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George F. Will: Scotland's epic vote could change Union Jack

George F. Will: Scotland's epic vote could change Union Jack

WASHINGTON — Tucking into a dish of Scottish haggis is not a task for the fainthearted. There are various haggis recipes, but basically it is sheep’s pluck — the heart, lungs and liver — cooked together, then mixed with suet and oatmeal and boiled in a sheep’s stomach, then served, sometimes…

September 15, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Judge to consider key part of sex-abuse settlement

Judge to consider key part of sex-abuse settlement

HELENA — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is asking a judge to approve an agreement with its insurers that would provide the bulk of the funding for a proposed settlement with hundreds of people who say they were sexually abused by clergy.

August 28, 2014 11:45 amLoading…

David Ignatius: History argues for crisis conference in shattering Middle East

WASHINGTON — Let’s look at the reality on the ground in the Middle East: Iraq and Syria are effectively partitioned along sectarian lines; Lebanon and Yemen are close to fracturing; Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia survive intact, but as increasingly authoritarian states.

June 19, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Supreme court misses chance on religious freedom

WASHINGTON — To understand why religious freedom matters, put yourself in the position of someone who is part of a minority faith tradition in a town or nation that overwhelmingly adheres to a different creed. Then judge public practices by how they would affect the hypothetical you.

May 09, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Feds urge judge not to block birth-control rule

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Federal government lawyers are opposing a request from Catholic organizations in Wyoming for a court order to block the birth control coverage requirement in the federal health care overhaul.

April 11, 2014 7:19 pmLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: How Arizona's anti-gay bill would have hurt religion

WASHINGTON — Social and religious conservatives should have been the first to oppose the Arizona Legislature’s effort to allow businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples on religious grounds.

February 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Obama's relentlessly pragmatic diplomacy

ABU DHABI — This has been a year when America re-embraced diplomacy after a frustrating decade of war, displaying a relentlessly pragmatic approach that recalls the days of such deal-making former secretaries of state as Henry Kissinger and James A. Baker III.

December 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Strong, friendly Egypt vital to U.S. strategic interest in Mideast

WASHINGTON — A compelling case for cutting off aid to Egypt could have been made before President Mohamed Morsi was bounced from office. After all, Morsi was well on his way to placing the country under an Islamist regime — forever.

August 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: The Bible’s case for immigration reform

Some say it will take a miracle for Congress to pass common-sense immigration reform. That miracle may be in the making, helped along by Christians who want to put their faith into action.

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E.J. Dionne Jr: Religion challenges political beliefs of left, right

WASHINGTON — Whenever I write sympathetically about religion, I get bombarded by tweets and notes from readers who normally agree with me but cannot abide the idea that religious belief should be seen as intellectually serious.

August 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie Roberts and Steven V. Roberts: Egypt must keep striving for real democracy

Can democracy survive when voters choose a government that destroys democratic values and institutions? That’s the critical question posed by the turmoil in Egypt, where the military has ousted President Mohammed Morsi and arrested many of his supporters.

July 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Egypt's military tyranny preferable to Morsi's

WASHINGTON — Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi knows neither Thomas Jefferson’s advice that “great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities” nor the description of Martin Van Buren as a politician who “rowed to his object with muffled oars.” Having won just 52 percent of…

July 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Conditions for a do-over in Egypt

WASHINGTON — The White House rationalized last week’s military coup in Egypt as providing the opportunity for a “do-over,” and that’s a comforting idea in more ways than one. But political life doesn’t come with an eraser to neatly remove mistakes and start over — especially in the explosiv…

July 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: 2nd revolution overthrows democracy in Egypt

Once the dust settles from Egypt’s military coup last week, the main victim won’t be President Mohamed Morsi or the Islamists. The real casualty will be democracy and people’s faith in it. Egyptians will have lost their best chance at being an active part of their country’s governance in mor…

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Ignatius: People power rises again in Egypt

WASHINGTON — “Authoritarianism in the name of Islam is dead,” one Egyptian activist messaged last Sunday, as millions gathered in the streets to denounce the rule of President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood government.

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Polarization, church and country

WASHINGTON — What do the Roman Catholic Church and the American political system have in common? Both are divided into factions that neither trust nor understand each other, and both confront a crisis of governance.

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David Ignatius: Women drive sea change in Muslim world

WASHINGTON — Something startling is happening in the Muslim world — and no, I don't mean the Arab Spring or the growth of Islamic fundamentalism. According to a leading demographer, a "sea change" is producing a sharp decline in Muslim fertility rates and a "flight from marriage" among Arab women.

February 10, 2013 12:05 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Obama making peace on contraception coverage

WASHINGTON — America's Big Religious War ended on Friday. Or at least it ought to.

February 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Judge rebuffs Northern Arapaho in eagle case

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acted properly in prohibiting the Northern Arapaho Tribe from killing bald eagles for religious purposes on its central Wyoming reservation.

November 06, 2012 5:42 pmLoading…

David Ignatius: Egyptions still waiting for results from elected government

MENOUFIA, Egypt -- You can see what the Egyptian revolution has achieved, 20 months on, by visiting this rural area of the Nile Delta that was the birthplace of the deposed dictator, Hosni Mubarak: Everything is different outwardly, but beneath the surface, almost nothing has changed yet.

October 16, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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