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Entries by Benjamin Barer from 06/2013

Why Separate Church and State?

| Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion

It is a basic, knee-jerk reaction in the Western world to rail against any politician who seeks to justify a position by referencing their faith. I wonder, however, how we have gotten away with perpetuating this misconception that somehow our religious traditions do not have anything constructive to contribute to our political realities.

A Precondition for Intrafaith Engagement

| Posted 06.19.2013 | Religion

We must make the compromises needed to ensure that we can laugh and cry together. I mean this literally and figuratively: we must become comfortable enough in each other's worlds to attend each other's funerals and weddings.