what in this list of quotes: Answers at the bottom. 1. After … Continued

An Earth Religion Thanksgiving Day

The religious meaning of Thanksgiving is historically suspect. As more than one historian has pointed out, the original Thanksgiving both … Continued

Muslim Civil Rights

Muslims from immigrant backgrounds are finally heeding the advice of their African-American Muslim brethren and getting politically active. Muslim community … Continued

A Message and Recommendations

Like all religious people, you will do well to stay in touch with a variety of wise people who challenge … Continued