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Soldier in Israel

At long last, this may be the year Washington puts the brakes on Israeli settlement expansion into Palestinian lands. 

Brigham Young and unidentified woman, circa early 1850s

How the American Moses became America’s first spiritual manager in the wilderness of Scripture-infused capitalism.

A protester holds a picture of Savita Halappanavar

Her death is a warning: It could happen here.

On socialism or the Middle East, Fred Halliday’s intellectual flexibility was one of his greatest strengths.

Like ACT UP's action at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Pussy Riot's Punk Prayer at Christ the Savior was both a political protest and a sincere religious performance.

A boy carries a cross as he takes part in a procession during Holy Week

What if the right to be a jerk is where freedom begins?

Despite the White House’s statements against Islamophobia, their failure to fire a hatemongering lieutenant tells a different story. 

'Muslim Rage' & US Policy

There’s much more behind the demonstrations than anger at one bigoted YouTube clip.

The infamous anti-Islam film may have sparked the demonstrations, but wrangling between Egypt’s many political factions were what really drove them.

The GOP candidate’s disastrous response to the incendiary “Innocence of Muslims” video should come as no surprise in light of his Islamophobic connections.

Blogs

We don't yet know what drove killer Craig Stephen Hicks, but American Muslims are more often victims of ideological violence than perpetrators of it.

February 11, 2015

Many conservative Christians opposed the bishop’s work on behalf of the poor.

February 4, 2015

While the Times frequently needs pushing on its watery language, there are real ethical reasons to exclude Charlie’s Mohammad cartoons.

January 15, 2015

From plummeting petroleum prices to political unrest, it has been decades since the fortunes of the kingdom were so much in doubt.

January 7, 2015

The Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision is a victory for the forces of nonsense.

July 9, 2014

The US government has until Tuesday evening to explain to a federal judge why men held at Guantánamo do not have the same religious freedoms as Hobby Lobby.

July 8, 2014

There’s always a cauldron of crazy simmering just beneath the surface of our ‘rational’ lives. 

April 1, 2014

The Catholic directives would leave just one OB-GYN in the city of Bartlesville who can prescribe contraception for birth control purposes.

March 31, 2014

The notorious Westboro Baptist Church pastor has died. Why were we so enthralled by him in the first place?

March 20, 2014

Until now, most Jewish college students assumed that open dialogue on Israel was a taboo topic in Hillel—Swarthmore debunked that myth.

February 27, 2014