Religion

 
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‘All-American’ prejudice

For Sarah Wildman, the best possible outcome from Lowe’s lamentable decision to pull its ads from the TLC reality show is a national realization that Muslims are just as boring as the rest of us.

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Pastor’s denunciation of Mormonism as ‘cult’ raises questions about Romney bid

Just as Barack Obama’s perceived “otherness” dogged his campaign in 2008, the unease about Mormonism among some voters could threaten Mitt Romney’s presidential bid.

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Prominent Republicans distance themselves from anti-Islam rhetoric

Not all Republicans have embraced the rhetoric of the anti-Shariah movement. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, for example, has had a warm relationship with Muslims in his state.

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‘Counter-jihad’ movement may be small, but its rhetoric has seeped into public discourse

The Norway bomber threw a spotlight on anti-Islam bloggers and activists. Here in the U.S., their rhetoric has influenced mainstream political discourse.

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Portrait of ‘right-wing’ suspect in Oslo attacks emerges as ‘Jihadist’ link is debunked

The suspect in the bombing and subsequent shooting was described as a “right-winger with anti-Muslim views.” Some commentators, however, had seized on the now-debunked link to Islamic militants.

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Right-wing extremist seen behind Oslo attacks as Jihadists retract claim of responsibility

The reports confirmed earlier indications that the suspected gunman was a local Norwegian and not a Jihadist. An Islamic militant organization retracted an earlier claim of responsibility for the attacks.

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Jon Meacham: Why the world won’t end tomorrow

Will the world end tomorrow? Jon Meacham’s take on the latest purported coming of the rapture, May 21.

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Pakistan blasphemy laws retake center stage

In Pakistan, the deadly blasphemy laws have reared their ugly head yet again, in the wake of a new film and death threats against a liberal reformist.

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Test your religious IQ

Americans are almost as clueless about religion as we are about geography. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life asked 3,412 randomly chosen adults questions about everything from the golden rule to prayer in school, and found that the average person got only half right. Ironically, atheists and agnostics scored the highest, followed by Jews [...]