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3 Facts About Religion and Violent Extremism

Islamic Society of BostonIn the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, it’s important to keep the facts straight about the complexities of terrorism.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Advocates Continue Efforts to Prevent Gun Violence

Gun-violence preventionIn the wake of last week’s Senate vote against legislation to prevent gun violence, Americans must remember that their efforts to reduce gun violence are a marathon, not a sprint.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Is Creativity or Obedience More Important?

Rev. Joel HunterProbing and honest conversation is key to fostering real understanding between people.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Ever-Evolving Institution of Marriage

DOMADespite claims by many conservatives and religious leaders, marriage has not always been a union between one man and one woman but over the years has embraced practices that even most strident marriage traditionalists might abhor.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Reproductive Justice, Religious Liberty, and Pluralistic Democracy

Sally Steenland talks with Rabbi Dennis Ross, a religious advocate and congregational rabbi, in the third interview in a podcast series discussing the current state of the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement.

By Sally Steenland | Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Dark Side of ‘Bright Young Things’

Victoria's SecretProgressives should speak out about the commercial targeting of youth instead of shying away from a fight about deregulation and the “nanny state.”

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Religious Right Wasn’t Created to Battle Abortion

Antiabortion rallyAs the Supreme Court hears arguments in cases on marriage equality, many fear a decades-long backlash reminiscent of that after Roe v. Wade. It is important, however, to remember the real story behind the formation of the religious conservative movement.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, March 27, 2013

‘Girls’ Needs to Glance Away from the Mirror

Cast of Even the created reality of a television show can benefit from a diverse worldview.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Selection of New Pope Underscores a Shortcoming of Church Rules

Sister Simone CampbellA leadership devoid of women seriously undermines the Catholic Church’s mission and future.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Millennials Link Sexuality, Justice, and Faith

Sally Steenland interviews Samantha Griffin on Millennials' view of Roe v. Wade and how faith can inform and deepen conversations about reproductive justice.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Family Planning Is Key to Healthier Mothers, Babies, and Societies

Mother and newbornFaith-based efforts to provide reproductive health services and family planning have dramatically improved the lives of mothers and their children worldwide.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Misusing Religious Freedom to Cloak Intolerance

Hilary ClintonOpposing gay and transgender equality under the guise of religious freedom has deep roots stretching back more than 50 years.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Working Full Time and Still Poor

President Barack Obama Linamar CorporationWe need to raise the minimum wage in order to change the shameful American reality of people working full time but still not earning enough to lift them and their families out of poverty.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Lessons from Our Past Should Light the Path of Immigration Reform

Former Secretary of State Madeleine AlbrightU.S. history provides both shining examples and stark warnings as we debate over whether to grant citizenship to this country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Contraception-Coverage Requirement Strengthens Religious Liberty and Women’s Health

President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusDon’t be fooled by opponents’ claims of religious-liberty infringement—the new contraceptive-coverage provision announced last week does no such thing. It does, however, enhance women’s health.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, February 6, 2013