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Religious Right

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.

Let's Be Clear: Gay Men Are Not Child Molesters and Should Serve as Boy Scout Leaders

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

In 2014, the Boy Scouts of America finally began to allow openly gay youths into its organization. As of today, no youth may be denied membership in the Boy Scouts of America on the basis of sexual orientation or preference alone. It was a great victory indeed.

Christianity in Crisis? Blame Elvis

Gary Laderman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion
Gary Laderman

Bill O'Reilly is wrong. Rap is not to blame for the current crisis in American Christianity. Blame Elvis, that's what I say. He is the main culprit in the current cultural transformation shaking the foundations of religion in America.

Rights for Me, But Not for Thee: How the Religious Right Thinks

James Peron | Posted 05.09.2015 | Gay Voices
James Peron

The problem with the conservative -- and one reason libertarians should see them as opponents of individual rights and liberty -- is they are incapable of understanding that rights are a two-way street. Conservatives consistently demand rights for themselves, which they then want to deny to others.

GOP Presidential Field Doubles in Size

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week, the Republican presidential field is going to double, from three candidates to six. Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Marco Rubio have all previously officially announced their candidacies, and this week they will be joined by Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, and Mike Huckabee.

Right Wing Congress Puts Religion Over People

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

As a nation, we must decide in the very near future whether protecting religious ideology is more important than protecting the vulnerable among us. Congress may have started down the wrong path on this issue, but the American people can pressure our elected representatives to reverse this course.

I Don't Think Bill Maher Is a Bigot; He Just Can't Admit That Our Evolution Made Us Violent So He Blames Religion

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 06.28.2015 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Maher's attempt to put religious belief in its place only reinforces the fact that for most people, one belief system is always replaced by another.

How Will Republicans React to Gay Marriage Decision?

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.27.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Supreme Court decision, when it happens later this year, is quite likely going to set off an argument within the Republican Party -- or, at the very least, that subset of the party who are running for president.

The Anti-gay Right Can't Run Forever From Its History of Bigotry

Alvin McEwen | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

The anti-gay right seem to be painting a portrait of victimhood in anticipation of further progress by the LGBT community and the goal is most likely to stop this progress. But I have one question. How in the hell can anyone forget how we got to this point?

Sorry, But It's Not 'Open Season' on Christians

Hollis Phelps | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Hollis Phelps

It's hard to take seriously the narrative of widespread marginalization and, on top of that, oppression, when the American landscape remains saturated with Christianity in numerous shapes and forms.

Cake Wars the Sequel

James Peron | Posted 06.07.2015 | Gay Voices
James Peron

Discrimination laws protect Christians far more than gays in this country. They restrict a business owner from refusing to serve certain protected classes. At the same time the 1st Amendment protects free speech, and free speech includes the right not to speak.

Indiana and the Politics of Backlash

Steven M. Gillon | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Steven M. Gillon

It should not be surprising that male-dominated state legislatures are now passing so-called "religious freedom" bills. They have little to do with religion and everything to do with power.