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Religion and the Enemy (Parshat B'Shalach, Exodus 13:17-17:16)

Rabbi Amy Eilberg | Posted 01.28.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Amy Eilberg

Common wisdom has it that much violence in the world is driven by religious passion. Though there is good reason for this claim, deeper reflection reveals a more complex picture of what religions have to say about relationships with the enemy.

Huge Turning Point By Mormon Church or Dangerous Scheme?

Lorri L. Jean | Posted 01.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Lorri L. Jean

How could it be anything other than groundbreaking news when leaders of a large and very conservative church support legislation to end discrimination against LGBT people?!

Two Traditions: A Multitude of Symbols

KidSpirit | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion
KidSpirit

Aside from the rich cultural heritage, there are priceless pearls of wisdom that continue to be passed down through the generations, even today. These heirlooms have grown to be an important part of our lives.

Why Secularism Is Compatible with the Quran and Sunnah -- And an 'Islamic State' Is Not

Akbar Ganji | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Akbar Ganji

It must be emphasized that true secularism is not opposed to religion, and a secular democratic state will not only eliminate ethnic and religious discrimination, such as pitting Shiites against Sunnis, but will also create the conditions for the religious people to practice their beliefs free of the government. Islam and secularism are completely compatible. In fact, a true "Islamic state" is not only unjustified, but also impossible to establish.

New Hope Ministries Offers No Hope At All

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I find the name of the church, New Hope Ministries, to be a fraudulent misnomer, a deceit in advertising. If Pastor Chavez considers his actions as representing some sort of hope, new or otherwise, I prefer no hope at all.

Why I Won't Be Watching American Sniper

Tami Shaikh | Posted 01.26.2015 | Media
Tami Shaikh

I am an American Muslim. This is my identity, but it's very difficult for me to say it out loud these days. I know it's wrong of me and I constantly get lectured by my other Muslim friends about how I should take pride in my identity and who I am, yet my heart still struggles with it.

Pareidolia in Politics: The Face of Faith's Corrupting Influence

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

A big leap it is not from believing in god and the devil to believing in anything at all, including that the president is a radical Christian but also a Muslim and a foreign-citizen socialist who will take your guns away. Facts don't matter; we create a fictional order in the face of randomness and then call that real, and the chasm becomes ever wider.

Climate Change This Week: State of the Climate, Solar Rise, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 01.26.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. OO A "Cheesy Love Story" : The Fun Ad Doritos Doesn't Want You to See - palm oil...

12 Essentialist Oversimplifications About Religion Badly in Need of Theory

Kate Blanchard | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

Many of us are willing to ignore the overwhelming evidence that human nature and history are irreducibly complex, in favor of bedtime stories that let us sleep better at night. We blame the worst stuff on religion and dream of a better world without it.

The Super Bowl and the Church in a Culture of Dominance (1 Corinthians 8:1-13)

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

Americans enjoy football because football reflects the values of strength, courage, strategy, self-discipline, teamwork, and celebrity that American culture holds dear. It's also refreshing to watch someone else get crushed by a 260-pound linebacker after you've had a lousy week at work.

Charlie Hebdo, Islam and Religious Freedom: Study Finds Independent Courts, Civility Best Protect Liberties, Lessen Conflict

David Briggs | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

What the new research suggests is that promoting freedom is less about any belief system or form of government than a commitment for nations to follow through on their constitutional promises to uphold religious freedoms.

I Am a Muslim and My First Trip Abroad Was to Israel

Aisha Subhan | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Aisha Subhan

During my time in Israel, I refused to accept that our values are different, that peace is not possible. I witnessed the similarities of our values and the compatibility of our nature. We must relinquish fear and retain hope. In doing so, coexistence is near.

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.