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Politics and Religious Values

Terry Newell | Posted 10.07.2015 | Religion
Terry Newell

The notion that there is a "wall of separation" between church and state is either in serious danger or increasingly destructive of religious freedom, if we listen to the loudest voices in recent months.

A Muted Secular Welcome for Pope Francis

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

Pope Francis will be arriving in the U.S. today, Tuesday. He has a crowded schedule ahead of him this week, with stops in Washington, D.C., New York, ...

Pope Francis and Citizen Politics

Harry Boyte | Posted 09.11.2015 | Religion
Harry Boyte

We need a Copernican Revolution in political thinking. Pope Francis can help.

How Should Rhe Nonreligious Feel About Hillary Clinton?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Clinton's position on church-state separation is inconsistent. While she was a strong advocate for secular education, she's also supported religiously backed discrimination in the past and is close to a number of Religious Right leaders. It's difficult to predict how she would handle these issue once in office.

Muslim World and Secularism

Raza Habib Raja | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion
Raza Habib Raja

In Pakistan and, in fact, most of the Islamic world, the very concept of secularism is completely misunderstood. Somehow the concept has been thoroughly confused and amalgamated with Atheism.

Dying for a Natural Explanation

Nigel Hughes | Posted 07.29.2015 | World
Nigel Hughes

Voices that promoted the value and beauty of viewing the world naturally were cut down by those who prefer a particular supernatural explanation for our origins and, although happening half a world away, this issue resonates directly with critical choices that our own society must make.

Egyptian Artist Wael Shawky Is Pulling the Strings of Crusade and Jihad at MoMA PS1

G. Roger Denson | Posted 07.22.2015 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

In Wael Shawky's trilogy it's historicism, not history, that is being culled, a deliberate seeing in the past the makings of the present or more recent past.

Erdogan's Fall From Grace

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 06.25.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The steady erosion of sociopolitical conditions, the growing restrictions on free speech and the pervasiveness of the governing Justice and Development (AK) Party created deep anxiety and fear among the general public as they witnessed the gradual transformation of their country from a democracy to a police state.

Turkey: Hope and Fear

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Two weeks have passed since the legislative elections of June 7 marked a major shift in the recent history of Turkey. The Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP in Turkish), headed by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, lost its parliamentary majority, declining to 258 out of 550 seats.

No, the Charleston Shooting Was Not An Attack on "Religious Freedom"

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Benjamin Knoll

The editorial finishes by warning readers that a key lesson to learn from this tragedy is to avoid of "the dangers of a rising secularism that would limit religious expression."

From Catholicism to Atheism to Islam and Back to Catholicism

Craig Considine | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

My journey has been an unconventional one. I went from Catholicism to atheism to Islam and back to Catholicism. To this day, I'm still in awe about how God plans our life-journeys.

Counting the Godless

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

Poll after poll demonstrates that the number of religious people in America is declining--even Bill O'Reilly now admits it. But counting the corresponding increase of those without traditional religion continues to be a mix of moving targets and differing definitions. This is because people are often counting different groups.

Religious Accommodations in the Workplace

Gad Saad | Posted 06.03.2015 | Religion
Gad Saad

In an 8-1 decision the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of a hijab-clad woman who had been denied a job by Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F) based on its "look policy" (which has since been redefined by the company).

Can Religion Play a Positive Role in Politics?

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 05.29.2015 | Religion
Muqtedar Khan

As a Muslim intellectual living in the West, I have always marveled at the durability of the idea of secularism. For a civilization that boasts considerable sophistication, in most areas, to assume that politics and religion constitute two separate realms is uncharacteristically naïve.

Theological Liberalization is Not to Blame for Decline in Mainline Protestantism

Benjamin Knoll | Posted 05.14.2015 | Religion
Benjamin Knoll

The way to prevent further disenchantment with organized religion among young people is for religious leaders and laypeople alike to sever the exclusive link between religion and conservative politics in the United States.

The American War on Christianity

Joseph Callahan | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
Joseph Callahan

In America today, you can proudly say, "I'm a Christian" and carry a Bible with you everywhere you go. You can go to any church you want to without being arrested. You can even proclaim that you worship the Giant Spaghetti Monster, and all the persecution you will receive is strange looks.

Embracing Turkey's Moderate Middle

Erol Yayboke | Posted 05.11.2015 | World
Erol Yayboke

The solution to Turkey's current political turbulence lies squarely in the middle of two polarized factions. It is in our best interest to support the rise of the radical moderates.

Speaking Out for Communal Tolerance and Secularism

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

Among a slew of critical issues in India, secularism is what must be preserved above all. It is at the very core of India's multi faith based society.

184-I-DOUBT-IT: Hotline Launches To Help Those Struggling Between Faith And Atheism

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 02.27.2015 | Religion

(RNS) A new crisis hotline for those struggling between faith and atheism launched Friday (Feb. 27). Called “The Hotline Project,” the 24-hour ...

How Atheists Are Giving Back In The Wake Of The Chapel Hill Shooting

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Atheists and other nonbelievers have pitched in more than $20,000 to support the pet charity of one of the three Muslim students slain in North ...

Seeking a Secular Community in College

Matt Camarda | Posted 04.12.2015 | College
Matt Camarda

We should spend less time denying there's a big man in the sky and more time wrestling with its moral implications -- trying to build lives as rich, purposeful and filled with beauty as those of the faithful.

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 03.28.2015 | 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 03.22.2015 | 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 03.23.2015 | 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.