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Opt Out Chronicles: Losing My Religion

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 02.14.2012 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

In case you've forgotten, I have been waiting patiently for the superintendent of schools in my district to respond to my email explaining the parent ...

Gingrich Makes Shocking Comparison

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

Newt Gingrich believes people can choose to be straight, just like they can "choose to be celibate." During an interview with the Des Moines Regist...

Perry: 'I'm Afraid Of My Wife'

Los Angeles Times | By Seema Mehta | Posted 12.15.2011 | Politics

Rick Perry, trying to claw his way back into presidential contention, stepped off his big, blue bus and walked around the picturesque town square here...

'The Pottery Barn Christmas Catalogue Is Like Porn To Me'

Red Room | Posted 02.14.2012 | Women
Red Room

Ours was the only home on the cul de sac without Christmas lights. As far as I knew, we were the only Jews in the neighborhood.

How To Win Back The Future

Deepak Chopra | Posted 02.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

I'd like to see if there is a vision that unites all versions of reality, East and West, Muslim, Jewish, and Christian, political and psychological. It's a huge task to unite the world's deepest conflicts, but there is a way to approach the problem.

Christmas in Japan

Amy Chavez | Posted 02.13.2012 | Comedy
Amy Chavez

Although it is said that most Japanese are Shinto and Buddhist, few people are aware the Japanese also participate in "commercialized Christianity" in order to take advantage of those fun Christian holidays.

How The Religious Right Dominates Iowa

The Huffington Post | Max Rosenthal | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

In August, fresh from a victory in the Iowa straw poll, Michele Bachmann was the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination. While her numbers ha...

A Video Response To Rick Perry's Anti-Gay Ad

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 02.12.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

I'm not ashamed to say that I'm a Jew. Heck, I'm even a rabbi. But you don't need to be in shul every Shabbos to know that there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but still can't marry each other legally.

Tenets Into Transformation, Part 1

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen | Posted 02.11.2012 | Impact
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

Countless forces inspire giving--the public library that showed you a new world in your childhood; the scholarship that enabled you or a relative to attend college; the family member who survived her battle with breast cancer.

Why Atheism Will Replace Religion

Nigel Barber | Posted 02.12.2012 | World
Nigel Barber

It seems that people turn to religion as a salve for the difficulties and uncertainties of their lives. ... In social democracies, people who are less vulnerable to the hostile forces of nature feel more in control of their lives. So there is less need of religion.

Humility, Chutzpah And Democracy In America

Parker J. Palmer | Posted 02.11.2012 | Religion
Parker J. Palmer

Humility plus chutzpah equals the kind of citizens democracy needs, and there is no reason -- at least no good reason -- why our number cannot be legion. Religious communities can help multiply that number.

PHOTOS: Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mestizo Symbolism Behind Latin America's Most Venerated Saint

The Huffington Post | Andrea Long-Chavez | Posted 12.12.2011 | Latino Voices

From Salt Lake City to Los Angeles, from Antigua, Guatemala, to Manila, Philippines, the image of the dark-skinned patron saint of the Americas is ven...

Latinos Don't Vote on Faith or Religion but on Economic Issues

Pilar Marrero | Posted 02.08.2012 | Latino Voices
Pilar Marrero

Recent studies indicate that the famous Ronald Reagan belief that "Hispanics are Republicans. They just don't know it yet," may not be true anymore.

Government-Sponsored Sinner

Robert Scheer | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

The driving faith of the GOP has become the notion that the toxic mixture of moral hypocrisy and unfettered greed is a formula for victory. Newt Gingrich could be their man.

Finding The Persian Gulf's Only Synagogue

Adam Valen Levinson | Posted 02.05.2012 | Religion
Adam Valen Levinson

It didn't take long for me to realize I had no idea where I was walking. After a few blocks, the bustling lights of the central shopping district gave way to construction and inauspicious quiet. I figured I'd ask around.

Joan Of Arc And 9 Other 'Queer' Saints

The Huffington Post | Noah Michelson | Posted 12.06.2011 | Gay Voices

Church officials and followers from many different demoninations have long used the Bible to argue that homosexuality and transgender identities are a...

Forever 21 Sells Sex & Religion on Same Rack

Rachel Kane | Posted 02.04.2012 | Style
Rachel Kane

While the freedom to change your mind is a precious one worth fighting for, being a hypocrite does not fall under the same righteous protection.

Eucharistic Adoration: A Radical Devotion

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 02.04.2012 | Religion
Joseph Amodeo

Kneeling before the Eucharist we prayed in silence, chanted O Salutaris and Tantum Ergo, but more importantly we became aware of the world around us. In this way, we united ourselves not only with Christ, but also with all humanity.

BlackVoices Preach!: What Are We Doing in the Meantime?

Posted 02.03.2012 | Black Voices

While waiting for help in times of need, what are you doing in the meantime? Princeton Parker asks us to dig deep into what we're actually asking for...

Tim Tebow and The Winning Formula

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 02.01.2012 | Black Voices
Alisha L. Gordon

Tim Tebow has the "formula" down to a science: honor God privately and publicly, live a life reflective of what His Word says, and love others how God loves you.

Book Review: God, Science, and the Story of the Human Eye

Dan Agin | Posted 01.30.2012 | Books
Dan Agin

Life on Earth has an apparent history of 3.75 billion years. Immerse yourself in this book and you will come away with a firmer understanding of what you are and where you've come from and where we all may be going.

Cultural Scapegoats and Whipping Boys

Darius A. Gray | Posted 01.29.2012 | Black Voices
Darius A. Gray

"Few people join or stay members of a faith they don't believe in." Those words offered by a dear friend would appear self-evident, but they speak volumes about what is key to individuals.

Jorge Luis Macias

PHOTOS: Our Lady of Guadalupe Processions In Los Angeles Honor Mexico's Patron Saint | Jorge Luis Macias | Posted 12.12.2011 | Latino Voices

Los Angeles -- Every December, thousands of Catholics from Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles in Southern California pour out of their parishes fo...

Did Padre Pio Fake His Stigmata Wounds?

Richard Schiffman | Posted 01.28.2012 | Home
Richard Schiffman

Was Padre Pio a divinely inspired holy man with supernatural powers? No mere journalist can presume to say. Did he create his own wounds for 60 plus years using carbolic acid? Not likely.

What Heaven Looks Like: Part 2

James Elkins | Posted 01.28.2012 | Arts
James Elkins

I am serializing an unpublished book in this column. It's about an amazing, mysterious manuscript I discovered in Scotland with nothing in it but 50 watercolor paintings.