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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).

7 Reasons Christians Should Change Their Political Tune

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

The Christian Church should -- and is beginning to -- change its political tune. For the sake of our faith and the sake of the Gospel, the Church needs such a shift -- and we need it now.

Gov. Bryant, There Is No 'Non-Denominational' School Prayer

Zinnia Jones | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Zinnia Jones

When the civil government decides that a certain faith should be honored in schools and other public institutions, it positions itself as the arbiter of which religious beliefs are true or false.

Are Conservatives More Religious And Liberals More Spiritual?

Matthew Hutson | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Matthew Hutson

In the United States, religion and politics have always been (fitful) bed buddies. But whether faith drives people left or right (or neither) is not obvious.

Good News! Bad News!

Rev. Mel White | Posted 08.01.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Mel White

In New Orleans the new president of the Southern Baptist Church reaffirmed the SBC's opposition to gay marriage. In Boston, almost simultaneously, the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act that deny federal benefits to same-sex couples.

Kirk Cameron’s Christian Nationalist Quest

Bill Berkowitz | Posted 06.05.2012 | Religion
Bill Berkowitz

In the trailer for his new documentary Monumental, Kirk Cameron has an 'a-ha!' moment: "So hold on. The United States Congress was commissioning and printing Bibles to be given to all the people because they knew that that's what would... make America flourish and thrive!"

When Will The Christian Right To Return To The Teachings Of Their Gospel?

Allan Brawley | Posted 05.11.2012 | Religion
Allan Brawley

Social Gospel Christians have been replaced by an extreme right-wing obsessed with obliterating women's medical and reproductive rights, denying equal treatment for gays, demonizing scientific findings, and otherwise attempting to impose their fundamentalist beliefs on everyone.

Gingrich In Video Which Claims the Constitution Is Based On the Old Testament

Bruce Wilson | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics
Bruce Wilson

The reality is that the former Speaker of the House, who led the stealth Republican takeover of the House and Senate in the 1994 election, has been a strong partisan of the religious right for decades.

It's Schadenfreude Time: Santorum Messes Up the Republican Party

Jay Michaelson | Posted 04.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Jay Michaelson

The best part about watching Santorum win three primary contests in one night, and what distinguishes this particular Schadenfreude from plain old gloating, is that moderate Republicans are reaping what they've sown.

Cookies With Christianity

Bill Berkowitz | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Bill Berkowitz

Bible study programs (a.k.a. sectarian training sessions) are alive and well in thousands of afterschool programs in public school facilities across the country.

Tea Party Jesus

Eric Sapp | Posted 03.19.2012 | Religion
Eric Sapp

How might the Sermon on the Mount have been different if Jesus was in the Tea Party? That is the question at the heart of a campaign launched yesterday.

Re-Occupy "Tradition": The History Of Faith And LGBT Rights

Heather White | Posted 03.07.2012 | Religion
Heather White

If the Christian right can ground their politics in "tradition," those of us who support LGBT rights have at least as much historical prerogative to say "my tradition supports LGBT justice and equality."

Let's Face It: It's The Radical Right, Not Islam, That Is The Greatest Threat To The American Way

Ahmed Rehab | Posted 02.15.2012 | Religion
Ahmed Rehab

That a group of extremists from Florida would exercise their First Amendment right to carry out bigoted campaigns is unfortunate ... For that reason, it ought to catch the attention of Americans who, for far too long, have stayed on the sidelines.

Christian Views On Social Issues: Abortion

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 01.08.2012 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

Today, Mississippi voters will vote on "the Personhood Amendment," which would grant the status of legal person to a fertilized egg. The measure would effectively outlaw abortion in all circumstances.

Personhood Amendment? Kid's Stuff! We Need a Motherhood Amendment!

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 01.02.2012 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

The Xian Right has finally tired of trotting out "defense of marriage" ballot measures. Now, they've got a shiny new lure to bring the base to the surface on election day: the personhood amendment.

On Leading a Church Parade During Occupy Wall Street

Beau Friedlander | Posted 12.01.2011 | Religion
Beau Friedlander

Thinking back now, it almost seems like marching for my church was the intellectual or hipster equivalent of "coming out of the closet" in a Christian Right setting; coming out as a person who has particular religious commitments.

Rick Perry's Church-Giving Hypocrisy

Eric Sapp | Posted 11.23.2011 | Religion
Eric Sapp

The values Rick Perry applies to politics are those of the atheist Ayn Rand, not those of Jesus Christ.

Perry Ally Makes Questionable Connection Between Gays, Tornadoes

Mother Jones | Tim Murphy | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

Earlier this week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his leadership team for the "Presidency 5" straw poll in Florida, scheduled for October. Although m...

Evangelicals Don't Believe Life Begins At Conception

Jonathan Dudley | Posted 09.20.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Dudley

It makes little sense to reject pacifism, to insist abortion is morally equivalent to the organized slaughter of millions of children and then to say that violence should never be used to end abortion.