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The Sociology of Tahrir: The Three Blocs in Egypt's Revolution

Tom Gerety | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Gerety

This revolution holds great promise for Egypt. Its massed supporters are unified in a simple, passionate cause, but the blocs of power in Egypt will not easily concur on what is to be done to end corruption.

Myths of Mubarak

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

As history plays out so dramatically in the Middle East, it is time to replace such simplistic views of Muslim-majority societies with a much more complicated story about religion and politics in Egypt.

'War on Christmas' Comes to the Fore

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

This year's holiday season has seen a notable influx in secular and atheist billboards and bus banners sarcastically challenging the veracity of the Christmas story. One in New Jersey reads: "You KNOW it's a myth. This season, celebrate reason."

Oklahoma Sharia Law Blocked By Federal Judge Down

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday to block a new amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution that would pro...

The Beauty We Fear Part 3: The Mosques of Secular Muslim Writers (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 04.10.2013 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Compared to the European writers discovering the great mosques of Islam for the first time, the mention of mosques is more muted and void of romance to the Muslim secularists inured to them from birth.

The Beauty We Fear Part 2: The Great Mosques of European Novelists and Poets (Slideshow)

G. Roger Denson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

2010-10-25-jdfdf.jpgBy the end of the 19th century, mosques became lyrical, escapist, and hallucinogenic motifs for writers who had never even set sight on them.

The Beauty We Fear: The Great Mosques of the World As Seen Through the Eyes of the World's Great Writers

G. Roger Denson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
G. Roger Denson

2010-10-19-Screenshot20101019at9.17.42AM.pngFor the last three centuries, it's been an aesthetic and cultural conversion that keeps the secular minds of the West returning to the sacred architecture of Islam.

The Success and the Failures of the Religious Right

Michael Gerson | Posted 05.26.2011 | Books
Michael Gerson

The religious right has made notable achievements, but could it have done things better, and is a different model of social engagement needed for the future? We believe the answer to both questions is yes.

Catholicism: A Changing Church -- Despite Itself

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

The church is no longer part and parcel of the national political identity anywhere. Not in Poland, in Ireland, not even in Italy. Clearly the church will be forced to deal with the effects of all these things, and more

Pope To Tackle Secularism In Portugal Trip

Religion News Service | By Francis X. Rocca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) When Pope Benedict XVI travels to Portugal next week (May 11-14), the primary purpose wi...

Secular Lebanon: A Myth?

Adla Massoud | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Adla Massoud

How can we create 'national unity' in a multi-religious society wherein religion is inscribed as the citizen's most important public attribute -- stamped prominently on his or her identification and voter registration card?

The Branding Of Wisdom

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Kaiser Greenland

We live in a world that requires a strong-branded message to reach large numbers of people, and if the message of mindfulness can transform even one child's life is it worth getting the word out?

Dalai Lama Wrong on Religious Tolerance

Leah Anthony Libresco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Leah Anthony Libresco

The Dalai Lama's recent editorial in The New York Times rebukes "radical atheists" and others for being intolerant of many religions. As disproof of...

A.J. Cronin Goes to Hollywood

David Shasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Shasha

A.J. Cronin is an important figure for our times because his writing addresses many of the most critical issues we face as a culture. Cronin's Religious Humanism redraws for us the categories in which we can process social activism and religious belief.

Quebecers Rally To Put Secularism On Agenda | Marian Scott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

"In Quebec, 85 per cent of people don't want religious accommodation," Drouin, 62, a retired engineer ...

Religion Needs Atheism

Samir Selmanovic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Samir Selmanovic

Atheism does not have to be the end of the enchantment; it can be a new door towards a better religion. Religion does not have to be the opium of the people; it can be the poetry of the people.

Atheists Meet In Melbourne To Celebrate Lack Of Faith

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne, Australia is bringing together more than 2,000 scientists, philosophers, writers, and comedians to celebra...

Religious and Secular Belief: All The Same To The Brain | Allison Bond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

"Believing the sun is a star is rather the same as believing Jesus was born of a virgin," says Sam Harris, co-author of a study that suggests that the...

Foundation Urges Charitable Giving Among Nonreligious | Kimberlee Hauss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The Foundation Beyond Belief is urging atheists and secularists to donate more to charity in order to show that their generosity equals that of church...

Do We Need More religion In Foreign Policy?

Washington Post, 'On Faith' | Susan Jacoby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

I have rarely read a document filled with more destructive premises and recommendations than the Chicago Council on Global Affairs' 99-page report to ...

What if the Right was Right? A Reflection on the "Christian States of America." (Updated)

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

I am not saying that Jesus was a Stalinist or even a communist, just that it's very clear from his teachings that he believed that people were happier and healthier when they shared with each other.

Christian Creationism And Intelligent Design Gain Foothold In Turkey

Washington Post | Marc Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

With direct and indirect help from American foes of evolution, similarly-minded Turks have aggressively made the case that Charles Darwin's theory is ...

Sit on My Lapse

Kate Clinton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Kate Clinton

Like a sandcastle basilica facing an incoming tide, the Catholic Church is facing a sea of secularism, and the Pope is using his mitered shovel to dig a futile moat.

Turkey: Rising Islamist Movements Challenge Secularism (VIDEO)

World Focus | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Almost all of 77 million people in Turkey are Muslim, but signs of Islamic faith are noticeably divorced from everyday life. But a growing number of...

Egyptian Police Arresting Those Who Publicly Breakfast During Ramadan: Frown or Jail?

Wael Nawara | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Wael Nawara

Living in a conservative society, I can understand that there would be quite a few people who would be offended by those publicly breakfasting during the days of Ramadan.