Matthew Philips

Q&A: Policing School Shootings

A disturbed 14-year-old wounds four before killing himself in Cleveland—just another spasm of violence in another bloody year for America's schools. How to spot trouble before it opens fire—and the ongoing debate over blame for a cycle that just won't stop.

China Regulates Buddhist Reincarnation

In one of history's more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the law, which goes into effect next month and strictly stipulates the procedures by which one is to reincarnate, is "an important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation." But beyond the irony lies China's true motive: to cut off the influence of the...

Slam Dancing for Allah

It's near midnight in a small Fairfax, Va., bar, and Omar Waqar stands on a makeshift stage, brooding in a black tunic and brown cap. He stops playing his electric guitar long enough to survey the crowd—an odd mix of local punks and collared preps—before screaming into the microphone: "Stop the hate!

Talk Transcript: Islam in America

It's near midnight in a small Fairfax, Va., bar, and Omar Waqar stands on a makeshift stage, brooding in a black tunic and brown cap. He stops playing his electric guitar long enough to survey the crowd—an odd mix of local punks and collared preps—before screaming into the microphone: "Stop the hate!

BeliefWatch: Mrs. Pastor

In Selmer, Tenn. (population: 4,600), last week, the murder trial of Mary Winkler began with defense lawyers painting the soft-spoken pastor's wife as the victim of an abusive marriage who accidentally pulled the trigger on a 12-gauge shotgun that killed her Church of Christ pastor husband last March.

The Pets We Love--And Drug

Fluffy is getting old. Going on 13, she's geriatric for a Rottweiler. And like many people past retirement age, she takes a lot of pills—steroids for her bad hips and pinched nerve, a chewable tablet for her underactive thyroid, even Benadryl for her allergies.

Send Me To Space

As she entered her sixth decade, Sara Davidson found that, as she puts it, she "couldn't get arrested." The author of 1978's best-seller "Loose Change," Davidson suddenly found herself single, out of work and an empty nester all at once.

Science: A Faster DNA Test

A tiny silicon device half the size of a fingernail is on the verge of changing the world of DNA testing. Thermal Gradient, a small biotech company in upstate New York, has developed a mechanism that reduces DNA amplification--the third most time-consuming stage of testing--from several hours to four minutes.

Preaching the Gospel Green

The Rev. Richard Cizik has lobbied each administration since Ronald Reagan's on behalf of the National Association of Evangelicals, promoting international religious liberty and faith-based community initiatives.

Periscope

I'm a 200-pound guy, not real girly, but I sometimes compare myself to the classic "woman who has it all." Great spouse, kids, job. No time. Work-life balance issues.

Dead Air?

After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in October, liberal talk radio network Air America has spent the past two months looking for someone to buy it out of the $40 million hole it has dug itself since launching in March 2004.

How White Was My Savior?

Shopping for nativity scenes? At Macy's you have two options to choose from: "The Vatican Edition" and "The Byzantine Edition." The first comes with a set of white figurines, including a red-headed Mary, a brown-haired Joseph and a blue-eyed baby Jesus.

Christians and AIDS

When noted evangelical Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., invited Sen. Barack Obama to his second annual Global Summit on AIDS and the Church this week, some conservatives objected, citing Obama's pro-choice views.

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