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The Religious Right Wasn't Created To Battle Abortion

Sally Steenland | Posted 06.24.2013 | Religion
Sally Steenland

According to the pundits and experts, the 1973 decision to legalize abortion outraged millions of Americans and mobilized them into a powerful movement to defend the rights of the unborn. But this tale turns out to be a myth.

Trauma And Trust: The Path Toward Sanctification

Bethany St. James | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Bethany St. James

When we make the decision as adults to be baptized in water, it is then we fully commit to let go of our old life. It is then we allow ourselves to begin healing. We are proclaiming that we trust in God to wash away those things that bind us to our past.

Bubblegum and the Date Rape Cocktail

Mark Morford | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics
Mark Morford

After years and ridiculous politicking and inexplicable delays, a federal judge just ordered the FDA to finally allow emergency contraception to be made available over the counter for women and girls of all ages. It's true. And it's sort of a big deal.

Reasons Why Marriage Is Not So Sanctimonious

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 06.05.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

So, before you begin to preach about the sanctimonious nature of marriage, and how it is such a beautiful tradition that should not be tarnished by extending it to same-sex couples -- remember that it was not always that pure, religious or even civilized.

Jon Ward

Obama Pastor Did Say That About Religious Right | Jon Ward | Posted 04.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Easter Sunday, President Barack Obama went to services at St. John's Episcopal Church, where the Rev. Luis Leon preached a 15-minute ...

Is It Right to Call A Bigot A Bigot?

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 05.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

It really comes down to this: If, based on your religious beliefs, you demonize people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and you deny people the right to have sex and marry, then you are against freedom and equality for those people. You are practicing bigotry.

The Religious Liberty to Support Gay Marriage

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 05.26.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Here is how a clergyperson stops a wedding from occurring in their church: they say "no".

Making Anti-Gay Christian-Right Views Law, At Home And Abroad

Rev. Kapya Kaoma | Posted 05.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Kapya Kaoma

Did you know that the Christian-right legal organization responsible for drafting the Defense of Marriage Act, which bans federal recognition of same-sex marriage in the U.S., also supports the criminalization of homosexuality in Kenya and Zimbabwe and has now set its sight on Brazil?

C. Everett Koop Shows Way Forward For Evangelicals

Jonathan Dudley | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Jonathan Dudley

C. Everett Koop will be remembered fondly, not because he compromised his commitment to Christian morality, but because he refused to compromise on some Christian commitments in service to other ones. In doing so, he provided a model example of Christian political engagement.

Meditation Makes You More Liberal, Study Says

Richard Schiffman | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion
Richard Schiffman

Until now, scientists have not explored the impact of meditation on that most un-meditative of all disciplines: politics.

Evangelical Leader Says Anti-LGBT Advocates Being 'Ostracized' Like KKK

Posted 02.28.2013 | Religion

A man Time magazine once called one of America's most influential evangelicals has claimed that people who disagree with homosexuality are in danger ...

Fundamentalist Christians Evangelizing Military Youth on the Taxpayer's Dime

Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq. | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Michael L. (Mikey) Weinstein, Esq.

Quentin Tarantino deals in tawdry fiction writ large -- bloody, and outrageous, as is the case with his latest Best Picture Oscar-nominated exploitati...

Does Atheist = Secularist = None?

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

Let there be no doubt: There is a lot of disagreement among scholars as to how the terms utilized above are best defined. And two of those scholars who really disagree are myself and Professor Phil Zuckerman.

Some Arguments Just Don't Have Two Sides

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 04.09.2013 | Media
Roy Speckhardt

Bigoted people of all stripes and sizes will continue to cling to their prejudices and sadly, they will even demand that their intolerant and inaccurate beliefs be the standard by which all of society lives. It's time to call them on their hate and stop equating them with valid and informed stances.

Evangelical Christians: The First American Liberals

Georgette Bennett, Ph.D. | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.

How did evangelical Christians, who have been dedicated to the care of all people and at the forefront of social reform in America, come to be broadly identified with intolerance and a lack of compassion?

It's the Right Time for Congress to Recognize Darwin

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 03.26.2013 | Science
Roy Speckhardt

Unfortunately, many politicians in America are gripped by an anti-science fervor. That's why it is so important that humanists were able to work with Rep. Rush Holt on a Darwin Day resolution, which was just introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Mark Driscoll, Barack Obama And The Jealous Disciples

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Christian faith has never had much to do with following the opinions of the popular crowd, and a best selling book has never granted the author the power to discern the legitimacy of another's faith.

Abortion as a Blessing, Grace, or Gift -- Changing the Conversation About Moral Values

Valerie Tarico | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics
Valerie Tarico

How can we reclaim the moral high ground in the debate about abortion as a part of thoughtful, wise loving and living? Most Americans think of child...

Will the Real Francis Schaeffer Please Stand Up? A Tribute

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 03.16.2013 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

The most wonderful tribute to Dad and to my book came many years later, last Sunday, when I got this email (used by permission of the writer) that really speaks to who Dad was and to the man I knew and loved. I've reproduce it here unedited.

Religious Hopes For 2013

Carol Howard Merritt | Posted 03.04.2013 | Religion
Carol Howard Merritt

Religion can be a tool for oppression or a force for good. As we greet 2013, I hope that we can all work for a more compassionate faith.

Connecticut and the Cause of Our National Political Paralysis

Michael Keegan | Posted 02.17.2013 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The horrific shootings in Connecticut may be leading some elected officials to consider tackling some problems that have been ignored or considered politically off-limits. But we should not have to rely on tragedies to overcome obstacles to needed action.

School Wellness: The Latest Frontier in the Culture Wars?

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela | Posted 02.11.2013 | Education
Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

It was "showdown day" last Tuesday at a packed-to-capacity meeting of the Encinitas, California school board, during which the board faced angry threats of litigation in a heated dispute. The embattled program is yoga. Yoga?

Marriage Made in Right-Wing Heaven: Jim DeMint and Heritage Foundation

Peter Montgomery | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

DeMint and Heritage are perfect for each other. DeMint came out of the Religious Right and became the movement's go-to guy in the Senate even before he became the face of the Tea Party movement.

Thanks Be to Humanists

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 01.21.2013 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

The largest segment of President Obama's "religious" coalition (23 percent) was the nones, according to a new American Values Survey by the Public Religion Research Institute. But who exactly are these nones?

Karl Rove's Haircut: Triumph of the Demographic Party

Hans Johnson | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Karl Rove is now a laughingstock. But he remains a power-broker in Republican politics based on work that others began more than 30 years earlier, in the 70s, to create his party's conservative voting base.