| Mar 24, 2012
| 7:13 PM
When Pope Benedict XVI visits Cuba on Monday, the trip will be held up as a milestone in tolerance and religious freedom there.
But last weekend, Cuban police arrested 80 dissidents, including leaders of the protest group Ladies in White. Most were...
| Aug 31, 2011
| 5:50 PM
A billboard in Grand Rapids is raising eyebrows.
The sign reads, “You don’t need God – to hope, to care, to love, to live.”
It’s sponsored by the national non-profit Center For Inquiry, which has a Michigan affiliate...
| Sep 21, 2011
| 8:06 AM
The An-Nur mosque, located in a former Dodge/Chrysler dealership showroom on Philadelphia Road, in White Marsh, is austere. There’s little about it to draw attention from the street outside.
The floor of the mosque’s main hall is covered with...
| Sep 19, 2011
| 5:42 PM
Earlier this month, signs of life returned to what was once a gaping pit, frozen in sadness and rife with emotion, as part of the memorial at the World Trade Center opened on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
This week, another grand opening...
| Oct 3, 2011
| 3:00 AM
This summer, the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, preached on the U.S. Capitol grounds to promote his 2011 world peace initiative and related quest to reconcile the world's great religions. I've always been fascinated by his very...
| May 28, 2011
| 6:46 PM
Osama bin Laden is dead, but his brand of religious extremism lives on.
This is not to say that such religious extremism is exclusive to Islam and Muslims.
Extremism infiltrates the minds of religious zealots, nationalists, racists, environmentalists,...
| Apr 27, 2012
| 8:49 PM
During a two-year period sometime ago, while I presided over the National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ), we worked to establish "Interfaith Councils." To the best of our ability, these included all the faiths in this diverse environment where...
| Oct 12, 2009
Getting heavy people to feel comfortable in their skin, however ample, and focus on healthy behaviors is only half the fat-acceptance battle; the other half is getting society to make room for fat people.
Marilyn Wann of San Francisco is among the...
| Nov 15, 2009
As he watched the World Trade Center towers implode, Bill Cain, playwright and native New Yorker, felt a surge of fury pass through him. But as an ordained Jesuit priest, he was able to tap into another, equally powerful emotion. "I knew the only way to...
| Mar 1, 2009
Were I to throw my hat in the ring as culture czar/NEA head, I would start with the following:
I would attempt to pass legislation on a special tax dedicated to the NEA for all artists who make over half a million dollars a year from their work.
| Apr 29, 2008
Another in a series of occasional articles.
TEHRAN -- A man wrapped in a shawl stood at the door.
"This is Jesus," said another man.
Jesus sat and peeled an orange as his companion, Nader Talebzadeh, began to speak, precisely, so as not to be...