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Christian Leaders Should Not Compare Obama to Christ

Ellin Jimmerson | Posted 02.09.2016 | Religion
Ellin Jimmerson

Christian pastors and bloggers have the right to endorse or support any candidate and any president they wish. However, when Christian leaders compare the president or a presidential hopeful to Christ, they must backup their claims with facts.

Christians Should Vote for Competence, Not Faithfulness

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

With the Iowa caucuses upon us, it seems like every Republican tramping through the snow claims to be a Bible-believing, God-fearing, Jesus-loving Christian. Some trot out their parents; others offer personal conversion stories. Some defend persecuted Christians; others explain their policies in Biblical terms. It's a fruitless exercise.

Can Kibitzers Stop Trump?

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 01.22.2016 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

National Review editor Rich Lowry is now leading an effort urging conservatives to speak out against Donald Trump and oppose his candidacy.

From Jerry Falwell to Barack Obama: 3 Lessons From the Extraordinary Life of Ed Dobson

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 12.30.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Here I had an evangelical pastor who had once worked for Jerry Falwell now supporting Barack Obama while living as a first-century Jew for a year. Call me intrigued.

Not My Faith

Rev. Bryant Oskvig | Posted 12.17.2015 | Religion
Rev. Bryant Oskvig

Because I work with an Imam at Georgetown University and have a number of personal relationships with Muslims, I am asked every time an act associated with Islamic extremism occurs, "Why don't the Muslims condemn the violence?"

Muslims Are the Biggest Allies Against Groups Like ISIS

Ahmed Khan | Posted 12.15.2015 | Religion
Ahmed Khan

Muslims are among the first to support and protect this great country. One of the main examples is the Ahmadiyya Musilm Community, the largest worldwide Muslim organization under a single spiritual leadership.

Guns for Jesus: "Straining Out Gnats and Swallowing Camels"

Rodney Wilson | Posted 12.09.2015 | Religion
Rodney Wilson

Unlike his father, Jerry Falwell the Younger has shied away from making political waves. Until now, that is. Last week, to rapturous applause, the pre...

An Open Letter To Jerry Falwell Jr, Students And Faculty Of Liberty University

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

Your message faithfully represents a longstanding (and ugly) stream of American culture and politics. You could spiritually form a generation of people who think of themselves as "Champions for Christ" but who actually become a mirror image of the violent religious warriors you fear and reject.

Christians, Don't Settle For Jerry Falwell Jr's Hateful Faith

John Pavlovitz | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion
John Pavlovitz

Jerry Falwell Jr's vile comments, their warm reception in the crowd, and the subsequent social media defense from other believers, illustrate just how far American Christianity has drifted from the namesake of our faith.

The Coming Evangelical Schism

Joe Boyd | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion
Joe Boyd

These are testing times. For those of us who come from various Christian Evangelical traditions, a divide is brewing. This gives me no real joy, but it is simply a fact. There are (at least) two kinds of Evangelical Christians in America today. This, I believe, is because there are two different versions of Jesus being taught and worshipped at Christian churches and universities.

"G-O-D" Is Trademarked

Rev. Susan Sparks | Posted 10.14.2015 | Religion
Rev. Susan Sparks

May it please the Court: I represent the owner of the protected and trademarked name "G-O-D," also known as Yahweh, Allah, Jesus, Brahma, the Great Spirit, etc.

Where Have All the Good Ones Gone?

Paula K. Garrett | Posted 06.15.2015 | Religion
Paula K. Garrett

I grew up thinking Billy Graham was a hero. My family was Baptist; my dad, a Baptist preacher. I was an adult before I realized Graham wasn't exclusively Baptist though by then he might as well have been because conservative Christians seemed, largely, to have let go of doctrinal differences in favor of ideological absolutes.

GOP Calls for 'All Hell Breaking Loose' Over Gay Marriage, Because 'God'

Richard Zombeck | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Richard Zombeck

As the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage bans looms, the right wing has begun their assault on reason and intellect with the standard dire warnings, threats, and fear mongering in the form of corporate boycotts and revolt. As usual, their claims include flagrant misinterpretations of their favorite documents, the Constitution and the Bible.

The Republicans are for Smaller Government Except...

Gerry Myers | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Gerry Myers

While most Republicans think there is no role for government in job creation, some of our best Presidents have proven otherwise. FDR knew the importance of government when he created the New Deal that brought America out of a deep depression.

Honor Charlie Hebdo: Let Satirical and Offensive Images Speak Louder Than Terrorists' Actions

Clay Calvert | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Clay Calvert

In the United States, where we have a First Amendment, the remedy for speech with which we disagree or find offensive is not censorship. The remedy, instead, is counterspeech -- to add more speech to the marketplace of ideas.

Rick Santorum Wishes Obama Was More Like Jesse Helms

Erik Ose | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Erik Ose

The divisive political figures Santorum admires tell us all we need to know about how he would lead America if ever given the chance.

Hustler Magazine Turns 40, Parties In L.A.: A Peak Behind the Scenes as Larry Flynt Celebrates in Style

Clay Calvert | Posted 10.13.2014 | Media
Clay Calvert

The black-and-gold JPEG invitation arrived in my inbox back in June, miraculously dodging the spam filter. "You and a guest are invited to join us as we celebrate our 40th anniversary." It was from Hustler magazine.

Switchfoot's Album & Movie "Fading West" -- It's Grace in Action, Hope Crystallized, Damnation Canceled in Favor of Love...

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

I was just speaking at SoulFest (August 7-9). It's a music festival with evangelical roots. The band Switchfoot played. I'm several things but not...

Fundamentalism: The Political Kiss of Death

James Peron | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
James Peron

Jonathan Rauch writes that Christian conservatives, in response to their defeat in the "culture wars," are likely to isolate themselves from the wider society. I think that is precisely what they will do. It's what they've done before.

The Limits of Reagan's Optimism

Duncan Hosie | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Duncan Hosie

Reagan projected an inclusive form of optimism for certain citizens. Yet Reagan's was far from universal and shut out too many Americans.

Cruz Wooing Critical GOP Voting Bloc

Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics

By PHILIP ELLIOTT And ALAN SUDERMAN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Possible presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is auditioning at one of the n...

'Son Of God' Is Already A Massive Hit With Religious Groups

Posted 02.21.2014 | Entertainment

In news that will surprise no one, religious groups are already deifying "Son of God," even if it doesn't open for another week. Compassion Intern...

The Next Michele Bachmann

Mother Jones | Patrick Caldwell | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics

Liberals rejoiced when Michele Bachmann announced her intention to retire from Congress at the end of 2014. Bachmann will no longer be around to carry...

Remembering Christopher Hitchens: Religious Belief and Hitch's Greatest Hits

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 02.17.2014 | Books
G. Elijah Dann

Was Hitchens' incredulity acerbic and coarse? Irreverent and obscene? Depends on your tastes and sensitivities. More importantly, these qualities were imbedded in charm and wit that set up the discussion of religion in a way that awoke our reflective capacities.

Christians Need To Face It: We're All Gay

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.15.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

If all it takes to be seduced over to the gay "dark side" is to earn a merit badge together, certainly we are all susceptible to the gay mojo. So I guess it's time for us to face the facts.