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An Obituary for Whiteness

Christopher Driscoll | Posted 02.12.2016 | Black Voices
Christopher Driscoll

Despite such an illustrious career, he sought to live in relative obscurity and out of the spotlight. Only in death, and the pain felt by this loss, is his full impact on those around him being realized.

A Message from the Penitentiary

Seth Ferranti | Posted 02.12.2016 | Religion
Seth Ferranti

I correspond with a lot of prisoners across the USA and this is a message that Kwame Teague, who is doing two life sentences in North Carolina for a c...

The DIY Guide for Understanding Mozlemacs

Ali Ashraf | Posted 02.12.2016 | Religion
Ali Ashraf

'The Blue Pill or the Red Pill?' When you feel upset at those Mozlemacs after listening to that cheeky electric box in the living room; take a de...

The Transhumanism Movement Aims to Eliminate Existential Risk for the World

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 02.12.2016 | Impact
Zoltan Istvan

Transhumanist Party supporters protesting against existential risk -- Photo by Daniel Sollinger Like many other people around the world, I am foll...

Sandow Birk's Fresh Take on the Qur'an

Michael A. Moodian | Posted 02.12.2016 | Arts
Michael A. Moodian

Southern California has a thriving and eclectic fine arts scene, and the husband-wife team of painter Sandow Birk and ceramicist Elyse Pignolet are ...

Should Christians Meditate?

Elizabeth Pessin | Posted 02.12.2016 | Religion
Elizabeth Pessin

Although meditation originated from the Eastern traditions, it is integrated into many religious traditions around the world. For a Christian, meditation is about pausing to get God's mind in the situation.

The Heavens Sound a Tone That We Can Hear

Jonah C. Steinberg | Posted 02.12.2016 | Religion
Jonah C. Steinberg

Our reading from the Torah this week finds Moses up on Mount Sinai, receiving instructions for the construction of the sanctuary that is to be the focal point of the wandering Israelite encampment in the wilderness -- precursor to the eventual Temple to be built by King Solomon in Jerusalem.

Darwin Day Revelation: Evolution, Not Religion, Is the Source of Morality

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 02.12.2016 | Science
Clay Farris Naff

If religion were the vehicle that delivers morality, then atheists, the disaffiliated, and those who have never heard of God's laws should show comparatively inferior moral behavior. They don't.

Obama's Mosque Visit a Step Forward, But More Work Ahead

Wardah Khalid | Posted 02.12.2016 | Politics
Wardah Khalid

These words generated a largely positive reaction inside the mosque, but one can't help but wonder what policy implications, if any, the speech will have outside.

Can a Religion Be Bad?

Swami Tyagananda | Posted 02.11.2016 | Religion
Swami Tyagananda

It's people who make enemies, who fight and who kill -- and it's people who make friends, who love and who enrich life. Should religion be held responsible for what its people do?

WATCH LIVE: Sikh Actor Discusses Being Barred From A Flight

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.11.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

After being prohibited from boarding a flight because of his turban, designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia joins HuffPost Live to address his treatment a...

'The Shadow of Slavery' -- Trinity Church Confronts Its Past and the Present

Alan Singer | Posted 02.11.2016 | New York
Alan Singer

Trinity Church was at the center of the New York colony's ruling class with close ties to the wealthy merchants, slaveholders, and government officials. Prominent New Yorkers assigned enslaved Africans to construct the original church building.

Making Space for the Divine -- and Each Other (Parshat Terumah, Exodus 25:1 - 27:19)

Rabbi Jordan Braunig | Posted 02.10.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Jordan Braunig

May we be blessed to be bold and courageous enough to build sacred dwelling places, and may the reward for struggling to keep housing available be an ongoing sense of proximity to the Holy One.

Don't Bother Trying For A Better Past

Derrick De Lise | Posted 02.10.2016 | Religion
Derrick De Lise

Almost nothing is quite as fruitless as trying to attain a better past. Yet, it is something so many of us attempt to attain on a daily basis. What has already occurred has happened and no amount of regret is going to change it.

Can You Forget How to Believe in God?

Paul Wallace | Posted 02.10.2016 | Religion
Paul Wallace

Keith, my brother in law, is a Baptist (like me). Unlike me, however, he has spent a number of years in the Episcopal Church. One of the things he'll ...

Ashes To Ashes We All Fall Down

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 02.10.2016 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

Every Ash Wednesday I have well meaning strangers stop me to inform me I have something smeared on my forehead. Last year it happened in a grocery s...

My Transgender Life: The Wisdom of Solomon

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 02.09.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

I have traveled that path of fear for so many years. It was so tiring and so hopeless. The energy I spent on hiding and denying drained me and held me back from ever even contemplating the practice of love.

Who IS God?

Tami Shaikh | Posted 02.09.2016 | Religion
Tami Shaikh

I know that God, Allah, Jesus, Bhagwan, Buddha are all names of the same higher power that created all of us. The same powerful being that created all of us from love, yet we separate ourselves from each other trying to prove that our religion is better than the other.

Morocco Hosts Conference on Protecting Religious Minorities in Muslim Countries - A First since the 7th century.

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 02.09.2016 | Religion
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

A vital and historic three-day international conference on the future of pluralism in the Muslim world opened on January 25th in Marrakesh. It was att...

On Authority and the Pragmatics of Science and Religion

Laura Rediehs | Posted 02.09.2016 | Religion
Laura Rediehs

In my previous essay, we began to examine science and religion from both a historical perspective (they were not always regarded as separate disciplin...

In The 'Hour Late' (Ben Banks 2)

Jon Horford | Posted 02.09.2016 | Arts
Jon Horford

A weekly blog intended to share and preserve the most valued life lessons from the minds of the most experienced among us. The "hour late" represents ...

Is It Holy To Sit Upon A Pole?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Asceticism is the practice of denying various comforts to oneself and even inflicting upon oneself various occasions of discomfort. Most religions endorse ascetic discipline in the belief that physical and mental hardship is a sure path to spiritual maturity.

A Lesson Initiated By Young Love: Cultural and Religious Tolerance

Hannah Idamakanti | Posted 02.09.2016 | Religion
Hannah Idamakanti

One of my earliest relationships was with a Pakistani guy named Saif. I remember my mother didn't approve when she saw the caller ID with an obvious Muslim last name across the screen.

Will the One, True God Please Stand Up?

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

I wonder what good is our worship, the worship of Christians, because I wonder which God we are worshiping. We are worshipers; we do, as a rule, go ...

Overcoming Bigotry Through Cultural Competency

Imane Ait Daoud | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
Imane Ait Daoud

Last year was a year filled with interfaith controversy and debate. With the coming elections and the continued conflicts between peoples of different...