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In search of libertarians in America

The Statue of Liberty is pictured on Liberty Island in New York, October 13, 2013. The rise of the Tea … Continued

Mississippi ‘personhood’ amendment takes aim at birth control as well as abortion

Due to the serious illnesses of two family members, the Spirited Atheist has been absent from this column for two … Continued

What’s the role of the tea party and religion in the shutdown showdown?

The looming government shutdown—particularly because it involves a standoff over an additional Republican rider that would defund Planned Parenthood—is presenting … Continued

Jehovah’s Witnesses: a model for church and state

By Joel P. Engardio If I’m ever allowed to legally marry, my mother won’t attend my wedding. I’m a gay … Continued

Land of the free, home of the mosque near Ground Zero

A mosque near ground zero? The New York City community board endorsed the Cordoba House, a community center and mosque … Continued

Generals come and go but religious repression of women remains

The front page news out of Afghanistan this week is, of course, the firing by President Obama of Gen. Stanley … Continued

A womanist culture of life

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

Seven Suggestions for Christians in the Public Square

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

Making Men A Bit Less Devilish

President Obama has a unique chance to win the war against terrorism by the judicious use of force combined the … Continued

Saudi King Abdullah, Villain or Valiant?

Saudi King, Abdullah Abdul Aziz al Saud, spoke at the UN. His remarks about the dignity of religious difference sparked … Continued

Witness to Separation of Church and State

When my mom took me door-knocking on Saturday mornings to deliver the Watchtower magazine and a Bible message to the … Continued