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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 04.28.2015 | 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 04.28.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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 04.24.2015 | 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 04.22.2015 | 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 04.07.2015 | 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 04.03.2015 | 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.

Indiana Republicans Exercise Their Right to Be Stupid

Monica Bauer | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
Monica Bauer

The Indiana Republicans got caught leaning way over their skis doing what comes naturally to a lot of Republicans these days; catering to the religious right.

Discrimination in the Name of Religious Freedom

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.19.2015 | Religion
Irene Monroe

A movement is afoot in state legislatures across the country to disenfranchise LGBTQ Americans.

Norouz at the 'People's House' as Inspiration for Pluralism

Marjan Keypour Greenblatt | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
Marjan Keypour Greenblatt

This week, over 200 men and women representing a diversity of ethnicities, languages, professions and political views gathered to participate in what was perhaps the largest celebration of the ancient holiday of Norouz, the Persian New Year at the White House.

'Half-Breed Jew' Committed Holocaust, Claims Netanyahu Ally John Hagee

Bruce Wilson | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Bruce Wilson

While John Hagee has for decades loudly and publicly condemned anti-Semitism, his writings and sermons have nonetheless promoted some of the most influential and inflammatory anti-Jewish tropes of the modern era.

The Religious Right's Crusade for More Money in Politics

Stephen Spaulding | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Stephen Spaulding

A new report by Common Cause highlights a web of large, well-funded conservative religious organizations that have joined forces with Republican political operatives to tear down laws that protect our democracy from special interest influence.

When Senators Sabotage Science

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Senator Jim Inhofe is already off to a great start in 2015, spouting pseudo-science and degrading the effectiveness of his new committee with inaccurate diatribes against global warming. Just this week, he made a speech on the Senate floor lambasting the "hysteria" surrounding climate change.

No Cake for You! Fundamentalist Cake Warriors on the Loose

James Peron | Posted 03.30.2015 | Gay Voices
James Peron

The "cake wars" started because a few fundamentalist bakers refused to sell cakes to gay customers. Then, if charged with violating anti-discrimination laws, they weep, wail and flail about in the media limelight, basking in their persecution -- it may be a long way from true martyrdom, but they take what they can get.

The Real Problems With Bobby Jindal and His Prayer Rally

Peter Montgomery | Posted 03.28.2015 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Bobby Jindal used the power and prestige of his office to promote an event backed by some of the nation's most religiously divisive and stridently anti-gay activists. And in a bid to boost his own political future, he sent a clear message of support for the Christian-nation views of the event's extremist organizers.

A Drag Queen's New Year's Wish List: From Serious to Sassy

Jeza Belle | Posted 02.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Jeza Belle

As a drag queen, I play with gender roles and this has led me to develop a great respect for my transgender brothers and sisters who are not playing at anything, but are simply being who they were born to be.

Rick Santorum Wishes Obama Was More Like Jesse Helms

Erik Ose | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Erik Ose

The divisive political figures Santorum admires tell us all we need to know about how he would lead America if ever given the chance.

Evangelical Myth Won. Wall Street Won. The Banks Won. America Lost.

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

Since the economy has rebounded, health care reform has worked, all that remained for the GOP was to lie. And since the base of the GOP is white aging southern evangelicals the GOP was in luck. These are easy folks to lie to.

Ted Cruz, the Houston Hype, and the Dishonesty of the Anti-Equality Movement

Peter Montgomery | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

As exciting as it is to hear the alarm bells and read the hyperventilating emails, the truth is far less dramatic. Sorry, Sen. Cruz, but the government is not policing sermons for political correctness. It's not going to start tossing anti-gay preachers in jail.

When You Say, 'I Believe in Sexual Equality, But I'm Not a Feminist...'

Larry Womack | Posted 11.29.2014 | Politics
Larry Womack

I hear: "I want all of the benefits that come from gender equality, but wish to distance myself from the associated stigma that, through this very statement, I myself am propagating."

Scaring Up Another War

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 11.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The fact that America leads the developed world in guns and gun-related deaths doesn't faze gun advocates. Like tax cuts, guns are considered a cure-all. Unfortunately, the same appears true of munitions in American foreign policy.

Why is God White?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 11.03.2014 | Comedy
Marta Ibarrondo

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