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Religion & Other Curiosities
Beyond Parody
The Chinese Communist Party and Tantric Divination

Some stories are so ridiculous that they are beyond parody. That the Chinese government is so very greatly upset by a remark of the Dalai Lama that he may decide not to be reincarnated is just one such story.

...& Other Curiosities
Supersessionism and All That

Throughout history, movements have sprung up denying the profound discontinuities between Christians and Jews, as well as between Protestants and Catholics.

Compare and Contrast
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Apostasy in Saudi Arabia and Utah

If you are inclined toward apostasy, do it in Utah rather than the Middle East. And thank God for the constitution of the United States!

Immigration and Assimilation
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Many Mestizo Nations

What are the prospects for immigrants assimilating—in Europe as well as in the United States? Perhaps not as bad as you might believe.

Religion a la Modi?
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Religious Freedom and the Gross Domestic Product

Is there a link? The connection is more complicated than you—or Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping—might think.

Cognitive Dissonance
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Snow

As blizzards blanket Boston and there is no sign of Al Gore producing A More Inconvenient Truth, it’s time to look at the cognitive defenses of ideologues.

Leftward Drift?
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Worries About Francis

Pope Francis’ heart and his perception of the world may be more to the Left than I perhaps expected.

Raison d'Etat
Tea With Tyrants

Ruthless national interest as the sole basis of foreign policy is repugnant to the national conscience, and since the United States is a democracy, this conscience must be reckoned with.

Pluralism and Modernity
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Islamophobia

One can understand why Muslims are worried about anti-Muslim feelings and actions. But going on and on about Islamophobia may also be a convenient way of avoiding the central problem for Islam in the contemporary world.

Review
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Defecting from Religious Enclaves

There are all sorts of enclaves in the world—communities whose worldview, moral values and lifestyles differ significantly from those of the surrounding society. A basic requirement for the survival of such enclaves is social and psychological mechanisms to prevent contamination from the outside.

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Religious Freedom Rifts

The misguided furor over Indiana’s religious liberty bill has created more heat than light. The law’s effects would be very modest and far from “anti-gay.”

Middle East Crisis

The worst case scenario becomes increasingly likely.

Talent Search

We are looking for a staff writer and researcher to be based in Washington, D.C. Come join us!

Pipeline Politics

The state-owned gas firm submitted a request to Moscow asking that the price discount be extended for another three months. It’s likely an attempt to weaken European solidarity on sanctions.

The New Bad Deal

As the “Second Machine Age” looms and the blue social model slips into obsolescence around the world, Latin America is especially ill-prepared, because it never really adapted to the First Machine Age all that well.

What's Up Down Under?

Australia’s center-right parties got a much-needed boost with a recent electoral victory in the country’s most populous state. A lot now depends on how a plan to privatize power goes.

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