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IRAQ GOES SECULAR? By Bitter Experience with Religious Sectarian Politics, Have the Iraqis Learned to Love RICHARD DAWKINS?

Well, not exactly. But the thesis of New York Times’s Baghdad reporter, Mudhafer al-Husaini, is that the Iraqi elections were a vindication of SECULAR (as opposed to religious) politics: The initial results showed good gains for secular parties and Prime … Continue reading

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Holy Trinity Oil Anointing for Obama the King?

I’m an agnostic, and believe strongly in the separation of church and state. And I also think that it is dangerous to talk about presidents in the language of royalty. But I actually found this ritual to be sincere—and even a … Continue reading

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Obama v. McCain: A Referendum on God?

Yet another McCain rally gets, ah, wierd. This just in (from the AP wire): Unhelpful for establishing the tone McCain sought in Davenport was the Rev. Arnold Conrad, past pastor of the Grace Evangelical Free Church. His prayer before McCain … Continue reading

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The Text of Barack Obama’s Speech on Religion (the one James Dobson doesn’t like)

Two summers ago, in 2006, Barack Obama gave a thoughtful and nuanced speech about religion, and on Tuesday, June 24th, 2008, James Dobson made some headlines feigning offense to its content. In response, I wanted to read what Obama actually said, … Continue reading

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