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Hamza Kashgari’s persecution—merely for tweeting uncertainty about his religious faith—exposes the cynicism and brutality of the kingdom’s royal-clerical rulers.

Barack Obama

Shouldn't it be obvious that birth control coverage is about women's health, not “religious freedom”?

President Barack Obama with Cardinal Sean O'Malley

The president must decide what is more important: pandering to the Catholic hierarchy or protecting women's health.

Rick Perry

God called me one night and asked me to run for president. He almost talked me into it.

Church of Scientology, Los Angeles

The body of the church of Scientology is not well. Will its main legacy be its contribution to US tax law?

Gandhi and Hermann Kallenbach reunited, June 1937

Why was Joseph Lelyveld’s history of Gandhi’s years in South Africa attacked by India’s Hindu right?

The American government is currently employing counterterrorism strategies against Muslim communities here in the United States that were first developed by the military for use abroad.

A mosque in Minnesota

Community partnerships are seen as a softer counterterrorism. But who are the partners?

The Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Badie

Seemingly within reach of unprecedented power in a post-Mubarak Egypt, the group faces the prospect of implosion.

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