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Religious Extremism

Must Sadism Be Cleared to Gather Signatures?

Hans Johnson | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
Hans Johnson

The wrestling match now unfolding in California over a proposed ballot measure aimed at exterminating gay people is actually a teachable moment, and not only about religious extremism and violent hate. It calls attention to the value of a simple screen test for the subjects of initiatives and constitutional amendments. In this area, California might take a lesson from New Mexico.

Regarding the "Small Minority" of Religious Extremists

Gad Saad | Posted 03.06.2015 | Religion
Gad Saad

It is imperative that when discussing issues such as what constitutes a "small minority" of religious extremists, that we be armed with the proper statistical information along with the ability to process the relevant data in a fair, accurate, and unbiased manner.

Inside Pakistan's Religious Schools (PHOTOS)

The Associated Press | MUHAMMED MUHEISEN | Posted 03.05.2015 | Religion

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) — Sitting on the ground, the students sway back and forth, deep in thought as they read Islam's holy book, the Quran. Thei...

Sen. Paul and His Blinkered Vision

James Peron | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
James Peron

Randal Paul is on an anti-immigration bandwagon in response to the Charlie Hebdo shootings.

In the Wake of Charlie Hebdo: Why Satire Matters

Robert F. Darden | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion
Robert F. Darden

If Charlie Hebdo were to close because of this senseless, horrific massacre, then we're all lessened by its loss. The magazine stands for a lot more than just a few thousand subscribers and a few uncomfortable French politicians. It stands for the ability of humanity to transcend its darkest impulses.

Questioning Genocide and Slavery in the Bible

Derek Flood | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

There are a number of things in the Bible that should trouble any reader. We find in its pages things like genocide, gang rape, and slavery -- not only being sanctioned, but at times even being commanded.

Violence-Loving Conservatives, Cherry-Picking Liberals, And Why We All Need to Learn to Read Scripture Like Jesus

Derek Flood | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

We will need to demonstrate that there are viable nonviolent means of dealing with societal problems--ways that are not only effective, but in fact more effective than violence is at resolving conflict, and keeping us safe as a society.

Are Homegrown Terrorists 'Lone Wolves' or 'Stray Dogs'?

Allen Frances | Posted 01.03.2015 | Crime
Allen Frances

Media discussions immediately focus on the psychology and motivations of the killers. What leads someone to murder massively and randomly? How much are these true believing political/religious extremists? Or are they mentally ill?

Are Religious and Political Extremists Crazy?

Allen Frances | Posted 12.24.2014 | Crime
Allen Frances

Jumping to a fake mental disorder diagnosis in everyone who is violent has another serious downside. It unfairly stigmatizes the mentally ill, most of whom are not violent.

Pope Francis Slams Extremists Who 'Pervert Religion'

Reuters | Posted 11.21.2014 | Religion

* Francis makes first papal trip to Albania in 21 years * Muslim Albania hailed as model of religious harmony * Albanian...

Free Speech and the Bible Museum

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

An effort by the pro-LGBT group Truth Wins Out (TWO) to block the opening of a private Bible museum in the Nation's Capital is a misguided assault on constitutional protections that properly protect everyone, including LGBT Americans and their opponents.

How Hobby Lobby Killed Religious Liberty

Jon O'Brien | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Jon O'Brien

The Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision is a disaster for women, and we can lay the blame squarely at the feet of the Obama administration.

The Honorable Thing to Do Is Kill Someone: Defeating Men's Culture of Honor to Overcome the Syrian Catastrophe

Marc Gopin | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Marc Gopin

First the bad news: a fracture in the Middle East is looming. There is a fracturing of states along sectarian lines that has been funded and instigate...

On Making Abortion Go Away

Fran Moreland Johns | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Fran Moreland Johns

Abortion opponents can make it impossible, unthinkable, illegal; they cannot make it a thing of the past. Because women desperate to end unwanted pregnancies will always, always, always find ways to do so. Some of them, as is already happening, will die trying

Religious Extremists Carried Out Apparent Suicide Bombing In China

AP | GILLIAN WONG | Posted 07.01.2014 | World

URUMQI, China (AP) — Chinese authorities say that two religious extremists carried out a terror attack at a train station in far-western Xinjiang re...

Theology Is Not About God: An Open Letter to Jerry A. Coyne

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

One day, New Atheists may convert the world to reason and usher in a thousand years of humanistic peace. When that happens, sure, let's get theology out of colleges and universities.

WATCH: I Used to Be In A Cult And Here's What It Did To My Brain

Diane Benscoter | Posted 11.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Diane Benscoter

2013-09-26-benscoterpull.jpgExtremism has become a sensationalized catchall phrase, often used by politicians and mass media to polarize and to label groups of people as "the bad guys." But, what is extremism? And how do we get to the root of its destructiveness?

God's Purveyors Of Hate Revisited

Kelly James Clark | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion
Kelly James Clark

The worst representatives of Christianity should not be taken as representative of Christianity. It's just plain not fair. And people should understand Jesus and his teachings, not some extreme and self-righteous caricature of Christianity.

What Turns Ordinary People Into Religious Extremists?

Michelle Roya Rad | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Michelle Roya Rad

There are many reasons behind why an average person may do something harmful to an innocent person while seeing it as a good deed. Each reason is multi-dimensional.

Tony Blair Is Wrong About Islam

Nathan Lean | Posted 08.05.2013 | Religion
Nathan Lean

Blair refuses to consider the possibility that the disastrous foreign policies of the West might possibly have aggravated tensions in the Middle East and throughout the world leading to occasional acts of violence.

Jerusalem Church Defaced By Suspected Jewish Extremists

AP | Posted 05.31.2013 | Religion

JERUSALEM -- Israel police say an investigation is underway to find vandals who defaced one of Jerusalem's best known churches. Spokesman Micky Rosen...

Fundamentalist Christian Monsters: Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

Ladies and Gentlemen, let me tell you of monsters and monstrous wrongs. And let me tell you what these bloody monsters thrive on.

The Self-Delusions Of Secular Jews

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

These are good, serious and thoughtful people, usually deeply committed to Judaism, who struggle with big religious questions in a way that makes no sense. They may think that they can wring the holiness out of their Jewish identity and practice, but they cannot.

Malala's War -- Diary of a Pakistani School Girl

Rukhsana Hasib | Posted 12.12.2012 | World
Rukhsana Hasib

Let us add our voices to Malala's voice and fight this hypocritical madness. This is a crime against humanity and Muslims must come together from every corner of the world and set the record straight.

Taliban Beheads 17 Afghan Civilians

Reuters | Ahmad Nadeem | Posted 10.26.2012 | World

* Killings bring back memories of Taliban rule * Authorities call for investigation * Taliban deny role in killings ...