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Entries by Diana Butler Bass from 05/2010

Happy National Day of Prayer...Or Is It National Day of Fighting Over Prayer?

| Posted 05.06.2010 | Religion

Media reports on the recent National Day of Prayer controversies peddle a common tale: religious pluralism has undermined the American practice of harmonious prayer. However, no storyline could be further from historical reality.

Elena Kagan and a Lament for American Protestantism

| Posted 05.10.2010 | Religion

Elena Kagan will be a fine and fair justice. President Obama has made a thoughtful, considered choice. But, on this day, I am a little sad. Missing from the bench will be someone who empathizes with the Protestant worldview in a visceral way.

Mark Souder: The Hypocrisy of the Hypocrite

| Posted 05.18.2010 | Religion

But Rep. Souder's cheating scandal underscores something worse than mere hypocrisy: the use of religious faith to 1) manipulate and control others without having to submit the same standards yourself, and 2) cover for one's own sins.

Lost Democrats: Faith and the 2010 Elections

| Posted 05.25.2010 | Religion

The Democrats' problem is not that they are a-religious; it is that they are so diverse when it comes to religion that there is no single faith or moral framework that encapsulates this remarkable and unprecedented pluralism.

Sex and the City 2: Where's the Interreligous Sensitivity?

| Posted 05.31.2010 | Religion

Throughout the picture, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are all trivialized. Could the filmmakers muster not even a vague attempt at post-9/11 Abrahamic interreligious understanding?