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What Obama should say to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi

As Muslim Americans try to make sense of the violent demonstrations in some 20 Muslim-majority countries triggered by an anti-Islamic … Continued

Is religion good for society?

ALEX DOMANSKI REUTERS Does religion help societies more than it handicaps them?, writes researcher Gregory Paul. Part I of this … Continued

On family planning, does the Catholic Church represent Catholics?

Riccardo De Luca AP Pope Benedict XVI leaves after an audience in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican, Saturday, … Continued

‘Apartheid’ in Pakistan

By N. Mahmood Ahmad and Amjad Mahmood Khan More than seven months have passed since the Pakistani Taliban attacked two Ahmadiyya Muslim mosques in Lahore massacring … Continued

Does the environmental movement need the faith community?

By Jonathan Merrittauthor Everyone seems to be going green these days, even a growing number in the faith community. A … Continued

Burqas in airports, guns in bars

I am as close to being a First Amendment absolutist, on both freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression, … Continued

In American foreign policy, why religious freedom matters

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom released its annual report today – and the news is grim: Millions of … Continued

Human right to comfort the dying — and decide who comforts us

On rare occasions, a news development forcefully reminds us of what it means to be deprived of a basic human … Continued


By Austin Daceyauthor Have you listened to music today? If so, it probably did not occur to you that you … Continued

A Paradigm to Jump-Start U.S. – Muslim Relations

In what has the potential to be a transformative historical moment, President Barack Obama called for “a new beginning between … Continued

Address Palestine-Israel Directly

What do you hope to hear from President Obama in his “major speech to the Muslim world” on June 4? … Continued

Faith and Values 2008: Q2 Report

Those of us who study religious politicking have had a most eventful spring. We have experienced the YouTube stylings of … Continued

Pope Benedict Wants You!

The Question: Pope Benedict’s recent baptism of a well-known Italian Muslim has prompted criticism in much of the Islamic world. … Continued

On the Civil Supremacy of Secular Law

I am tempted to ask whether the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has been sampling a bit too much communion … Continued

Envy: Personal and Political Poison

I’ve always been interested in the seven deadly sins–in purely intellectual fashion, of course–because so many of them are not … Continued