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The Jewish Day School Discussion: Take Two

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 01.23.2015 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

It's damn expensive to send multiple kids to Jewish day schools. It's expensive to send just one. Jews still feel like they are being priced out of their religion, but there's a sliver of hope -- schools that employ blended learning that charge $9,000 tuition per child as opposed to the standard $15,000-$18,000

Douglas Murray Defends Free Speech to Those Who Question Why You Exercise Your Freedom

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 01.23.2015 | Media
Janet Tavakoli

British journalist Douglas Murray provides a brilliant example of how to push back against a perverse narrative, after the Paris murders of journalists and Jews by fundamentalist Muslims.

Preventing and Dealing with Outbursts of Religious Violence

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 01.22.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

It is hard to find a major religion or secular ideology that has not been used by some of its adherents to justify violence against others.

Dear Pope of the Poor and Hopeful People of the Philippines

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 01.22.2015 | Religion
Bino A. Realuyo

It is unfathomable, in this day and age (of reason) to see the sheer number of devotees flocking to catch a glimpse of one human being. But, if we understand the tragedy of bottomless poverty in the Philippines, awe and wonder is easily put to rest.

The Potential Danger of Embracing Stereotypes

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 01.22.2015 | World
Elwood D. Watson

The recent terror attack in France, in which masked gunmen stormed into the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical newspaper and killed 12 peopl...

Power, Oppression and the Hardened Heart (Parshat Bo, Exodus 10:1-13:16)

Rabbi Adina Allen | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Adina Allen

The hardening of Pharaoh's heart is one of the most confusing aspects of the Exodus story, but has perhaps the most to teach us about freedom and oppression in our world today.

Overcoming the Sins of Gay Sex

Nicholas Marlin | Posted 01.21.2015 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Marlin

When one is told gay sex is a sin their whole life, how does one overcome the feeling that they may be doing something wrong? Although I may not have the answers, I'm confident the LGBT community does.

The Deeper Human Conflict Revealed by "Je Suis Charlie"

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 01.21.2015 | World
Joseph W. Gauld

No matter how deeply Muslims and Catholics have been hurt, we should be reassured that most have the character to accept this as the cost of respecting individual rights.

Violence Against Charlie Hebdo: The Globalization of Moral and Intellectual Confusion

Caroline Fourest | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Caroline Fourest

After killing in Paris, religious fanatics are demonstrating in Grozny, killing in Niger and burning french flags in Pakistan. For what? A drawing of ...

On Battling Cancer and a Belief System

Jasmine Jaksic | Posted 01.20.2015 | Women
Jasmine Jaksic

One day as I sat there holding my mother's hand, I asked her if there was anything that could be done to make her feel better. She said, "I want god to take away this cancer and instead give me something that would let me die with dignity." I tried but didn't really know how to comfort her.

Free Speech, Big Fish, and Calls From God (Jonah 3: 1-5, 10)

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

I am not Charlie Hebdo. I know that I am not Charlie. I do not think that I would ever intentionally make fun of a faith tradition or belief system, except maybe my own. But, dangit, I will defend their right to do so.

Does Religion Poison the Well? A Reflection for MLK Day

Rahuldeep Singh Gill, Ph.D. | Posted 01.19.2015 | Religion
Rahuldeep Singh Gill, Ph.D.

Every MLK Day, the Reverend Doctor's sage wisdom and booming voice seem like echoes of a past farther and farther away. Had he somehow escaped assassins' bullets, I can imagine him grey and dignified, bringing his prophetic wisdom to today's crises. More than ever, we could use his help to remember how to live together.

The Pen and the Gun

Karem Issa | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion
Karem Issa

If I'm not on one side, this doesn't mean that I'm with the other. I'm neither on the side of those media that insult my faith and beliefs and spread lies, nor the side of violent criminals who insult my faith and beliefs, and spread lies.

What Muslims Must Do Now

Tamim Ansary | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion
Tamim Ansary

It's not enough to keep telling non-Muslims, "Don't judge us by those few creeps." Muslims have to turn now and address those few creeps, those false guardians of the faith, with one simple declaration: You are not Muslims.

Ignoring Real Heroes? Terrorism, Ferguson, Ebola

Hal Donahue | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Hal Donahue

Last year was not a kind year. Deadly serious issues confronted the nation. It did not go well. Several arenas epitomized these issues more than most.

Selectively Catholic? Climate Change, Social Justice & the Pope

Jacob Devaney | Posted 01.20.2015 | Religion
Jacob Devaney

Is it possible to be selectively Catholic? Some lawmakers seem to think so. The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees the separation of church and state yet that does not stop elected officials from bringing their faith to office.

Brotherly Advice

The European Magazine | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
The European Magazine

What Islam is lacking is neither Reformation nor an Enlightenment. Rather, there are two neglected measures that could make Islam sustainable for the future. The model has already been tested in the Christian world.

I'm With Stupid: Bow Wow Wow Yippie Yo Yippie Yay, Amen

Todd Hartley | Posted 01.16.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Every other sheriff in America has rugs reading "In God We Trust," and people evidently care so little about that statement that they'll walk on it for months before noticing it's misprinted. But if you tell folks to trust in dog, then you're doing something noteworthy.

An Atheist, A Christian, and a Buddhist Walk Into a Bar

Andy Braner | Posted 01.16.2015 | Religion
Andy Braner

Each panelist told their own story about how they came to believe the belief system they held to be true, and I was overwhelmed by the sense of honesty in the room.

Living in a Self-Segregated World

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

It is one thing to profess the values that all people are equal and that we celebrate diversity, but how many people of a different race do you have over for dinner? Do you live in your home what you say you believe?

Anti-Islamic Rhetoric Hurts Everyone

Michael Friedman, Ph.D. | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
Michael Friedman, Ph.D.

The assumption that all Muslims are responsible for terrorism not only increases discrimination against those that are innocent and peaceful, but also undermines the law enforcement and military efforts to fight terrorism.

The Criticism Of The New Charlie Hebdo Cover Explained

HuffPost France | Sara Taleb | Posted 01.15.2015 | World

A green background, a sign, and a tear. The Jan. 14 edition of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, published less than a week after the brut...

Pope Francis: Your Mother Is Not a Religious Belief

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 01.15.2015 | World
Ronald A. Lindsay

Pope Francis is wrong. There's a world of difference between criticism of a religious belief and insulting someone's loved one.

The Real Enemy Is Fundamentalism and It Doesn't Belong Exclusively to Islam

Nayomi Munaweera | Posted 01.15.2015 | World
Nayomi Munaweera

Ultimately, whether Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, or any other ism, the world-wide push towards fundamentalism is also heartbreaking in that it forces those of us sustained by some sort of faith to have to say, what should be obvious, these acts of violence do not speak for us.

Calling Out My Angel

Sue Shanahan | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
Sue Shanahan

I may add magical elements to the piece, but they are always based on photos. I need to do that to get the realism that my muse demands. I was a little leery about drawing an image that lived only in my mind, but I decided to give it a shot.