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Discrimination in the Name of Religious Freedom

Irene Monroe | Posted 03.20.2015 | 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 03.16.2015 | 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 03.19.2015 | 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 03.05.2015 | 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 03.04.2015 | 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 01.28.2015 | 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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Libertarians and Conservatives: Opponents, Not Allies

James Peron | Posted 10.29.2014 | Politics
James Peron

The sooner modern libertarians realize conservatives are not their friends, the sooner they can get around to actually promoting the extension of individual rights for all people -- including people conservatives hate.

Christian Conservatives Ponder A ‘Babylonian Exile' To Save Their Faith

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion

(RNS) From the moment they set foot on North American soil, the Puritans who came to the continent viewed their “errand into the wilderness” throu...

The Victims of the Religious Right

Paul Gordon | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Paul Gordon

Recall that the religious right has not only spent the past 30 or 40 years fighting to prevent gays and lesbians from marrying. They have also fought tooth and nail against every advance in civil rights that has come during that time, affecting employment discrimination, child custody, health care decision-making... you name it.

Switchfoot's Album & Movie "Fading West" -- It's Grace in Action, Hope Crystallized, Damnation Canceled in Favor of Love...

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

I was just speaking at SoulFest (August 7-9). It's a music festival with evangelical roots. The band Switchfoot played. I'm several things but not...

War on Christianity?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

There is no American war on Christianity and masquerading the fight for religious imposition as a fight to protect Christians from this fabricated war is offensive to those truly suffering prejudice and persecution.

Dear Evangelical Establishment, I know you don't trust or like me and I don't blame you! But instead of just writing me off as wicked, for once you'd better listen up...

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

(A 1984 satirical magazine cover depicting "Franky" Schaeffer as a "kid" throwing mud at Christianity Today Magazine and Billy Graham for not be...

Booklet on Anti-Gay Propaganda a Useful Resource in 'Culture War'

Alvin McEwen | Posted 09.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

As LGBTs exist in the midst of all this drama regarding the so-called culture war, I thought I would talk about something near and dear to my heart.

Fundamentalism: The Political Kiss of Death

James Peron | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
James Peron

Jonathan Rauch writes that Christian conservatives, in response to their defeat in the "culture wars," are likely to isolate themselves from the wider society. I think that is precisely what they will do. It's what they've done before.

In 2014, Still Not Independence Day for Women

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.06.2014 | Women
Irene Monroe

America's need to showcase her indomitable spirit of heroism this July 4th celebration arrives mired by the two recent Supreme Court -- both highlighting a "war against women."

Samuel Alito: A Movement Man Makes Good on Right-Wing Investments

Peter Montgomery | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Alito's one-two punch was another extraordinary milestone for the strategists who have been working for the past 40 years to put business firmly in the driver's seat of American politics.

Bobby Jindal Gunning For Religious Right Backing

Buzzfeed | McKay Coppins | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

“The groups that are more and more picked on in society are evangelical Christians,” Louisiana’s governor tells BuzzFeed. Is the future of socia...