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A newsman who witnessed the carnage at Jonestown talks about the People's Temple, the power of images and the state of news.

Obama's choice to give the invocation at his inauguration is a slap at progressives and a bow to the religious right.

The deep grievances of marginalized Indian Muslims are a source of major societal rifts, exacerbated by the anti-Muslim propaganda of Hindu fundamentalists.

Who, exactly, are the Taliban? It's clear Afghan insurgents are far from monolithic.

Members of India's poorest classes who converted to Christianity to escape the caste system, now find themselves the targets of brutal persecution by Hindu nationalists.

We need a new national dialogue to untangle the triumphalist Christian story line that has wrapped itself around our political discourse.

Pursuing religious voters, Republicans and Democrats overlook the importance of the constituency of nonbelievers.

Led by Obama, Democrats are making a bid for evangelical voters. Lost cause or holy grail?

OK, God, we know James Dobson asked his followers to pray for rain on Obama in Denver last week. But this storm in New Orleans isn't what anybody had in mind.

As Obama accepts his party's presidential nomination on the forty-fifth anniversary of King's most famous speech, a historian looks beyond the obvious analogies.

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The French satirical publication takes aim at fundamentalism—in all its forms.

April 30, 2015

And he wants you to put down your tallywhacker right now.

April 7, 2015

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