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Carol Howard Merritt

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Crosses for Equality

Carol Howard Merritt | July 25, 2014 | Religion
A group of Christians gathered at Renaissance Presbyterian Church (USA) in Chattanooga to construct "Crosses for Equality" to show their support of a non-discrimination and domestic partnership ordinance.
Murali Balaji

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Can There Ever Be an Apolitical Conversation About Hinduism?

Murali Balaji | July 24, 2014 | Religion
Based on my conversations with folks at IAMCR and even back in the United States, progress is being made to help "de-politicize" Hinduism. It will eventually mean Hindus - no matter how they self-define or self-identify - can start to more boldly be part of the public sphere without politicized or attacked for doing so.
Rabbi Baruch HaLevi

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What Not to Say to a Zionist

Rabbi Baruch HaLevi | July 24, 2014 | Religion
Look, I know most, maybe all, of these comments were coming from a place of genuine concern. Who doesn't want to be cared for and have people in their lives who love them enough to express such sentiments? With that said, my friends, such sentiments don't sit well with Zionists.
Aryeh Younger

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Keeping It Cool in the Diaspora

Aryeh Younger | July 24, 2014 | World
As personal as this war might be for many in the diaspora, it is crucial for our community to promote an environment that fosters respectful dialogue and debate. But more leaders on both sides must continue to advocate for respectful dialogue in order for change to come.
Jill Patir

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A Letter to My Jewish-American-Israeli Daughter

Jill Patir | July 24, 2014 | Parents
Jewish is not what you are, but rather who you are. Your dad was born in Israel, where much of his family still remains, and your mother was born and raised in an American-Jewish family. But I want you to know that being Jewish is so much more than just what we believe. It's our culture. It's our way of life. It's our community.
Richard M. Weinberg

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Planting Seeds of Change as LGBT Christians - from El Salvador to North America

Richard M. Weinberg | July 24, 2014 | Religion
That any church these days would take the step toward full inclusion of the LGBT community is courageous. That the Salvadoran Episcopal Church's Sexual Diversity Ministry even exists is a miracle to behold.
Khalid El Khatib

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On Reflection: A Non-Muslim's One Day of Ramadan

Khalid El Khatib | July 24, 2014 | Religion
Through my 20s, I've fasted for Ramadan three days total. I've participated for superficial reasons: because my father asked me to, with a curious coworker, and to prove I could. I resolve that this time -- the last fast of my 20s -- will be different.
Daniel Darling

Applying our Pro-Life Convictions to the Border Crisis

Daniel Darling | July 24, 2014 | Religion
As someone who has devoted much of my life to defending the sanctity of human life and the dignity of the family, I'm concerned about the rhetoric often employed when talking about these children who have recently crossed our borders.
Rabbi Daniel Klein

Hope and Despair (Masei, Numbers 33:1-36:13)

Rabbi Daniel Klein | July 24, 2014 | Religion
In a seemingly simple, but profound manner, the Torah portion of Masei challenges us to live between hope and despair, paying careful attention to the possibilities of the present moment, while laying the foundation for the future.
Rabbi Daniel Klein

Hope and Despair (Masei, Numbers 33:1-36:13)

Rabbi Daniel Klein | July 24, 2014 | Religion
In a seemingly simple, but profound manner, the Torah portion of Masei challenges us to live between hope and despair, paying careful attention to the possibilities of the present moment, while laying the foundation for the future.
Rabbi Daniel Klein

Hope and Despair (Masei, Numbers 33:1-36:13)

Rabbi Daniel Klein | July 24, 2014 | Religion
In a seemingly simple, but profound manner, the Torah portion of Masei challenges us to live between hope and despair, paying careful attention to the possibilities of the present moment, while laying the foundation for the future.
Stephen Schwartz

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The Coming of Eid al-Fitr

Stephen Schwartz | July 24, 2014 | Religion
The pursuit of justice is a good deed in Islam, appropriate for Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr alike. Justice has so far been mocked in the MH17 case. Muslims everywhere should therefore join the appeal for a thorough investigation and punishment of the perpetrators.
Robert Julian

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Holy Joe!

Robert Julian | July 24, 2014 | Comedy
In summer, Bostonians head for the cape where they can languish on beaches in willful denial of the cold winter months to come. If you plan to sell a city property, this is probably not the best time to hit the market. But my friend Bob has stepped into the breach.
Rev. Mr. Michael Rogers, S.J.

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Losing Our Religion: The Death of Christian Mosul

Rev. Mr. Michael Rogers, S.J. | July 24, 2014 | Religion
The advance of ISIS in Syria and Iraq has all but wiped out some of the most ancient Christian communities. Some of the most important early Christian manuscripts which resided in monasteries there have been burned.
Thom Nickels

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Losing My Religion and Getting It Back Again

Thom Nickels | July 24, 2014 | Religion
Indifference, I've found, rarely lasts forever. Two years ago when I gave one of my sisters an Icon of the Theotokos for Christmas, she looked at the icon and burst into tears. While I'm not sure what the tears meant, I felt that something within her was beginning to change.
Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori

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Communities of Equality

Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori | July 24, 2014 | Religion
Viagra is a covered drug under most insurance plans, yet we don't see the same move to limit its availability based on religious principles. No one is asking for a conscience clause so corporations don't have to pay for it.
Scott Dannemiller

How We Respond to the Huddled Masses Says Everything About Who We Are as Americans

Scott Dannemiller | July 24, 2014 | Religion
They are here. Among us. Christ in our midst. And for them we should open our arms wide. Like a Good Shepherd. Offering a warm embrace. A safe place to call home.
Noor Tagouri

The Elephant in the Newsroom

Noor Tagouri | July 23, 2014 | Good News
Let's address the elephant in the newsroom: a Muslim woman with a headscarf. Yes, I am a news reporter. And yes, I keep this scarf on my head while reporting (though not always this particular scarf). There has yet to be a Muslim woman who wears the hijab anchoring American news in any commercial market. Needless to say I wanted (and still want) to fill the gap.
Howard J. Curzer

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Blame and the Israel/Gaza War: A Nonpartisan List of Common, Mistaken Lines of Thought

Howard J. Curzer | July 23, 2014 | World
I am going to advance 14 general claims that seem uncontroversial to me but have surprisingly powerful implications. My goal is not to resolve any issues of blame but to raise the level of discourse by warning of certain common errors.
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

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Fundamentalist Conspiracy Theory: Search for Extraterrestrial Life Demonstrates "Rebellion Against God"

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | July 24, 2014 | Religion
Do you want conspiracy theorists to create the nation's scientific research agenda? Does it make sense to take their bizarre views seriously?
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