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Fundamentalism

I Used to Be a Muslim Fundamentalist. Here Is My Story.

Ladan Archin | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
Ladan Archin

Ever since the Boston marathon bombings, the question I hear most often is "why would a Western-educated individual become so radicalized?" While everyone's path is unique, I wanted to share my journey, albeit from a female perspective, to help make sense of what has led -- for some -- to senseless acts of violence.

The Bible's for Losers (And Why That's a Good Thing)

Derek Penwell | Posted 04.11.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Taking everything into consideration, the Bible was written mostly by losers for the benefit of other losers. That's not a value judgment, just an observation. Think about it.

The Loophole That Denies Fighters Their 72 Virgins

Em & Lo | Posted 04.08.2015 | Arts
Em & Lo

Itai Anghel, an Isreali Jewish news correspondent and filmmaker with the balls the size of pumpkins, recently wandered into Syria and Iraq with a camera and not much else (no helmet, no bullet proof vest) to capture the front lines of the Kurdish fight against ISIS.

No Cake for You! Fundamentalist Cake Warriors on the Loose

James Peron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Peron

The "cake wars" started because a few fundamentalist bakers refused to sell cakes to gay customers. Then, if charged with violating anti-discrimination laws, they weep, wail and flail about in the media limelight, basking in their persecution -- it may be a long way from true martyrdom, but they take what they can get.

Timbuktu

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.25.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

As Islamic fundamentalists encroach on the basic liberties of people in Africa and the Arab world, we hear about it, but it's hard to put it into context and understand the magnitude of the situation. Leave it to veteran, Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako to boil a complicated social phenomena down to a simple allegorical tale.

How People of Faith Should Respond to Paris

Jim Wallis | Posted 03.18.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

It is very important to remember that fundamentalism in all our faith traditions -- Muslim, Christian, and Jewish -- will be far more effectively defeated from the inside than from the outside.

The Real Enemy Is Fundamentalism and It Doesn't Belong Exclusively to Islam

Nayomi Munaweera | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Nayomi Munaweera

Ultimately, whether Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, or any other ism, the world-wide push towards fundamentalism is also heartbreaking in that it forces those of us sustained by some sort of faith to have to say, what should be obvious, these acts of violence do not speak for us.

Duke Muslim Scholar Shuts Down Franklin Graham's Call To Prayer Claims In 30 Seconds

HuffPost Live | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion

UPDATE: 1/15 -- Duke University has backtracked on allowing the Muslim call to prayer to emanate from the Duke Chapel bell tower. “Duke remains ...

A Million People in Paris Teach Us What Religion Is Really All About

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 03.15.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

A million people marched in Paris this week. A million men, women and children, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Atheists, and those with no religious label at all, marching simply to demonstrate their ultimate humanity that crosses religious distinctions.

Blasphemy and Freedom

Martin Marty | Posted 03.14.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

"We" cannot solve all the problems at the core of the present tragedy, but those who ask us to begin at home to promote understanding do serve the cause. They may sound weak. They are strong.

The Army Chaplain Who Came Back From War And Lost His Faith

NPR | John Burnett | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion

David Peters' life was supposed to be one continuous arc of piety and service. But for the U.S. Army chaplain, it's ended up a more circuitous rout...

Why Liberal Protestantism Should Quit Living in Fear of Its Own Death

Derek Penwell | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Are we too liberal? Do we have enough arbitrary rules to halt the decline and sustain a stable membership? These are questions that should be qualified by being asked in light of the most important question: Are we following Jesus faithfully?

Questioning Genocide and Slavery in the Bible

Derek Flood | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

There are a number of things in the Bible that should trouble any reader. We find in its pages things like genocide, gang rape, and slavery -- not only being sanctioned, but at times even being commanded.

They're Not All the Same: Labels and Stereotypes Fail to Recognize Religious Diversity

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 03.04.2015 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Here's a critical and simple point to keep in mind: as difficult as it may be for some to accept, not all religious individuals believe the same thin...

Violence-Loving Conservatives, Cherry-Picking Liberals, And Why We All Need to Learn to Read Scripture Like Jesus

Derek Flood | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

We will need to demonstrate that there are viable nonviolent means of dealing with societal problems--ways that are not only effective, but in fact more effective than violence is at resolving conflict, and keeping us safe as a society.

What We Need After the Sydney Hostage Crisis: Intolerance of Intolerance

Karima Bennoune | Posted 02.15.2015 | World
Karima Bennoune

After the deaths of two hostages in a Sydney chocolate shop standoff orchestrated by a man who forced his captives to raise black Islamist flags, it is time to recommit to the struggle against the extremist ideology that twists men like him.

An Open Letter to Malala in Oslo: Forward Together Against Fundamentalism

Karima Bennoune | Posted 02.08.2015 | World
Karima Bennoune

As you yourself said, "The extremists are afraid of books and pens, the power of education frightens them. They are afraid of women." What you have shown with your perseverance, what others have shown too, is that women are not afraid of them.

Misconceptions of Political Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

As soon as the Tunisian elections results were announced with Nidaa Tounes overtaking Ennahdha party, celebrations of the "Islamists'" defeat at the hands of the "secularists" got underway across the media in France and many other western capitals.

Religious Fundamentalism and the Backlash to Women's Equality

Monica Duffy Toft | Posted 01.07.2015 | Religion
Monica Duffy Toft

Women's freedoms secured in the Mubarak era were quickly rolled-back by Muhammed Morsi's government until he was overthrown in July 2013. Through association with these regimes, women's equality and empowerment was thus labelled "godless" and "unholy"

Won't Someone PLEASE Think of the Candy?

Kathleen Gordon | Posted 12.30.2014 | Religion
Kathleen Gordon

Interestingly, my parents think the kids are cute in their costumes and don't have a word to say about whether I should let them trick or treat. I'm baffled that they ever saw evil in innocent childhood fun, and maybe they are, too.

Religion Unites and Divides

Martin Marty | Posted 12.20.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

We had no trouble finding war-level conflicts inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the Gush Emunim in Israel, and other "sects" in conflicts where killing went on. Where were the matching stories in contemporary America?

Taboo Nation: Bill Maher, Islam and the Censorship of Ideas

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 12.10.2014 | Media
Sanjay Sanghoee

While Maher's points were vastly generalized and his analysis incomplete, there was still some validity to them. In modern America, we are so wed to the ideas of fairness and sensitivity that we can sometimes become blind to the obvious.

An Open Letter to Moderate Muslims

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 12.06.2014 | Religion
Ali A. Rizvi

Islam needs reformers, not moderates. Yes, it's wrong and unfair for anyone to judge a religion by the actions of its followers, be they progressive Muslims or al Qaeda. But it is appropriate and intellectually honest to judge it by the contents of its canonical texts.

Confronting ISIS Has No Military Solution

Akbar Ganji | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

History teaches us that military attacks and repression cannot eliminate ideas, particularly religious ones, from any society.

Standing With Those Who Fight Fundamentalism

Karima Bennoune | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Karima Bennoune

There is no way to fight jihadist terrorism without undercutting its ideological base. Acknowledging the West's own portion of responsibility in the process of radicalization is critical.