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Christian Persecution Peddlers Want Special Treatment -- Not Religious Freedom

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Christian persecution has become a new religion for many. These people take it on faith that a war on Christianity is being waged in America. The reality is, the only war being waged right now is one to define the religious freedoms afforded to Americans by the Constitution.

6 Predictions for the Future of the Religious Right

Neil J. Young | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Neil J. Young

Typically considered a grassroots movement of conservative Catholics, evangelicals, and Mormons, and the political organizations that mobilized their efforts in the 1970s and 1980s, the Religious Right's intellectual and ideological origins trace back further into the twentieth century.

HERO Takes A Hit In Houston

Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Dr. Cindi Love

A majority of Houston voters have expressed their willingness to discriminate against trans identified persons and most of the rest of us. They do not represent the majority of Houston residents. The voters had their turn. Now we must each find a way to express our unwillingness to join them.

Christians Still Fail to Understand Religious Freedom

Dale Hansen | Posted 10.29.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The conservative media is always looking for a reason to be outraged. Unfortunately, the origin of the outrage is often a lack of information. For example, Megyn Kelly of Fox News took to the air earlier this week to discuss a court case that she feels proves President Obama and liberals are waging a war on Christianity.

Why Is Jeb Bush Courting Pat Robertson?

Peter Montgomery | Posted 10.22.2015 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Jeb Bush, battling slumping poll numbers, will travel to Regent University this Friday for an interview with the school's founder, televangelist Pat Robertson. While Robertson's influence has diminished over the years, he has had a lasting (and damaging) impact on American culture and politics.

Seriously. Is the GOP Establishment Failing?

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 10.18.2015 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

There is a real divergence between establishment and insurgent wings of the party -- they come from different social backgrounds and have widely divergent needs, interests, and policy concerns.

Hey Christians! You're Doing It Wrong

Stacie Huckeba | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Stacie Huckeba

I'm sick of religion being dragged into every single political discussion. It is cheap and easy theatrics. But the politicians aren't going to stop. Wanna know why? Because it is emotionally manipulative and if you hit the right triggers, emotional manipulation works every single time.

A Black Woman's Case for Atheism

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

When it comes to women's bodies, science education and climate change, Christian Americana's God is still in the big house, still a flat earther and still a raging sexist.

Sanders' Incapacity to Seriously Talk War Deforms Dialogue

Sam Husseini | Posted 09.15.2015 | Politics
Sam Husseini

We live in a time of perpetual war and Sanders -- who sometimes touts his 2002 vote against authorizing the invasion of Iraq -- couldn't bring himself to raise the subject of war with people who profess to be followers of the Prince of Peace.

Why Evangelicals Are Attacking Pope Francis on Abortion

Neil J. Young | Posted 09.04.2015 | Religion
Neil J. Young

On Tuesday, Pope Francis issued a letter decreeing priests could absolve women who have had an abortion who now seek forgiveness. The disapproving reactions from evangelicals may surprise observers since they have been the Catholic Church's closest allies on many political issues.

The Phony Martyrdom of Kim Davis

James Peron | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices
James Peron

Kim Davis, as county clerk, is engaging her personal prejudices by refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. That she claims her bigotry is religiously based is immaterial to whether or not she has to do her job.

How Should Rhe Nonreligious Feel About Hillary Clinton?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Clinton's position on church-state separation is inconsistent. While she was a strong advocate for secular education, she's also supported religiously backed discrimination in the past and is close to a number of Religious Right leaders. It's difficult to predict how she would handle these issue once in office.

9 Arguments From the Bible Fundamentalists Should Have to Make

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.24.2015 | Religion
Derek Penwell

The real war on religion is being waged by those on the Right who read the Bible not as the story of God's saving interaction with the world through the unfolding of God's reign, but either as foundational for a conservative politics of self-interest or as a blueprint for a post-Enlightenment cult of individual piety.

How The Religious Right Is Destroying Democracy

Tina Issa | Posted 08.21.2015 | Politics
Tina Issa

You may have noticed a new phenomenon creeping up in this country, it is this trend of our laws taking a backseat to religion. Whether it is the action of not following laws or court rulings in the name of religion or dictating laws based on religion, our country is slowly being destroyed by our religious right politicians.

Where Do the Lies About LGBTIs in Africa Come From?

Michael Ashworth | Posted 08.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Ashworth

The most effective way to counter lies is to tell the truth again and again: African LGBTIs are not awash with money. Declaring yourself pro-gay does not incite a tidal wave of Western cash to come your way. LGBTIs are not a foreign contagion.

Right Sees 2016 as Chance to Take Over Supreme Court, Reverse Marriage Equality

Peter Montgomery | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Waldman says even though the Court's conservative are likely to do more damage to workers' rights and women's access to health care during the next term, "You can bet that the GOP presidential candidates are going to have to promise primary voters that they'll deliver more Supreme Court justices like Alito, and fewer like Anthony Kennedy or even Roberts."

Air Force Leaders Hammer Helpless Subordinates With Evangelical 'Gospel Explosion'

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

This latest anti-Constitutional outrage comes to us from Cannon Air Force Base (AFB), host to the USAF's 27th Special Operations Wing (SOW).

The Coming Renaissance of Liberal Religious Life

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

This is liberal religion's moment, if only liberal religious leaders will be wise enough to seize it. Americans are changing in dramatic ways on social issues, mostly for the good.

Anti-Gay Right Exploiting Clerks, LGBT Community to Reap Chaos After SCOTUS Ruling

Alvin McEwen | Posted 07.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

The controversies involving marriage clerks in the South refusing to help gay couples fulfill their legal right to marry has me thinking. And I've come to a sad conclusion. We are all being played for fools.

'Religious Freedom' Will Not Be A License To Discriminate On Our Watch

Rev. Barry Lynn | Posted 07.07.2015 | Religion
Rev. Barry Lynn

All religions (and secular philosophies) teach the idea that we should look out for and care for one another. Sadly, the Religious Right and its ilk often do the exact opposite when they work to take away the rights of their fellow citizens.

The Welcome Challenges of Marriage Equality

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

In celebration of Obergefell v. Hodge we went out for drinks at Legal Sea Foods in Harvard Square. While enjoying the evening summer breeze, my spouse said we could have this experience all year if we moved to a milder climate. I snapped back and said, "I ain't moving to Georgia!" And that's what marriage equality looks like.

Dearly Beloved

Jim Burklo | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Jim Burklo

Oh happy day, Friday, June 26, 2015! -- when our dearly beloved gay and lesbian friends celebrated the US Supreme Court's decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states.

Have the Religious Right Hijacked Marriage?

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Among those evangelical Christians leading the fight against marriage equality are the same people who were legally marginalized a mere 50 years ago and have still yet to receive full justice and equality in a white supremacist society.

Right Wing Steamed Over Pope's Climate Change Encyclical

Peter Montgomery | Posted 06.19.2015 | Green
Peter Montgomery

Needless to say, some are having a hard time adjusting to Pope Francis, whose critiques of the dehumanizing excesses of modern corporate capitalism have dismayed some right-wing Catholics.

What Are Anti-Marriage-Equality Forces Really Demanding? Hint: It's Not a 'Live and Let Live' World

Peter Montgomery | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Political and religious leaders opposed to marriage equality have been ramping up the intensity of their rhetoric in the weeks leading up to the Supreme Court's imminent decision on the constitutionality of state laws banning same-sex couples from getting legally married.