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The Uses, and Abuses, of History in the Middle East Conflict

The murder of Coptic Christians is one more instance of the sheer ignorance that’s influencing events in the Middle East.

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Patronizing at the Prayer Breakfast

The admonition not to “get on our high horse” about jihadist terror as a “unique” phenomenon rings hollow, coming from a leader who routinely sends missile-firing drones to blow suspected militants to bits.

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Prayer Breakfast Inspires Righteous Indignation

Maybe we should just call off the National Prayer Breakfast and stop asking presidents to offer their thoughts about faith and religion.

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Why Obama Is Right to Avoid a Double Standard on Modern Christian Atrocities (Video)

President Obama, speaking on Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast, condemned religious extremism in the Muslim world. He then added, “lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that…slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

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Militant Islam

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Culture Wars, Old and New

The old culture war politics is dying but new culture wars are gathering force. The transformation of the battlefield will change our public life.

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Why Violent Extremists Welcome Attacks on Islam

Whenever an act of horrific terror enrages the West, a predictable second act ensues.

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What About the Christian Terrorists?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Rev. Madison Shockley says it’s wrong to think of terrorists as Islamic or Christian, we reality-check free speech in France, Elizabeth Warren pulls her party to the left, and Rory Fanning stands up to military recruiters.

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What About the Christian Terrorists?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Rev. Madison Shockley says it’s wrong to think of terrorists as Islamic or Christian, we reality check free speech in France, Elizabeth Warren pulls her party to the left, and Rory Fanning stands up to military recruiters.

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Orthodox Paper Erases Female Leaders From Paris March Photo

Remember that beautiful, historic photo of world leaders linking arms and marching through Paris to support free speech? The Israeli newspaper HaMevaser decided it would look better without women.

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Caricature Assassination

Exercising one’s artistic prerogative to create a drawing that is critical or demeaning of an established religion or political ideology should in no way be construed to equate with kicking a hornet’s nest, which it has been, over and over and over again.

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In Search of Religious Moderation

Trying to imagine what will matter in a new year is daunting, but it takes no clairvoyance to see that in 2015, one of the struggles around the globe will be between those who acknowledge that religion is at least as much about questions as answers.

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Rabbi Leonard Beerman Fought for Peace and Justice Until the Very End

In the brief holiday rest between the last night of Hanukkah and Christmas Day, America lost one of its greatest spiritual leaders.

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Pope Francis Diagnoses the Vatican’s Spiritual Diseases at Christmas Meeting

Just in time for Christmas, Pope Francis gave the gift of a reality check to Catholic cardinals, bishops and priests gathered at the Vatican earlier this week.

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Is This Alito’s Court Now?

Samuel Alito has grown from a junior crony to a prime driver of the court’s increasingly ideological agenda.

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Thanksgiving 2014

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Terrorists Bomb Ancient Mosque, Killing 81

The most important mosque in north Nigeria’s biggest city, Kano, came under attack Friday, just as worshipers were gathering to pray.

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Israel and Mississippi: Racist Plans for Second Class Citizens and Religious Legislation

A controversial bill approved by the Israeli cabinet is much worse than that of Mississippi fundamentalists who want to declare Mississippi a principally Christian state.

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Pope Unselfie

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The Afghanistan War Turned This Republican Soldier Into a Socialist Peace Activist

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Rory Fanning’s extraordinary journey, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s come-apart and California’s rebellious blue streak.

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The Afghanistan War Turned This Republican Soldier Into a Socialist Peace Activist

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Rory Fanning’s extraordinary journey, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler’s come-apart, and California’s rebellious blue streak.

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Western Masters Now Terrorized by Victims of Imperialism

The threat of terror produced by past victims of American Middle Eastern imperialism is alarming, but not new, and not historically isolated to the Middle East.

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Pope Francis’ Synod: Change Is in the Air, but Not Yet on the Books

On Sunday, Pope Francis wrapped up the synod, or bishops meeting, he presided over for the last two weeks with a beatification service at the Vatican for Pope Paul VI but without significant progress made on hot-button topics such as homosexuality, divorce and contraception. 

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Church and State

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Papal Welcome

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Meet the Alabama Judge Who Figured Out How to Unravel Roe v. Wade

ProPublica profiles Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker, whose “rulings over the last nine years have fueled the biggest threat to abortion rights in a generation.”

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More Questions Than Answers in War With Islamic State

The decision of President Barack Obama to wage air war against the Islamic State still is swimming in a sea of confusion and doubt.

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Ben Affleck Confronts Bill Maher’s Muslim Problem

Bravo to Ben Affleck and Nicholas Kristof for telling Bill Maher off about his chronic case of Muslim-hating bigotry.

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Ben Affleck Calls Out Bill Maher and Sam Harris on Their Islamaphobia: ‘It’s Gross and Racist’

Just days after religious scholar Reza Aslan criticized him on CNN for his views on Islam, comedian Bill Maher decided to defend them, this time with actor Ben Affleck.

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Get Ready for Yom Kippur With This List of Political Sins

Jews around the world this Friday night will ask God for forgiveness. Don Futterman, writing in Haaretz, says this year Jews of all political persuasions, no matter where they live, have much to atone for.

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Coexisting

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The Beheading Coalition

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Our Challenge With Islam

Destroying, degrading or containing the Islamic State—whichever goal President Obama chooses—will be the easy part. Finding ways for fundamentalist Islam to express itself peacefully is a bigger, tougher and more important project.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Where Goes the Neighborhood?

Consider how our definition of “neighborliness” has evolved. Once upon a time, being neighborly meant “reaching out to the people who lived next door” by, among other things, “offering to watch the kids in a pinch.”

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Church of England Will Allow Women to Become Bishops

Apparently the reformation isn’t over. On Monday, the Church of England voted to allow women to become bishops.

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Border Crisis Tests Religious Faith—and Some Fail Badly

Flamboyant piety has long been fashionable on the political right, where activists, commentators and elected officials never hesitate to hector us about their great moral and theological rectitude.

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Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’

The weeklong assault on Gaza is one more in a horrific series of steps similar to those in Nazi Germany that ended in the Holocaust.

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ACLU, Gay Rights Groups Withdraw Support for ENDA

It is currently legal in the majority of states to fire an employee for being gay. A bill meant to change that lost key allies Tuesday, including the ACLU, Lambda Legal and GLAD.

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Hobby Lobby Aftermath

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The Roberts Doctrine

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Hobby Lobby’s Corporate Commandments

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Doublespeak

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Freedom, Power, and the Conservative Mind

Freedom is the one value conservatives place above all others, yet time and again their ideal of freedom ignores the growing imbalance of power in our society that’s eroding the freedoms of most people.

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Hobby Lobby Products

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Hobby Lobby Goal

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