The media's focus in the Ahmed Mohamed story has been on Obama's invitation to the teenager to visit the White House. But the response is symptomatic of what America is prone to do: turn these kind of stories into a greeting card -- "Sorry you were profiled. Know that you are precious." That's just not enough anymore.
Good afternoon everyone. It is a real honor to be here with you today. I know it's a Tuesday but I want to take us to church for a minute.
I'm all for love and a personal relationship with God, but I choose to follow the man who teaches that political action is worship, that social justice is love. What we're looking for is a church that preaches not just transcendental love, but that prophetic fire that makes Jesus so appealing.
There was a time in my life I would have agreed. I would have felt, for example, that to even respect another religion would be to compromise my own. Today, however, I realize that was an expression of my insecurity, not a compromise of my faith.
The right is showing their stripes and they are stripes of fear. The prospect of practicing what they claim to preach has been masterfully elaborated upon and interpreted by someone whom many consider to be the last word in Christian doctrine.
What was done to Jeremiah Wright served no one well, simply further debasing political discourse. Whether such attacks come from the right or the left, they attempt to win an argument ad hominem by simply poisoning the waters.
While we recognize that church dogma about abortion and contraception is not likely to change in the near future, Pope Francis's decision to shift the conversation is illuminating the disparities between his emphasis on compassion and the practices espoused by the U.S. Catholic Church.
Setting: Philadelphia, PA and South Jersey. The week before the Pope's September 2015 visit to Philadelphia. Characters: Everyone in the Philadelph...
With more refugees on the move on our globe than anytime since WWII, it's getting harder to ignore them. We all know what Donald Trump would do. Send them back! Build a wall. He's made that pretty clear.
No matter what your particular religious or political views, I suspect everyone who watched the spectacle surrounding Ms. Davis' release from jail last week experienced some kind of strong emotion, whether it was empathy or outrage.
How are people who claim to believe in and follow Christ not a concern for the causes he would be affected by? Liberation theology teaches that Christ came for the oppressed because he was the oppressed.
How better to prepare students for the real world they will finally enter after decades of education than to speak honestly and knowledgeably about the unpredictability, instability, and variability of religious expressions?
Thank you, President Obama, for encouraging the opportunity for public discourse to thrive even in times that seem devoid of civility and reasonableness.
We need a Copernican Revolution in political thinking. Pope Francis can help.
Earlier this week, Kim Davis was released from prison, Survivor's Eye of the Tiger blasting like an apocalyptic trumpet and Mike Huckabee, America's favorite political yuk, standing triumphantly at her side. It was a good day for stupidity, nay, a perfect day for all things ignorant.
In a homophobic political stunt poorly veiled in "religious beliefs," Rowan County, Kentucky clerk Kim Davis denied marriage licenses to LGBT couples despite a federal court order instructing her that the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, and she must comply.