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Does it take a woman to mother?

FIGURING FAITH | On Mother’s Day it seems appropriate to ask—are mothers more natural parents? This week’s graphic from the … Continued

Romney ‘reminds me of every well-meaning yet overbearing male church leader’

NIKKI KAHN, MELINA MARA Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney arrive at an airport rally in … Continued

‘The Help’: Inspiring or ahistorical portrayal?

Dale Robinette AP In this film publicity image released by DreamWorks Pictures, Emma Stone portrays Skeeter Phelan, left, and Viola … Continued

Conviction of Elizabeth Smart’s kidnapper/rapist a victory for secular feminism

The conviction last week by a Utah jury of the man who kidnapped 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart in 2002, forced her … Continued

Thank God for liberation theology

In the wake of his weekend rally, Glenn Beck kept up the drumbeat of criticism about President Obama’s religion, calling … Continued

Free speech or foul behavior?

A few days back, small groups of college students at Northwestern, Illinois and Wisconsin – angry that Comedy Central had … Continued

Who makes the history books?: Dorothy Height, 1912-2010

How do some figures enter a nation’s historical memory, and how and why are others excluded? My guess is that … Continued

How to Be White

What can we expect will result from the “beer summit” hosted by President Obama with his invited guests, Professor Gates … Continued

The Stupidity of Hatred

I sat stunned as I listened to the developing story about today’s shooting at the U.S. Holocaust Museum. I was … Continued

Nuanced and Morally Serious

Abortion is an issue–an issue, one among many ethical quandaries–that brings tension to living by faith. It directly raises the … Continued

The Stench of Racism

In my small Mississippi hometown, we weren’t taught that all humankind was created in the image of God.

Obama Accepts His Bouquet

I would like to make a few observations about last night’s primaries, in particular the themes and images struck by … Continued

Two Legs of the Monster

The Question: Which “ism” is more entrenched in America, sexism or racism? Which should religion address? Which ‘ism’ is more … Continued