Religious Fanaticism

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Circumcision, herpes, and religious freedom

The idea that a grown man would put his mouth on an infant’s penis is rather disturbing under pretty much … Continued

The Islam that empowers women

On International Women’s Day, this series answering, “Is religion good for women?” runs in collaboration with the Tony Blair Faith … Continued

AIPAC leaves many questions on Iran, Israel

Rick Santorum at the AIPAC annual conference. / Getty Rick Santorum at the AIPAC annual policy conference.  Should we bomb … Continued

Egypt’s elections and the risky rule of God

ODD ANDERSEN AFP/GETTY IMAGES An Egyptian flag is placed next to the flag of the Freedom and Justice Party, founded … Continued

Breaking children’s spirits in God’s name

“To Train Up a Child” is the revealing title of an authoritarian child-rearing manual, written by a right-wing evangelical pastor … Continued

It is like fist fights between two blind men

This weekend, Jon Stewart is holding “a rally to restore sanity” on the mall, two months after Glenn Beck’s religion-infused … Continued

Writing about Beck: God made me do it

I wasn’t planning to write about the Glenn Beck rally on the National Mall on Saturday but then I felt … Continued

Christians must reject “Burn a Quran Day”

By Jennifer S. Bryson “Burn a Quran Day” is how a church in Florida is preparing to mark the ninth … Continued

All religions not same to you

Q: Are all religions the same? The Dalai Lama, who just celebrated his 75th birthday, often refers to the ‘oneness’ … Continued

Secular roots of religious violence

By Philip Jenkinsauthor When Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams meets with clergy furious over his church’s sexual liberalism, he might expect … Continued

Afghanistan: negotiating over women’s maimed bodies and minds

A heart sickening drama is now unfolding at the intersection of religion and politics in Afghanistan, and it threatens to … Continued

More Gay a.k.a. Human Church Leaders: So What?

I do not have much to say about this issue, given that I do not believe that man or woman … Continued

The Limits of Reason: The Ever-Elusive Search For A Middle East Peace

I do not believe, although good men on both sides have tried in the past, that any sort of lasting … Continued

Conflict in Hebron, Painful but Necessary

Combined forces from the Israeli Army, the Border Police, and Security Services today evacuated a house that was, according to … Continued

How Do You Confront Utter Madness?

I don’t have the slightest idea how the new Obama administration should confront terrorism around the globe or whether any … Continued

The Worst Angels Of Our Nature: Rage And Racism On The Campaign Trail

Like everyone else, I am worried about the economy and the financial panic I sense around me. But I am … Continued

Faith and Mental Health

I think it is important that we first try to define Faith and what it means to us. When we … Continued

On the Civil Supremacy of Secular Law

I am tempted to ask whether the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has been sampling a bit too much communion … Continued

God Is Not…Well, He’s Just Not

I am not too fond of absolutist ex cathedra statements, even when they come from someone who is definitely not … Continued

Cult Plus Time Equals Religion

You might as well ask what is the difference between a “real” government and a political experiment. For the most … Continued