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I'm Cool With Yule Religion

I'm Cool With Yule

By Barbara Mende

I’m Jewish, and…I adore this season. I have fun opening cards that say “Merry Christmas” and seeing public Christmas trees that don’t have Hanukkah menorahs next to them. I love Christmas parties and secret Santas and caroling.

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Making Peace With Christmas Religion

Making Peace With Christmas

By Miriam Stein

What really makes me feel like I don’t belong are the official ways that Christmas is celebrated in our supposedly secular country. December 25 is a legal holiday. Many public offices feature wreaths and Santa Claus, symbols of the season.

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Memo To The Vatican: Get Real Religion

Memo To The Vatican: Get Real

By Eileen McNamara

By what measure of rational thought is a draft document that asks about homosexuals — and only asks — whether the Catholic Church is “capable of welcoming these people” a cause for celebration?

Why I Am Ashamed To Be Irish Life

Why I Am Ashamed To Be Irish

By Aine Greaney

The corpses of nearly 800 children may have been buried in a mass grave beside a former orphanage. Another shameful chapter in our country’s history.

Breaking Down ‘Boko Haram’ Policy

Breaking Down ‘Boko Haram’

By William F.S. Miles

Understanding the name of the terrorist group responsible for kidnapping hundreds of schoolgirls in northern Nigeria offers clues about what needs to be done.

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Why I Am Ashamed To Be Irish Life

Why I Am Ashamed To Be Irish

By Aine Greaney

The corpses of nearly 800 children may have been buried in a mass grave beside a former orphanage. Another shameful chapter in our country’s history.

In Awkward Defense Of Nuns Religion

In Awkward Defense Of Nuns

By Marianne Leone

For the women whose work with the poor and marginalized has brought criticism from the Vatican, parochial-school graduate Marianne Leone has one thing to say: Preach it, Sister.

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Chick-fil-A And The Value Of Values Family

Chick-fil-A And The Value Of Values

By Greg M. Epstein

In the wake of the recent Chick-fil-A controversy, Greg M. Epstein argues that the religious right has long held an unjustified monopoly on “family values.” But, he asks, what about the rest of us?

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