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Despite Being Barred From Jerusalem During the Holiday, Palestinians See Easter as a Symbol of Hope

Palestinian Christians in the West Bank say that they have been denied permits to visit Jerusalem in record numbers this year, despite their living just over the green line not far from the holy city.

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Walker’s Secret Weapon

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Crimean Muslims Wary of Referendum to Join Russia

Victims of Stalin’s mass deportations in 1944, Crimea’s Tatar Muslim minority look warily on next week’s referendum on joining Russia, which could well bring the crisis on the tense peninsula to new heights.

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Creation of Adam

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Massive Protest by Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Against Conscription

Israel’s Haredim, an Eastern European branch of Judaism emphasizing strict religious adherence, were a tiny minority at Israel’s founding in 1948 and were given an exemption from conscription.

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Religion Challenges Left and Right

Here’s the challenge: Americans who are left-of-center are far more religiously diverse than their opponents on the conservative side. When it comes to matters of faith, liberals and Democrats have a far more complicated task of coalition management—although religion also raises some serious difficulties for the right.

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Who Owns Jesus?

What’s really revealing about Lauren Green’s infamous Fox News interview with religion scholar Reza Aslan is what it exposed about how Jesus exists in the popular Christian imagination. Green overlooked the fact that Jesus appears in Islamic theology as one of the great prophets of God, one of the few prophets mentioned by name in the Quran.

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Mind Rape and the Christian Right

A former professional skier who sought help for alcoholism from a rehabilitation program became locked in a cultish life that destroyed her self-esteem and independence in the name of Jesus.

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House Republicans: God Told Us to Keep Boehner as Speaker

Divine intervention saved John Boehner’s speakership, according to a new Washington Post story detailing GOP infighting.

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6 Common Myths About Atheism

If you want to piss off an atheist, tell him or her that atheism is a religion just like any other. Michael Nugent, chairman of Atheist Ireland, attempts to clear the record on what many of those who “willfully unbelieve” really believe about faith, certainty and morality.

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Amos Oz on Hamas: ‘Termination of the Israeli Occupation Is Urgent’

Fanatics are those people of any faith, color, persuasion or political belief who maintain that the end, whatever end, justifies all the means, including the bloody means. By this criterion I am afraid Hamas is a fanatic organization par excellence.

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A Life, Wasted

The father of a soldier killed in Iraq calls his son’s death “wasted in a belief that democracy would grow simply by removing a dictator—a careless misunderstanding of what democracy requires.” Read the column

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