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Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting shocks a nation

REUTERS A young boy is comforted outside Sandy Hook Elementary School after a shooting in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14, … Continued

Religious freedom, not just for the religious

Atheists, humanists and other non-religious people face discrimination and persecution in many parts of the world, according “Freedom of Thought … Continued

The secret to winning the Christmas wars

AP A young woman takes a close look at a Christmas decoration set up at Lisbon’s main Rossio square on … Continued

Teen activist emerges as an atheist hero at Skepticon

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Jessica Ahlquist earned quite a reputation in her hometown of Cranston, R.I.: Witch. Nazi. Satanist. But in … Continued

Obama’s debate performance surprises, disappoints local supporters

GETTY IMAGES President Obama speaks during the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on Oct. 3, 2012 in Denver. … Continued

Parents seek veto on sexuality teaching in Ontario schools

TORONTO — A group of conservative Christian and Muslim parents in Ontario want schools to notify them before their children … Continued

Sept. 11, 2001: Eleven years later, American Muslims are victims

AP Flags set on display by students at Norwich University in Northfield Vt. are seen on the upper parade ground … Continued

St. Louis Catholics react to native son Bishop Finn’s conviction

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — He didn’t mention Bishop Robert Finn, shepherd of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. On Thursday, … Continued

Was the Oak Creek Sikh Temple shooting a mistake?

AP People attend a flag ceremony being held outside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wis., on Aug. … Continued

Conservative groups release survey on religious hostility

Two conservative groups have released a “Survey of Religious Hostility in America,” which seeks to draw attention to a “relentless … Continued

On Mother’s Day, the gift of family planning

One of the defining characteristic of mothers with the good fortune of living in developed nations is having the means … Continued

Five years later, mother of Virginia Tech victim wrestles with God, finds peace

CENTREVILLE, Va. — It’s been five years since Celeste Peterson’s only daughter was killed in a shooting rampage at Virginia … Continued

Keep Santa, Easter Bunny in their place?

For nearly 50 years in Saugus, Mass., a firefighter has donned a Santa suit with green mittens and delivered coloring … Continued

Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, ex-leader of Philadelphia archdiocese, dies at 88

Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, whose 15 years as shepherd of the 1.5 million-member Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia was marked by celebration … Continued

Spike Lee does the right thing by religion

PARK CITY, Utah — I have a confession to make. The only real reason I saw Spike Lee’s new film … Continued

Rick Warren to hold 9/11 service

Pastor Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in California, is organizing memorial services in New York for the tenth anniversary … Continued

In Wisconsin, a faithful witness to revolt

By Wendy Cooper Divinity School student Wendy Cooper writes from outside the Capitol Building in Madison, WI. Walking through the … Continued

Why evangelicals should reach out to Muslims (and Hindus, Buddhists and others)

Today’s guest blogger is Skye Jethani, an ordained pastor, author, and speaker. He serves as senior editor for Leadership Journal, … Continued

Christmas skirmishes and the war for American history

By David French This article is part of a series for the Patheos Holiday Monitor, which tracks the War on … Continued

Many charter schools continue to defy church-state separation

More than 1.5 million American children now attend charter schools, thanks to a movement asserting that whatever is wrong with … Continued