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Religious Violence

Islamic Extremists Don't Have To Be Islamic Scholars

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 08.22.2016 | World
Ronald A. Lindsay

Extensive knowledge of a religion's doctrines is not necessary to be committed to and motivated by a religious belief.

Missed Connections

Yara Zgheib | Posted 08.04.2016 | World
Yara Zgheib

No one was to blame for what happened, but that does not make it any less difficult to accept. It was all a matter of missed connections, bad timing, ...

A Violent God is a Fiction

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 03.30.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

An image of God has power to come back upon the image-maker as an agent of real-world activity. An image of God, portrayed with a specific human trait, will burnish and amplify that very trait in a person.

Does God Delight In Violence?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 03.23.2017 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

Theologians and theists--in all theistic traditions--can offer a remedial theology that insists upon benign images of God and alerts the faithful to the human tendency to image God in their own likeness, even to the point of attributing human imperfections to God.

Pope Francis Shared A Powerful Statement On Violence During His First Visit To A Synagogue

Reuters | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.18.2016 | Religion

Pope Francis made his first visit as pontiff to a synagogue on Sunday, where, in a reference to Islamist attacks, he condemned violence in the name of...

Christianity is the most inclusive (and exclusive) religion

Craig Luekens | Posted 01.13.2017 | Religion
Craig Luekens

As our nation celebrates the memory of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., many of us will hear his speeches broadcasted, attend lectures or rallies, vi...

Christian Violence: A Mostly-Overlooked History of Harm

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 12.10.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

It is possible to think only Islam is susceptible to religious violence and forget about centuries of intermittent Christian violence.

Religious Violence

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2016 | Religion
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

No one proffering the grim philosophy that humans are inherently violent can produce supporting evidence for that kind of grand assessment. Even the wicked stories that mar our daily news don't provide enough proof.

Deadly Paris Attacks Come Amid Rising Religious Tension In France

The Huffington Post | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 01.03.2017 | World

The terrorist attacks in Paris Friday night, which left at least 129 people dead and which the Islamic State claimed were retribution for the "war aga...

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks On What It Takes To End Violence In God's Name

Religion News Service | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.08.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Religious zealots fill newspapers and screens with bloody images of bombings and beheadings. They kidnap children and make them into soldiers. T...

Stopping Violence In God's Name: All Together Conversation With Lord Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

The Huffington Post | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 12.29.2016 | Religion

Violence in the name of God is not new. Religious conflicts have afflicted almost every part of the world and while often religion is not the root pro...

Boy Scouts of America Deserves Condemnation -- Not Praise

Peter McGraith | Posted 07.17.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter McGraith

Robert Gates is not to blame that the ban on homosexual adult leaders was not addressed years sooner, but he must answer for the current plan that seeks to devolve anti-LGBT discrimination to all of those faith-based chartered organizations that might prefer to exclude LGBT parents. This is wrong and divisive.

It's Time for a Dialogue on Ethnic and Religious Violence in America

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 04.22.2015 | Religion
Rep. Mike Honda

We cannot allow the deaths of Yusor, Razan, and Deah, and others, to be in vain. I hope that these tragedies, even years down the road, will unite all Americans, and remind us to respect the value of all lives, regardless of appearance, orientation, or belief.

Sophia Jones

ISIS Boasted Of These Christians' Deaths. Here Are The Lives They Lived. | Sophia Jones | Posted 03.03.2016 | World

AL AOUR, Egypt -- Death is everywhere in Al Aour. When a video surfaced late Sunday showing Islamic State fighters beheading 21 men in Libya, it seeme...

President Obama: 'People Committed Terrible Deeds In The Name Of Christ'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.05.2015 | Religion

In his comments at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, President Obama condemned violence in the name of religion and pointed to religious grou...

Rev. Jim Wallis: God's Take On Terrorism

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.23.2015 | Religion

The world has seen a surge of religious violence in recent years -- from the recent attacks on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to ...

Americans' Double-Standard When Evaluating Religious Violence

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.09.2015 | Religion

Following Wednesday's attack on Paris-based satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, many Muslims found themselves in the spotlight once again, forced to ap...

The Religion of Blood

Satpal Singh | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion
Satpal Singh

To save humanity from tearing itself apart, we must reject the erroneous premise that some human beings have been created as less than others. We must accept as inviolable and "self-evident" the truths that God is indeed compassionate and all-loving, and that all of us have been created equal.

Questioning Genocide and Slavery in the Bible

Derek Flood | Posted 03.07.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

There are a number of things in the Bible that should trouble any reader. We find in its pages things like genocide, gang rape, and slavery -- not only being sanctioned, but at times even being commanded.

Violence-Loving Conservatives, Cherry-Picking Liberals, And Why We All Need to Learn to Read Scripture Like Jesus

Derek Flood | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

We will need to demonstrate that there are viable nonviolent means of dealing with societal problems--ways that are not only effective, but in fact more effective than violence is at resolving conflict, and keeping us safe as a society.

Freedom of Speech: When a Human Right Is Sometimes a Luxury

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 01.18.2015 | Media
Nancy Graham Holm

Young diaspora Muslims are flocking to Syria and signing up with ISIS to fight in a cosmic war while others plot domestic violence against secularism in their adopted homelands. Nothing as horrific as 9-11 or 7-7 has yet to take place but some believe it's just a matter of time.

Dynamic Interpretations, Static Books: A Response to Bill Maher and Reza Aslan

Alex Ebert | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Alex Ebert

We are having the wrong debate. This isn't about religion, this is about culture. To understand this we need the context of history -- something both of those nincompoops (and most polemicists) somehow forget.

A Spiritual Solution to Religious and Racial Violence

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 11.16.2014 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

On a deep and genuine level, people of the various faiths have to accept that God has given multiple ways in which people can serve, worship, and reunite with him. We have to start to honestly feel this way and not just recite it.

Mob Kills Woman And Girls Over Facebook Post, Police Say

Reuters | Syed Raza Hassan | Posted 09.26.2014 | World

(Updates with comment from witness, adds PICTURE tag) By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD, July 28 (Reuters) - A Pakistani mob...

Intolerance and Violence

Martin Marty | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

In today's world, I get inspiration from the American Muslims who abhor all the violence and who host and invite me and Jews and other Christians of my kind to their hyper-peaceful Iftar dinners during Ramadan. These are small beginnings, but they are beginnings.