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Religion in America

WATCH: Why Is Religion On The Decline?

Posted 01.17.2013 | Religion

David Niose, president for the Secular Coalition of America and author of "Nonbeliever Nation," joined Ahmed on HuffPost Live to discuss the decline o...

Evangelicals Confuse Freedom With Free Rein To Insult Others

Wayne Besen | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Wayne Besen

They simply can't comprehend that the "untouchables" they used to bully with their Bibles are no longer remaining silent and refuse to accept their inferior place in society.

Haunted By Lincoln, MLK And Louie Giglio

Edward Gilbreath | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Edward Gilbreath

Regardless of your politics, if you're a Christian leader who has ever taken your job seriously, becoming yoked with Barack Obama can be public-relations kryptonite. But the irony of the latest debacle is that it undermines Obama's intentional efforts to be a president of inclusivity.

President Obama's Religious Freedom Day Proclamation

Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion

The White House issued the following proclamation from President Barack Obama on the occasion of Religious Freedom Day 2013: Foremost among the ri...

Catholic Schools, Then And Now

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Decades ago Catholic schools moved children of immigrants up the social ladder through education. Today, they provide a different form of alternative education, giving parents at all economic levels a choice to send their children to a school that is right for that child.

Islamophobia Is A Racism

Stephen Goeman | Posted 03.12.2013 | Religion
Stephen Goeman

Islamophobia manifests itself through the surface characteristics of race. We wrongly think we can judge another's character by the color of their skin, the style of their clothing, or the Middle Eastern sound of their name. This is not a vigilance worth protecting; this is a racism.

113th Congress Most Religiously Diverse Ever –- And Why It Matters

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

We are reminded again about America's wonderfully unique status as a melting pot. As a place where one's religious faith should never be an impediment to achievement. Yet the question remains: How will these (and other) non-mainstream voices be treated in the upcoming Congress?

Four Priests, Four Friends: Bishops Witness Historic Changes In Catholic Life

Salt Lake Tribune/Religion News Service | Peggy Fletcher Stack | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion

By Peggy Fletcher Stack Salt Lake Tribune/Religion News Service (RNS) Whether by accident, serendipity or divine design, four future heavyweights ...

Ads Aim To Reclaim The Meaning Of 'Jihad'

USA Today/Religion News Service | Doug Stanglin | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion

By Doug Stanglin USA Today/Religion News Service (RNS) An ad campaign on San Francisco buses is aimed at trying to change public perception of the...

'God Is Alive And Well In America'

Religion News Service | Daniel Burke | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) Despite a deep drop in the number of Americans who identify with a particular faith, the country could...

Put God Back In Public Schools?

Adam Hamilton | Posted 03.09.2013 | Religion
Adam Hamilton

The religious neutrality in our schools is, I would argue, one of our strengths. Teachers cannot inhibit or deride religion. But this does not mean that we've taken God out of public schools.

Holding God Accountable

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 03.05.2013 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

I am not suggesting that the IRS necessarily wipe out all current distinctions between various kinds of not-for-profit organizations, but it does seem reasonable to suggest that we would all benefit from a greater degree of transparency from religious organizations.

Rift Between Oldest Synagogue, Jewish Congregation

AP | MICHELLE R. SMITH | Posted 03.02.2013 | Religion

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A disagreement over the ownership of a set of Torah finial bells from Colonial times that is worth millions has led to duelin...

Are Spiritual Communities Healthier?

Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C. | Posted 02.27.2013 | Fifty
Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C.

For us longevity focused boomers, a return to a spiritual or worship community could represent an opportunity for renewed connection with others in a shared environment, as well as potential discernment and insight into the importance of belonging.

Counting U.S. Catholics: Signs Of Growth And Decline On The Road To 100 Million

David Briggs | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

There is only one U.S. religious group that is expected to grow to 100 million adherents by the middle of the century. Yet, to hear some critics, one might think the Catholic Church is slowly sinking in the U.S. religious landscape.

WATCH: 36th Kwanzaa Begins In Los Angeles

Posted 12.27.2012 | Religion

Happy 36th Kwanzaa! Celebrated in the week between Christmas and the new year (Dec. 26-Jan. 1), Kwanzaa is based on seven principles: unity, self-d...

Conversation With A Spiritual Icon

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Certain individuals usher us into great moments in our lives. I was a guest speaker at a Kentucky campus in the early 1960s when, to my surprise, I received an invitation to visit one of the world's renowned religious leaders, Thomas Merton.

Postmodernism And The Future Of Evangelical Theology And The Christian Church

Pastor Gilford T. Monrose | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Pastor Gilford T. Monrose

Common folks within the church now read the Bible for themselves to decipher what is truth. The church was pushed out of the business of having the trademark of truth. The biggest challenge for the church now is postmodernism.

Who Are You Calling A Jihadist?

Sumbul Ali-Karamali | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Sumbul Ali-Karamali

Jihad, Jihadi, jihadist, even -- most ridiculous of all -- counter-jihadist. These labels are used by laypeople and journalists alike, often using jihad as a synonym for "any violence undertaken by Muslims." So what does jihad really mean?

Living Within An Interfaith Framework

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Salam Al Marayati

For religious communities in America, our message is simple: To be religious in the 21st century means you have to be inter-religious. 

What Pamela Geller Can Teach Us On Christmas

Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D. | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D.

Each of us can decide whether we will feed conflict or feed peace. As Americans, we can play the role of bridge-builder, innovator, bringing together parties in conflict -- to listen to the pain and grief that are embedded in stories currently in circulation.

Why Do Some Theologians Blame The Victim?

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Many of us are shocked every time we hear it, but this type of thinking -- to blame the victim while claiming to read the mind of God -- is not a new thing.

What MLK Still Has To Say

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Today, it is apparently easier to place King back in history than to live with what he still has to say. But when it comes to peace and justice, MLK is as unyielding in death as he was in life.

Learning to Build Global Leaders From Around the World

Andy Braner | Posted 02.16.2013 | Education
Andy Braner

They're concerned with school, sports and social standing. They want to impress people around them so they feel important. They're longing for someone to validate them as people. And most of all, they just don't want to live life alone.

Dear Christians: Relax. There's No War On Our Faith

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Public expressions of discontent simply add to the negative impressions of Christians as insensitive, whiny and -- let's be honest -- jerks.