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Hey Saudi Arabia: Let the Kids Play Pokemon (and Participate in Politics)!

Atif Choudhury | Posted 07.25.2016 | World
Atif Choudhury

Thursday February 23, 2011 is a date I will never forget. My roommate came home late that evening, and I immediately knew something wasn't right. Always quick to flash a boyish grin, his face instead bore a look of pure fear mixed with adrenaline on his face. He seemed to have aged a decade.

The Nature of Creativity, Nature And Delight

Robert 'Robin' Gottfried | Posted 07.25.2016 | Religion
Robert 'Robin' Gottfried

Photo credit: Pixabay When we think of names people give God, Creativity usually doesn't come to mind. Yet scripture scholars say that God's most fun...

A Pastor Walks Into a Room Full of Atheists

Gleb Tsipursky | Posted 07.25.2016 | Religion
Gleb Tsipursky

By guest blogger Caleb Pitkin This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to ref...

Lead with Love or Sing Protest Songs?

Dana Leong | Posted 07.25.2016 | Arts
Dana Leong

The world is filled with a broad spectrum of spiritual beliefs and beautiful explanations of our origin. Many of these thoughts have become pillars o...

Seeing Uncertainty As A Gift: The Best Sentence Carl Jung Ever Wrote

John Connor | Posted 07.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
John Connor

You are either asking, "Who the hell is Carl Jung, and what's the big deal on one sentence?" Or: "Who the hell do you think you are, buckeroo, to dec...

Among the Thugs Again: When It Goes Off

Chris Fici | Posted 07.22.2016 | Sports
Chris Fici

The blokes of English Football Saturday in Bill Buford's Among the Thugs certainly had built what seemed to be a fully functioning, hierarchical, multi-tiered Church and Community behind their devotion to Manchester United or West Ham or Millwall.

The Religious Right's Last Gasp

Kerry Walters | Posted 07.22.2016 | Religion
Kerry Walters

I can think of nothing that’s done more damage to American Christianity than the Religious Right. Despite what the movement’s prophets sanctimoni...

What Is An Atheist ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 07.25.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

"So shall I do to the freshest things now reigning, and make stale the glistering of this present" (TIME, as the Chorus in The Winter's Tale by Shakes...

Father Teresa's Demise -- An End And A Beginning

Talal Almas | Posted 07.20.2016 | Religion
Talal Almas

Abdul Sattar Edhi -- a man widely dubbed as "Father Teresa" -- recently lost his hard-fought battle against renal failure. Revered as a national and international hero, Edhi established an empire of heartfelt philanthropy from scratch.

Enlightenment in 5 Minutes

Richard Kronick | Posted 07.19.2016 | Religion
Richard Kronick

If a person stands in a room which is in complete darkness, he or she will be uncertain as to where he should go. It will be difficult to perceive and judge the distance and shape of objects. Therefore, this person would move slowly, cautiously and with confusion and fear. However, should a light be switched on, in an instant, all will become clear and the person will be able to move around the room in comfort, ease and without fear.

GOP Convention Opens Using Jesus As Partisan Weapon

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 07.19.2016 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Mark Burns, a South Carolina pastor, offered the opening benediction for the Republican National Convention, with a bit of theological malpractice: us...

More And More People Support Abortion Rights

Marie Alford-Harkey | Posted 07.19.2016 | Religion
Marie Alford-Harkey

The Texas case brought together people of faith in support of abortion access like never before. As we celebrate this important decision for women's health, rights, and dignity, we recommit ourselves to a world that embodies these ideals for all people.

Raising the Roof, Lifting Spirits: An Interview With Genderqueer Singer-Songwriter/Interfaith Minister Reverend Yolanda

Jed Ryan | Posted 07.18.2016 | Queer Voices
Jed Ryan

Back in 2003, the popular New York City newspaper Gay City News featured a cover story about the newly-named "Outmusician of the Year". That musicia...

Atheism Advocate: Religion Is Harming Society And Lives

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

The fundamental problem with religion is that believers--about 5 billion people right now on Planet Earth--are so sure they're "correct" on anything and everything they believe.

Don't Call Me Jew

Ovadya Batat | Posted 07.18.2016 | Religion
Ovadya Batat

I was tagged as an unrecognized face as soon as I pulled into the parking lot. The guard was ready for me as I approached the courtyard, his dark sung...

The 'Loser Terrorists'

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.17.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The inspiration of many of today's terrorists is to achieve name recognition or even re-branding from loser to terrorist.

Politicizing Everything

Terry Newell | Posted 07.16.2016 | Politics
Terry Newell

Politics has its place, but when it warps our thinking and the other institutions on which we depend, it runs the risk of preventing the healthy society which is its sole purpose.

Pence Uses Bible To Justify His Bigotry And Not To Help Those Who Need Help Or To Comfort The Persecuted

Christopher Lamb | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Christopher Lamb

Pence's Christian values present a contrast to those of Trump, whose own ethics, decency, and sense of morality are stored in an off-shore account near one of the circles of Dante's hell. But he is a politician above everything else.

'They' Aren't The Problem Of Violent U.S. 'We' Are.

Daniel Davis | Posted 07.15.2016 | Religion
Daniel Davis

No system is perfect and even the best governing philosophy will never be universally applied. But if there is no worldview accepted as a standard, then each person will act in accordance with whatever is good in their own eyes, which often includes using force to get what they want.

Separate State And Racism

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

Thomas Jefferson's proposed separation of church and state has been a founding stone for the United States of America's democracy. Article 6 of the Un...

Women's-Only Swimming Hours: Accommodation Is Not Discrimination

Miriam Rosenbaum | Posted 07.14.2016 | Religion
Miriam Rosenbaum

Women's-only hours at swimming pools are nothing new. Many secular institutions have long hosted separate swim hours for women and girls who, for reas...

Explaining Evangelical's Support For Donald Trump

Tony Campolo | Posted 07.14.2016 | Religion
Tony Campolo

Trump, for many, is the incarnation of the traits and values of their cultural version of God. It does not follow that Evangelicals worship Trump, but it just may be that he represents the values that they project as the values of God.

Among The Thugs Again: Devotion Curdling Into Violence

Chris Fici | Posted 07.14.2016 | Sports
Chris Fici

This crisis is of deep existential import, for it not only threatens the most vulnerable members of our human family, but also the very fabric of our planet itself.

The Essence Of Spiritual Practice

Devi Sawh | Posted 07.12.2016 | Religion
Devi Sawh

The essence of spiritual practice is change - the self-transformation kinda change. If you are on any spiritual path you have to be ready and willing to not fit in where you used to, with the people you used to and or the way you're used to.

The Christian Voter's Dilemma

LaMonte M. Fowler | Posted 07.12.2016 | Religion
LaMonte M. Fowler

For many Christians (especially those who identify as evangelical) there are a handful of definitive issues at play in any national election.