The call to welcome the refugee is practically an essential tenant of Christianity, and yet after the Paris terrorists attacks, many Christians are calling to halt our (already paltry) resettlement of Syrian refugees.
If the people of France want to be safe within their borders, rather than build walls, or barriers to immigration, they must build bridges. France must create a future for their minorities, and live up to the constitutional promises of freedom of religion and assembly.
Salt Lake City has long been a blue island in a deeply red sea. And the city has become an especially welcome home to the LGBT community, even as Utah remains a stronghold of social and religious conservatism.
It wouldn't be the worst idea in the world, if we got rid of all the churches, temples, mosques, and others houses of worship, and deconstructed and did away with all the organizations, foundations, and associations.
Islam doesn't inherently make people violent or peaceful. Like virtually all religions, it depends on the meaning it's given by individuals or societies.
For those of us who are Christians, every Sunday we raise our hands and loudly proclaim our allegiance to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, who was once a Middle Eastern refugee fleeing violent persecution.
I will, instead, send love and bravery, and encourage all of my Parisian friends and family to fling open their flower-pot dotted, terrace doors, inhale the sweet smell of warm bread from below, adorn yourself with your prettiest raspberry and and tangerine and turquoise accessories, and go about your daily lives.
Pew Research recently reported their findings that religious "nones" are not only growing, they are becoming more secular. This should come as no surprise.
The Scientology Centre in Jaffa sticks out like a store thumb. Located in a richly renovated and cavernous theatre evidently from the 1930s, the centr...
We have a presidential candidate saying that atheists shouldn't be president at an event that also included a man making a strange allusion or two to ancient prophets. Why does this matter in the context of either politics or religion?
As his work developed over the subsequent decades, Girard went on to argue that his initial impressions were incorrect. Religion did not lead to violence, rather violence created a need for religion to channel and sanction the use of force.
The election loss in the heartland state came after a period of intense debate over tolerance and India's national identity. Attacks on minorities and rationalists, combined with communalist rhetoric and religion-based policies aggravated India's long simmering 'culture-wars.'
I know that the Church has committed untold amounts of suffering and evil in the name of Christ. (There is no religion, philosophy, or worldview, for that matter, that hasn't, all to greater or lesser degrees of distortion).
Typically considered a grassroots movement of conservative Catholics, evangelicals, and Mormons, and the political organizations that mobilized their efforts in the 1970s and 1980s, the Religious Right's intellectual and ideological origins trace back further into the twentieth century.
True humility doesn't erase our differences, it respects them, tries to understand them, and listens even when there's mutual exclusivity.
If only the religious right's influence were limited to "Pastors of LA." Unfortunately, religion still causes harm in real life. And that is what has always given atheists their sharp edge.