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A Majority of Christians Are Now Pro-LGBTQ

Brandan Robertson | Posted 11.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Brandan Robertson

A growing number of Christians are realizing that queer love is real love, and that to deny the power of love is to deny something fundamental to our faith. When reality and theology clash, reality will always win out.

Religion Is Not to Blame

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.29.2015 | Religion
Soumaya Ghannoushi

To say that religion is divisive is to attempt no analysis of the problems at hand. It is to stop at the surface making no effort to dig deeper for the underlying problems seething underneath.

Beliefs of a Progressive Judaism

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 10.20.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

An Orthodox Jewish friend asked me, with some real perplexity in her voice, why I wasn't Orthodox. "You love Torah study. You davven [pray] regularly. What keeps you from being Orthodox? I don't understand it."

What If The Pope Was Your Annoying NYC Houseguest?

The Huffington Post | John Trowbridge | Posted 09.25.2015 | Comedy

Pope Francis is gracing New York City for two magical days. It will be his first time in The Big Apple and no doubt he wants to make the most of it i...

25 Celebrities Get Real About Their Spirituality

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion

"The Big Bang Theory" star Mayim Bialik recently told Fox News that "Hollywood is not friendly to people of faith."  Yet some religious...

Real Spiritual: Decline

Brian Akers | Posted 09.01.2015 | Religion
Brian Akers

While traditional church may be in decline mine is just starting to thrive. If I listen to this narrative that "churching" is going out of style I might hang up my hat and think, "I got to the party too late and now no one wants to dance anymore."

Debunking the Crazy Homophobic Claims About the Equality Act

Matt Baume | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

Ever notice the big gay loophole in the Civil Rights Act? It's great that we just won marriage -- but in most states you can still be fired, or kicked out of your home, or refused basic services on the basis of who you love or the gender you express.

What Communities Are More Likely to Embrace Corporal Punishment? Let's Look at the Data

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

On September 21, 2014, we sent a public records request to the Louisiana Department of Education, requesting the number of school corporal punishment incidents for the 2011-2014 school years. On October 29, 2014, we received the data. It was revealing.

Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 01.16.2015 | Religion
Lisa Mirza Grotts

The Bar Mitzvah is to the Jews as Confirmation is to several Christian denominations. It occurs when a Jewish boy turns thirteen, and it takes place on the first Saturday after that birthday.

Federally Funded Discrimination -- Did Obama Go Far Enough?

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

Religious organizations receiving federal contracts can no longer discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Some question whether President Obama has gone too far. Others question whether he has gone far enough.

Parents Allege Their Daughters Were Indoctrinated Into A Cult By High School Teachers

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 05.23.2014 | Crime

A family in Avon, Connecticut, has filed a lawsuit in federal court that alleges teachers at Avon High School indoctrinated their daughters into a cul...

Basic Arabic: Waheed Samy's Definitive Tome

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.08.2014 | Education
Magda Abu-Fadil

Those cut out to be teachers are a breed apart. The good ones, who make a difference in people's lives, are priceless gems cherished long after they'r...

Claiming My Religious Right

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Stephanie Mott

It is my right to believe in unconditional love. Why is it that we are so eager to put conditions on God's unconditional love? You have to be straight. You can't be transgender. You have to be Christian. You have to believe. No! Not! None of these things! You just have to be.

Pope Francis and the Paradox of Faith

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 04.23.2014 | Religion
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

I periodically go to religious services for their moments of quiet and reflection. Too often I leave feeling the faith leader missed an opportunity to reach the congregants and to advance the cause of humanity. But I am also fortunate to know some faith leaders who, like the Pope, dare to show the way.

Leadership: Always for and Sometimes Within

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 04.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

It is a true ongoing test of a leader to stand always for and sometimes within their community, judging each moment and determining an appropriate response, acting with devotion and temerity, even and especially when it is uncomfortable.

A Rabbi Wonders: Am I A Religious Jew?

Rabbi Laura Baum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Baum

A few weeks ago I was filling out paperwork to see a new doctor for a checkup. The questions seemed straightforward, until one stumped me: Are you religious?

Standing on Political and Religious Principle -- That Doesn't Stand on Us

Robert Hall | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Robert Hall

It is high time to stand on the principle of relationship -- loving what unites us more than we hate what divides us.

You'll Never Guess Why This Guy Is On Grindr

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 08.22.2013 | Gay Voices

Photographer and filmmaker Christian Hendricks recently embarked on a journey documenting queer culture in the deep American South. Hendrick's pro...

TIME Magazine Highlights Myanmar's Religious Problem

Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Dr. Nehginpao Kipgen

In light of this evolving story, what needs to be done in the larger interest of Myanmar people?

Nelson Mandela: The Greatest Spiritual Leader of Our Time

Lorna Byrne | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

Nelson Mandela is the greatest spiritual leader of our time. He always listened to God and did everything God asked him. He has been able to change the world because of his deep belief and trust in God. This level of faith is exceedingly rare.

You Might Be Surprised at How Helpful a Professional Chaplain Can Be, While Not Being 'Religious'

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 04.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Professional chaplains are among the few caregivers in the hospital who have the time to sit and listen to the patient and family members. We listen without an agenda and work to support the patient and family members in whatever ways we can.

Rev. Phil Snider Talks Viral Gay Rights Speech and Reading the Bible With Love

Shira Lazar | Posted 12.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Shira Lazar

In this exclusive What's Trending interview, Springfield, Mo., preacher Phil Snider speaks out about the story behind his City Council gay rights speech that went viral for its shocking twist ending.

Faith And Values Inspired Investments

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 06.12.2012 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

Both the Jewish and Christian communities from their earliest documents display a debate about with the foundational questions of ownership, agency, interest and usury. The Holy Quran also offers some unique teachings.

Contraceptive Debate Reporting Omits Important Voices

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

You know what we have yet to see? A poll of the workers affected. Not a single "woman on the street" interview, not a single union representative, not a single spokesperson for the women themselves.

PHOTOS: Modern Day Exorcism Performed In Mexico City

Posted 01.25.2012 | Religion

The New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia describes an exorcism as "the act of driving out, or warding off, demons, or evil spirits, from persons, places, ...