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Keep doomsday religion out of the Syrian conflict

RNS () — As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons at the outskirts of Damascus and President Obama mulls … Continued

Poll: More than one-third of Americans see signs of end times in extreme weather

WASHINGTON — More than a third of Americans believe the severity of recent natural disasters is evidence that we are … Continued

Keep doctors practicing medicine

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, along with … Continued

Talking faith with President George W. Bush

It was my honor to interview President George W. Bush for a two-part Focus on the Family broadcast airing today … Continued

Lots of preaching, little governing

I called the Tea Party “civil religion” promoting old-fashioned Nativist notions against Americans of diverse religions and races. Little in … Continued

The disappearing abortion issue

The command by Cardinal-elect and Archbishop Burke that Catholics vote Tea-publican in 2010 was remarkable only in that it was … Continued

Humanism’s Future Hinges on Secular Discourse

By Michael De DoraExecutive Director, Center for Inquiry New York, and Contributor to Patheos.com We live in a time when … Continued

Diversity is good; Religious tests for office are not

Q: If Elena Kagan is confirmed to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, the Supreme Court would for the first … Continued

Keeping the eco-faith

By James CatfordChief Executive of the Bible Society Copenhagen, just over one month ago, was a success – both for … Continued

Obama: nothing but a man, and who said otherwise?

Q: In the Weekly Standard, University of Virginia professor James. W. Ceaser argues that President Obama’s approval ratings are suffering, … Continued

Uganda’s anti-gay law riles U.S.

By David Waters As Episcopalians in America were electing their second gay bishop, their Anglican cousins in Uganda were embroiled … Continued

Catholic America as Secular Model

Secularism is often considered the result of atheism, but history disproves that myth. American Secularism is a form of public … 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

Satan? Fear Not

What forces were at work in his soul which created such malice, such irrational hatred?

Looking Back at Catholic America

With the close of 2008, I took stock of the first nine months of this online column. The original idea … Continued

Truly Catholic and Truly Homosexual

Among Catholic homosexuals this December 2008, all is not “merry and gay,” despite the holiday singing. While there was some … Continued

Obama: A Spiritual Symbol

Reading through this week’s On Faith entries, I was amazed to note the exultant tone of many panelists. The fighter … Continued

A Stalled Pro-Life Movement

The other day, I was stopped for a traffic light behind a car with more bumper stickers than bumper. “Save … Continued

Concerns About Her Judgment, Not Her Views

I am concerned, not about this candidate’s religious views (that particular political decisions might be in accordance with God’s will) … Continued

WFB, Jr.: The Primordial Cafeteria Catholic

I suppose I should be thankful that Romesh Ponnuru has invoked once again the cant of Catholic conservative apologists about … Continued