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Ken Ham's Crazy Ark Park

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 07.11.2016 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

The flamboyant creationist Ken Ham's controversial and long-awaited "Ark Encounter" theme park has just opened in Williamstown, Kentucky. At a cost o...

The Clergy Letter Project Condemns Homophobia - Especially When It Is Cloaked in Religious Language

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.15.2016 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

As horrific as the shooting at The Pulse in Orlando was, and it was absolutely horrific, some of the comments being made by religious leaders in its aftermath are even more frightening.

Terrorists Among Us

Ryan Phipps | Posted 06.26.2016 | Religion
Ryan Phipps

THE DAILY OFFICE Our staff gather to walk through The Daily Office every Wednesday morning before we get into the rudiments of ministerial work. Thi...

Please Stop Killing Us. Please.

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 06.14.2016 | Religion
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

This is what I read on a friend's Facebook page on Sunday. She was responding to the mass murder at Pulse in Orlando, but she's no stranger to the rea...

Orlando, Mon Amour: Stand against Terror and Hate

Karima Bennoune | Posted 06.13.2016 | World
Karima Bennoune

I am Pulse. I am of Muslim heritage. And I am Pulse Night Club. In spirit, I am today marching in a pride parade, with tears in my eyes and a grea...

Mohamed Islam

Ryan Phipps | Posted 06.26.2016 | Religion
Ryan Phipps

We so easily lump all Muslims into radical-extremist categories. We judge a massive population of faithful, compassionate people by the actions of a small pocket of crazed fundamentalists. The ways that we interact with people of different faiths holds great promise for peace in the world.

Head Of Germany's Protestant Church Wants Islam Taught In State Schools

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.01.2016 | Religion

The head of the Protestant Church in Germany has called for Islam to be taught in state schools across the country as a way to make young Muslims impe...

Religious Hypocrites and Their Timeless Tactics: McCrory, Tartuffe, and House Bill 2

Harold Lloyd | Posted 05.22.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

With HB 2, Pat McCrory fleeces every worker of employment protections including the right to sue in state court for discrimination based on "race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex or handicap."


Ryan Phipps | Posted 06.27.2016 | Religion
Ryan Phipps

Locke: "God----it it, Morpheus! Not everyone believes what you believe!" Morpheus: "My beliefs do not require them to." - The Matrix SEASONS I've ...

Confessions of a Former Fundamentalist: Progress, Utopia and the Kingdom of God

Eric Simpson | Posted 04.27.2016 | Religion
Eric Simpson

One of the primary characteristics of fundamentalism is the use of confirmation bias, but this merely speaks to a deeper issue that is part and parcel...

Pentagon: Fewer Foreign Fighters Joining Islamic State

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.26.2016 | World

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of foreign fighters joining the Islamic State militant group in Iraq and Syria has decreased sharply in the past yea...

TIME ZERO: Carolyn Cohagan's YA Novel Challenges Fundamentalism

Elan Barnehama | Posted 04.08.2016 | Books
Elan Barnehama

Mina Clark, the hero of Carolyn Cohagan's dystopian novel, Time Zero, must navigate life in a futuristic Manhattan that is isolated and tightly ruled ...

U.S. Frustration Simmers Over Belgium's Struggle With Militant Threat

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 03.24.2016 | World

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Shortly after last November’s attacks on Paris by a Brussels-based Islamic State cell, a top U.S. counter-terrorism official ...

A Gay Man's Quest for Real Change Within Homophobic Religion

Jonathon Sawyer | Posted 03.11.2016 | Queer Voices
Jonathon Sawyer

It was a disheartening shock to my soul when an institutional policy revision was made to the handbook in regards to gay members of the Church and their families.

Two Fundamentalist Mormon Towns Are On Trial And The Evidence Is Adding Up

Courthouse News | Nico Pitney | Posted 01.29.2016 | Crime

PHOENIX (CN) - Linked fundamentalist Mormon towns in Utah and Arizona refused to provide water hookups to residents who didn't belong to the church, b...

Gay Marriage and Anglican Anxiety: The Backstory

Catherine M Wallace | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Catherine M Wallace

In this situation as in so many others, gay people are serving as poster children -- if not scapegoats -- for other anxieties. In this case it's the status of biblical scholarship and cultural criticism.

Politicians Should Not Call Their Enemies "Evil"

Volney Gay | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics
Volney Gay

When politicians speak about evil their comments have far-reaching consequences. Beginning in the 1980s with President Reagan, American politicians of both major parties lapse into phrases like "The Evil Empire," "Evil is on the march," and "the axis of evil."

How Martin Luther King Jr. Predicted the Decline of the Church

Derek Penwell | Posted 01.18.2016 | Religion
Derek Penwell

"If today's church does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authenticity, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century."

Wheaton College's Orthodoxy Police and the Spiritual Price of Bigotry

David Vanderveen | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
David Vanderveen

Wheaton College is a private institution and appears to have the right to admit and remove students, faculty, and administrators based on disagreements over ideas. The real question for a place like Wheaton that attempts to hold itself to the highest moral standard is, "Should it behave this way?"

The Christian Right Should Be The Strongest Supporters Of Church And State Separation

John W. Traphagan | Posted 01.05.2016 | Religion
John W. Traphagan

Members of the Christian right should be among the strongest supporters of the Establishment Clause, because it allows them to believe what they want, even if what they want is anathema to freedom of religion.

2015 Year in Review: What We Can Learn From Prejudice in an Era of Globalization

Jeff Singh | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
Jeff Singh

The world is becoming more and more globalized with multiple cultures crossing paths like never before. That trend is not going anywhere, it is on the rise. How we relate with each other and how we raise each other in this globalized world is the question

My Mom, Jesus and Fundamentalism

Caroline Roy | Posted 12.30.2015 | Religion
Caroline Roy

Christmas is a great opportunity to get curious again. Start with the story of Jesus. We are not members of a church, but I will dig out the story and read it to my kids this year again.

ISIS's Backwards 'Caliphate' Evokes Crusaders Over Caliphs

Michael Shammas | Posted 12.29.2015 | Religion
Michael Shammas

ISIS is a tragic foil. Despite its presumptuous claim to a "new caliphate," the group -- by punishing trifling deviation from its narrow Sunnism, by elevating theocracy over free thought -- exemplifies a mentality opposite that which fueled the caliphates of Islam's golden age.

Let Me Drown In It

Eric Leroy Wilson | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Eric Leroy Wilson

One of my unique claims to fame is as a child I almost drowned in a Rock and Roll legend's pool. Chuck Berry is a very distant relative of mine. So d...

Conservatism Is No Cure for Fascism

James Peron | Posted 12.11.2015 | Politics
James Peron

Throughout his column, Douthat speaks of how libertarian values restrain fascism--they do. To equate them with conservative ideology, however, is a bit of stretch. Conservatives are not libertarians. Conservatism is not the ally of liberty. It is first and foremost the ally of the status quo and the past. Every attempt to expand human liberty was opposed by conservatives of the day.