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Double Standard for Women: Democrats and Republicans on Common Ground

Cynthia Dill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Cynthia Dill

The challenge for women regardless of party in the blood sport of politics is to succeed without appearing to want success. To win a fight without being scrappy. What's admired as "bold" in men is scorned as brash in women. What's sharp is shrill.

Mark Driscoll's Right-Wing Resurgence

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

For a while I've been suggesting that what's usually called the neo-reformed or neo-calvinist movement is producing a new religious right in America. That is, a Christian movement framed primarily according to conservative political stances.

Pity the Values Voter Summit

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

The themes and speakers at VVS2013 have the whiff of decayed ideas and diminished power. But the really horrible part of the event is the complete and utter lack of interest in the poor, the immigrants, and those on the margins -- you know, those people Jesus loved.

What the Christian Left Can Learn From the Christian Right

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 10.28.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

If the drama in North Carolina represents the rise of a Christian left in this country -- and recent polling data indicates it might -- many liberal hearts like mine will gladden. Yet whatever better angels I have in my nature are counseling caution.

'Don't Say Gay': What American Christianity Can Learn From Vladimir Putin

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

Whether violence against gay people is an unintended consequence of Putin's law (I think not) or part of his own Machiavellian political gamesmanship (probably), events in his country illustrate the danger of attempting to promote a Christian moral vision through direct legislation.

Ted Cruz Pushing Religious Right Lies About Marriage Equality

Peter Montgomery | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Right-wing media and elected officials play a crucial role in moving fictional manufactured "crises" and false "threats" to liberty from the imaginations of Religious Right leaders into the media and public airwaves. Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz has just given us a great example.

Anti-LGBT Family Research Council Mimics 'Patriot' Rhetoric

Chip Berlet | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Chip Berlet

This week, less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the federal government cannot discriminate against legally married same-sex couples, the FRC circulated an online fundraising appeal that urges recipients to "Seize this Opportunity to Stop Tyranny in America!"

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.

A Progressive's Confessional Journey To Focus On The Family

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

My teeth have been among those set on edge by Focus. But I have found that when you keep your eyes open, you may be surprised by what you see. And when you maintain an open mind, you might be astonished by the changes that can take place in your perceptions and opinions.

My Prayer This Easter Season: That The Arc Of The Moral Universe Continue To Bend Towards Justice

Kety Esquivel | Posted 05.27.2013 | Religion
Kety Esquivel

My prayer this Easter season is that the arc of the moral universe continue to bend towards justice in the ruling of the Supreme Court Justices.

Is Birth Control Fight Really About Religious Freedom?

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 04.10.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Only when partisan evangelicals earn a reputation for sincere regard for religious freedom -- for all people's religious freedom -- will complaints about non-evangelical presidents and their supposed assaults on liberty ring credible.

Roe and Religion

Sally Steenland | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Sally Steenland

In the years before the Supreme Court legalized abortion in its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, clergy were among the staunchest supporters of women seeking an abortion.

Jesus Hates Guns. So What?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

If we are being honest with ourselves, we must admit that our national histories, our ethnic histories, our religious histories, our family histories, our personal histories, all take precedence over the Bible.

How The Bible Began Saying Life Begins At Conception

Jonathan Dudley | Posted 01.19.2013 | Religion
Jonathan Dudley

Evangelical thinkers on both sides of the issue arrived at positions through honest reflection on the Bible, theology and science. But in the face of this disagreement, why did only one set of these reflections come to be known among lay evangelicals as "the biblical view on abortion"?

Election Disaster For Religious Conservatives? I Couldn't Disagree More

Tim Suttle | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Tim Suttle

Evangelicals have to move our focus away from right wing politics and begin focusing on mission. When I say mission, I don't mean saving souls so much as pursuing the kingdom of God.

5 Reasons Why The Christian Right Is Warning Of A 'Revolution'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 01.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The hate we've seen spewed into the political discourse this year was among the worst we've seen, with preachers calling for gays to be rounded up or killed by the government, but it's going to get uglier. When they start talking about "revolution" and "revolt," we all had better pay attention.

Toward An Irrelevant Faith: Reflecting on Conservative Christianity and the Elections

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion
Andre E. Johnson

Not only did conservative Christians not adhere to their own principles embedded in their theology, but they also shirked their beliefs by acting in ways that were not "Christlike" because of their disdain for the president.

Faithful Citizenship: Lessons From The Long Election

Greg Garrett | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion
Greg Garrett

The residue of the election lingers in our hearts and heads like those election signs still loitering in yards and medians. This election told us that we are more divided as a nation than ever. Now it's time to see if we can live together.

What Animal Are the Women You Know Most Like?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 12.22.2012 | Politics
Soraya Chemaly

Last week, Republican state representative Todd Akin used a dog comparison to describe his opponent Claire McCaskill. Akin just can't seem to decide w...

Progressive Christianity Isn't Progressive Politics

Rev. Roger Wolsey | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Roger Wolsey

There are many politically liberal Christians who most certainly do not identify with progressive Christianity. I've also met progressive Christians who vote Republican. Life is messy. Progressive Christianity is OK with that.

Right-wing Bloggers Say Amb. Stevens Was Gay -- And They Care Deeply About What Happened to Him, Really, They Do

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 11.17.2012 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

When do right-wing websites, radical Christian bloggers and Tea Party fringe characters care about someone who is targeted simply because he or she may be gay? When they can blame the evil Muslims, President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Democratic policies -- that's when.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg Is The Answer To The Christian Right

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 11.07.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

The mayor of New York City is the most intuitively secular thinker in America's leadership class. But this does not mean that he is in any way opposed to religion.

'No Personhood' Campaign Kicks Off In Colorado

The Colorado Independent | John Tomasic | Posted 08.24.2012 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's John Tomasic DENVER– A rally hosted here Thursday on the steps of the capitol by this year’s “No Personhood C...

The Politics Of Prayer

Raymond Haberski, Jr. | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Raymond Haberski, Jr.

While I might accept the sincerity of Billy Graham's ministry, I find his call for repentance in the middle of our current election year to be disingenuous and wholly political.

I Saw Homos At The Movies... Not!

Rev. Mel White | Posted 09.11.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Mel White

It wasn't enough that my religious background misused the Bible to "prove" that homosexuality was a sin. It took Hollywood to make clear the tragic consequences of "giving in" to my "sinfulness": suicide (Advise and Consent), unhappiness (Boys in the Band), and unfulfilled longing (Death in Venice).