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Sister Farley’s revenge: Want to popularize a book? Ban it.

From papyrus to vellum to paper to e-books, two principles of publishing have not changed over the centuries: 1. Churches … Continued

Pakistan to Twitter: ‘Yes we ban’

BANARAS KHAN AFP/GETTY IMAGES A Pakistani resident reads a message on a cellular telephone referring to the blocked social networking … Continued

Book burning: a terrible freedom

By Gustav Niebuhr How many people remember the photographs of British men in Bradford, England, burning a copy of Salman … Continued

Calling for Muslim outrage

Q: What is the obligation of a Western, democratic government to protect individual freedoms in light of a realistic terrorist … Continued

Vertigo times

FAITH IN ACTION By Katherine Marshall The hot spots this week are Kyrgyzstan and Bangkok, but every day brings new … Continued

Allowing violent extremists to curtail free speech

Q: Atheists are others are protesting a new law in Ireland, under which a person can be found guilty of … Continued

Blasphemy a problem for Abrahamic faiths

Q: Atheists are others are protesting a new law in Ireland, under which a person can be found guilty of … Continued

Murder on the Subcontinent

The heinous and high-profile assassination of Benazir Bhutto has overshadowed an equally dangerous cocktail of murder and election, religious identity … Continued

An Atheist for President?

As a means of improving the political fortunes of American Nonbelief , permit me to make a helpful suggestion: I … Continued

Islam Beyond Allah: Apostasy or Necessity?

There are millions of atheists and agnostics of Muslim heritage. How should we define or classify these individuals– as heretics? … Continued

“Muslims Speak Out”: An Unbalanced Panel

As a regular member of the On Faith panel, I am reluctant to bite the hand that publishes me. Nevertheless, … Continued

Secularism: Boring (Part I)

Query: Can an atheist or agnostic commentator discuss any aspect of religion for more than thirty seconds without referring to … Continued

Diverse Muslims, Violent Islamist Fundamentalism

First, the Muslim religion and Islamist fundamentalism as a religio-political force are two different, though related, entities. Muslims, like all … Continued