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The Berlinale Diaries: Jafar Panahi's Taxi, Breathe Umphefumlo and the True Meaning of Democracy

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 02.08.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

I'll admit it can take just one film to usually convince me to come to a film festival. In the case of this year's Berlinale, it was Jafar Panahi's Taxi. I knew I wanted to sit in that bursting at the seams press screening, first thing in the morning, to watch it. And, as is usually the case with my cinematic instinct, I was right.

Grindr in the Bible Belt

Nick Weaver | Posted 03.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Nick Weaver

Being known as a "gay-friendly" city in the bible belt is like being known for having a lot of lemonade in a place where everyone hates lemonade.

The Best Way To Learn Tolerance? Raise A Teenager

Edwin Leap, MD | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Edwin Leap, MD

Tolerance is the word we now use to say, "you have to agree with my views." However, as one sees with teenagers, tolerance in truth means to disagree, but to respect. And in its highest, most beautiful incarnation, to disagree and yet love.

Poorer States Have Best Paid Megachurch Pastors

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Large churches in the South tend to pay their senior pastors the highest salaries, a new survey finds. That’s one of the conclusions on chu...

The Real 'L' Word (Especially In The Bible Belt) Is...

Catherine Day | Posted 10.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Catherine Day

This week I caught up with Brandiilyne Dear in hopes that our interview and the documentary she appears in, L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin, might make it easier for those who are suffering with an inability to reconcile their religion with their sexuality to find the support that she is building in the South.

A Whole 'Nuther Country

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 10.04.2014 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

For well over 150 years, Robert Wuthnow, a professor of social sciences at Princeton University, reminds us, as Texas evolved from a backwater to one of the most populous, prosperous, and powerful states in the Union, many of its leaders and ordinary citizens have reveled in its status as a "whole 'nuther country."

'Red' States Have Higher Divorce Rates Than 'Blue' States, And Here's Why

Posted 01.25.2014 | Divorce

It may seem counterintuitive, but divorce rates are higher in religiously conservative "red" states than "blue" states, despite a Bible-based culture ...

Jesus the Liberal

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Michael Shammas

A long time ago there was a remarkable man, a man who said that might does not make right, that the weak have a strength the strong do not have, and that what we call "justice" is often really injustice. He was a man who was condemned by traditional conservative society.

Resisting The Urge To 'Otherize'

Mirabai Starr | Posted 08.08.2013 | Religion
Mirabai Starr

As a Native New York Jew who grew up in the counter-culture of New Mexico and spent my 20s in northern California, the American South is as foreign to me as Mongolia. So visiting the Bible Belt is a perfect opportunity for me to walk my talk and reject the impulse to "otherize."

From The Bible Belt To Liberation Theology

Tobias Roberts | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Tobias Roberts

For several years, I have waged an internal battle on how to bridge the gap between these two worlds: Latin America became one reality, and the Bible Belt of Kentucky another. In this disjointing of my life, the plague of stereotypes has become all too common.

A Progressive Christian Asks, 'How Do I Not Hate Most Christians?'

John Shore | Posted 12.31.2012 | Religion
John Shore

Well,I don't think the problem is that you want no part of the label "Christian." It's that you want no part of the label moron.

Allie Compton

WATCH: Woman Lives 'Biblically' For A Year | Allie Compton | Posted 10.24.2012 | Religion

When Rachel Held Evans's husband, Dan, woke up one Christmas morning, he found all of his presents addressed, "To Master, from Rachel." "I had to c...

Mixing It Up in the Bible Belt

Pamela Kripke | Posted 04.11.2012 | Politics
Pamela Kripke

I think that they are being riled up, made to think that their faith, and only theirs, has a right to impact politics and policy. I think that they are simply being used, manipulated, by the guys who want their votes. Now, how Christian is that?

What's In A Name? A Lot If You're The Southern Baptist Convention

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

But the greatest reason for a change in name for the Southern Baptist Convention could be the need to break with its past and embrace an increasingly multi-ethnic reality in America.

Northeast, Not Bible Belt, Has Lowest Divorce Rate In America

Posted 11.28.2011 | Religion

By Amy Kuperinsky Religion News Service (RNS) Poor New Jersey -- derided for "Jersey Shore," aggressive driving and talking too fast. But when it ...

WATCH: The Official Prayer Of Nascar?

Posted 09.24.2011 | Comedy

Maybe he should be called Nascar's "Prayer-In-Chief." In the interest of full disclosure, we must admit that roughly 50% of Team HuffPost Comedy is...

Choose Another People! Why KY GOP Figure's Anti-Semitic Taunts Will Backfire

Jonathan_Miller | Posted 08.19.2011 | Politics

I'm confident my own neighbors won't allow our political system to be corrupted by the kind of vile name-calling that was used for so many centuries against my ancestors.

I'm a Bible Belt Pol Coming Out for Marriage Equality -- Will Obama Join Me?

Jonathan_Miller | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics

I've lived a lie for most of my adult life. As a statewide elected official in Kentucky, coming out of the closet for gay marriage was tantamount to political suicide. But now as a recovering politician, I feel compelled to holler: I'm proud as hell, and I'm not going to fake it any more!

And the Winner Is...

Abe Gurko | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Abe Gurko

Billy Reid. (Silence) Billy Reid. (Thump, he fainted and fell to the floor) Billy Reid. Well, maybe he didn't faint, but the immediate surprise in the...

Bible Belt Megachurches On A Building Boom

Religion News Service | By Greg Garrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Greg Garrison Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Megachurches here in the heart of the Bible Belt are thriving enough to support a majo...

Ride a Dinosaur: Visit a Creationist Museum!

Scott Janssen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Scott Janssen

When exactly the notoriously skeptical people within the "Show-Me State" of Missouri morphed into a bunch of Creationist Cathys, I'll never know.

How Does It Feel to Be a Black, Female, Single Problem?

Farai Chideya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Farai Chideya

It's open season on black womanhood. Nightline became the latest media outlet to tackle the issue of why black women aren't married. The problem is not the topic, but the approach.

A Prom Canceled, A Preschooler Expelled: What We Are Teaching America's Youth

Kim Stolz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kim Stolz

"Don't ask, don't tell." The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Proposition 8. These are just a few of the examples of policies brought to light by th...

Sin Map: 7 Deadly Sins Mapped Across U.S.

Wired | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

"...A team at Kansas State just served up a feast: maps of sin created by plotting per-capita stats on things like theft (envy) and STDs (lust)."...

Lessons of Hate in the Bible Belt

Reproductive Justice | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reproductive Justice

Any gay student at Grandfield High School has been taught a dubious lesson. They have learned they better keep quiet until they are old enough to leave town.