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9 Ways of Raising Issues of Religious Pluralism in the Schools

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.17.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Someone said to me once that throughout the ages, more people have been killed in the name of religion than all the people who have ever died of all diseases combined. I don't know whether this is actually the case, but I do think it highlights a vital point.

Ask an Atheist

Staks Rosch | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Staks Rosch

Here are a few questions that religious believers often ask me and my responses to those questions.

Turkey's Best Asset to Tackle ISIS: Ankara or America?

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 04.17.2015 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

There is no Hizmet Movement plan to take over Ankara, no desire to rule the religious roost. In fact, in my meeting with Islamic scholar and preacher Fethullah Gulen, America was lauded for its religious freedoms. That was the model offered up. Not a Muslim state but a state where all religions are supported in their practice. Turkish President Erdogan should take note.

Tennessee Attempts to Inherit the Wind Again

Alex Simon | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Alex Simon

The Tennessee state House voted Wednesday to adopt the Holy Bible as the official state book. The chamber approved the measure 55-38. It is sponsored by Republican Rep. Jerry Sexton, a former pastor, who argued that his proposal reflects the Bible's impact in Tennessee.

A Biblical Argument (Sort of) in Opposition to the Bible as Tennessee's State Book

Lee C. Camp | Posted 04.16.2015 | Religion
Lee C. Camp

In the name of transparency, I voice three things: One, I've spent more time with the Bible open before me than any other book. I would not be who I am today, whether for good or ill, apart from the book.

Israel -- It's Complicated

Pamela Brill | Posted 04.16.2015 | World
Pamela Brill

It's complicated because it's a family. And family is never simple. With the tactless, unsolicited advice you also get a deep love and sense of responsibility.

Disconnected in an Overconnected World (Part 2)

Menas C. Kafatos | Posted 04.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Menas C. Kafatos

Not only have we become disconnected from each other, our over-connected and technologically driven culture has led us being disconnected from nature!

Atheist Mom Gets Threats After School Cancels 'Bible Man' Visits

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 04.16.2015 | Religion

An atheist mother in Tennessee says she's been getting threats on social media after her complaint led to the cancellation of school visits by a preac...

Revisiting the Holy and the Ordinary (Parshat Shemini, Leviticus 9:1-11:47)

Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer | Posted 04.16.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer

This week's Torah portion includes, in the words of anthropologist Mary Douglas, a "hoary old puzzle from biblical scholarship." As Douglas put it, "Why should some locusts, but not all, be unclean?

Muslim Scholar Directs Holocaust Center at a Catholic College... And By the Way, the Director is a Woman

John L. Paluszek | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
John L. Paluszek

But is Mehnaz Afridi scalable? Can we hope that her example will spread interfaith understanding, trust and tolerance here and abroad? There may soon be a test: Her next book, "Shoah Through Muslim Eyes (The Holocaust History Literature Ethics and Philosophy)" will be published in July.

On Embracing the Diversity of the Jewish Diaspora

David A. Love | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices
David A. Love

As Jewish people across the United States and throughout the world celebrate Passover an remember their past, this is a perfect time to reflect on diversity and the future of the Jewish diaspora.

The Radical Politics of Mister Rogers: 10 Fascinating Facts

Michael G. Long | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers was a gentle soul who liked us just as we are. But if we place him in historical context, we can see that he was also politically progressive and fiercely dedicated to sharing his values of radical nonviolence and justice.

Pledge of Allegiance Incident Proves We Need More Critical Thinking

Steve Siebold | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

It's time to take control of our own lives and start thinking for ourselves. Shouldn't American citizens have the freedom to live their lives without limits as long as they're not hurting anyone else of infringing on others' rights?

Ancient Teachings, Modern Injustice

Rachel Laser | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Rachel Laser

Today, on Equal Pay Day, we lift up the fight against wage discrimination, an affront to our moral sensibility. Unjustly paying some workers less than others undermines their value and their dignity as human beings and constitutes an intolerable act of discrimination.

Fellow Liberals, Please Stop Claiming Jesus Accepts LGBT People

Chris Sosa | Posted 04.14.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Sosa

Ethical perspectives evolve over time and shouldn't be bound by the musings of ancient writers who had absolutely no imagining of our contemporary world.

Two Women from India, and God: A Review of Visa, Stickers and Other Matters of the Soul

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

I am yet to meet Lom Harshni Chauhan, but I'm quite sure that if any of the sort of unpleasant men who have been spotlighted in recent news stories about India got near her, she would leave them feeling truly sorry.

Vietnam, Then and Now

Ann Medlock | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Ann Medlock

Looking into the young faces of Vietnam 2015, hearing their questions about the time when I lived in their country, before they were born, before their parents were born, I kept seeing faces from long ago, all but one of them dead now.

More Than the Eye Can See (Acts 3:12-19)

Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder | Posted 04.13.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder

There was nothing spectacular or dazzling about Peter or John. They were common, first-century fishermen turned disciples. Nonetheless, what they gave to a man lame from the womb was beyond value or measure.

Pews Give Way to the Saddle

Paul Vale | Posted 04.16.2015 | New York
Paul Vale

It's a '90s nightclub, an '80s aerobics video, a self-help convention and a liturgy. It's a mass of steam pipe-sweaty believers all moving in primal groupishness -- forward, back, left, right, always on the beat, always on the beat, always on the beat.

Let Them Eat Pizza. Really.

Leslie Marshall | Posted 04.10.2015 | Politics
Leslie Marshall

Peeved that they couldn't deny LGBT Americans marriage equality, lawmakers in Indiana, Oklahoma, North Carolina and a couple of other Republican controlled states cooked up a plan to prevent same sex couples from getting wedding cakes, flowers, doves... and pizza.

Game of Thrones, Common Worship, and Community: Singing Together Against the Dark

Greg Garrett | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Greg Garrett

By bringing together a group of people gathered not because of their age, race, occupation, or wealth but because of their commitment to shared values and experience, the liturgy breaks down the divisions between us.

The Culture of Transhumanism Is About Self-Improvement

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

Over the last few years, I've received various reactions from the public about my articles on transhumanism. Those reactions have ranged all across the board--from spewing hatred to mocking skepticism to genuine interest.

Why I Hope My Church and Others Come to Indiana Now That RFRA Is Changed

Rick Lowery, Ph.D. | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Rick Lowery, Ph.D.

I am proud that my church was one of the first to express concern and take action. And I'm happy the legislature and governor listened to us and changed the law.

Into God's Hands

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2015 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

If faith is putting our lives in God's hands, then prayer is the transaction that allows us to do so. Prayer is the language that connects us. Like a child seeking the face of her mother, prayer enables us to seek the face of God.

Questioning Black Religious Faith

Tiya Miles | Posted 04.07.2015 | Black Voices
Tiya Miles

It turns out that there is a small but increasingly visible African American discussion about disbelief in God, about the narrow sexual and cultural politics of Black churches, and about major moral problems facing us today that may not be suited to solutions from the pulpit.