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To Talk or Not to Talk (About Religion)

Herb Silverman | Posted 04.27.2016 | Religion
Herb Silverman

I grew up hearing that it was impolite to discuss in public the three most interesting topics--politics, sex, and religion. Discussions about politics...

Little Black Gay Boys...

Craig Stewart | Posted 03.07.2016 | Black Voices
Craig Stewart

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Why Hundreds Of People Flock To Ohio To Try Kinky Sex

Pamela Madsen | Posted 02.15.2016 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

It's hard to fathom that Ohio's kissing cousin Michigan just passed legislation to outlaw oral and anal sex and I am standing in a converted conference room -- now dungeon -- where 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in comparison seems so bland.

The One Group the Church Needs to Welcome

Steve Austin | Posted 02.03.2016 | Religion
Steve Austin

I hurt for those who are sitting in the pews, baptized as teenagers, and now barely holding on. I am crushed for the Christians seeking sanctuary on Sunday morning, who instead find one more obligation they must meet. The Christians who need a holy place to come, lay down their burdens, and simply rest.

God Helps Those Who...

Steve Austin | Posted 02.03.2016 | Religion
Steve Austin

If the names were removed from various speeches this political season, you might not know the difference in a talk given by Donald Trump or one by Jerry Falwell, Jr. A few years ago, I would have assumed these two would have very different rhetoric.

Report from Turkey: Enjoying the Med Beaches While the Rest of the Mid East Burns

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 09.25.2015 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

The picture in the Middle East these days is not good. The hybrid terrorist-army known as ISIS has conquered an area in Syria and Iraq that is larger than Britain and have taken the eight million people suffering in their proto-state/"Caliphate" back to the Middle Ages.

I'm With Stupid: Anticipating Reactions to Reactions to Reactions

Todd Hartley | Posted 07.03.2016 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I know that on occasion this column can skew left in its political leanings, and in the past I may have offended a few people on the right side (looki...

Guns and the Godly

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.02.2016 | Religion
Lawrence Wittner

There should be something disturbing to people committed to love and peace about the fact that, among all economically-developed countries, the United States has by far the highest rate of gun-related murders in the world.

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

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 04.09.2015 | 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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
Jonathan_Miller

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.