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Religious Intolerance

Getting to the Bottom of Bigotry

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

What exactly is it about a human being's sexual orientation that triggers such hate? What's it to them -- the haters of gay, lesbian and bisexual people -- whom other people are sexually attracted to and love? Why are transgender people so hated, so marginalized?

Who Owns God?

T. Sher Singh | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
T. Sher Singh

The trick for each one of us is in personally studying our own faith and those of others, and learning to go beyond the blinders that most people of every faith nowadays put on their own eyes the very moment they turn to matters of religion.

Is It Right to Call A Bigot A Bigot?

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

It really comes down to this: If, based on your religious beliefs, you demonize people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and you deny people the right to have sex and marry, then you are against freedom and equality for those people. You are practicing bigotry.

An Open Letter To Lesbian And Gay Couples Who Want To Get Married

Todd Clayton | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Todd Clayton

Congratulations on finding love. It's hard, you know. But just wait till you hear how hard it can be for gay and lesbian couples to pull together their big days. As it turns out, it's pretty tough.

When Secularists/Evangelicals Took Over America: Stereotyping And Denigrating Other' Beliefs

Craig S. Keener | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

If all of us who have experienced others' insensitivity to our beliefs could sympathize with those marginalized for beliefs different from our own, we could make the world a more tolerant place.

Religious Intolerance on the Rise in Asia

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 01.16.2013 | World
Dinouk Colombage

Religious intolerance in Asia is on the rise with more and more states falling foul of such acts. From Muslim extremism in Pakistan to Buddhist dominance in Sri Lanka, minority religions are finding themselves targeted.

Hate Crimes vs America

Rev. Otis Moss III | Posted 11.17.2012 | Religion
Rev. Otis Moss III

Hate crimes are antithetical to equality and justice and silence is the environment where the virus of hate thrives. By speaking up we can inoculate our country from the spread of this deadly spiritual disease.

Confronting Religious Bigotry in America and Elsewhere

Charles Negy, Ph.D. | Posted 11.04.2012 | College
Charles Negy, Ph.D.

We, in the United States, ought to model for the rest of the world our support of religious freedom and our ability to live in harmony with people of diverse faiths, including non-believers.

91 Days Till Minnesota Votes On My family

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Meg Riley

Suddenly it became very clear to me: The people who are so upset by the mere existence of LGBT people are those who do not want anyone to upset the system of obedience to male authority.

Multiple Myths and the Struggle for Political Truth

Paul Stoller | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Paul Stoller

It explains misfortune and reduces the pain of daily life. By the same token it also opens the door to political abuse, demagoguery, and a future of political regret.

God Hates Clams!

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

My fellow congregants: I stand before you today an angry man! I am hoppin' mad cuz a legion of sinners is pushin' a liberal agenda that will be the ruination of us all. You know what I am talkin' about, don't ya?! Eating shellfish!

The Fierce Urgency of Now : Why We, Too, Are Shaima Alwadi

Pamay Bassey | Posted 06.01.2012 | Black Voices
Pamay Bassey

I believe that there is a fiercely urgent need for us to take the time to learn about people who look differently than we do, live differently than we might, worship differently than what is familiar to us. Because violence is often rooted in ignorance and fear.

My Family Fanatics

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 05.27.2012 | Home
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

My relatives might as well be pairs of Jehovah's Witnesses or Mormons -- strangers at the door -- for all they have to do with me. They ring my bell, as it were, several times a year, only to press my arm into a spiritual blood pressure cuff of their own devising: Am I saved or, as they suspect, not?

Republican Ignorance and Contraception

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The contraception discussion has become like a forest of small-mindedness, intolerance and anger out from which the far right and, increasingly, the Republican Party in general, cannot find a way.

The Plight of Youcef Nadarkhani

Gary Hart | Posted 04.25.2012 | Religion
Gary Hart

The re-emergence of the religious right in America during this current presidential campaign, though mild by comparison to threatened executions by radical clerics, should give us cause for concern.

The Dharma Of An Apology

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 01.28.2012 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

Regardless of how easy or difficult, heartfelt or empty, the foundation of every apology is dharma, or righteous duty.

How To Combat The Neo-Christian Movement

Dylan Brody | Posted 10.24.2011 | Home
Dylan Brody

The neo-Christian agenda seeks to take this country in a horrific direction. Casually throwing around the expression "Christian Nation" feels to them like an affirmation of their commitment to the Constitution.

Religious Restrictions Increased For 2 Billion, Study Says

Posted 10.13.2011 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service (RNS) A third of the world -- about 2.2 billion people -- live in nations where restrictions on religion ha...

Jason Linkins

Reminders That Norwegian Terrorist Breivik Was A Christian Extremist Makes Non-Extremist Christians Defensive | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics

Over at Salon, Alex Pareene notes that commentators of the right-ish extraction are taking grave offense at any reminder of the fact that Norwegian te...

Bill Donohue Gets on The Ledge

Matthew Chapman | Posted 09.12.2011 | Home
Matthew Chapman

If Bill Donahue traveled a little more he'd know there are many countries where attempts to censor criticism of religion -- as the Catholic League attempts to do -- are rightly considered archaic and repulsive.

Self-Righteousness: Why Do Some Of Us Think Only We Are Right?

Michelle Roya Rad | Posted 08.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Michelle Roya Rad

When we get into the habit of competing over our beliefs, wanting to impose them upon others and not being able to relate to those with different views, then we limit the unlimited life.

Imams For Evolution

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.02.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Evolutionary biology teaches us just how closely related all people are and how insignificant racial and religious differences are.

French Burqa Ban Sets A Dangerous Precedent

Mike Ghouse | Posted 06.14.2011 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Sustainable cultural change can come only though free will and not compulsion. I am not for the burqa, but we have to defend the woman's right to wear what she chooses.

I Cannot Keep Silent Any Longer: An Open Letter To Pastor Terry Jones In Florida

Steve McSwain | Posted 06.04.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I abhor your actions and, as a devout follower of Jesus Christ, I am embarrassed and ashamed that you would tarnish the Christian family with actions contrary to Jesus' spirit and teachings.

Religious Freedom Is Only For Christians?

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.29.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

As so many before me have said, hate is not a Christian value -- and we shouldn't let it become an American value either.