In our increasingly scientific and pluralistic world, fundamentalist theology unravels at almost every seam.
I feel more convinced than ever that interfaith efforts should include LGBTQ voices; if such work is intended to bring together people with different and sometimes contradicting convictions and identities, then it has to.
While international efforts establish legal protections for freedom of expression and other freedoms, it is important not to end the discussion there. We must promote engagement and dialogue that remains focused on matters of human dignity.
After morning cuddles with my Isabella, I went to San Francisco City Hall this morning to join the Healing Circle to connect with moms who have lost children to gun violence.
Shavuot, holiday commemorates revelation at Sinai when the Jews were chosen by God to receive the Ten Commandments, will commence Tuesday evening. This idea, that the Jews are the chosen people, is one of the most misunderstood concepts in history.
If we can feel those around us and extend love instead of judgment, we can create unity among peoples, and our words and actions will reverberate around the world.
While it is easy to dismiss Pat for just being Pat, the reality is that he has a microphone through his television show, which many people hear and take seriously. Voices like his need to be called out for adding nothing but hateful rhetoric and divisiveness into conversations about religion.
While I try to keep an understanding voice, there are beliefs, ideas and individuals that can push my buttons -- and I have plenty of buttons. The boundary between being open to others and being justly offended by the bad beliefs they hold is not always clearly demarcated.
Dawkins on biology is an elegant, lucid and even enchanting explicator of science. Dawkins on religion is historically uninformed, outrageously partisan and morally obtuse. If Dawkins is indeed our best, the life of the mind is in a precarious state.
As members of the Muslim community in the U.S., we have a deep responsibility to undertake an introspective analysis and explore why U.S. Muslims engage in forms of violence.
I took part in the February 2012 council that selected the 10 documents that ultimately made it into "A New New Testament." The texts we examined are far from perfect, just like the ones in the New Testament itself, or the Hebrew Bible for that matter.
There can be little doubt that traditional religious frameworks are no longer speaking to new generations as they have in the past. This is why the Interspiritual Revolution is so important.
Perhaps you've heard the rumor going around that the military is discriminating against Christians. Perhaps you think there are new regulations, or new policies, or someone being court marshaled for their beliefs.
Recently the Tony Blair Foundation ran an essay contest in which the young people were asked to write about their "Friend of a different faith or belief," what resulted were extraordinary essays from around the world.
I'm not sure how many times I have been asked how I felt knowing that "Islam" was behind the bombing as far as many were concerned, since the bombers were Muslim.
I thank God for giving me such a good friend through whom I learned that every religion teaches us to be good humans.