Religion is a tool that performs a service for us, something we utilize for our own spiritual development. Unfortunately, we sometimes end up getting used by the tool! But that's not the fault of religion.
I have to ask myself what the hell is there about my life and my desire to marry the man I love that causes these people to act, well, crazy, for the lack of a better word?
Now let's talk about the real sin: straight American fashion. Leviticus 19:19 clearly states that garments of two different kinds of materials mixed together is forbidden. Are you a fashion disaster? We will not serve you.
Religion may be declining in certain social groups, but this trend shouldn't be enough to let us assume that we can simply watch religion fade into the twilight. With that in mind, here are five reasons why it's important -- perhaps now more than ever -- to be religiously literate.
...by adding more layers -- a knit hat and a scarf around my neck, to be exact. I didn't understand what was happening at first. Women would speak to me like I'd known them forever. Men would look at me like I was approachable. And I was made to feel like I was actually from this planet.
Of course, religious freedom is very desirable, but the United States should promote it by setting an example, not by preaching it to the world or worse -- by coercion using economic sanctions or a military "crusade."
The new report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project highlights a number of troubling trends that should concern anyone -- whether private citizen or public official.
Across the media, commentators are discussing his conflation of homosexuality and bestiality, and contesting his comments about the black community during the pre-civil rights era. They're also talking about how the controversy isn't hurting advertising profits for the show.
This word is used to isolate, to insult, to marginalize. It has a devastating impact on geopolitical and societal levels, as well as within personal relationships, yet we continue to use it every day. This four-letter word is T-H-E-M.
There's another current in our American culture that runs deep and is seriously problematic, probably even the worm that will eventually lead to the fall of the American empire: We are profoundly anti-intellectual.
Although millions were jolted by Robertson's words and A&E's response, each position represented a major segment of American society. Each party was intolerant, but for different reasons due to competing worldviews.
In 2013, we have reached a point in our national dialogue where basically anyone who knows how to tweet can sound off without discretion. Sadly, individuals like Robertson, once nobodies and certainly nothing more than reality-show celebrities, now take center stage in American life.
Four days before Christmas my neighbor invited me to a "Christmas concert" at her church. I like music and the inspiring classical sound of carols and church songs can be quite lovely. So I accepted her generous invitation and was whisked away a few days later in the early afternoon to imbibe the musicality of the season.
Religious hostilities, intolerance, radicalization, polarization, marginalization, and discrimination are on the rise. It seems that the situation worsens by the day, while the accompanying violence is particularly alarming in Africa and -- to a lesser degree -- in South East Asia.
My eyes filled with tears thinking about the many miracles that had to transpire to make this moment possible: a young nation imperfectly fighting its way toward a more perfect union, expanding circles of freedom, a deep commitment to religious liberty and diversity.
The concept of ritual uncleanliness is an old one embedded in several major religious traditions, including Islam and Judaism. It is still accepted by many religious Iranian Muslims today.