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Tanenbaum's Seven Principles Can Be a Driving Force for Pluralism

Murali Balaji | Posted 08.31.2014 | Education
Murali Balaji

In the year since I left academia to become the Director of Education and Curriculum Reform for the Hindu American Foundation (one of the best decisio...

Setting the Bar Too Low: Duck Dynasty and Tolerance

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 03.16.2014 | Religion
Joyce S. Dubensky

Across the media, commentators are discussing his conflation of homosexuality and bestiality, and contesting his comments about the black community during the pre-civil rights era. They're also talking about how the controversy isn't hurting advertising profits for the show.

Evangelical Christians: The First American Liberals

Georgette Bennett, Ph.D. | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.

How did evangelical Christians, who have been dedicated to the care of all people and at the forefront of social reform in America, come to be broadly identified with intolerance and a lack of compassion?

Tragedy And Trends: Sikh Slaughter Is Part Of Global Phenomenon

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 10.07.2012 | Religion
Joyce S. Dubensky

Tragically, the Wisconsin devastation is not new or unique. Nor is it limited to one region of the world. No matter your religion, if you are practicing your faith as a member of a religious minority, you may be at risk.

The Global War Against Christians: Fallacy Or Reality?

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 04.22.2012 | Religion
Joyce S. Dubensky

To focus exclusively on one dimension -- violence against Christians -- misses the nuances and complexities at play, few of which are due to religious difference alone.

One Nation Under God: Do You Need To Be A Good Christian To Be A Good President?

Georgette Bennett, Ph.D. | Posted 03.20.2012 | Religion
Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.

During times of stress, America sometimes chokes on its pluralism. I believe such a time is upon us.

Who's Still In The Closet? The Future Of Prejudice

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 02.28.2012 | Religion
Joyce S. Dubensky

If you took time to name a group that is still stigmatized but overlooked in the movement for mutual respect, are there any you would choose? One that comes to mind is the non-religious.

Religious Hate At Occupy Wall Street?

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 12.21.2011 | Religion
Joyce S. Dubensky

These incidents are not widespread. But we call on the demonstrators and the communities involved to stand as one and denounce the hate now -- and at every future opportunity.

For A More Unified, Understanding New York

Georgette Bennett, Ph.D. | Posted 11.07.2011 | Religion
Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.

If we can continue building bridges, if the voices of pluralism can be heard above the din of the frightened and hateful, I will consider us well on the way to building an inclusive society.