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Peter Berger
Religion & Other Curiosities
June 27, 2012

Is Freedom of Religion Endangered in the United States?

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced a “Fortnight of Freedom” to last from June 21 to July 4. The event, based on the presupposition that religious freedom is endangered in this country, is planned as a very visible demonstration. The “Fortnight” not only ends with the celebration of the major patriotic holiday, […]

June 20, 2012

Two Footnotes on the Obsolescence of Honor

On June 13, 2012, The Boston Globe gave ample space to the coverage of an event that took place in federal court here. Judge Douglas Woodlock sentenced Catherine Greig to eight years in prison for the crime of harboring a fugitive. The fugitive is James “Whitey” Bulger, who was once a prominent figure in the […]

June 13, 2012

Vladimir Putin, Defender of the Faith?

On June 1, 2012, The New York Times carried a story by Ellen Barry about the Russian Orthodox Church giving moral support to the Russian policy in the current crisis in Syria. That policy has been marked by persistent vetoes in the Security Council against all attempts to take strong steps against the Syrian regime. […]

June 6, 2012

Another inconvenient church affiliation surfaces

Religion has not, or not yet, become an important ingredient of the nastiness in the current presidential campaign. It has been quiet around Mitt Romney’s Mormonism, possibly because he has spouted language that might make Southern Baptists feel comfortable (though it surely makes some other people uncomfortable). Michele Bachmann’s affiliation with the Lutheran Wisconsin Synod […]

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