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Rather Than a National Day of Prayer, How About a Humility Day?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Surely, reasonable people -- those who are ready to tune out the hate talk for a few minutes and think for themselves -- can agree that you don't need an act of Congress to get Americans to pray.

Religious Fundamentalism Should Not Be Affecting Americans' Rights

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Fred Silberberg

What we don't realize is that we, as a nation, have allowed our own country to be ruled in part by our own domestic religious fundamentalism.

Using the Bible As a Political Weapon Is Terrorism

George Elerick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
George Elerick

With his "Armageddon" reference, John Boehner committed a sort of biblical terrorism: He used a spiritual document that speaks of healing and hope and used it to instill fear and misinformed confusion in those who support him.

Prayer, Confession and the Police

Mark Osler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mark Osler

Are we comfortable with prayer being used as a technique to get confessions? For many of us, there is something deeply troubling about this trend, which has been almost uniformly approved of by courts.

A Lifeway of Flower and Song

William Horden | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
William Horden

Treating all things as miracles that pass away too soon, our thoughts and actions take on a new caliber and timbre. We concentrate on what is present instead of what is absent and discover new depths.

The Right Not To Be Offended: The Supreme Court And Religion

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John W. Whitehead

We are witnessing the emergence of an unstated yet court-sanctioned right, one that makes no appearance in the Constitution and yet seems to trump the First Amendment at every turn: the right to not be offended.

Congressman Wants Citizens of ALL Religions To Reflect On The Ten Commandments

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Rodda

Apparently, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) doesn't see any problem whatsoever with Congress encouraging people of "all faiths and religious persuasions" to follow his religion.

Why Fight About the Pledge of Allegiance?

Bruce Ledewitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bruce Ledewitz

The problem of God-language in the public square is much deeper than the Pledge of Allegiance or the national motto, In God We Trust.

An Open Letter to the Texas Board of Education From a Survivor of Its Public School System

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Disgrasian

As someone who received nearly my entire education -- grades 2-12 -- in the Texas public schools system, I must admit that I don't understand what all the fuss is about.

The Man Who Converts Evangelicals into Christians

Rob Asghar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rob Asghar

It's one thing to turn an atheist into a Christian. But it appears much harder to turn an Evangelical Christian into a real Christian. Yet that's the work that Gregory A. Boyd is about.

National Day of Prayer 2010 Postmortem

Chris Rodda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chris Rodda

The success in stopping the Pentagon National Day of Prayer event from being an NDPTF event was a big step towards getting the military to obey its own regulations.

Newdow Plans Appeal Of Inaugural Prayer Case

Religion News Service | By Adelle M. Banks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHIGNTON (RNS) Atheist lawyer Michael Newdow said Tuesday (May 11) he plans to appeal a court decision tha...

Ten Ways Christians Tend to Fail at Being Christian

John Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Shore

Speaking as someone who, well, had the conversion experience 14 years ago that I recounted in my last post, we Christians too often fail in these ten ways.

God, History And The Texas Public Schools: A Debate That Impacts All Of Us

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Even if we are believers, we know that there is a difference between teaching about the history of religion in America and preaching the Gospel to a captive audience of children in our nation's classrooms.

Sarah Palin: American Law Should Be 'Based On The God Of The Bible And The Ten Commandments'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sarah Palin joined Fox News's Bill O'Reilly recently to condemn the critics of the National Day of Prayer, saying that the Judeo-Christian belief was ...

Evolution Foes Add Global Warming To Targets

nytimes.com | Leslie Kaufman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Critics of the teaching of evolution in the nation's classrooms are gaining ground in some states by linking the issue to global warming, arguing that...

Student's Wiccan Altar Puts Teacher, Officials At Odds

The Des Moines Register | Lee Rood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

A Louisiana school district has placed a teacher on paid leave for forbidding a student from building a Wiccan altar in shop class, forcing a communit...

Bishops and Pawns

Katherine Spillar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katherine Spillar

As health care reform was being debated yesterday at the White House between Democrats and Republicans, who better to weigh in than ... Catholic bisho...

Praying For Darwin: Hundreds Of Congregations Set To Celebrate Evolution Weekend

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Clay Farris Naff

More than 800 churches, synagogues, and other houses of worship have signed on for "Evolution Weekend." They come from all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, and a dozen nations abroad.

The Super Bowl Slippery Slope: Advertising and Free Speech

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marcia G. Yerman

I have to start off with an admission. I haven't watched the Super Bowl in over twenty years. Bone crushing violence does nothing for me. I prefer...

Madness in Lancaster, California

Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

Last week, the mayor of Lancaster, R. Rex Parris, declared in his State of the City that Lancaster was an up and coming "Christian community," and the residents of the city should be proud of that.

Presenting the 2009 Ebenezer Award

Ken Blackwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

There are many models for accommodating a diversity of faiths in the public square, and excluding it altogether is among the worst.

HuffPost Editor Roy Sekoff Discusses The Sarah Palin Coin Controversy On The Joy Behar Show

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Huff TV

HuffPost Editor Roy Sekoff appeared on The Joy Behar Show Wednesday night to talk about religion in politics and the controversy surrounding Sarah Pal...

Churches Have No License to Harm Our State

Leah Anthony Libresco | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leah Anthony Libresco

If we distort the framework of nondiscrimination for religious organizations it privileges prejudice. We would, in the name of separating church and state, give the church license to harm our state.

Obama's Faith-Based Program for Muslims

Steve Posner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Posner

Obama's faith should be irrelevant since unlike Bush's Christian-dominated faith-based initiatives, he insists that he will not use government resources to promote either Christianity or Islam or any other religion.