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America as a "Christian Nation" Doesn't Ring Historically True

Craig Considine | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

Let us be clear in dealing with Ben Carson and other people on the Christian Right. The founders did not intend for the nation to be Christian.

Gambling, Guns and Jesus: An American Paradox

Andy Watts | Posted 10.14.2015 | Religion
Andy Watts

Why are many Christians morally suspicious of gambling, but not of carrying a handgun?

The Christian Left -- Possibly the Most Interesting Group You've Never Heard Of

Michelle Tang | Posted 10.13.2015 | Religion
Michelle Tang

I see some hope for the Christian Left -- maybe it will even become an interesting movement that people have actually heard of! There is wide-spread interest in Pope Francis, even among non-Catholics and non-Christians, as he speaks to his Jesuit principals of serving the poor and the marginalized.

The Christian Case for Sexual Liberation

Christian Chiakulas | Posted 10.13.2015 | Religion
Christian Chiakulas

This is no exhortation to have as much casual sex as one can have, but rather a suasion for each of us as individuals to get in touch with our sexual identities and desires, and to seek fulfillment and expression in safe, positive ways, whatever they may be.

Christianity Needs a Progressive Revolution

Christian Chiakulas | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion
Christian Chiakulas

Recently I wrote a blog about what millennials like myself are looking for in a church. The answer, which apparently wasn't quite clear enough, is that we are looking for socially and politically active congregations, churches that live the gospel, not just preach it.

There's a Woman in the United States Whose Religious Freedom Is Under Attack, But Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz are Silent

Brian Joyce | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
Brian Joyce

It would be nice to see some real defenders of religious freedom on the Christian right. It would be nice to see the Christian right acknowledge, once and for all, that religious liberty applies to all Americans, not just Christian conservatives in the heartland like Kim Davis.

We Should Treat All Americans Fairly -- Even Kim Davis

Benjamin Evans III | Posted 09.11.2015 | Gay Voices
Benjamin Evans III

Kim Davis has every right to believe as she does. That's America; people of all colors, creeds and sexual orientations being able to express their different beliefs through the freedom of speech. But what she does not have the right to do is impede on the rights of any other American based on her personal convictions.

Planned Parenthood, Fetal Tissue and the Meaning of Compassion

Steven Conn | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

As this story has unfolded I have been thinking about the Reagans, Ron and Nancy. It was President Ronald Reagan who first turned an important scientific pursuit into a political issue (masquerading as a moral crusade).

Air Force Leaders Hammer Helpless Subordinates With Evangelical 'Gospel Explosion'

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

This latest anti-Constitutional outrage comes to us from Cannon Air Force Base (AFB), host to the USAF's 27th Special Operations Wing (SOW).

Is It Okay to Out Someone?

James Owens | Posted 07.22.2015 | Gay Voices
James Owens

Over the course of my life I have come across a number of closet cases, each with their own range of reasons for hiding their true self; every excuse becoming more and more absurd with every step toward equality. Come on people, it's 2015!

Investigative Journalist With a Cross Tattooed on the Right Arm

Nuri Kino | Posted 06.30.2015 | Media
Nuri Kino

It is gratifying that Christian media have taken more and more space in the media flow but I would like to see more, those who work in the so-called mainstream media or the public service, to come out of the closet and "admit" that they are Christians.

It's a Boy!

Jonathan Richards | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Richards


Why This Rabbi Loves Christian Writer Rachel Held Evans

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

In a recent article for the website of the Union for Reform Judaism, I generated some controversy by quoting two books by Christian authors. A few comments and even personal phone calls wondered why a rabbi would quote Christian sources when they are so many good Jewish ones.

James Dobson: Beat Your Dog, Spank Your Kid, Go to Heaven

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 12.08.2014 | Books
Barbara Falconer Newhall

It was a childrearing book. It sat on a bookshelf in our house for months until I couldn't stand the sight of it any more. Finally I got rid of it.

ISIS Beheadings and the American Separation of Church and State

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Richard T. Hughes

Americans who view a Christian establishment as a meaningful antidote to Islamic terror have already conceded the fight to the people they oppose since they would strip the United States of one of the most important pillars of American freedom.

Back-to-School Not Welcoming to All LGBTQ-Students in Massachusetts

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

It's back-to-school season for most and stepping back into the scene isn't easy for a lot of students -- especially LGBTQ students.

The Right-Wing, the Bible and the November Elections

Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 11.02.2014 | Religion
Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D.

I am convinced that most rank-and-file right-wing Christians are sincere and not cynical in the politics they embrace. Yet they have been so egregiously misled that even though they might be sincere, they are sincerely wrong according to the most fundamental moral and ethical imperatives of the Bible.

They Are Our Children Now

Fred Lundgren | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Fred Lundgren

The question must be asked. Where is the empathy or Christian charity among those who protest children? Did these children choose their fate? Did they maliciously and knowingly choose to be born into poverty and strife? The idea is as absurd as protesting their presence.

Gun Violence Affronts the Heart of Christianity

David Michael McFarlane | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion
David Michael McFarlane

Somehow religious folk especially have been duped into believing that to conceal a gun in a purse or jacket is the mark of a good citizen, when in fact it is an act of absolute cowardice and disregard for the beauty and value of our fellow humans.

The Stunning Resurgence of Progressive Christianity

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 08.04.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Anyone born within the last 50 years would be justified in thinking that Jesus' teachings and Christian preachings were the exclusive domain of social and fiscal conservatives.

Dear Christians With Guns

Anastasia Basil | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Anastasia Basil

Another shooting, this time in Santa Barbara, with legally purchased guns. You probably think it's partially my fault. Why? Because I am a Godless American.

Why Are the Openly Secular Openly Disdained?

Robyn Blumner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Robyn Blumner

The trait people identified as the least desirable in a president: "Atheist." 53 percent of Americans said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who is an atheist. It beat out pot-smoker and adulterer.

The Tea Party Is Dead! Long Live the Tea Party!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Tea Party groups have evolved over time. Initially, they were supposed to be grassroots, libertarian, and spontaneous; but there were many who almost immediately attempted to grab the Tea Party mantle and turn it into their own giant political machine.

It's Time to Stop Calling Fundamentalists 'Christians'

David Michael McFarlane | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
David Michael McFarlane

To call a response of this magnitude embarrassing is no longer sufficient. In the last two years Fundamentalists have banded behind a fast food chain, racist reality TV star and discriminatory legislation in their attempt to police LGBTQ persons.

World Vision's (Failed) Attempt at Justice for Gay Christians

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.26.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

World Vision just announced that they have reversed their policy, announced only two days ago, to accept gay Christians as employees. This is so sad, and so bad for everyone.