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A new report by Pew Research shows us what religious affiliations will look like in 2050. Read more»

A view of deepest view of the visible universe ever achieved are seen in a Hubble Telescope composite photograph released March 9, 2004. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF) photograph is a composite of a million one-second exposures and reveals galaxies from the time shortly after the big bang.

The really big story of the past month ended up as a one-day media splash: the almost certain confirmation of the Big Bang, or inflation theory, of the creation of our universe. It barely made the front pages before slipping back into space. Read more» 1

Pope Francis

Some in the region see a streak of liberation theology in Francis, who is in Brazil this week for World Youth Day. Read more»

"Let the Christians believe that their religion is the absolute truth and let Muslims believe that Islam is the absolute truth." So says the leader of Indonesia's Defenders Front, which is is offering to help protect the sanctity of upcoming Christmas celebrations in the Muslim-majority nation. Read more»

Confessed Oslo attacker Anders Behring Breivik mentioned journalism conferences that attract droves of reporters and editors from around the globe as major targets for possible attacks to advance his xenophobic, right-wing agenda. Read more» 2

Newt Gingrich makes a living running for president. He's the sole reason he'll never win. The con artist thinks Americans are stupid. I think he’s dead wrong. Read more» 1

The DREAM Act was voted down in the U.S. Senate, which decided that it's not in our country's best interest to allow a child (who may have been brought to this country at the age of six months and has known no other home, language or way of life) to become a legal citizen, serve in our military and pay into our government system. Read more»

Sen. Jon Kyl loves Christmas. Loves it. And Sen. Harry Reid's a disrespectful Scrooge, who's probably a closet Muslim, with his pal the president. Read more»

A steady exodus of Christians from the Middle East and — most dramatically — from Iraq since the October slaughter of 57 churchgoers in Baghdad, has a long and layered history. Read more»

St. George's Monastery

ST. GEORGE'S MONASTERY — Gathered in the chapel of this outpost in the Judean Desert on Tuesday, the Orthodox priests chanted "Lord, have mercy" in Greek, in a service of blessing for a new road that makes the venerable building accessible to the growing number of tourists willing to dare a visit to the troubled Holy Land. Read more»

Willis Barnstone

“The Restored New Testament” seeks to restore the original message after centuries of distortion that feeds hatred among religions with a shared heritage. Read more»

Muslims at prayer in Pakistan.

Opinion: Despite the fact that Americans claim to be a highly religious people, a Pew Research Center poll released late in September reveals how little Americans know about religion. This knowledge gap has real-world consequences. Americans need some religious schooling. Read more»

Obama on Election Night, 2008.

Here's a new item to add to the growing list of fake facts dominating the news over the past year. Already on the list are death panels, a foreign-born president, the hoax of global warming, and rampant discrimination against white people. Now we can add a new fake fact: President Obama is a Muslim. Read more»

A recent poll shows that 18% of Americans believe Pres. Obama is a Muslim, up from 11% in March 2009. Read more»