It's hard to take seriously the narrative of widespread marginalization and, on top of that, oppression, when the American landscape remains saturated with Christianity in numerous shapes and forms.
I am a free speech absolutist. Perhaps the biggest tragedy in the West today is the fact that freedom of speech is no longer a right that we can take for granted. It is now a privilege available only to those with armed security.
As a rabbi, I am enraged not at guns but at the casual violence afflicting our country, and the way we have grown immune to it. I do not accept the NRA's claim that "guns are not the problem," but I do agree that guns are not the main problem. This is a moral crisis, and it requires a moral response.
The Tennessee state House voted Wednesday to adopt the Holy Bible as the official state book. The chamber approved the measure 55-38. It is sponsored by Republican Rep. Jerry Sexton, a former pastor, who argued that his proposal reflects the Bible's impact in Tennessee.
Fred Rogers was a gentle soul who liked us just as we are. But if we place him in historical context, we can see that he was also politically progressive and fiercely dedicated to sharing his values of radical nonviolence and justice.
David Barton claims the Constitution is based on the Bible, maintains that the separation of church and state is a myth, says Jesus opposed the minimum wage, and has published writing that appears to endorse "biblical slavery" for non-Christians.
Junior U.S. Senator Marco Rubio has just thrown his hat into the ring and announced his bid for the presidency. Since Rubio made a point of discussing, at length, his religious beliefs in his 2012 memoir An American Son: A Memoir, it seems fair to have a look.
I am proud that my church was one of the first to express concern and take action. And I'm happy the legislature and governor listened to us and changed the law.
Understanding conservative political lunacy is truly the holy grail! So come on, let's take a look. How clever of the Monty Python comedy troupe to have predicted back in 1969 why today's manly conservatives are so homophobic.
Hillary once shared with me that she attended a wonderful Sunday school class during her years in Arkansas. She loved the people, found community, but yearned for a deeper period of study. She didn't lament, she didn't complain, she simply volunteered to teach the class herself, writing lessons from Scripture, largely around the golden rule.
The light-speed legislative "fix" for Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act is a gobsmacking, humiliating defeat for the religious far right, and a stunning, couldn't-be-predicted demonstration of where the mainstream now lies on LGBT rights.
Today's geopolitical situation cries out for solutions to prejudice, just as the environment in the United States 50 years ago did.
My church is moving our 2017 General Assembly out of my hometown Indianapolis in response to Indiana's RFRA, recently signed by Gov. Mike Pence. This is painful for our church and for my family. I'm a Bible scholar and minister -- not a lawyer or judge -- but I've studied the history of RFRA and think I understand what's at stake.
Women of faith are increasingly seeking to elect those who commit to the betterment of women's lives and recognition of our contributions, cherished freedoms and autonomy.
The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed by Governor Mike Pence last week, is one of the most biased pieces of state legislation we've seen in our modern era. The fact that it is cloaked in the name of religious freedom is particularly offensive to me as a member of the clergy who has been engaged in ministry and social justice work my entire life.
Officially entitled the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" this bill will allow individuals and businesses in the state to deny services to LGBT people on "religious liberty" grounds -- doing nothing to restore freedom and everything to bolster bigotry