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"Evangelicals Love Donald Trump!" Wait, What?

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.29.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

I understand why Donald Trump's sideshow antics are appealing. Who doesn't love locker room humor in a presidential election? What I don't understand is why all this mean-spirited craziness is appealing to evangelicals.

Hispanic Evangelicals: No to Nativism

Rev. Gabriel Salguero | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion
Rev. Gabriel Salguero

Many evangelicals are wondering when we will return to the grown-up conversations that we were having just a short time ago. Evangélicos are calling for bridge-builders and solutionists who seek to wisely and circumspectly "break down walls of separation."

Our Bigender God

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 08.27.2015 | Religion
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

My wife and I have been thinking a lot about gender lately. An article my daughter posted pointed out the layers of complexity of the issue which Caitlyn Jenner brought to America's door step.

Bigotry in Numbers: Why Academics Look Down on Evangelicals

David Briggs | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

The one finding I would most like to share after more than a quarter-century of traveling throughout this country reporting on issues of faith is how similar people are in their basic desires and ambitions.

Donald Trump Means Business

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 08.21.2015 | Entertainment
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

I keep thinking that people, fellow Republicans, Democrats, Independents and the general populace - ought to quit signing Donald Trump off as a fluke in the upcoming presidential election. Like it or not, he is a real contender and he will continue to be.

'War on Faith?' John Oliver and the Televangelists

Russ Pierson | Posted 08.19.2015 | Religion
Russ Pierson

John Oliver, proved his mettle with his remarkable expose of the -- ahem -- "seedy" side of faith: televangelists who are purveyors of the so-called Prosperity Gospel, reaping rich rewards by preying on the poor and the weak who are often literally seeking a lifeline in the church.

Donald Trump and The Right Wing's Rapid Descent Into Mindlessness

Marvin Meadors | Posted 08.17.2015 | Entertainment
Marvin Meadors

Donald Trump, like no other candidate can, embodies the right wing's rapid descent into mindlessness and their embrace of know-nothingism. With Trump, there is nothing there besides the huge eponymous banner announcing "Trump" that appears on all his possessions, a bluster, and a golden combover seemingly forever frozen in place.

Jesus Loves Bernie Sanders

Stacia Friedman | Posted 08.13.2015 | Comedy
Stacia Friedman

"What first got my attention was Sanders similarity to Jesus, it's so obvious, I don't know how anyone could miss it," said Rev. Hardy. "Sanders is a Jew trying to overturn the tables of the money lenders on Wall Street!

John Kasich: 'One, but Not the Same' on Marriage Equality

Adam Phillips | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Adam Phillips

As an evangelical pastor in Portland, Ore. this is the kind of tone and vision I hope for in our public servants -- no matter their party or politics.

Spengler's Decline of the West Revisited: Religion to Reason and Back

Robert Orlando | Posted 07.31.2015 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Oswald Spengler was neither a religious nor secular historian, a position which in our modern bipolar world would in all probability leave most intellectuals searching for a job or even a room "at the Inn." Yet for thinkers who view culture, politics, AND religion as a "both/and" proposition not an "either/or," history demonstrates a repetitive evolutionary cycle.

Congratulating Gay People Is Not a Sin

Dr. David Anderson | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion
Dr. David Anderson

Congratulating gay people is not a sin. Following the Supreme Court's decision in a landmark same-sex marriage case, I released a statement on Facebook, on a radio show, and appeared on Poppy Harlow's CNN show on June 27, 2015. Subsequently there has been some controversy around my statement.

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).

I am a Christian. You Are Something Else.

Scott Terry | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion
Scott Terry

We both go to church. We both believe in Jesus. I am a Christian. You are something else. Such is the message I often hear from organized religion, and as a gay man and ex-fundamentalist, I find it divisive and presumptuous.

Bibi's Bid for the White House

Stacia Friedman | Posted 07.21.2015 | Comedy
Stacia Friedman

Israel's prime minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu declared his intention to throw his yarmulke into the ring as a GOP candidate for President over coffee at Café Yakna in Jerusalem.

I Am A White Christian And Black Lives Matter

Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D. | Posted 07.16.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Ph.D.

While some claim that Dylann Roof is mentally ill, the truly frightening possibility is that he is sane and sober -- that he was raised under a white supremacist culture and is acting out his racism in the most violent of ways.

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Same-Sex Marriage and Evangelical Fear

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

By accepting this alternate reality in which there is a Big Bad Wolf, a Voldemort on the loose, my own tribe is failing miserably at seeing the very real opportunities that a legal decision like this presents.

Burning Churches: African American Christian Leaders and Activists Declare WORR (Week of Righteous Resistance)

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 07.06.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Join in action against the trend of burning black churches. Even one intentional arson is one too many and is a threat to racial peace in America.

Guns and the Godly

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 07.02.2015 | 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.

Maybe Churches Don't Need to be Conservative or Liberal

Dave Schmelzer | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Dave Schmelzer

Earlier today, as I write this, the Supreme Court delivered their gay marriage ruling. My Facebook feed has been surprisingly noncombative. I have lots of lefty friends, so there's no surprise there.

Polygamy: The Marriage of the Tea Party, Wall Street, and Evangelicals Dissolves

Richard Brodsky | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Responses to the flag controversy, and the new constitutional right to same-sex marriage and upholding Obamacare are dividing the GOP family.

Why Religious Liberals and Conservatives Should Celebrate the Supreme Court's Decision

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Rather than portend a new dark era for religion, as my debating opponent on Fox News warned on Friday, the decision reminds us of why religious life flourishes in America.

Beyond Sex: What Is Gay?

James Owens | Posted 07.08.2015 | Gay Voices
James Owens

Defining and embracing a true gay culture, which goes well beyond sexuality, is the next stage. We see organizations like gay softball leagues, gay choirs, and gay running clubs. They are institutions meant to build strength and support between one another because we do share so much in common and we understand what it took to become who we are more than anyone else.

An Evangelical Pastor At His First Pride Parade

Adam Phillips | Posted 06.24.2015 | Religion
Adam Phillips

I am sorry for the legions of people who have said, done and prayed unimaginable, exclusionary and degrading things in the name of God. I am convinced beyond a doubt God loves each and every part of us as we are created, including our sexual identities.

Charleston: 5 Things White Christians Can Do in Solidarity With Our Brothers and Sisters of Color

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Irregardless of our faiths, our ethnicities, where we are from, together we come in love. Together we come to bury racism, to bury bigotry, and to resurrect and to revive love, compassion, and tenderness.

A Rabbi Walks Into an Evangelical Church

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 06.17.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Many Jews have stereotypical views of Evangelicals. These stereotypes may persist, but they lack validity. If we are to build meaningful and enriching bridges--bridges that enhance our faiths and ourselves--we need to address and overcome our lingering fears.