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GOP Lawmaker: God Can Use Rape And Incest To 'Bring Beauty From Ashes'

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 03.23.2017 | Politics

A Republican lawmaker in Oklahoma defending an anti-abortion bill claimed that rape and incest could be part of God’s will. The bill by state Rep. ...

Pastor Claims Anointed Cake Stopped A Guy From Being Gay

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 03.22.2017 | Queer Voices

A conservative preacher and vocal supporter of President Donald Trump shared claims an “anointed” cake “saved” a gay bartender. Lance Wallnau...

If You Were Born Elsewhere, You’d Have A Different Religion

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 03.14.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Have you ever seen a party conjurer playing the parlor game ‘Geography Is Fate’? In a large gathering he’ll start to ask where a person is from ...

We Are A Nation of Immigrants

Rev. Traci Blackmoon | Posted 02.15.2017 | Politics
Rev. Traci Blackmoon

January 25, 2017 Then, standing there in front of the place of worship, you must pray: My ancestor was a wandering Aramean who went to live in Egypt....

Fake News has a Real Audience

Nigel Barber | Posted 02.15.2017 | Politics
Nigel Barber

In a golden age of fake news (i. e., propaganda) we are becoming more accustomed to politicians spouting self-serving lies. We are also beginning to ...

Bar Mitzvah Ceremony Brings Hope for Future

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 02.14.2017 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

As a rabbi I've officiated at more bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah ceremonies than I can remember. Throughout all of those beautiful coming of age ceremon...

Three books to ponder: is religion becoming "queer"?

Janet Mason | Posted 02.14.2017 | Religion
Janet Mason

Just when I was starting to think that well, maybe religion gets a bad rap, I was jolted back into reality by reading three recent books on the theme ...

Freedom Of Religion According To Thomas Jefferson

Christopher Rollston | Posted 02.14.2017 | Politics
Christopher Rollston

It will come as no surprise that Thomas Jefferson was criticized in his own day for his views of religion, including his belief in the freedom of religion.

Start With Humanism

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 02.14.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

For your own self-designation, begin with the broadest most relevant category and call yourself a Humanist. This classification encompasses all other...

Islamic Republic of Iran's Lobbyists and Spies Are in Our Midst?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.11.2017 | Home
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

The recent Executive Order affecting immigration by citizens of seven countries has prompted fierce discussion from all quarters, including arguments ...

How 'This Is How We Do It' Singer Montell Jordan Ended Up Becoming A Pastor

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 02.10.2017 | OWN

Montell Jordan, the singer behind the ‘90s hit “This Is How We Do it,” traded in his music career for the ministry seven years ago and hasn’t ...

All Rise

Brenda Keesal | Posted 02.07.2017 | Religion
Brenda Keesal

On the eve of the inauguration of a disastrous president of the divided states, my mother took me to see a 7th-Day Adventist gospel choir at a South A...

700 Years After a Disappearance: A Meditation on Sri Madhvacharya, My Father and Memory

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 02.07.2017 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

Seven hundred years ago, almost to the day, he entered the dark stone chambers of an ancient temple and was never seen again. Some say he vanished u...

Why Did Over A Dozen Bloggers Leave Patheos?

John Halstead | Posted 02.06.2017 | Religion
John Halstead

Patheos is an interfaith media platform that hosts hundreds of blogs on different faith channels. I have been writing on the Pagan channel of Patheos for about four years now, that is, until this past Monday.

How To Change Iran Government Peacefully?

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 02.03.2017 | Home
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Hoping that the Iranian government would suddenly become a constructive, responsible, and rational member of the international community on its own is...

How the Virgin Mary brings together different faiths in Pakistan and India

The Conversation Global | Posted 02.03.2017 | Religion
The Conversation Global

Mass inside the church dedicated to our Lady of Good Health in Valenkanni, Tamil Nadu. D.Fernandes, Author provided Donna Fernandes, Habib University...

The Protest Of Protestants Is Justified

Brian E. Konkol | Posted 02.02.2017 | Religion
Brian E. Konkol

Nearly five-hundred years after Martin Luther awakened Protestantism with ninety-five theses, once again some are seeking to justify an influential tr...

Draft Of Trump 'Religious Freedom' Executive Order Signals Major Win For Conservative Christians

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.06.2017 | Politics

President Donald Trump may soon hand a major victory to conservative Christians with a “religious freedom” executive order that would cripple anti...

What Would Jesus Think About Trump?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

How is it that those who profess to be the most devout and godly can sit idly by as an ugly nationalist movement sweeps across America, driven by an engine fueled by sexual, gender, religious, ethnic, racial and cultural discrimination?

Keep Your Religion Out Of Our Bedrooms

Alan Singer | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics
Alan Singer

What they try to hide is that their opposition to reproductive freedom, abortion, birth control, sex education, and human sexuality, is based on their religious beliefs and texts.

The Clown Who Stumbled Into Grace

Johnathan Lee Iverson | Posted 01.31.2017 | Religion
Johnathan Lee Iverson

It was 2009 when Sister Dorothy Fabritze entered the office of Father Frank Cancro's parish in Charlotte, NC. She was there to petition funds on behal...

'Give To Bigotry No Sanction, To Persecution No Assistance' -- George Washington

Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian, Jr. | Posted 01.31.2017 | Politics
Rev. Victor H. Kazanjian, Jr.

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free... I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" - Inscription on the Statue o...

Why this Pastor Supports the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood

Marie Alford-Harkey | Posted 01.30.2017 | Religion
Marie Alford-Harkey

Last week, Congress began the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act, and lawmakers mobilized to strip federal funding from Planned Parenthood. ...

Irreligious Illiteracy

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.29.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Every academic field laments popular ignorance of its area of study. Scholars of religion decry religious illiteracy, but did anyone ever think to bem...

The New Religion: Destructive Escalation

Robert Hall | Posted 01.27.2017 | Politics
Robert Hall

Whether with President Trump, certain celebrity speakers at the Women's March or disagreements with family or friends -- each of us must decide how we respond to differences that offend us: Do we continue this game or change it?