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India's Fundamentalists Triumph In Case Over Wendy Doniger's 'The Hindus'

(5) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 11:03 AM

After the egging, the pulping.

In London in 2003, a protester threw an egg at University of Chicago Sanskrit scholar Wendy Doniger, who was lecturing on the popular Hindu epic the Ramayana. The egg missed its mark, but during the Q-and-A other protesters continued the assault, insisting that non-Hindus...

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Thomas Jefferson, Our Least Christian President

(601) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 6:48 AM

WASHINGTON (RNS) During a recent trip to Washington, I took in two exhibits on Thomas Jefferson at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History: one on slaves at Monticello and the other on the cut-and-paste version of the Gospels known as the Jefferson Bible.

In the first exhibit, I was...

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10 Things You NEED To Read Before 2012 Election

(113) Comments | Posted June 19, 2012 | 4:05 PM

As the 2012 election approaches and our politics seems to dig deeper by the day into the muck and mire of petty partisanship, it may help to know that we have been here before. The United States has always been extraordinarily diverse, racially, ethnically, religiously, and politically. So our pluribus...

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Sex in the Bible: An Interview with the Author of 'Unprotected Texts'

(298) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 10:27 AM

It is easy to label Jennifer Knust, the author of Unprotected Texts: The Bible's Surprising Contradictions About Sex and Desire, a theological renegade. And she does say the sorts of things in this book -- about premarital sex and abortion and gay marriage -- that make conservatives shudder. But in...

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