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Out of darkness, light

Diwali celebration especially resonant after hate crime

Date: 11/12/2015 | Local News

Have faith that voters won’t tolerate bigotry

We have a problem in this country — it's called Donald Trump and Ben Carson. But fortunately we have a solution — it's called voters.Last Thursday, Trump, still the leader in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, didn't quarrel with a questioner at...

Date: 09/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

We’ve got a problem, all right: It’s the ignoramuses

In the spirit of charity prompted by Pope Francis' visit to the U.S., let's not call them bigots.Let's just call them the clueless, the incurious, the moronic, the dull. In short, ignoramuses.I refer to those Republican wits who unconscionably demonize a swath of...

Date: 09/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Anti-Muslim rhetoric would appall nation's founders

The founders of this nation recognized Islam as one of the world's great faiths. Incredibly and disgracefully, much of today's Republican Party disagrees.Thomas Jefferson, whose well-worn copy of the Quran is in the Library of Congress, fought to ensure that the American...

Date: 09/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A Polish Jew reaches out to save Syrian Christians

Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam's by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East. Egyptian Copts may have found some respite under Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, but after their persecution under the previous Muslim Brotherhood government, they know how...

Date: 07/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Federal prisons agree to recognize humanism as religion

PORTLAND, Ore. — Federal prisoners who identify as humanist can now celebrate Darwin Day and get accommodations typically afforded to those inmates who believe in a deity.

Date: 07/27/2015 | Northwest

After the parade, keep the party going at First Baptist Church

EVERETT — If you’re looking for some all-ages enjoyment after Everett’s Colors of Freedom 4th of July Parade, stroll on over to First Baptist Church.

Date: 07/04/2015 | Local News

Repairing the world

Author returns to Stanwood, where he found chaos and refuge

Date: 06/27/2015 | Local News

Religious rights

UW prof explores how religions treat human beings

Date: 05/23/2015 | Local News

Freedom best antidote to counter Islamic State

WASHINTON, D.C. -- As Arab leaders gather for discussions at Camp David this week, the Obama administration is quietly debating a revision of its strategy against the Islamic State to reflect a U.S. assessment that the terrorist group poses a global threat.Given the swirling...

Date: 05/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Naw-Ruz: A time of renewal

Local Baha'is celebrate the new year

Date: 03/28/2015 | Local News

‘Community’ is the cornerstone for new mosque

All are welcome at a Community Day on Saturday hosted by local followers of Islam. An organizer of the event at Harbour Pointe Middle School sees it as an important step toward building a mosque in Mukilteo.

Date: 03/27/2015 | Local News

Fostering Jewish identity the fun way

Arlington's Camp Kalsman serves hundreds of kids

Date: 03/14/2015 | Local News

Calls for national religion threaten our freedoms

Thanks to the First Amendment, the United States is arguably the most religiously diverse — and most religiously free — society on earth.But not all Americans welcome the new religious America.Consider the flap in Idaho this week when a session of the...

Date: 03/08/2015 | Commentary

No suspects in vandalism of Hindu temple, school

Law enforcement officials said Thursday they have no suspects so far in two cases of harassing graffiti at a Hindu temple and a junior high school in Bothell.Gov. Jay Inslee, meanwhile, said vandals...

Date: 03/05/2015 | Local News

Reclaiming Islam

Viewpoints: What you might not know about Muslim faith

Date: 02/22/2015 | Commentary

Policy has a place in standing up to ISIS

The causes of extremism in the Middle East are complex. We ought to be suspicious of simplistic explanations. Causes include the historic failure of Arab societies to achieve democratic governments that provide for political participation and broad-based economic...

Date: 02/22/2015 | Commentary

Was murder victims' Muslim faith a relevant detail?

As soon as the news broke Tuesday evening, anyone near a TV, radio or computer heard that three Muslim students were murdered near the University of North Carolina.My immediate thought was, "Oh, my God, not Muslims."That very same day, we had gotten...

Date: 02/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Where Obama was wrong on religion, history

There is no doubt that President Obama's remarks about Christianity at the National Prayer Breakfast last week were historically accurate. But they were also — let's face it — glib, facile and patronizing.I must immediately dissociate myself from the bombastic...

Date: 02/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Michelle Obama had a choice; women in Saudi Arabia don't

First lady Michelle Obama made an important statement when she showed up in Saudi Arabia with her husband Tuesday to mourn the death of King Abdullah and meet successor King Salman. Though the first lady dressed in a fashion respectful of Saudi custom — in black pants and a long,...

Date: 02/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists

‘Never again’ must be ‘never ever’ for Iran

Amid the ritual expressions of regret and the pledges of "never again" on Tuesday's 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a bitter irony was noted: Anti-Semitism has returned to Europe. With a vengeance.It has become routine. If the kosher-grocery...

Date: 01/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Germans rally to counter anti-Islam event

BERLIN — German political and religious leaders appealed for tolerance Tuesday in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, a message meant to counter both religious extremists and growing anti-Islam protests in Germany.

Date: 01/13/2015 | Nation & World

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