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The Christian Right In Context: Politics Over Persuasion

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Richard T. Hughes

By the 1960s, the world was out of joint again, prompting the rise of the Christian Right.

Paradise & Little Vigils: Conversations with Judy Collins and That Guy Mark Erelli

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Collins discusses her new album, which includes a song about 9/11 and a duet recorded with Joan Baez, and what it's like to have the President of the United States name his child after your record.

Thoughts on the "Ground Zero Mosque " and the Better Angels of Our Nature

Michael Rowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Rowe

The part of me that initially flinched at the thought of a mosque so close to Ground Zero is not one of the better angels of my nature, and certainly not the part of me I'd ever want to be defined by.

Paranoid Politics: The Denial of Islamophobia

Jillian York | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jillian York

Concerned communities should engage in dialogue with Muslims and their organizations, and learn more about them, rather than rely on the types of prejudices and paranoia being hawked by Islamophobes.

In Defense of Marriage, and Other Hopeless Causes

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Given the dismal job heterosexuals have done with marriage, the idea that allowing gays to marry would destroy the institution is nothing less than absurd. What, the divorce rate would soar to sixty percent?

10 Minutes With...David Edwin Harrell

religionnews.com | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

NEWS FEATURE By Adelle M. Banks (RNS) Three years ago, Auburn University scholar emeritus David Edwin Harrell asked religious broadcaster Pat Roberts...

Stupidity: Not Just a Christian Commodity

Frank Fredericks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Frank Fredericks

Not more than a week after my rant about the absurdities that poured from the mouth of Pat Robertson regarding Haiti's earthquake, I read this headline: "Iranian Cleric: Promiscuous Women Cause Earthquakes."

Maria Conchita Alonso on South of the Border (VIDEO)

Tom Gregory | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Tom Gregory

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Promiscuous Women Cause Earthquakes!

Mark Morford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Morford

Behold! A fresh danger prowls the land, a grand and treacherous question disguised as a quandary wrapped in a predicament slathered in body oil and leather cuffs and Cosabella thongs. Behold!

Open Letter to Mike Huckabee (via The College of New Jersey and HuffPost College)

Michael Tracey | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Michael Tracey

In an attempt to save face after making some genuinely cringe-worthy remarks, Huckabee has resorted to attacking the media. Huckabee should apologize to college journalists everywhere for attempting to maneuver himself out of a controversy by calling into question our integrity.

Helen Thomas

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Zogby

In the incident under discussion, Helen Thomas clearly misspoke. But Helen should be honored and revered for her decades of professionalism, not remembered for one mistake.

Review of Casino Jack and the United States of Money by Alex Gibney

Gary S. Chafetz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gary S. Chafetz

I recently watched Casino Jack and the United State of Money, a new documentary about Jack Abramoff by filmmaker Alex Gibney, in a virtually empty mov...

Haiti vs. Chile: The Earthquake Olympics

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

Why did Chile suffer so much less than Haiti -- democracy? Capitalism? Divine intervention? The real real reasons for the disparity between the effects of the two quakes are considerably more prosaic.

Voices From Haiti: "God, We Have Not Heard You for a Long Time"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

For the survivors it was the initial primeval instinct for life that shocked stopped hearts into beating. Haiti has had a massive coronary and, collectively damaged, is operating at a fraction of its normal output.

Sin Isn't the Problem with the World, Theology Is

George Elerick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
George Elerick

In its original context, sin is not a personal weakness but a necessary stumble in the road toward whom we are meant to become. Looking at it this way may deepen our experience of life.

Why Conservative Christians So Often Fail the Common Good (Part 2)

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Richard T. Hughes

Why do so many Christians -- especially fundamentalists and evangelicals -- so often fail to discern the themes of peace and justice that are so central to the biblical vision of the kingdom of God?

It Took Pat Robertson and Glenn Beck to Remind Sane Christians of Who We Are and Who We Do Not Want to Be

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

We should thank Robertson and Beck. They have reminded us that we crave -- no, DEMAND -- sane Christianity, and that actually there are many millions of us who profess it.

Stop Trying to 'Save the Planet'

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Dupuy

The Earth is fine. Resilient. Strong. Massive. But us? Our species? Our race? The little people hanging out here, we need some help. And we should help ourselves.

Sorry Jesus, We're Just Not That Into You?

Emily Bennington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Emily Bennington

Why is it acceptable to discuss Snooki from The Jersey Shore ad nauseam, but considered "impolite" to talk about Jesus? (Or Mohammad or Budda for that matter?)

The Chilean Earthquake and God's Wrath

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

As the world reacts to the monstrous earthquake off the coast of Chile, one voice remains curiously quiet. Without Pat Robertson to guide us, we are unable to decipher why god has caused this particular calamity.

Phyllis Schlafly Drooling on My Shoulder and Other CPAC Memories

Lea Lane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lea Lane

The plane took off, and after awhile Schlafly's tightly coiffed head was resting on my shoulder. She lightly snored. Her usually vituperative red mouth was slightly open. And she was drooling.

Was Haiti Punished for Sin?

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

I have always been puzzled as to why many religious people enjoy portraying G-d as executioner-in-chief and are always finding reasons to justify human suffering.

Did U.S. Baptists Cross the Line Between "Good Intentions" and Child Kidnapping In Haiti?

Michael Rowe | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Rowe

Baptist missionaries loaded 33 Haitian children without proper documentation into a bus, even as some of them were crying out for their mothers, insisting they weren't orphans and begging to be allowed to return home.

Haiti And The Devil? What The Devil?

W. Hunter Roberts | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
W. Hunter Roberts

God doesn't truck in evil or causing harm; nor does God limit our freedom. Human negligence, greed, and corruption caused most of the deaths in Haiti, not the earthquake.

Diplomatic Insanity: Ludicrous Displays From Dubai to Iran

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Brauchli

After Iran's and Israel's tourism ministers reportedly shook hands, the Iranian tourism ministry issued a statement that the alleged handshake was "an ugly and false rumor."