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January 22, 2015
Free speech, under attack in France, is also contested in India, where violence ignited by videos or messages deemed “blasphemous” or “insulting” by orthodox Hindus has long been a reality.

Author: Wendy Doniger
January 19, 2015
During the “Religious Revival” in America in the 1950s, observers of “public religion” had little to observe.
January 15, 2015
Isnino Shuriye, a Kenyan woman, recounted to a New York Times journalist her pride as a female genital exciser.
January 12, 2015
The Charlie Hebdo incident: we cannot not sight it and refrain from all comment. It would be redundant to revisit here the obvious aspects of the incident.
January 8, 2015
As expected, marriage and contraception dominated 2014’s domestic religion news headlines. At this time last year, same-sex marriage was legal in fifteen states, plus the District of Columbia.
January 5, 2015
Flashback: 75-plus years ago, growing up in Nebraska, my friends and I looked for something that might give us any kind of bragging rights. We were envious of California, New York, etc.
December 29, 2014
We did not have to squint or wear spectacles to sight this top-of-the-front-page headline on Christmas-past (four days ago!) “Tithing in Reverse” (Chicago Tribune).
December 25, 2014
The Christian season of Advent abounds with traditions that have been upheld, invented, and reimagined over the centuries.
December 22, 2014
Now that the “War on Christmas” is over—its publicist, Fox News Bill O’Reilly, announced this finding last week—we can survey the post-war terrain.
December 18, 2014
The Los Angeles Times carried an article (January 2013) on the elderly citizens of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, who, perhaps ailing and suffering from debilitating pain, are being quietly sent off to


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