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Religious Intolerance

It's Time To Get Loud About Hate

Gretchen Kelly | Posted 06.20.2016 | Queer Voices
Gretchen Kelly

I believe that love always wins, that love will always defeat hate. This week that belief has been shaken.

The Moment We Have Waited for

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.25.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Rev. Vivian, a Presidential Medal of Freedom winner, a confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a role model for so many of us in the 1960s era of civil rights activism and still, believes young people today are inheriting the world at a unique crossroads in history.

Mere Belief

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 02.18.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Religious intolerance arose with presumptions of certainty: the sureness that my sect possesses certified knowledge means that I cannot endure your sect's evident error. If it had always been accepted that belief does not rise to the level of knowledge, religious intolerance might not have marred our histories.

A Pharaoh Kept a Diary?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 01.07.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

'My passion might be crimson. My blood has leaked onto our cut stones and sarcophagi, I hope indelibly, like the sticky pimples of gum this gnawing populace drop from their mouths onto my city streets.'

College Moves To Fire Professor Who Said Muslims And Christians Worship Same God

Reuters | Jade Walker | Posted 01.06.2016 | College

Wheaton College, an evangelical Christian university outside of Chicago, said on Tuesday it was taking steps to fire a tenured political science profe...

Of Christmas Lights and Hapless Cries

Talal Almas | Posted 12.28.2015 | Religion
Talal Almas

During the winter break, I got the opportunity to visit my hometown of Pakistan. Having lived in a tolerant community for most of my life, I had never been exposed to the notion of religious intolerance, so it was vastly befuddling for me to see the rage with which religious minorities are denied their religious rights here.

The Way In Which Religion Has Failed Us

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 12.07.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

The blindness of American Christians, as they hurl insults at Islam, is evidence that religion as a source of right relationship with God and therefore with others, is fueling further religious intolerance, even as it ignores its own terroristic tendencies done in the name of its God.

God Weeps

Bill Halamandaris | Posted 11.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Bill Halamandaris

My heart is troubled by the atrocities in Paris and the storm of darkness that is brewing around the world, pitting man against man in the name of God. Sometimes it is hard to remember that the things that unite us are much stronger than the things that divide us.

How Denial Is Compounding Intolerance in India

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 10.23.2015 | World
Raza Habib Raja

Today India is making the headlines due to wrong reasons. While India may compare favorably to Pakistan, nevertheless since last year it has witnessed deterioration when compared to its own past.

Preserving American Democracy: Religious Freedom and Freedom from Religion

Frank Islam | Posted 10.14.2015 | Religion
Frank Islam

In the 21st century, we need to add a new precept to the list. That precept is the guarantee of freedom from religious interference in the core processes of our democracy.

Open Letter to Dr. Ben Carson on His Disregard for the U.S. Constitution

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

As a highly educated person, as a candidate for the presidency, and as someone who has co-authored, along with your wife Candy, a book titled A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties, you should have a more enlightened understanding of our nation's foundational document.

Man Who Allegedly Plotted To Kill Muslims Indicted On Federal Charges

The Huffington Post | Dayana Morales Gomez | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics

A federal grand jury indicted a Tennessee man Tuesday on charges stemming from his alleged plot carry out a coordinated attack on Muslims in Islamberg...

Gay 'Agenda' Not Even Close When It Comes to Religious Persecution

James Peron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Peron

It might be useful to remember what other threats to religious liberty have actually existed in the "history of our existence as a nation."

From Funeral Procession to Desecrating the Dead

Neda Najibi | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion
Neda Najibi

What if that cemetery was the one place on earth where you could visit the final resting place of your loved ones?  What if it was your family?  What if those were your tears?  No one should have to tolerate such abuse. It violates that sense of humanity we all share.

The New 9/11 Museum and The Nature of Evil: Needs for Larger Contexts and Questions

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

My sister, Karen, died on 9/11, working at the World Trade Center; and hence, I visited the new Museum, which opened this week, with my family. All...

Two Women Found Guilty Of Ripping Up Quran At Football Game

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion

Julie Phillips, age 50, and Gemma Parkin, age 18, have been found guilty of a "religiously-aggravated public order offence" after they ripped up pages...

"How Prabowo and Gerindra Will Get Indonesia Back on Track"

Hashim Djojohadikusumo | Posted 06.03.2014 | World
Hashim Djojohadikusumo

Continual injustice, inequality and corruption is resulting in a loss of confidence and trust in Indonesia's leaders, institutions, and the government as a whole. This breach of trust and confidence is opening the door for extremists.

A Jewish Voice on Arabic Radio

Joseph Braude | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Joseph Braude

More than three years after the broadcast debuted, my Muslim audience now finds it ordinary, rather than aberrant, to hear a Jewish voice opine on Arab affairs in their mother tongue. In numerous Arab countries, such a situation would be revolutionary--but in Morocco, it's merely one step forward among many.

Doomed to Hell Fire and Damn-the-Nation

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 02.25.2014 | Fifty
Joanna Perry-Folino

Four days before Christmas my neighbor invited me to a "Christmas concert" at her church. I like music and the inspiring classical sound of carols and church songs can be quite lovely. So I accepted her generous invitation and was whisked away a few days later in the early afternoon to imbibe the musicality of the season.

Good News for Duck Dynasty Nation, A&E, You and Me

J. Randall O'Brien | Posted 03.01.2014 | Religion
J. Randall O'Brien

Although millions were jolted by Robertson's words and A&E's response, each position represented a major segment of American society. Each party was intolerant, but for different reasons due to competing worldviews.

Lebanon Ready to Collapse

Allan Topol | Posted 02.02.2014 | World
Allan Topol

Two weeks ago, a double suicide bombing outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut killed 23 people and injured 147. This recent development shows the misery of Lebanon, which has continued for more than 50 years, enters a new and dangerous phase.

Clear and Evident Danger

Neda Najibi | Posted 11.27.2013 | Hawaii
Neda Najibi

"She sat alone in the dark, she held her knees tightly to her chest in a manner of a baby in its mothers womb. She pulled her knees ever so tightly wi...

Safe Streets, Safe Sanctuaries

Rev. Gary R. Hall | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
Rev. Gary R. Hall

One year after Oak Creek, the answer is clear: "separation of Church and State" cannot mean silence from the "Church" side of the equation. To protect lives and care for spirits, faith leaders need to support legislative action against illegal guns. The victims of gun violence, our faiths, and our belief in America's promise demand no less.

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.