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The upstart energy of the Tea Party is beginning to coalesce with the organizing savvy of the religious right—and putting the force of religious zeal behind the Tea Party’s anti-government fanaticism.

A rally in opposition to the proposed Islamic center in lower Manhattan marred what should have been a day of remembrance and reflection with disturbing outbursts of racism and misogyny.

Nine years after 9/11, hatred of Islam has infected many Americans. How else can we explain the opposition to an Islamic community center two blocks away from where the attacks took place?

The irrational attack on Muslims everywhere by the GOP’s leadership is not only deeply subversive with regard to the American ideal of religious tolerance but also poses a profound threat to our national security.

Our country has a strong pattern of losing its mind over issues that later turn out to be insignificant.

Why did American televangelist Pat Robertson make a mining deal with accused war criminal and deposed Liberian President Charles Taylor?

There is a distinct creepiness to the controversy now raging around a proposed Islamic cultural center in Lower Manhattan.

The politics of the Templeton Foundation's "Big Questions."

Blogs

Crucifixion was the punishment that Rome reserved for the crime of sedition.

July 25, 2013

'A Punk Prayer' distills the group's protest and trial into a parable on Vladimir Putin's free speech crackdown.

May 14, 2013

A TV debate over Muslims and violence and America's own terror practices.

May 13, 2013

Social Security hasn't contributed to this deficit and won't add to future debt—and it's journalistic malpractice for the mainstream press to suggest otherwise.

April 11, 2013

Hollingsworth v. Perry has a chance of being dismissed without a ruling, leaving a better case to serve as the vehicle for the court's opinion on marriage.

March 29, 2013

Liberals concerned with Israel often miss the inconvenient fact of the radical Palestinian organization's human rights abuses in the Gaza Strip. Reed Richardson also writes about the outsized State of the Union response allowed to the Tea Party. 

February 14, 2013

Much of the coverage of the former Cardinal Ratzinger doesn’t mention that for years he was in charge of the church’s files on abuse by priests.

February 12, 2013

A new HBO documentary reports on victims—and heroes.

February 8, 2013

Leading Catholic theologians, priests, nuns and former US ambassadors to the Vatican call on Ryan and others to back gun-safety legislation.

January 24, 2013

The Internet rightly takes the magazine to task for the article, which ran under a small disclaimer and a large The Atlantic logo.

January 15, 2013