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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.

Brad Gregory wants to upend how we think about the emergence of capitalism, secularism and individualism.

Pussy Riot and the Two Russias

Three members of Pussy Riot have been found guilty of hooliganism. Their protests sparked a wave of support for freedom of speech and human rights among Russians.

Why we should all be concerned about the unconstitutional tactics law enforcement agencies are using against American Muslims.

Obama bends over backwards to accommodate faith groups. It’s time for Democrats to champion separation of church and state instead.

Blogs

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

Penguin’s withdrawing and pulping The Hindus: An Alternative History is only the latest in a series of surrenders.

February 14, 2014

The big guy upstairs picks sides in the Super Bowl. 

February 11, 2014