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The Practice of Questioning

This came in a letter from Bruce Illig: Hello Editors,  I just finished Jeff’s book [The Family], and had to subscribe to your site’s newsletter and become a facebook fan…


God or Country

A good, religiously tolerant nation is hard to find.

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Card Check Religion

In light of the news that Senator Mark Pryor (D, Wal Mart), played the central role in killing the #1 piece of progressive legislation — scrap that, the #1 piece…



King David as a model for present-day political power. An excerpt from The Family.

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CNN’s Demonic Attack

Since I first wrote about Washington’s most exclusive religious club, The Family, and its prayer breakfast movement, I’ve often been scolded by political centrists who insist that the National Prayer…

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I join Chris Hedges and General Brent Scowcroft as a talking head for Al Jazeera’s new documentary news program, Faultlines, about religion in the military. I was invited to be…

Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney at prayer

The Full Armor of God

Donald Rumsfeld took the LORD’s name in vain.

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Big in Somalia

Online Somali pirates have hijacked my May Harper’s feature, “Jesus Killed Mohammed,” excerpted “exclusively” (no more) here on Killing the Buddha. A publication called Garowe has re-published the piece —…

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U.S. Army Chaplain: “We hunt people for Jesus.”

“Special forces guys, they hunt men, basically. We do the same thing as Christians, we hunt people for Jesus. Hunt ’em down.” That’s Lt. Colonel Gary Hensley, who at the…

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Klingenschmitt’s Revenge

My cover story for the May Harper’s, “Jesus Killed Mohammed” — subscription only, but an exclusive excerpt is available here on KtB and the hard copy’s on the newsstand tomorrow…


Jesus Killed Mohammed

The crusade for a Christian military.

No Union upon any terms.
Th. Nast

(Dis)Integrating Church and State

Someone might be tinkering with God’s voting machine.


Marching the Buddha

If monks in Myanmar weren’t marching against the military junta this week, they would likely be taking part in a march of another kind. Late September is traditionally the time…

George W. Bush and his "chief enabler."

The Gospel According to Dubya

What would Jesus do… about the president invoking his name?

Madalyn Murray O’Hair

Don’t Stop Unbelieving

A new biography of America’s most godless woman.

Mitre Peak, New Zealand

Coming Home, O Lord, I’m Coming Home

An expat returns to America just in time for holy war.

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection

Losing Their Religion?

The Salvation Army has been taking money from the government for years. But at what cost?

"School is a fluid society… It can be no more than what we want it to be."

A Truancy Officer’s Tale

Jesus says kids had better stay in school—or he’ll send Robert Milner to bust their asses.