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Friday Talking Points [135] -- The Sky Is Falling!

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The media, quite obviously, has lost any capacity it once may have had for self-examination, to say nothing of its sense of irony. Every so often, th...

Getting to Know My (Br)other: U.S. Exchanges Build Trust

Philip Smucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Philip Smucker

Chicagoans this week embraced a group of disabled Egyptians. They expressed their fascination with Egypt as a nation. In turn, the Egyptians made friends and embraced American culture and business know-how.

Freedom from Religion? Public Opposition to Mosques

Jennifer Merolla Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Merolla Ph.D.

Is there any way around the pattern in which individuals become less supportive of democratic values and rights in times of threat?

Ignoring Scientific Errors

Victor Stenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Victor Stenger

It is not being rude or polemical to correct a public misunderstanding of a scientific theory. Einstein said he would never believe in a God who plays dice. Maybe God does after all, but the dice are loaded.

I Owe You Nothing!

Shaman Durek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Shaman Durek

A friend of mine recently called to ask me to come visit her in the hospital. After tuning in, I realized that I didn't want to. Even though a voice ...

A Tribute To Neopagan Visionary Isaac Bonewits (1949-2010)

Wes Isley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Wes Isley

I see something refreshing in Bonewits' unconventional and daring life, a life that helped redefine what it means to be a spiritual person in this modern world. Thank you, Isaac.

Obama's Infidel Wisdom

Sunil Adam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sunil Adam


Obama Muslim? Are 20 Percent of Americans Stupid?

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

People need not approve of President Obama or anything he does, but when our beliefs about who he is are detached from reality, even the legitimate critiques we may have, can be written off as the ravings of fools.

Outgrowing the Need for Gods: Life Lessons from a Priest

Gareth Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Gareth Harris

Growing up means leaving behind not only the Tooth Fairy but also the Sky Daddy. Now we must assume our responsibility as spiritual adults and care for ourselves and what happens here, learning to risk for each other even our own lives.

Religion Can Save America. Case In Point -- Immigration Reform

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

The immigration issue is tearing this country apart. But why not join together as religious Americans to send the message that an immigrant, who may not be exactly in our image, is nonetheless in God's image?

Who's Inside the Muslim Box?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deepak Chopra

Moderate Muslims chafe at being put into the same box with extremists. Right wingers jump into the box with them, however, because it holds any kind of close-mindedness, propaganda, and intolerance.

Anti-Muslim Bus Ad Set to Exploit "Ground Zero Mosque" Fear'

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michelle Chen

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority just gave its blessing to a disturbing effort to tar the Cordoba Initiative by association with the 9/11 attacks, brought to you by the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

Newt Gingrich Would Be a Disastrous President in 2012

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rahim Kanani

Gingrich's comments are so despicable that it may be the only thing moderate Muslims and al-Qaeda extremists agree upon, and that's a divide we must continue to carve rather than bridge.

Mosque Moaning: The GOP Diversion Tactic From Unfavorable Polls Gives Terrorists the Win They Want

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

The latest GOP election sleight-of-hand? Divert attention from the news that projected Republican gains are going to be confined largely to the South by amping up the rhetoric on the mosque project in Lower Manhattan.

Can We Have Religion Without Religion and God Without God?

Jason Derr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jason Derr

A way of being alive rooted in a religious awe of life would view God as a verb -- an action and activity we make real in the world, not a creature or being that sits outside of time and space.

Chicago Muslim Photographer Invited to White House Iftaar Dinner

Naazish YarKhan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Naazish YarKhan

Mrs. Sadaf Syed, a native Californian who and now lives in Illinois, has photographed Muslim women across America who wear the hijab, or head covering.

At Last Book That Asks: What Would Jesus Do About "Illegal" Immigrants?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

We have a choice: follow the compassionate moral leader all call Christ and that we Christians call the Son of God, or follow the anti-immigrant lynch mob

Obama Supports 'The Right' To Build Ground Zero Mosque

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Weighing his words carefully on a fiery political issue, President Barack Obama said Saturday that Muslims have the right to build a mosque near New Y...

Absence of Evidence Is Evidence of Absence

Victor Stenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Victor Stenger

We have countless examples where evidence for God should have been found, but was not. This absence of evidence is evidence of absence. It refutes the common assertion that science has nothing to say about God.

Morgan Stanley And Deutsche Bank Are Being Sued By Nuns

Huffington Post | Sara Yin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Has Judgment Day arrived early on Wall Street? Taking their cue from their American sisters, several groups of Irish nuns are suing Morgan Stanley a...

Illinois Town Wants 10 Commandments Monument

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A southern Illinois town is pushing to have a Ten Commandments monument erected in the city's square--and the town's mayor says he will do anything he...

The evolving relationship between psychoanalysis and Jewish thought

Carlo Strenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carlo Strenger

A look at a timely and welcome collection of essays by Jewish psychoanalysts exemplifying the whole range of Jewish denominations including ultra-Orth...

The Crisis of Religious Understanding: Redefining the 'Educated Person'

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rahim Kanani

Imagine a world in which every student attending a secondary and post-secondary institution across the United States was instilled with a basic understanding of the world's great religions.

Democratic Values, Islam and the Judeo-Christian Tradition Fallacy

Stuart Whatley | Posted 10.19.2012 | Religion
Stuart Whatley

Models for pluralistic societies based on liberal democratic values exist throughout the historical landscape, independent of the Judeo-Christian tradition. It bodes well that they may be freely adopted by all cultures.

Islamophobia: A Threat to American Values?

John L. Esposito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John L. Esposito

Islamophobia and its culture of hate is not only a threat to the civil liberties of Muslims but also the very fabric of who we are and what we stand for, the principles and values embodied in our constitution.