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American Pluralism

4 Ways Pluralism Serves the Rich and Powerful

Craig Luekens | Posted 09.08.2016 | Religion
Craig Luekens

Pluralism has become the central uniting factor in much of our society, yet I wonder if many people have considered its implications. If pluralism truly means ALL views are welcome to the table, is that the best means of securing freedom and tolerance? And if not "all", what authority do we appeal to for the boundary?

Now, More Than Ever, We Need Pluralism

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 06.14.2016 | Religion
Nikhil Bumb

This past Sunday I attended a baby shower for my expecting sister and brother-in-law, who will soon welcome their first child into the world. Earlier ...

The Victims We Have Created Within Ourselves

Sumer Shaikh | Posted 01.25.2017 | Politics
Sumer Shaikh

We need to maintain diversity in our counter-movement against ISIS. But that diversity should be molded into a unified foundation based on the fact that ISIS is a horrific group of ignorant, violent and inhuman people who need to be stopped.

The 5 Teachers You Meet in Heaven: What It Really Takes to Save Our Schools

Yohuru Williams | Posted 07.15.2016 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Teachers, of course, can lead the way, not toward some false utopia embodied in the privatizing, anti-union, agenda of the testing moguls but in education's humanistic roots -- providing young people with multiple pathways to success.

Interreligious Dialogue: The Political and Theological

Anantanand Rambachan | Posted 06.21.2015 | Religion
Anantanand Rambachan

Religious diversity presents us with new challenges and opportunities that may be described, broadly, as political and theological. These are interrelated, but, for convenience, we will discuss them separately. Let us consider first, the political.

Is Obama's Wisdom Good for America?

Mike Ghouse | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

None amongst us is without sin; a few among us tend to misuse the power of religion on the minds of the followers. The problem was not with the religion, it was with the ones who did not get their religion right.

A Living Laboratory Of Pluralism

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

We are population of about 18,000 souls and a veritable United Nations of ethnic backgrounds and religions. And in between all of the sermons, we kayak on our town's lake and eat ice cream from the local dairy.

Expanding Circles Of Thanks

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 01.23.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

When I was a child, the Thanksgiving story was presented as early Americans hosting a meal of gratitude that hosted Indians. As I grew and read, the circle expanded. And the expanding circles keep growing.

The History Of Religious Bigotry And The American Voter

Michael Meyerson | Posted 01.18.2012 | Religion
Michael Meyerson

While selecting whom to vote for based on religion is not unconstitutional, the views of many of our nation's founders were in fact dominated by religious bigotry.

Religion Can't Be An End Unto Itself

Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman | Posted 12.20.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

When we see all the evil that is done in the name of religion, we naturally want no part of it. But the truth is, the problem isn't with religion per se. The problem is with seeing religion as an end unto itself.

Helping Each Other Find The Way At Occupy Wall Street

Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Katharine Rhodes Henderson

My hope is that the protest will be a rallying cry for all Americans to remind us of our shared values, not simply the occasion for replicating the political polarization that already grips our country.

9/12: What Now?

Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. | Posted 11.15.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.

We have made it through the commemorations of the last 10 years and perhaps we can now say that we will never forget. But first, a traffic light to guide us as we become a 9/12 community.

Interfaith Leaders Offer Hope 10 Years After 9/11

Posted 11.07.2011 | Religion

Editors Note: HuffPost Religion is proud to publish these reflections from religious leaders, academics and interfaith activists from around the count...

Two Visions Of Faith: Competing For The Allegiance of A Nation

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy | Posted 10.26.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

What people like Tony Perkins don't understand -- or choose to ignore -- is that his ability to practice his religion as he sees fit is a direct result of the hands-off approach that government has taken toward religion for the last 200 plus years

'My Fellow American': Short Film Offers Platform For Combatting Islamophobia

Daniel Tutt | Posted 08.07.2011 | Religion
Daniel Tutt

Muslims are our fellow Americans. They are part of the national fabric that holds our country together. They contribute to America in many ways, and deserve the same respect as any of us.

Muslims Celebrate The Changing Mediascape

Mike Ghouse | Posted 07.12.2011 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Since 9/11, a negative image of Muslims was successfully portrayed in the media. However, the year 2010 witnessed a dramatic shift in auto-correcting that error by un-stereotyping Muslims.

Muslims Hope Bias Ends With Bin Laden's Death

Posted 07.09.2011 | Religion

By Alexi Friedman and Dan Goldberg Religion News Service PATERSON, N.J. (RNS) Hours after Osama bin Laden's death was announced, the American Arab Fo...

Post-Bin Laden: 9/11 And The Conversation We Never Had

Frank Fredericks | Posted 07.09.2011 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

Maybe this Sept. 11 can be what Eboo Patel has been calling "our Tahrir moment," enabling us to take the baggage from 9/11 and transcend it into wisdom for the American future.

A Christian Response to Tucson: Embracing Words That Heal

Tim Suttle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tim Suttle

We can be hopeful in a world with too much despair. It is a deeply Christian act to use words that heal, and healing needs all the words it can get.

Making Space For Sane Spirituality

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

This diverse, unorganized mish-mash of open-minded seekers tends to approach spirituality in a reasonable, rational and pragmatic manner, and it's the fastest-growing religious category in America: spiritual but not religious.

Questioning The Jewishness Of Thanksgiving

Alyssa Pinsker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Alyssa Pinsker

After reviewing a book in which an author mentioned "that goyish holiday" Thanksgiving and then noting that one of my Jewish friends in New York was not celebrating, I took an informal poll.

Islam In America: Choosing Pluralism Over Prejudice

Eboo Patel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eboo Patel

This Thanksgiving, let us be grateful for the contributions of all America's diverse communities. And let us remember that standing for the logic of pluralism may be America's greatest contribution to the world.

Tell Bill Maher About A Mohamed

Frank Fredericks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

If he gets a thousand emails from all of us, perhaps Bill Maher will rethink his sloppy analysis of Islam in America.

Atheist Students Find Their Place In The Interfaith Movement

Chris Stedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Stedman

When I first started doing interfaith work, I didn't see many other nonreligious people involved. Now, we're impossible to miss.

A Third Way For The 'Christian Nation' Debate

Gabe Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Gabe Lyons

Rather than being engaged in a divisive cultural war in the hopes of turning back time, Young Christians are engaged in pressing social concerns that benefit the common good -- not just the Christian good.