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Religious Intolerance

Media Fan The Flames Of Religious Intolerance

Rev. Charles Gibbs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Charles Gibbs

Burning a Quran, or any holy book, is an offense to our common humanity, and we can hardly turn a blind eye. But this kind of violence is not the story of our society; it is a sideshow.

We Are Family, Respected Governor Bentley, Even If You Don't Think So

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

As a Hindu American, despite the fact that I find your remarks repulsive and intolerant, I recognize that the same Divine that dwells in me, dwells in you. For that reason, we are family.

Muslim Countries Cited On Religious Freedom

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The New Year's Day massacre at a Coptic church in Egypt. Christian converts facing the death ...

Muslim-Majority Nations More Likely To Deny Religious Freedom

David Briggs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

Even amid this widespread disregard for religious freedom, one group of countries stands out: Muslim-majority nations.

On Muslims, Gays And Tolerance In America

Eboo Patel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eboo Patel

I don't think getting burned is the most important step in a group's American journey. Communities achieve their American identity not so much by knowing the fire themselves, but by refusing to let others get burned.

Asia Bibi And Pakistan's Selective Persecution

Havovi Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Havovi Cooper

In 2009, Asia Bibi, a 45-year old Christian woman, was asked to fetch water while working as a farmhand. Now, she has been in prison for a year and faces a death sentence under the damning blasphemy laws of Pakistan.

Bounty Of Beliefs

Ellen Snortland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Snortland

Look around your tables this week and thank those of your friends and relatives who dare to be themselves, if they differ from you. It's a gift to differ.

Safeguarding The Rights Of Christians In Muslim Countries

John L. Esposito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John L. Esposito

Though religion is increasingly playing an important role in the self-identity of combatants and their mobilization, it can mask deep seated economic, social and political tensions and conflicts.

The Psychology of Forgiveness, Compassion and Acceptance

Michelle Roya Rad | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michelle Roya Rad

Words like forgiveness, tolerance, compassion, and acceptance are not new to us, but there may be some uncertainty as to how to apply these concepts t...

The Myth of American Religious Tolerance

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kenneth C. Davis

In the Oct. 2010 issue of Smithsonian, I delve into the real history of America's attitudes about religion, and it is a far different picture from the tidy tableau and storybook version of tolerance that we tell our children.

Turning Provocation Into Purpose: Responding Creatively To Hate And Intolerance

Barbara J. Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Barbara J. Nelson

We are imagining this package as a ready response kit that fortifies people of goodwill with religiously grounded knowledge helpful in standing firm when acts of religious hatred are looming.

Five American Presidents Can Resurrect Tolerance -- If They Try

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Walden

We need what Lionel Rosenblatt calls a "Mount Rushmore Moment" where all five US presidents jointly call for a return to "first principles."

Religion: When Democracy Becomes Hypocrisy

Donna Flagg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donna Flagg

The combat, the hypocrisy, the grandstanding, the bravado, it's killing us. We are fighting over a piece of land and religion is once again at the heart of it.

What Is the Future of Religious Diversity in a Region Dominated by Iran?

Maryam Ishani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Maryam Ishani

Iran is changing, but for the Baha'is of Iran, whose adherents advocate non-violence and obedience to one's government, change is not coming soon enough.

Why The Quran-Burning Church Relies On Incendiary Verbiage And Outrageous Actions

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

When Jones and his followers attack Islam and when Ham and his disciples attack evolution, they are doing so with the certainty that their way is the only way, that they are saving souls, and that all they need to know can be found in the Bible.

Cut the Fluff: Tackling Religious Intolerance in America

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

Without a clear sense of the past, even a past that is at times challenging to grapple with, we have little capacity to cultivate a society that is more tolerant and outright affirming of diverse religious practices.

Dutch Anti-Islamists Make Key Gains In Local Elections

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Preliminary results in Dutch local polls suggest an anti-Islam party has made major gains and may pose a serious challenge in June parliamentary polls...

Madness in Lancaster, California

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

Last week, the mayor of Lancaster, R. Rex Parris, declared in his State of the City that Lancaster was an up and coming "Christian community," and the residents of the city should be proud of that.

Combating Muslim Intolerance

John L. Esposito | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John L. Esposito

To more effectively address critical issues of religious freedom, a more ad hoc, rapid response mechanism must be initiated among religious leaders to condemn intolerance.

Time for Obama to Fight Anti-Reform Lunacy with Tactics that Work

Barton Kunstler, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barton Kunstler, Ph.D.

This is a special type of American fanaticism. Unless we appreciate its virulence, proponents of progressive reform will continually underestimate its role in determining public policy.

Why I Failed As an Atheist

Lauren Cahn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lauren Cahn

I tried to believe in nothing. And I failed.