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How Obama should fight the ‘war on religion’

A very wise Trappist monk once told me that unless everyone gets to heaven, no one will. It’s this sense … Continued

Why I’m not going to the National Prayer Breakfast

Let’s see, where will I be eating breakfast Thursday?  I’ve seen some really mouth-watering ads for a new dish at … Continued

The end of ‘compassionate conservatism’?

The Republican presidential candidates competing for the affections of Florida voters have plenty of labels with which to tar each … Continued

Egypt’s elections and the risky rule of God

ODD ANDERSEN AFP/GETTY IMAGES An Egyptian flag is placed next to the flag of the Freedom and Justice Party, founded … Continued

Muslims in the middle

Blasphemy: Impious utterance or action concerning God or sacred things Anjum Naveed AP In this May 16, 2007 file photo, … Continued

Justice Scalia speaks for himself on death penalty, not the Catholic Church

Lisa Miller That Justice Antonin Scalia believes in execution as a moral form of punishment is a well-known fact. That … Continued

A Buddhist perspective on the death penalty

On Sept. 28, the state of Florida executed Manuel Valle after he spent 33 years on death row. On Sept. … Continued

Susan Sarandon: Pope Benedict a ‘Nazi’

Actress Susan Sarandon arrives at the Film Society of Lincoln Center Gala Tribute to her in New York on May … Continued

Embrace secularism; keep religion out of politics

Last week, most leaders of the Republican Party condemned the statement of the Rev. Robert Jeffress that Mormonism is a … Continued

Troy Davis’ execution ‘ungodly’ say pastors

HO REUTERS This handout image from the Georgia Department of Corrections shows death row inmate Troy Davis. A parole board … Continued

Like Rick Perry, most ‘pro-life’ Americans OK with death penalty

One of the unexpected twists in the debate between the Kevork Djansezian GETTY IMAGES Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick … Continued

The ‘seamless garment’ on the campaign trail: Does the death penalty violate pro-life values?

Catholicism includes opposition to the death penalty as part of its pro-life agenda. The late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin called it … Continued

Rick Perry and rest of GOP field get no values questions at debate

The MSNBC/Politico  debate at the Ronald Reagan library was a major disappointment. Do not blame the candidates who came ready … Continued

Abortion as tragic, legal, and good

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, along with … Continued

Obama is pandering to religion

The Spirited Atheist, like a great many secularists at this political juncture, is feeling somewhat dispirited. President Obama’s “how-I-came-to-know-Jesus” speech … Continued

Conversion, murder and India’s Supreme Court

This November 23, 1999 file photo shows people carrying a portrait of Graham Staines, the Australian missionary who was murdered … Continued

Executions are down: a Jewish response

Year-end figures show that executions are down 12 percent nationally, from a total of 52 in 2009 to 46 in … Continued

Charity doesn’t require religion

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

In Trinidad and Tobago, youth and faith join hands to fight homophobia

Trinidad and Tobago hardly seems a likely battleground for America’s culture wars. But recent months have seen a drama there … Continued

The Petit murders: we must hate evil

By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach We all owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. William Petit who, in his extreme hour … Continued