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Religion & Other Curiosities
Pluralism and Secularism
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The “War on Christmas” and All That

A war against Christmas? By implication that is a war against Christians. A sense of proportion is an important component of political sanity, and those propounding this preposterous charge are dangerously lacking it.

The Human Condition
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How Can Human Beings Commit Such Horrors?

The modern world continuously prompts us to ask this question. But is it the right question to ask?

Americana
Buddhist Litigation

Have Buddhists attained the status of an ordinary American denomination? Yes! They are suing each other.

Comparative Theodicy
Is Atheism a Specifically Western Phenomenon?

We know atheism in its Jewish or Christian context, as a rejection of the Biblical God. What would atheism mean in a Muslim, or Hindu, or Buddhist context?

Immigration in the Modern World
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Dreams of Home

An Austrian novelist once wrote “Home is where one was a child.” Stories from around the world illustrate how immigration is a very difficult moral issue for liberal democracies today.

Around The Web
America Curiosa

Some stories of interest—”and other curiosities”—from around the web.

Theodicy Today
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Forgiving God?

A sermon preached on the eve of Yom Kippur by a Conservative rabbi in Seattle makes for some startling reading.

Three Approaches to Social Liberalization
Rome, Canterbury and Moscow

As Pope Francis appears to be tacitly approving certain liberalizations in the Catholic Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury canceled the upcoming Lambeth Conference due to strong opposition from African clergy to the Anglican Church’s developing attitudes on gay clergy and bishops, same-sex couples, and generally tolerant attitudes toward homosexuality. Meanwhile, the Russian Orthodox Church seeks to “return Europe to its true self”.

The First Amendment
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The Mayor of Houston and the Saudi Ministry of Religious Affairs

Every presidency creates an institutional culture which trickles down all the way to city halls in the provinces. Obama’s tone-deafness on religious freedom has had palpable consequences across the land.

Secularism
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In the Matter of Incest

In mid-September, the German Ethics Council recommended that sexual relations between consenting adult siblings be decriminalized. It is worth noting how all arguments presented in the Council’s carefully worded document are of a completely secular nature.

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The Persecution Rests

Alexei Navalny, the polarizing anti-corruption activist and opponent of Vladimir Putin, is being charged with corruption. He may not be as admirable as Westerners think, but don’t count on a fair trial.

Putin on the Prowl

The expected changes in Kazakhstan’s demography could make it Putin’s next target.

Pipeline Politics

After six years of needless delays, a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline looks to be coming due next year.

Reading the Cuban Tobacco Leaves

When you’ve lost the Castros, your government might be a bit too socialist.

The Evolution of Erdogan

A nation that shows signs of a promising future, Turkey has a problem with conspiracy theories.

Fake Outrage

Donor states, mostly Middle Eastern powers, pledged more than $5 billion to rebuild Gaza. So far only $100 million has actually been transferred.

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