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What's The Line Between Religious Satire And Hate Speech?

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

LONDON (AP) — When cartoonists at a French publication that had poked fun at the Prophet Muhammad were shot dead, millions around the world felt it ...

Charlie Hebdo, Islam and Religious Freedom: Study Finds Independent Courts, Civility Best Protect Liberties, Lessen Conflict

David Briggs | Posted 01.26.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

What the new research suggests is that promoting freedom is less about any belief system or form of government than a commitment for nations to follow through on their constitutional promises to uphold religious freedoms.

Charlie, Secular Culture and Practical Wisdom

Igor Cherstich | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Igor Cherstich

In a society where the presence of different cultures is a fact of life, humor cannot afford to be a-contextual. We need to know the politics of what we do, particularly because this sensibility is part of our cultural background.

Should Secular Societies Accommodate Religious Beliefs?

Gad Saad | Posted 01.21.2015 | Religion
Gad Saad

Secularism and pluralism are two of the defining ethos of Western societies. The former decouples religion from governmental institutions whilst the latter seeks to protect the rights of all citizens to freely practice their creed.

'Aweism' Could Be The Soulful Humanist's Answer To Religious Transcendence

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion

(RNS) In a 2013 segment of her program Super Soul Sunday, the high priestess of pop spirituality, Oprah Winfrey, told swimmer and nonbeliever Diana Ny...

"I Met God, She's Black"

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion

What does God look like? Renaissance artists painted God into their own cultures, often giving him the white skin and flowing golden hair of a Euro...

The State of Secular America

Phil Zuckerman | Posted 12.29.2014 | Religion
Phil Zuckerman

Legally speaking, 2014 has not been a good year for secular Americans. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that closely held, for-profit corporations can claim religious exemptions from laws that go against their owners' religious beliefs.

Holiday Hooligans Are Targeting Atheist Billboards, Secular Group Claims

Reuters | MARY WISNIEWSKI | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - Holiday hooliganism is no longer limited to thieves running off with baby Jesus from a nativity scene or vandals throwing eggs at mangers....

Good News For Berlin Humanists

AP | Posted 12.11.2014 | Religion

BERLIN (AP) — Schools in Berlin have recognized World Humanist Day as a holiday on a par with All Saints' Day, Yom Kippur and Eid al-Fitr. The de...

Satanic Temple Wins Battle To Bring Lucifer Display Inside Florida State Capitol

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion

This year, Satan is slated to join the pantheon of gods and agendas making a stand inside Florida’s State Capitol building. The Satanic Temple su...

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.

Jesus and the Modern Man

www.nytimes.com | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion

SOMETIMES, when I kneel alone in a pew in the far back shadows of a church, face buried in my hands, a forbidden thought intrudes: You should have lef...

Jailed Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi Honored by PEN Canada

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

So, proudly, claims the official website of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C. If you were to ask imprisoned liberal Saudi writer Raif Badawi, you may hear otherwise. Or not. He may not be able to tell you what he really thinks.

Mythbusters: Bill Maher Edition

Omar Sarwar | Posted 01.06.2015 | Religion
Omar Sarwar

Since his highly controversial exchange with Ben Affleck and Nicholas Kristof on October 3rd, Bill Maher has insisted that he's simply stating the unpleasant facts about the Muslim world. But there are two particularly noxious myths that need to be debunked.

Pankaj Mishra's Incredible India

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 01.04.2015 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

Mishra's essay is an incredible exercise in distortion and denial. Even if one grants that there is a glimmer of good intentions around his apocalyptic vision the problem with the sheer fictiveness of his idea of India remains.

You Don't Have to be an Atheist to Be An Authentic Progressive

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion
Nancy Graham Holm

Most citizens with progressive politics want policies predicated on the philosophy of humanism, not religious dogma. Internationally, progressives want full recognition of human rights. Does this mean that only atheists can be authentic progressives?

What Happens After Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jews Break Away From Their Religion?

New York Magazine | Alice Robb | Posted 10.18.2014 | Religion

The first time Lynn Davidman bit into a cheeseburger, she was worried for her life. “I was afraid some punishment by God might be imminent,” she r...

So What Exactly Happens At A Sunday Assembly?

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion

The number of so-called “atheist churches” more than doubled this past weekend. On Sept. 28, 35 towns around the world launched new Sunday Ass...

Religious People More Spiritual than Atheists?

Nigel Barber | Posted 11.02.2014 | World
Nigel Barber

The decline of religion in developed countries offers a unique perspective on the religion-spirituality connection. What happens to spirituality as organized religion declines? Are regular churchgoers more spiritual to begin with?

We Spend Lifetimes Striving to Give Love, Create Beauty and Find Peace. Why?

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.08.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

A spiritual non-material-based way of life turns out to be the actual way we live no matter what we say we believe. We live by ethics not found in nature and we enrich our lives with art. That says something to me.

An Atheist's (Somewhat) Relaxed View of the Qur'an

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

Objectively, there's no denying that today Islamic extremism poses more of a threat than other types of religious fanaticism. There are complex historical, social, and cultural reasons for this. But this is not a matter of the text of the Qur'an being inherently more susceptible to intolerant interpretations than the Bible.

The Power of Religion to Restrain Conflict

Henry G. Brinton | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion
Henry G. Brinton

Even in secular contexts, people of faith can work together to encourage or discourage warfare. As violence has escalated in Israel and Gaza, an international campaign for peace has been launched, involving Jews, Muslims, and Christians.

Burqah Ban, Multiculturalism and Secularism

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics
Raza Habib Raja

As the globe becomes more cosmopolitan, it becomes even more important to get our balance right. And a correct balance is what underpins liberal secularism.

Religion Has No Answer for Sectarianism

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

The phenomenon of intra-religious strife highlights the key problem with using religious texts and doctrines to address ethical issues in general, and in particular, how we treat other human beings. All holy texts, and the doctrines derived from such texts, are infinitely malleable.

Time to Rethink: Saffron Surge and the Secular Debacle

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar | Posted 08.02.2014 | Religion
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

"What appears is not and what does not, is." This ancient saying aptly describes the Indian political scenario. The Congress-led United Progressive Al...