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Ten Commandments in Texas public schools?

Texas State House representative Phil Stephenson has introduced a resolution calling on all public schools to display the Ten Commandments. … 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

A Catholic nullification doctrine?

The Department of Health and Human Services has accepted the medical opinion that contraception is a preventive health measure. That … Continued

Why the military needs atheist chaplains

There are practical and spiritual reasons for atheists to join the military’s chaplaincy. The U.S. military needs atheist chaplains. Why? … Continued

Sex abuse coverup in religion vs in sports: Any difference?

Paul Vathis AP In this Aug. 6, 1999 file photo, Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, right, poses with … Continued

Separation of church and state: Good for religion?

If any more evidence were required that a nation whose Constitution guarantees individual religious liberty does not need members of … Continued

Prayer without religion for public schools?

Photo by Katherine Frey/ The Washington Post Amidst the growing excitement these days about democracy breaking out all over the … Continued

Having the right vs. the right thing to do

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued

Sex, bus ads and religious conservatives

Should our nation be governed by laws or by the whims of narrowly defined religious groups? As we fight for … Continued

Religion in a hookup culture

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

Charity and justice for all

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall The dust has yet to settle on the scramble for charitable gifts at the … Continued

Confronting Religionophobia

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall “If you are not at the table, you end up on the menu.” The … Continued

Public Schools Are For Education, Period

The New York City Council last week voted to add two Muslim holidays to the city’s public school calendar, citing … Continued

Christian Right Revival?

Is the Christian Right retooling, regrouping or just rebranding? Leaders of two dozen organizations announced this past week the latest … Continued

Von Brunn’s Virtual Neighborhood

By Abraham Cooperassociate dean, Simon Wiesenthal Center We will never really know whether James Von Brunn would have become a … Continued

Bible Classes in Texas Public Schools

As a source of divine inspiration, prophetic imagination and poetic wisdom, the Bible is unsurpassed. As a classroom textbook, well, … Continued

ACLU: Theocrats in Reverse

Nothing makes an ideologue madder than actual people. People have the obstinate desire to live their own lives, refusing to … Continued

The Muslim-Jewish Tipping Point

“Nobody believes you guys actually exist,” I said to the group I was eating dinner with. I was sitting with … Continued

Both Can Sustain and Enhance Life

An alliance between science and religion is good for both religion and science as well as for quality education, preservation … Continued

Teach About Religion Through Shared Values

We require American students to know algebra to graduate from high school. We require them to understand our political system … Continued