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Christian Founders do not a Christian Nation Make

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 02.26.2016 | Religion
Carla Gardina Pestana

American political discourse regularly features the assertion that the United States was founded as a Christian Nation. The debate around this issue often pivots on the religious proclivities of the founders themselves.

Was the U.S. Founded as a Christian Nation? "Not in Any Sense," According to the Founders

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 02.04.2016 | Religion
Carla Gardina Pestana

An American presidential election season brings an increase in the assertions that the United States was founded as a Christian Nation. Such statemen...

Is the Repellent Mockery of Others the New American Norm?

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

Why are most articles written with sentences in the declarative instead of the interrogative structure? Is it because people prefer to be told what to think instead of being asked to think? If yes, could this preference explain some of the seeming madness going on in America today?

Outlawing Christmas in a 'Christian Nation'

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Carla Gardina Pestana

If you feel uncomfortable wishing Merry Christmas to random individual who may celebrate the season in another way or not at all, be glad, at least, they you won't be fined five shillings every time you do so.

Founding Fathers: We Are Not a Christian Nation

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

As we witness yet again the brutal and bloody consequences of religious intolerance in the form of ISIS, we have a majority of Republicans pining for a Christian America. Proponents of converting the United States into a theocracy do not see the terrible parallel between religious excess in the Middle East and here at home.

The Real Problems With Bobby Jindal and His Prayer Rally

Peter Montgomery | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Bobby Jindal used the power and prestige of his office to promote an event backed by some of the nation's most religiously divisive and stridently anti-gay activists. And in a bid to boost his own political future, he sent a clear message of support for the Christian-nation views of the event's extremist organizers.

Science Versus Bible: To Debate or Not to Debate?

Herb Silverman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Herb Silverman

Many atheists, myself included, have been overly optimistic that a rational argument will be sufficient to change minds. I now think the best we can do is make good points in a reasonable and pleasant manner.

Debunking David Barton's Jefferson Lies (Because They Still Need to Be Debunked)

Chris Rodda | Posted 11.16.2013 | Media
Chris Rodda

Over the last couple of weeks, I've seen a number of articles about pseudo-historian David Barton's "comeback." My first thought upon seeing these articles was "what comeback?"

Imagine A World Where Palin Is President...

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.04.2013 | Politics

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) was unsuccessful in her 2008 run for the vice presidency, but a new book puts her in the top spot, imagining a worl...

Breaking News: 34% of Your Fellow Citizens Want a Theocracy

Fred Rich | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Fred Rich

A fanatical fundamentalist minority is a dangerous thing in any culture, and even the strongest democracy can become vulnerable when buffeted by economic distress and external shocks, such as major terrorist attacks.

A Story Worth Telling At A Time Like This

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Richard T. Hughes

The black theologian James H. Cone ripped me open and laid me bare, not with a knife but with his book, "The Cross and the Lynching Tree." And what he exposed was my own personal story of faith connecting -- or failing to connect -- to the issue of race.

So We Are a Christian Nation?

Jennifer G. Bird | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion
Jennifer G. Bird

What is at stake in constantly requiring that God's name is invoked throughout this political ceremony inaugurating the leader of all Americans?

Common Grounds and Common Sense

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

We do not need a Church of America: what the founding fathers knew in 1776 holds true in 2011. In spite of right-wing Christian rhetoric to the contrary, that we are a secular nation cannot be denied.

Dear Sally Quinn: Atheists Are Americans Too

Staks Rosch | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Staks Rosch

You seem bewildered by the amount of hate mail you received from atheists, agnostics and Humanists as a result of your comments. Let me be clear here: I don't think anyone should threaten you for your opinions, no matter how hateful they are -- and they are hateful.

The World We Never Knew

Steve Garcia | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Steve Garcia

Alexander Hamilton warned about the dangers of "unreasonable religion." Conservatives are attempting to recreate a world that never existed. They insist that the United States is a Christian nation with no room for secular thought or other religions.

When Politics Gets Trumped by Religion

David Macaray | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
David Macaray

Our history is filled with paradoxes. Although we regularly hear people refer with pride to our Founding Fathers, it's unclear whether they're familiar with the relevant dates.

Tim Tebow: A Secular Perspective

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

While secularists may disagree with his extremely public exhibitions of faith, there presently doesn't seem to be much to complain about and a good deal to laud.

Five Recommendations for a New Politeness

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.04.2012 | Media
Roy Speckhardt

With political correctness an irreformable term, and chivalry having its own baggage, perhaps we can learn to be polite without allowing it to hamper our ability to be opinionated.

Is America A Christian Nation?

David Lose | Posted 09.02.2012 | Religion
David Lose

Believe it or not, this is a more complicated question than one might imagine. The United States has always been home to a multitude of faith traditions and, indeed, was imagined from the beginning to be a religious haven.

A Christian Gives Thanks That America Is Not A Christian Nation

Parker J. Palmer | Posted 01.24.2012 | Religion
Parker J. Palmer

As a Christian who does his best to take reason as seriously as I take faith, I find it impossible to understand America as a "Christian nation" -- and I believe that there are vibrant possibilities in the fact that it is not.

We Can Gather Together

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

If sitting down and rationally and peacefully talking among people of different religions is unworkable, perhaps creating interfaith families would be a way to bring disparate people together.

Is Palin Following My Suggested Tour?

Bennet Kelley | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Last May, I responded to Sarah Palin's "Christian Nation" and other controversial comments by suggesting that she take a bus tour to meet "real Americ...

The Anointed Leaders Of The Religious Right

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 07.18.2011 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

American evangelicals, Fox News, and now the Republican Party take their intellectual cues from a roster of remarkably similar populists who head media empires.

The Return Of 'Christian America'?

Kevin M. Schultz | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Kevin M. Schultz

There is a long history to the idea that the United States is a Christian nation. The idea has come and gone with the prevailing politics.

War, Conscience And Killing With 'Absolute Certainty'

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Absolute certainty can lead to behaviors that are absolutely wrong. Prior to his conversion the apostle Paul was absolutely certain he was right to persecute Christians.