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Paradise Lost

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 07.29.2016 | World
Joan Z. Shore

I lived on the Côte d'Azur for nearly ten years - the decade of the '90s, when Russian oligarchs, newly freed from Soviet shackles, arrived on their ...

Atheism Advocate: Religion Is Harming Society And Lives

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

The fundamental problem with religion is that believers--about 5 billion people right now on Planet Earth--are so sure they're "correct" on anything and everything they believe.

Lesson Of The Pulse Massacre: Old Time Religion Kills

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 06.14.2016 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

How could anyone do that? It's a question that burns in us after the dreadful slaughter at Pulse. Now we have a clue.

The Solution to Stopping ISIS? Look in the Quran

Osaama Saifi | Posted 03.29.2016 | World
Osaama Saifi

Saying that the Qur'an is the real culprit of Belgian terror attacks would be the same as saying that the Bible is the real culprit behind the Spanish Inquisition. Both of these statements are false.

According to the Qur'an, Can Jews and Christians 'Partake in the Blessings of Heaven and Earth?'

Kabir Helminski | Posted 01.29.2016 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

Many Christians and Jews, ignorant of what the Qur'an proposes, instead project on Islam a version of intolerance and aggression from their own religious history.

Does the Qur'an Deny The Truth Of Other Religions?

Kabir Helminski | Posted 01.19.2016 | Religion
Kabir Helminski

Intrinsic Qur'anic values are not some barbaric medieval system of dogma and rigid rules; these values are fundamentally harmonious with the best of Western Civilization.

Muslims May Have Regressed But Here's What's Really to Blame

Atif Rashid | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion
Atif Rashid

Muslims claim their religion teaches peace, harmony, love and goodness while the actions of some so-called adherents to the faith prove contrary. How can it be that on the one hand, the religion teaches good while some Muslims commit evil?

The Strange Theology of Wheaton College

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 01.08.2016 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

Hawkins has struck fear into the conservative leadership of Wheaton College by rejecting the anti-Muslim agenda that has taken root in right wing America. To show--and encourage in her students-- solidarity with Muslims who are being persecuted in the United States Hawkins has taught class wearing a hajib, the traditional head covering for Muslim women.

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.

Adults Are the Problem

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We tell our children to control themselves while slapping and spanking and ejecting them violently in our homes, child care centers, schools, detention facilities and prisons. Adults tell children to be honest while lying and cheating and not to be violent while marketing and glorifying violence.

A Rendezvous With Ancient Persian Kings and Poets in Shiraz, Iran

Jackie Abramian | Posted 10.28.2015 | Travel
Jackie Abramian

Arriving at Shiraz International Airport -- the largest in Iran's southern region of Pars province - I join hundreds of foreign and domestic travelers who eagerly await to explore their rendezvous with ancient history -- revisiting Persian Kings and poets memorialized here as national and world treasures.

Fragments Of Ancient Quran Could Be Older Than Muhammad

HuffPost UK | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.02.2015 | Religion

This article first appeared on HuffPost UK. In what could prove something of a pot hole for current readings of Islamic history, a carbon test carrie...

Islamic Call on Climate Appeals to 1.6 Billion Muslims

Yonatan Neril | Posted 09.23.2015 | Green
Yonatan Neril

The world's 1.7 billion Muslims do not recognize a unifying religious authority like the Pope. Nevertheless, three Grand Muftis, clerics from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Indonesia endorsed the Islamic Declaration on Climate Change and spoke at the Symposium.

New Light on the History of the Quranic Text?

Joseph E. B. Lumbard | Posted 07.24.2016 | Religion
Joseph E. B. Lumbard

If Western scholarship wishes to establish a viable empirical approach to the historicity and meaning of the Quranic text, it must first account for the vast literature on these topics in the classical Islamic tradition. Anything less is academically irresponsible.

Religious Stereotyping Is Bullying

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Fortunately, many good people of Phoenix -- Muslim and non-Muslim alike -- intervened against the stereotyping and the bullying perpetrated by Ritzheimer and his malevolent and misguided followers.

Follies of Denial: Women and the Islamic State

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 06.01.2016 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Women are the most vulnerable targets of the Islamic State (IS), which has enslaved and brutalized women who don't meet their jihadi standards, and even introduced female police squads to monitor and persecute their own sex.

It's Not Just Muslims; We ALL Need to Debunk Our Sacred Texts and Beliefs

Beth Green | Posted 05.14.2016 | Religion
Beth Green

Whether it's the Bible or the Constitution, every document written by human beings was written in a context, at a specific historic time, and is based on the level of consciousness of those who wrote them. Whether or not you think they are dictated by God, they are still fallible. How could that be?

A Model for Moderate Muslims

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 05.11.2016 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Continuing terrorism by Islamist radicals in the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S has led numerous commentators to argue for solutions that nearly always involve revision of the foundations of the religion, especially the Quran.

The Retreat From Universalism: How Identity Politics and Old Time Religion Corrode Human Rights Progress

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Amid the ashes of World War II, with the stench of industrial-scale genocide in their nostrils, the nations of the world pledged to do better. They signed onto the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Reading The Bible Like We Read The Quran

Zack Hunt | Posted 04.12.2015 | Religion
Zack Hunt

Only 0.6% of the population in the United States is Muslim. Most of us in the 99% haven't even held a Quran in our hands. Yet, remarkably, we are a country full of Islamic experts; many of whom are self-professed Christians.

Why Cartoonists Get Killed

James Heffernan | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
James Heffernan

What happened in Paris surely reminds us of one thing: Pictures move us in ways that language cannot, and no matter how sophisticated we think we are, we will never fully control their impact.

When Sacred Texts Say Terrible Things

Howard J. Curzer | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion
Howard J. Curzer

The morally problematic passages in the Constitution have been overturned by various amendments and laws; similarly, one should not criticize contemporary religions on the basis of problematic passages within their sacred texts, if those passages have been rejected or nullified.

Quran Is Not for Muslims

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

God is not the God of Muslims and no where he claims that in Quran. He is creator of the universe(s), which is within and beyond our imagination. Quran is a book of guidance to preserve the cohesiveness within and what surrounds us; people and the environment.

Woman Arrested For Tweet Showing Red Stilettos On The Quran

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 11.10.2014 | World

A woman was arrested in Turkey this week after she posted a photo on Twitter of red-stilettoed feet standing on the Quran. The unnamed woman in her...

Terrific Tashkent

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 12.08.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

Uzbekistan is an amazing place with very friendly people. Enjoy Tashkent, explore the city by foot and make an effort to meet some of the locals.