The cathedral as a broad church | Nick Spencer | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk¬es=
Cathedrals are living proof that the common refrain of our public discourse today – that for a location or institution to serve well as a public venue in a plural society it needs somehow to be "neutral" – is wrong. The challenge is not to abolish difference in the quest for total inclusiveness, but to encourage those organisations within civil society, whether religious or not, which reach across boundaries and engage with people who are different to them.
Egypt town's Muslim-Christian unrest speaks to bigger challenges
Dahshur is a test of whether the transition to democracy led by an Islamist-influenced government will soothe or exacerbate religious suspicions. (Los Angeles Times)
Syria’s Crumbling Pluralism
As Saudi Arabian arms and money bolster the opposition, the 80,000 Christians who’ve been “cleansed” from their homes in Hamidiya and Bustan al-Diwan in Homs Province in March by the Free Syrian Army have gradually given up the prospect of ever returning home. (NYT)