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Aby Sam Thomas

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Revealing Family Secrets

Aby Sam Thomas | Posted July 9, 2012

"We are leaving for the concentration camp, maybe the one in Carpi, Modena. Once I get there, if it is possible, I will write to you. We are all fine, and full of courage."
Jay Michaelson

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Obama's Same-Sex Marriage Announcement: A Victory for Religion

Jay Michaelson | Posted July 9, 2012

Angry voices on the so-called "Christian right" are already screaming about President Obama's "war on religion," but today's announcement regarding same-sex marriage was actually an inspiring religious pronouncement.
Lisa Turner

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Soul Food: Spirituality and Nutrition

Lisa Turner | Posted July 9, 2012

"Food to a large extent is what holds a society together, and eating is closely linked to deep spiritual experiences." Most religions and spiritual paths throughout history have some kind of ritual or rule related to food and eating.
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

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How the Jewish Community Can Forgive Delmon Young

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted July 9, 2012

The power of teshuva can turn this hurtful incident into a one that teaches compassion and love.
Jack Gordon

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Faith in Action DC: Msgr. John Enzler of Catholic Charities of Washington

Jack Gordon | Posted July 9, 2012

The President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington explains how we see the face of Christ through serving "the least of these."
Haris Tarin

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Let's Finally Bury Bin Laden and Al Qaeda Through Our Engagement

Haris Tarin | Posted July 9, 2012

It is time to address the proverbial elephant in the room. For the past decade, the relationship between Western Muslims -- especially American Muslims -- and their governments have been unable to move past the events of 9/11.
Rev. Susan Russell

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President Obama Makes the Case for Same-Sex Marriage and for Evolution

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted July 9, 2012

Leaders lead. Today our president showed us what leadership looks like by affirming that the equal protection guaranteed by the Constitution should actually protect all Americans -- including those Americans married to spouses of the same sex.
Daniel Vahab

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Social Media for the Observant Jew

Daniel Vahab | Posted July 9, 2012

On a Friday evening, I tweeted three times and posted three Facebook updates at three separate times -- and I wasn't even online.
Engy Abdelkader

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Mother's Day 2012: A Snapshot of American Muslim Motherhood: A Photo Essay

Engy Abdelkader | Posted July 9, 2012

Through the personal images of and reflections by and about real American Muslim woman scattered throughout the U.S., we glimpse a truer understanding of her and are reminded once again of our common humanity.
Ben Herzig

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Divisive Presidential Politics Takes Aim at the American Muslim Community

Ben Herzig | Posted July 9, 2012

Alienating fellow American citizens based simply on their beliefs, as some candidates have done, is not only un-American -- it's bad politics.
Michael Gilmour

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Judging THE Book By Its Cover

Michael Gilmour | Posted July 9, 2012

The paratextual content in modern Bibles goes far beyond basic features, of course, and there appears to be no limit to the marketing creativity of publishers who continuously repackage the Scriptures.
Warren J. Blumenfeld

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A Call to Rewrite the Scripts in the Gender Drama

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted July 9, 2012

While Rev. Harris describes "gender distinctions" as God-given, he betrays his own assertion by demanding that parents break their children early of any forms of gender transgression.
Michael Pettinger

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A Real Conversation for the Rest of Us Catholics

Michael Pettinger | Posted July 9, 2012

If we want to practice "reconciliation for the sake of mission," we first have to acknowledge the people with whom we need to be reconciled.
Stephen Walker

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WWII Biography: The Priest Who Defied Nazi Command

Stephen Walker | Posted July 9, 2012

I travelled to Rome and walked in O'Flaherty's footsteps across the city to the safe houses he used. In Ireland, I visited the homes of O'Flaherty's friends and relatives and began to build up a picture of a man who was a lifesaver to thousands.
Rachel Adams

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Looking for Suffering in All the Wrong Places

Rachel Adams | Posted July 9, 2012

Equating Down syndrome with suffering, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach praises the "doctors who work tirelessly so that this disease can be purged and children came into the world healthy." Down syndrome is not a disease.
Clay Farris Naff

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Ron Brown and Me: How Old Time Religion Motivates a Coach's Crusade and My Campaign Against It

Clay Farris Naff | Posted July 9, 2012

Just as Ron Brown believes that the Bible is an inerrant guide to life, I am convinced that he and his ilk are sadly deluded, and that their reactionary efforts to drag civilization back into the Dark Ages pose a danger to us all.
Rev. David Lewicki

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Acts 10: 44-48: Holy Calamity

Rev. David Lewicki | Posted July 9, 2012

After a resurrected Jesus leaves the scene for good, the first disciples are hanging out, waiting for God-knows-what. What, exactly, does one wait for after you've just seen your dead friend come back to life and eat a piece of fish?
Ken Blackwell

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Evangelicals Will Rally for Romney

Ken Blackwell | Posted July 9, 2012

In a matchup between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, it's an easy choice for conservatives like both of us to fully endorse Governor Romney in this year's election.
Debra Ollivier

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Kathleen Turner On 'The Perfect Family' And The Highest Form Of Worship

Debra Ollivier | Posted July 9, 2012

In "The Perfect Family," Kathleen Turner plays Eileen Cleary, a devout Roman Catholic who's been nominated for "Catholic Woman of the Year." But Eileen's "perfect family" is not so perfect. I recently spoke with Turner about "The Perfect Family" and the ire it's provoked.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

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The Revolting Lie That Michael Jackson Was a Nazi Sympathizer

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted July 9, 2012

I was Michael's Rabbi for two years. During that time, we discussed every subject under the sun. Michael detested and despised anyone who would do harm to another human being; he loathed everything Hitler stood for. Michael was a great friend of the Jewish people.
Rev. James Ellis, III

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Money, Money, Money

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted July 8, 2012

If we spend our borrowed time here on earth striving for upward mobility or trinkets of success and abundance, then we have missed the boat. Chasing money is a surefire path to loneliness, depression and emptiness.