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Religious Right

Worshipping at the Altar of Ayn Rand's Undeserving Elite (Ryan Is No Kemp)

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

I have something in common with Republican vice presidential nominee Congressman Paul Ryan: We were both friends with the late Congressman Jack Kemp. Today, some Republicans are comparing Paul Ryan to Kemp. That is a slur on Kemp.

Paul Ryan: More Than Just a Guy Who Wants to End Medicare!

Michael Keegan | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
Michael Keegan

Paul Ryan is best known as the author of a budget plan that would decimate the social contract and require the middle class to pay for massive tax breaks for the wealthy. But it would be a mistake to focus just on his horrible economic ideas.

Secularism: Where Are The Women?

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

For reasons that social scientists have yet to definitively unpuzzle, atheism and agnosticism are overwhelmingly staffed by men. My guess is that women see secularism more as having to do with atheism than with gender-based church-state issues.

The Politics Of Prayer

Raymond Haberski, Jr. | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Raymond Haberski, Jr.

While I might accept the sincerity of Billy Graham's ministry, I find his call for repentance in the middle of our current election year to be disingenuous and wholly political.

Resisting Condemnation to Save America

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.09.2012 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

When we demonize the "other," even in the name of reason, we open the door to a world of zero sum redemption where one person's gain is another person's humiliating loss.

The End of Religious Freedom

James Peron | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics
James Peron

We are all free to believe anything we want. We are not free to do anything we want, just because we call it religion. Our rights end where the rights of others begin. This is a line of demarcation too many on the religious right refuse to accept.

91 Days Till Minnesota Votes On My family

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Rev. Meg Riley

Suddenly it became very clear to me: The people who are so upset by the mere existence of LGBT people are those who do not want anyone to upset the system of obedience to male authority.

Peter H. Stone

Mega Donors Bankrolling Massive Religious Conservative Anti-Obama Campaign

HuffingtonPost.com | Peter H. Stone | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics

A conservative group led by longtime political activist Ralph Reed has budgeted $10 million for a major 2012 election push to turn out the religious r...

Ralph Reed: Christians Need To Beg Forgiveness For God To Show Mercy In Election

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 08.03.2012 | Religion

An enthusiastic crowd of more than 6,000 people packed into Arlington's High Point Church in Texas last week, as a diverse group of prominent conserva...

Does Gay Marriage Really Enslave Poor Women?

James Peron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Peron

Michael Cook concludes, based on a survey that is "far from scientific, let alone comprehensive," that "poor women... will be recruited to service gay couples." With no actual statistics, but with his wonky survey, he is ready to pronounce moral judgment and point a bony Puritanical finger at gay men.

Five Recommendations for a New Politeness

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.04.2012 | Media
Roy Speckhardt

With political correctness an irreformable term, and chivalry having its own baggage, perhaps we can learn to be polite without allowing it to hamper our ability to be opinionated.

Wild Goose Heaven Our Answer to Hate

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.25.2012 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The second Wild Goose Festival has just ended. I left a piece of my heart in the hills of North Carolina.

The Amazing Grace of Same-Sex Marriage

Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D. | Posted 08.21.2012 | Religion
Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D.

Love -- whether same-sex or opposite-sex -- is a manifestation of God's amazing grace precisely because it cannot be planned or earned. Love is not just a matter of works, but rather of grace.

Religious Right Turns 33: What Have We Learned?

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Merritt

Dr. Falwell said it was time to stand for what is right. I wanted to stand for what is right. But even then, my teenage mind wasn't sure that he had effectively navigated how faith should mingle with politics. I'm even less sure today.

Do Progressive Politics And Pagan Activism Mix?

Anne Hill | Posted 08.14.2012 | Religion
Anne Hill

Fighting a religious war is no way to maintain a democracy. It's not even a great way to maintain a religion. The challenge for Pagans, today and over the long haul, is to use our spiritual beliefs to galvanize us to action.

The Zombies of Summer

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

As the homophobes and religious bullies lose ground in public opinion, they lash out in ever more extreme ways. But we cannot let ourselves chase the loons down every rabbit hole.

7 Reasons Christians Should Change Their Political Tune

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

The Christian Church should -- and is beginning to -- change its political tune. For the sake of our faith and the sake of the Gospel, the Church needs such a shift -- and we need it now.

The 'Marginalization' Of The Christian Right

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 08.03.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

When I think of marginalization, I do not think of religious communities who are simply having their religious views challenged, are no longer able to dictate moral social norms and are just plain loosing influence.

The Religious Right's Assault on Palliative Care

Barbara Coombs Lee | Posted 07.30.2012 | Politics
Barbara Coombs Lee

The medical establishment's support for patient choice exists within a particular, and peculiar, bioethical framework.A problem arises for palliative care physicians when people question their intention.

The Arc of the Moral Universe Bends Toward Marriage Equality: The Conference of Moral Citizenship

Sylvia Rhue, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sylvia Rhue, Ph.D.

This is why our founding documents protect both freedom of religion and freedom from religion -- otherwise, those who do not comply with the designated denominations doctrines would be determined to be heretics.

Inclusive Jesus (and Others at Wild Goose) Now on the West Coast Too

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 07.17.2012 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

I'm still hungry for the community faith can provide when its not busy judging others. I want to share that good news. And Wild Goose Festival is the place I've discovered that shares that vision.

Is Barack Obama a 'Born Again' Christian?

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 07.22.2012 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

As he stepped into office, President Obama was without a primary spiritual mentor, without a spiritual home and still bruised from the religious bludgeoning of the campaign. Some administration officials report that it was just at this moment that a change began.

Are There Any Responsible Republicans Out There?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.11.2012 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The defeat Tuesday of Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana in the Republican primary -- trounced by a Tea-Partier -- is one more nail in the coffin of the...

2012 and Beyond: Progressive Election Strategy and the Norman Solomon Campaign

Jeff Cohen | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Jeff Cohen

We can't devise a successful electoral strategy for "The Left" -- meaning the forces of peace, social/economic justice and sustainability -- unless we face a simple fact: We're getting our asses kicked.

The Idolatry of Politics and the Promise of the Common Good

Jim Wallis | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Jim Wallis

How we live and what we do for the common good is much more important than how we vote. Political affiliation with candidates, parties, and structures is waning -- especially among young people -- and that's good news.