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Unfettered Religious Freedom Really Does Mean the Freedom to Do Harm

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Freedom to discriminate with impunity?  It’s worse than that. Almost universally, the religious freedom claims pursued in the U.S. over the last two decades seek the freedom to do harm, most often the freedom to harm queers, women, children or religious … Continue reading

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Dementia Care? No Thanks!

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In a powerful article at the Atlantic, “Why I Hope to Die at 75,” Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel lined up facts and figures showing that much of the recent gain in human lifespan is  about stretching out the process of decline and death rather than living well for … Continue reading

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Five Reasons to Suspect Jesus Never Existed

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Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are “mythologized history.”  In other words, based on the evidence available they think that around the start of the first century a controversial Jewish rabbi named Yeshua ben Yosef gathered a following … Continue reading

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Beyond Homophobia: The Even Bigger Reason to Avoid World Vision

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In a media frenzy akin to the Komen scandal, Evangelical aid organization World Vision (annual budget one billion plus)announced recently that it would allow legally married and monogamous queer Christians on its payroll. Conservative co-religionists, including Franklin Graham of Billy … Continue reading

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Why Religious Leaders are Speaking Up in Support of Universal Contraceptive Access

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When the Supreme Court took up the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods cases on March 25, attorneys for the business owners argued that their religious freedom (and that of the corporations!) is being violated by the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. But not all religious … Continue reading

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Unveiled. Three Former Muslim Women Look Back on the Hijab. Part 4: Heina Dadabhoy

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 In a series of deeply personal and nuanced interviews, three women look back on their combined 32 years in the hijab, telling the beautiful and painful stories that inform their perspectives on the current debate. The other installments can be found here:  Part 1 (Politics … Continue reading

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Unveiled. Three Former Muslim Women Look Back on the Hijab. Part 3: Reem Abdel-Razek

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In this four part series, three women look back on their years in the hijab, examining their own experience and offering their perspectives on the current political and cultural debate about how best to respect the choices of women. The other … Continue reading

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