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Religious freedom needs an advocate

FAITH and FOREIGN POLICY By Thomas Farr On March 30 a diverse group of scholars, policy thinkers, and religious freedom … Continued

Put U.S. aid in escrow till Israel brings settlers home, ends blockade of civilian goods to Gaza

Thomas Friedman, columnist for the NY Times, recently wrote that the Israeli government has become a drunk driver, addicted to … Continued

Obama sidelining religious freedom?

FAITH AND FOREIGN POLICY By Thomas Farr President Obama has on several occasions articulated his commitment to international religious freedom. … Continued

U.S. foreign policy: mission, message, means

Should U.S. policy get religion? Comments on “Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for U.S. Foreign Policy,” issued by … Continued

Converting the foreign policy elite

By Chris Seiplepresident, Institute for Global Engagement The Chicago Council on Global Affairs report on religion and the making of … Continued

U.S. foreign policy needs to get religion

By Thomas WrighExecutive Director of Studies, Chicago Council on Global Affairs The national security apparatus of the U.S. government pays … Continued

American foreign policy’s God gap

By David Waters American foreign policy is handicapped by a God gap, a narrow, ill-informed and “uncompromising Western secularism” that … Continued

Obama names Rashad Hussain special envoy to Muslim world

By William Wan President Obama said today he is naming Rashad Hussain as his special envoy to the Organization of … Continued

Gunning for the First Amendment

By Mikey Weinsteinfounder and president, Military Religious Freedom Foundation The Constitution won a battle last week, and Lady Liberty is … Continued

Holy wars and weapons

JUST LAW AND RELIGION Michael Kessler As ABC News first reported, Trijicon, a Michigan company, has been supplying rifle scopes … Continued

War can be just but never holy

Q: Is there such a thing as a ‘just war’? In his Nobel speech, was President Obama right to speak … Continued

A long exit from Afghanistan

ISLAM AND THE WEST By Daniel Brumberg THE most important moment in President Obama’s Dec. 1 speech on Afghanistan came … Continued

Should Hasan be court-martialed?

By Mikey Weinsteinpresident, Military Religious Freedom Foundation We are learning more each day about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the man … Continued

Hasan and the proselytization factor

By Mikey WeinsteinPresident and Founder, Military Religious Freedom Foundation As we turn our collective eyes to the tragedies of Fort … Continued

Fighting the right’s religious test for military service

Q: What is the proper role of religion — and personal religious belief — in the U.S. armed forces? Should … Continued

Orthodox Church leader pushes health care, nonviolence in DC meetings

By Michelle Boorstein Is Orthodox Christianity progressive? To see the spiritual leader of the world’s 250 million Orthodox Christians making … Continued

Catholic Bishops’ Advice on Afghanistan

THIS CATHOLIC’S VIEW By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. As President Obama ponders U.S. goals, strategy and tactics in Afghanistan, the … Continued

Rage, Racism And American Unreason

We have entered what columnist Kathleen Parker calls “a political era of uninhibited belligerence,” that is finding expression in sermons, … Continued

Obama and Pope Have Cordial Meeting

THIS CATHOLIC’S VIEW By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. President Obama and Pope Benedict had a cordial and serene meeting, according … Continued

Palin’s Peculiar Family Values

I did not understand one word of what Sarah Palin said in her 18-minute resignation speech the other day. I … Continued