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Jimmy Kimmel Proves Some Americans Still Think Barack Obama Is Muslim

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 09.03.2015 | Comedy

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What if We Turned Things Around?

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

What if we turned things around? What if Hillary Clinton simply spoke whatever came into her head without thinking? (Or did think how she could shock her way onto the news with slurs about one group or another?) What if we decided to probe into Donald Trump's emails and see what kind of ethical and moral breaches he had made over the years in his business dealings?

Houston Arabic Immersion Magnet School Faces Bigots

Tiffany Puett | Posted 09.02.2015 | Religion
Tiffany Puett

As the school year began last Monday, Houston's new Arabic Immersion Magnet School saw the first day marked by discriminatory, xenophobic protests. The protestors' claims conflate language and religion, implying that the Arabic language cannot be separated from the religion of Islam.

Can Sarah Palin be Denied a Hunting License Based on Religious Beliefs?

Kevin Martin | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Kevin Martin

What if an Inuit clerk in Alaska refuses to issue a hunting license to Sarah Palin because she is a woman? His reason is his religion says only men are allowed to hunt. Using the precedent set by the Kentucky clerk if she were to prevail, would that be acceptable?

Federal Judge to HHS: No, You Can't Discriminate for No Good Reason

Evan Bernick | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics
Evan Bernick

Can the government treat some people differently than others on the basis of sheer favoritism? It seems like an obvious question, but decades' worth of unwarranted judicial deference in constitutional cases have made the answer uncertain.

'Waking Up', by SAM HARRIS: A Book Review

Peter Clothier | Posted 09.02.2015 | Books
Peter Clothier

It surprised me to find this book by Sam Harris so helpful in my own search for a deeper meaning in life; and I was more surprised still to discover, halfway through, that Harris's path had led him to the study and practice of Dzogchen Buddhism -- into which, thanks in good part to McLeod's book, I have been delving in my meditation practice.

Queer Eye for the Messiah Guy

RJ Martin | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices
RJ Martin

Jesus' success, because how could he fail, is now inscrutable fact. He is not only the most recognizable person to ever walk the earth, except maybe Lucille Ball, he is also People Magazine's Sexiest Man of the millennium. Sorry Clooney.

Jewels of Allah: The Untold Stories of Women In Iran

Nina Ansary | Posted 09.01.2015 | Books
Nina Ansary

I grew up in Iran with two very different grandmothers. As a young girl, I took at face value the fact that one of my grandmothers was a devout woman who never left her home without wearing a head scarf, and the other was a Western-educated progressive-minded woman who didn't think twice about swimming topless in the family pool. Yet both women were forces to be reckoned with and by no means subservient.

The Dawn of a New School Year: Four Questions to Ask and to Live Into

Wayne Meisel | Posted 09.01.2015 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

All across the country students have begun something new, the start a school year. There will be all kinds of new events, orientations held, surveys administered. In the midst of all that, just remember, sometimes the questions you ask are more powerful than the answers you give.

Salvation by Joss Carter, a Review

Ken Ludden | Posted 09.01.2015 | Arts
Ken Ludden

In his recent performance art tour de force, Joss Carter presents Salvation. This work is meticulously put together, deeply researched, and brilliantly effective.

What the Church Must Learn from Josh Duggar

Abby Norman | Posted 09.01.2015 | Religion
Abby Norman

Some will say that the Duggars are an extreme brand of Christianity, and Josh Duggar is an extreme brand of sex addict, and maybe all of that is true, but when looking at the facts, it seems pretty clear to me that the lessons we learned in youth group only made matters worse.

The Atheist Agenda

Lisa R. Petty | Posted 08.31.2015 | Religion
Lisa R. Petty

I am a nice person unless you ring my doorbell and try to sell me something, including religion, or make laws to discriminate against my friends. Then, I'm a bit irritable. Here is the official Atheist Agenda.

Eternally Immigrants (Parshat Ki Tavo, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8)

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 08.31.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

The Torah takes a radical stand on immigration -- and compels us to take a radical stand as well. We cannot simply judge immigrants. We must in a sense become them for a moment, through ritual practice, so that we can more fully feel their pain.

Civility No More: Where Are the Better Angels of Politics?

Dan Glickman | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Dan Glickman

This country is crying out for solutions to our myriad problems but our culture often rewards meanness, division and incivility. The emphasis on the latter makes the former all that much more difficult to achieve.

Hope for Mental Illness

Kay Warren | Posted 08.27.2015 | Religion
Kay Warren

When my cancer-stricken, elderly father passed away at home with family by his side, I grieved and wept, but my grief was gentle because my dad had lived a very full and rich life. I can tell you the experience of losing my 27-year-old son on April 5, 2013 to suicide was not at all the same.

Jackie Robinson Demonstrated Courage in Brooklyn; He Learned Courage Growing Up in California

Christopher Lamb | Posted 08.27.2015 | Sports
Christopher Lamb

Robinson lived in the East from 1947 until his death in 1972. Robinson found his greatest success in Brooklyn, but he could not have become the man he did if he had not grown up in Southern California.

Telling Stories of Trauma for Healing and Compassion (Parshat Ki Tetzei, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19)

Adam Lavitt | Posted 08.27.2015 | Religion
Adam Lavitt

In the biblical text, Moses must become a storyteller. In this week's parashah, Ki Tetzei, he stands at the edge of the desert and faces the Israelite people, who gaze over his shoulder toward the promised land.

The Messenger

Tracy DeMarzo-Shapiro | Posted 08.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tracy DeMarzo-Shapiro

In February of 2009 I moved to Los Angeles from New York -- a move prompted by love, work and, of course, the Californian promise of great weather. I ...

The Love Longer KC Project: Why You Need to Know About It

Summer Collins | Posted 08.26.2015 | Gay Voices
Summer Collins

This act of pure love, pure kindness... Is what we as not just a city, not just as a state, but as a country need to be doing more of to make everyone feel equally loved.

Climate Change This Week: Wind Winds Up, Extinctions Explode and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 08.26.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Your Meat-Eating Habit Is Killing More Than Just Cows -- says a new report, which cites the land degradation, pollution and deforestation caused by rising global demand for meat as "likely the leading cause of modern species extinctions."

The Significant of 3

Brittney Grimes | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion
Brittney Grimes

There is a saying that big things come in small packages. This couldn't be more true than when you take a look at some little 3 letter words that hold significant meaning.

Republicans Have Happier Marriages. How Should Democrats React?

Nicholas H. Wolfinger | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics
Nicholas H. Wolfinger

So relax, Democrats. Republicans aren't really having better marriages because of their political beliefs or their neighborhood culture. Instead, much of the answer lies in two institutions, race and religion, that are even more fundamental to American society.

All in the Family

Marcia Liss | Posted 08.26.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss


7 Reasons To Hang Out With Your College Chaplain (Even If You're Not Religious)

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 08.26.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Having worked with chaplains from other colleges around the country, I can assure you that they are some of the most compassionate, well-traveled, non-judgmental and quirkily intellectual people you are likely to meet on campus.

Top 10 - 5 of 10 : When We Fell Out of Love With Science

Richard Koch | Posted 09.01.2015 | Business
Richard Koch

If nobody cares about the scientific truth, we are all victims of spin-doctors and demagogues, those who deliberately subvert the truth because it is convenient to their cause. Justice goes out the window.