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Up to the Pope: Stop the Pandemic of Pedophilia

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

The Pope now has an urgent responsibility -- and an extraordinary opportunity. He must not only move beyond apologies to action, but could also use his influence to urge all religious institutions to address sexuality in healthier, more open and responsible ways.

Christian Militias: Is God Violent?

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

There is no question that Christians, Muslims, Jews, and others have been violent in God's name. The question is whether we believe violence is inherent to the character of God.

Poetic Justice in a Pint Sized Pistol: Hissa Hillal, Live! from The Land of Invisible Women

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

This is why Hissa Hillal's poetry is such a colossal cultural moment: not merely because one Saudi woman has had the courage to speak out, but because of the cascading, tumultuous conversation this will certainly uncork. Like a gathering storm, a cloudburst of cultural rebellion is mounting.

Passover Seder: Stay For A While

Angela Himsel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Angela Himsel

My Seder table, like everyone else's, is a blend of our own individual narratives and stories and the national story that we retell.

Moral Confusion in the Name of "Science"

Sam Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Sam Harris

Science can, in principle, help us understand what we should do and should want -- and, perforce, what other people should do and want in order to live the best lives possible.

The Government of God: An Easter Message

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John W. Whitehead

On a spring day in the year 30, two processions entered Jerusalem. It was the beginning of the week of Passover, the most sacred week of the Jewish year. In centuries past, Christians have celebrated this day as Palm Sunday.

Is God Vengeful? The Meaning Of Holy Week For Social Justice Christians

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

As we think about the misery of Jesus, we begin to realize the hardships of other humans. We take the time to remember the distress of those in Haiti. We reflect on those who have been bombed in their cities. We imagine what it is like to live with the threat of Malaria or AIDS.

Depose The Pope

Landon Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Landon Ross

This needn't be an extended justification, for what I suggest should be taken as unremarkable: depose the Pope.

Exodus: The Rest of the Story

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Philip Goldberg

We seldom hear the rest of the story about Passover. At a time when religiously motivated terrorism is a daily concern, it might do us well to contemplate the sequel.

Hutaree Militia Planned To Kill Cop And Bomb Funeral, Prosecutors Say

AP | COREY WILLIAMS and DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

DETROIT — Nine alleged members of a Christian militia group that was girding for battle with the Antichrist were charged Monday with plotting to...

"God Can Love Me; God Can Send Me To Hell. But He Can't Do Both."

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Shore

You're looking for rational explanations for mysteries that only God comprehends.

On Pesach Eve: The Muslim and Her Inner Jew

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

This is the prize which each of my Jewish loves - my Jewish teachers, my Rabbi and my Rebbetzin, my Jewish friends, my special Jewish Navigator and every Jewish patient has ultimately taught me: inside every Muslim is an inner Jew.

Passover Quotes, Greetings, And Passages For Passover 2010

Posted 04.02.2015 | Religion

Passover 2010 begins with the sunset on March 29, and continues through April 6. One way to commemorate the Jewish holiday is to share Passover quo...

Religion: Nothing More Than Politics in Drag

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Irwin Kula

Religion has become the art of fancy proof texting, liberal or conservative politics in drag, adding little or no value to the public discourse, hardening people's preexisting political beliefs and fueling their sense of outrage against anyone with whom they disagree.

The Buddha's Five Protections - Part 1

Sharon Salzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sharon Salzberg

The Buddha spoke about five ways to protect ourselves and our practice. Here I'll write about he first two of these, and continue with the rest next week.

Voices From Haiti: "God, We Have Not Heard You for a Long Time"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

For the survivors it was the initial primeval instinct for life that shocked stopped hearts into beating. Haiti has had a massive coronary and, collectively damaged, is operating at a fraction of its normal output.

Pope Sex Abuse Scandal: In Palm Sunday Sermon, Pope Says He Won't Be Intimidated

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI opened Holy Week on Sunday amid one of the most serious crises facing the church in decades, with protesters in...

None So Blind As Creationists

David Horton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Horton

It is as if we still had, living among us, people who believed in phlogiston, or humors, or the heart as the seat of emotions.

Obama Passover Seder: How The White House Seder Came To Be Tradition

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The day had been long, the hour was late, and the young men had not been home in months. So they had cadged some matzo and Manischewitz wine, hoping t...

Seder Talking Points: Seven Secrets of Passover

Bruce Feiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bruce Feiler

You, too, can be a seder know-it-all. Herewith are selected seder talking points to help you steer your Passover conversation away from the same tired jokes about matzah and constipation.

Passover 2010: Liberation Is Why Pesach Matters

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Passover is a roadmap to liberation, both personal and global, and who doesn't want, and deserve, to be free?

Atheist Activist Threatens To Sue The State Over Money For Giant Cross

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

A Christian group in southern Illinois attempting to restore one of the largest crosses in the Western hemisphere is being challenged by a Chicago-are...

American Manhood From Mickey Mantle to Landon Manchild Donovan and Why I'm Convinced the US Can Win World Cup 2010 in South Africa

David Henry Sterry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
David Henry Sterry

The more mojo, hoodoo and juju we can send through the power of our collective will to Team USA in South Africa, the more likely it is for our dream to come true.

Top Conservatives Reshelved (PHOTOS)

Stefan Sirucek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Stefan Sirucek

At a recent book-signing of Karl Rove's new memoir "Courage and Consequence", intrepid tweeter @OTOOLEFAN did some creative re-shelving: Our ...

The Good Faith of an Infidel: Examining Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Nomad

Nathan Gardels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Nathan Gardels

Nomad makes evident that Hirsi Ali arrived at her beliefs not by retreating into orthodoxy out of fear of uncertainty or through the nihilism of indifference, but because experience has led her to them.