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Atheism no longer an unquestioned pejorative

A blogger writes earlier this week, “I like your spirited, historically based analysis of the need for public school education … Continued

What’s really immoral: slave wages paid to illegal immigrants

Q: Illegal immigrants are flouting U.S. laws, but does affluent America (or Arizona for that matter) have a larger moral … Continued

Abortion a product of loose morals

Can you be a feminist and oppose abortion in all circumstances? Can you be a person of faith and support … Continued

American atheists irreligiously united, politically divided

In the United States, largely as a result of the relatively recent, post-1980 alliance between the political and religious right, … Continued

Thank the Void I’m an atheist

Q:Do your religious beliefs exalt or stigmatize sex (or both)? Is religion a useful tool for helping young people navigate … Continued

Heroines against gendercide

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall Two statues of women dominate the central square of Hopkins, a small town in … Continued

Does God Hate Haiti?

Q: Many have criticized Pat Robertson’s suggestion that the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti was the work of the devil or … Continued

On the avoidance of death in life

Q: Does end-of-life care prolong life or does it prolong suffering? Should it be a part of health-care reform? In … Continued

Roots of Prejudice

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall Newsweek has some edgy covers these days. How about, “The Case for Killing Granny”? … Continued

Unkind Cuts

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall Gender, sexuality, and religion have plenty of third rails – topics where passions run … Continued

None of Our Business Where Presidents Worship

Where should a president and his family worship, which means to many, which church should they join? Should a president-elect … Continued

On The Unreliability of Compassion Without Enforceable Law

Let me say first that I am unequivocally in favor of compassion. But Karen Armstrong’s proposal that the world should … Continued

Life is Not a Health Spa Visit

I suspect many Americans feel bombarded by messages strongly admonishing all of us to: • eat the proper foods • … Continued

God, Death and Obituaries

To me, one of the most desirable jobs in newspapers has always been in the obituary department. Blame it on … Continued

God’s Free Market

We tend to think of the supporters of separation of church and state as the liberals and the opponents as … Continued

Church Obsessed with Sex, not Morality

This nation has a strange fetish with sexual sins. The press obsessed on President Clinton’s tawdry sexual behavior, but seems … Continued

Depends on the Question

There are two types of questions we ask of God. One is asked in doubt; the other is asked in … Continued

Faithful Ask Smarter Questions

This question assumes that faith is related to external events and that believing means things will work out properly in … Continued

On Mormons and Muslims

I do not believe that Joseph Smith was a Prophet. I do not believe that Mormon scripture was revealed by … Continued

Words for the Week — Parents

As we’ve just returned from spring break with my parents, this selection from the 17th chapter of the Qur’an, Surah … Continued