Religious Prejudice

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How to counter violent extremism

Dec. 8, 2012Seven-year-old Walid, right, is comforted as he mourns a fallen Syrian rebel fighter taken away for burial in … Continued

Freedom languishes for Baha’is in Iran

Nagan is a professor of law and the founding director of the Institute for Human Rights and Peace Development at … Continued

In invoking ‘Judeo-Christian values,’ Ryan is stunning in his hyprocrisy

When the going gets tough the tough get going. In this case it was Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. … Continued

Of Protestants, politicians and power

As the Republicans leave Tampa and the Democrats prepare to gather in Charlotte, one dynamic is immediately clear in both … Continued

Romney’s Mormonism up for debate?

George Frey GETTY IMAGES A statue of the founder of the Mormon Church Joseph Smith sits outside the historic Salt … Continued

The Vatican playing victim in the court of public opinion

I had not intended to write another column about the pedophilia scandal that has, at long last, reached the leadership … Continued

Understanding other religions is a smart approach

Q: The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is recommending that the U.S. government develop a strategy to make religion ‘integral’ … Continued

The worst prayers in the world

In citing the worst prayers in the world, I start with the thanksgiving of the Pharisee in the Gospel (Luke … 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

What to Teach Our Children About Religion

The Texas Board of Education, the nation’s second largest purchaser of public school textbooks, is revising its K-12 social studies … Continued

A President Who Listens, Learns and Leads

It seems so simple when President Obama says it. You listen to him and you say, “Of course!” He knows … Continued

Beyond Williamson: The Larger Implications of Holocaust Denial

Understandably and appropriately, the recent uproar about the Vatican’s rehabilitation of four bishops from the Society of St. Pius X … Continued

Anti-Obama Smears About Religion or Race?

I saw someone in Atlanta wearing a shirt with a picture of King and a picture of Barack – “The … Continued

Divine Impulses: William and Janet Cohen

Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen and his wife, television journalist Janet Langhart Cohen are of different races, political persuasions … Continued

Confess to God, Not Pollsters

“All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” writes the Apostle Paul in the Epistle to the … Continued

Where’s the Speech on Religion?

Avoid religion and politics at the dinner table — so goes the conventional wisdom. Tempers will flare and appetites curdle … Continued

Why Jesus Can’t Be President

Some of you might think that Jesus couldn’t run for President of the United States because he did not live … Continued

The Sickly Smell of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” is an immoral policy for hypocrites and cowards. And that’s true whether we are talking about … Continued

God Embraces Faithful Relationships

Fifty years from now, most religious communities will look back with astonishment on the controversy over same sex relations the … Continued

Public Service and Private Beliefs

America has not yet escaped all of its prejudices against Mormonism expressed so openly in the 19th century. Most of … Continued