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Muslim students

A new report by civil liberties groups reveals self-censorship and decreased participation in community groups as a result of police hounding.

A postcard featuring Pope Francis

There is nothing in Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio’s record to suggest that he will reform the Catholic Church. 

Pope Benedict

If the Catholic Church is to change, the first thing that needs to happen is no pope, and certainly not an infallible one.

Photo of Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger

Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger’s Jews and Words.

Salman Rushdie

Joseph Anton is a tale of betrayals: of free speech, communities, religion, marriages, personal convictions, friends.

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.

Blogs

Especially when their cartoons are so dreadfully unpleasant.

May 19, 2015

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