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American Religion: Less is More

Gary Laderman | Posted 11.07.2015 | Religion
Gary Laderman

For most of American history, "religion" equaled Christianity. Christians understood that the only true "religion" was theirs, and other forms of faith, belief, spirituality, and so on, were pagan, heathen, mistaken, corrupted, and so on.

Religiously Affiliated Americans Are As Devout As Ever

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion

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Praying Well with Others: A Progressive Christian's Take on Interreligious Prayer

Anthony Nuccio | Posted 11.02.2015 | Religion
Anthony Nuccio

At first glance, the idea of having an interreligious prayer might seem disingenuous and perhaps even insulting; one might ask whether or not the prayer is truly "meaningful": does the language used reflect how one understands their idea and conceptualization of the divine?

Zen and the Art of Petitioning

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Sarah Blahovec

There are over one billion people with disabilities around the globe. It is unacceptable that we are not recognized. Without the pressure of more voices, they will not understand that the disability community not only exists, but that it is a significant global force that will not be ignored.

Carson's Comments About a Muslim President Weren't Islamophobic

Stafford Betty | Posted 10.13.2015 | Religion
Stafford Betty

Carson has said he would require any Muslim candidate for the presidency to address the question of sharia and explicitly renounce any belief in it. After such repudiation Carson would be quite willing to support a Muslim candidate. I suspect that most Americans, once made aware of the foregoing facts, would feel that way, including many Muslims.

How to Protect the Working Poor From 300 Percent Interest Rates

Louis Hyman | Posted 10.02.2015 | Business
Louis Hyman

The payday loan is not, as GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson recently wrote, a "short-term loan secured by their next paycheck with an interest rate around 15 percent." Payday loans, which few borrowers pay off the following week, actually end up with interest rates above 300 percent.

News for the Newsless: Snapchat Seeks to Become the Anti-Twitter for the Young and the Underinformed

Dan Kennedy | Posted 10.02.2015 | Media
Dan Kennedy

Two years ago, then-CNN reporter Peter Hamby lamented the negative effect he believed Twitter and other social media were having on presidential campaign coverage.

Helping Immigrants in Chicago Reach Financial Freedom

National Council of La Raza | Posted 10.01.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

One critical skill to help new citizens to fulfill their American Dream is the financial know-how of the U.S. banking system. Financial capability -- financial knowledge, counseling, and access -- is critically important for immigrants who are in the process of changing their legal status.

HUFFPOLLSTER: Pollsters Debate If Modern Surveys Can Be Trusted

The Huffington Post | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 09.25.2015 | Politics

Survey response rates have hit all-time lows, yet telephone pollsters argue their samples can still be representative and accurate. Online pollsters,...

The Art of Being Alive Series: 4 Reasons Millennials are motivated Differently By Justin Lafazan and Adedayo Fashanu  

Adedayo Fashanu | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Adedayo Fashanu

It is crucial to understand what our millennial generation is all about and what motivates this next generation to stay engaged, empowered and highly motivated especially in the work place.

Ben Carson Is Wrong, So Are Calls for His Resignation

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Parvez Ahmed

Carson with his incredibly ignorant statement has undermined the values of the U.S. Constitution, all the while purporting to defend it.

Wealth Gap Widens Along Race Lines

MoneyTips | Posted 09.22.2015 | Business

Using data from the Survey of Consumer Finances conducted by the Federal Reserve, researchers have shown that the median net worth of white households has risen slightly while those of black and Hispanic households have fallen dramatically.

Issues Latinos Care About That Have Nothing To Do With Immigration

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 09.18.2015 | Latino Voices

Many Latino voters care very deeply about immigration reform, but immigration isn’t the only issue on their minds. In fact, when the Pew Researc...

2016 Race Draws Extra Attention, But Most Americans Still Don't Care

The Huffington Post | Natalie Jackson | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics

More Americans are starting to pay attention to news about the 2016 presidential contest, according to this month's poll numbers from Pew Research. "M...

The Iran Deal: Winners and Losers?

David Harris | Posted 09.11.2015 | World
David Harris

Now that a Senate minority has blocked the bipartisan majority from an up-or-down vote on arguably the most significant foreign policy measure in a generation, some in the media are rushing to judgment about winners and losers.

Millennials Are Pretty Terrible, According To A Poll Of Millennials

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics

Most millennials don't actually think of themselves as millennials. A newly released Pew Research Center report finds that, while most Gen X- and...

Ahead Of Pope's U.S. Visit, Survey Finds Many Catholics Disagree With Church On LGBT Families

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.02.2015 | Religion

Just weeks ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States for the World Meeting of Families, a major international Catholic festiva...

The American Bystander

Maura Dickey | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Maura Dickey

I want to be like the man on the subway who told the operator about the woman's seizure, because as soon as he did, people followed suit and offered help. We have the power to choose whether to justify passivity or actively decide to do the right thing, and as a society I believe we ought to break free from our psychological tendency to just stand by.

6 Tips To Help Teens Navigate Online Friendships Safely

Diana Graber | Posted 08.11.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

In this new and different world of friendship-making, parents need to readjust their parenting skills in order to help young people learn how to make new relationships that are safe and positive.

How Reliable Are Polls About Religion? Princeton Professor Tries To Find Out

Religion News Service | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.07.2015 | Religion

(RNS) The uses — and abuses — of public opinion polling made headlines this week after Fox News claimed it relied on surveys to selec...

The Whole World Pretty Much Despises Putin and Russia, Survey Finds

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 08.05.2015 | World

Russian President Vladimir Putin isn't winning any popularity contests, at least not outside his country. According to a Pew Research Center sur...

Contradictory Iran Polls Show Why It Matters How You Ask

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics

Americans widely support the Iran deal. Or they tend to favor it. Or they generally disapprove. Three new polls reached those somewhat contradictory ...

Are You In The Global Middle Class? Find Out With Our Income Calculator

Pew Research Center | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 07.20.2015 | World

On a global scale, just 13 percent of the world’s population could be considered middle income in 2011, according to a new Pew Research Center a...

Politicians Ignore Disability, And It's A Big Problem

Sarah Blahovec | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Sarah Blahovec

The political sphere ignores people with disabilities, and it's getting really old. It's time for a change, and for that change to happen, we need people with disabilities to speak up and show the world that we listen, we take action, and most importantly, we vote.

Kate Sheppard

Political Affiliation Linked To Views On Climate, Energy, But Not Other Scientific Matters | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the United States, whether or not you accept scientific findings that the Earth is warming due to human activity depends largely on y...