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Peter Harrison

Marching With Mormons For Equality

Peter Harrison | June 28, 2016 | Religion
I had my first experience with Mormons For Equality three years ago (2013) when I marched with the group in the Utah Pride Parade. I had just barely come out -- only a few months prior telling my Mormon parents that I was gay.
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

"The Only Thing Jesus 'Open Carried' Was the Cross": A Minister Confronts the Gun Industry

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | June 28, 2016 | Religion
Did Jesus ever "open carry"? Yes, he did. Jesus open carried the Roman weapon of execution, the cross on which he died. And that's the only weapon Jesus ever open carried.
Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner

From Charleston to Orlando: Love Has No Boundaries

Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner | June 28, 2016 | Religion
The first anniversary of the Charleston massacre by a White supremacist, Dylann Roof, occurred at the same time as the largest mass shooting in America in Orlando targeting LGBTQ people. Charleston forced Americans to honestly address an essential question.
Michael Mamas

How Consciousness Solves The Puzzle Of Life

Michael Mamas | June 28, 2016 | Religion
With so much knowledge floating around, you can easily lose the forest for the trees. Without a fundamental understanding of the big picture, the pieces can make very little sense and even seem absurd. This is true particularly in the case of spirituality.
Jonathan Walton

Jesus, Can I Buy An AR-15 If Trump Becomes President?

Jonathan Walton | June 28, 2016 | Religion
If Jesus came back tonight I wouldn't want Him to find me in a gun store; but with Trump as a legitimate candidate for president of the United States I am genuinely afraid for my safety and the safety of my family.
Rabbi Michael Lerner

Turn July 4 Independence Day Into Inter-Dependence Day

Rabbi Michael Lerner | June 28, 2016 | Religion
[Bring your friends together for a celebratory picnic or luncheon of our inter-dependence, transforming July 4th into a celebration that affirms what is best in America and affirms our interdependence with all of humanity and with our precious planet Earth. Take turns reading the paragraphs below as a...
Engy Abdelkader

American Muslims Show Humanitarian Islam

Engy Abdelkader | June 28, 2016 | Religion
Texan Senator, and former Republican presidential candidate, Ted Cruz held a congressional hearing today, Tuesday, June 28th, examining federal agency responses to “radical Islam.” The mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando revived debate about the terminology we use to...

Israeli Forces Clash With Worshippers At Al-Aqsa Mosque

MuslimGirl | June 28, 2016 | Religion
Early Sunday morning, Israeli police forces stormed Al-Aqsa mosque, unleashing teargas, rubber bullets, and sound grenades on the worshippers.
Clay Farris Naff

Why Even ProLife Christians Should Applaud the SCOTUS Decision Striking Down Texas TRAP Laws

Clay Farris Naff | June 28, 2016 | Religion
How does the head of Americans United for Life feel in the wake of the biggest abortion decision in a decade? Here's what AUL Acting President and Senior Counsel Clarke Forsythe had to say: Women lost today as the Supreme Court sides with the abortion industry ......
Jenny Block

Here's Why The LGBTQ Community Is A Waste Of Your Time

Jenny Block | June 28, 2016 | Queer Voices
You know, the LGBTQ community is a waste of your time. Seriously. We are so regular. We work. We go to school. We raise families. We fight for what's good in the world. We go out with friends. We celebrate with family. We're you.
Ken Schneck, PhD

Why This Gay Jewish Democrat Is No Longer Volunteering at the Republican National Convention

Ken Schneck, PhD | June 28, 2016 | Queer Voices
First, let’s call out the (non)elephant in the room: I am not a Republican. Not even close. I’m a gay-Jewish-Democrat-liberal-college-professor born and bred in the NYC area, now living in Cleveland, Ohio. Thus, my decision to sign up as a volunteer for the Republican National Convention this July was clearly...
Kiri Westby

The Dalai Lama's Unique Advice For Moms

Kiri Westby | June 28, 2016 | Parents
I planned to ask about motherhood, despite the fact that multiple people warned me that it could come across as silly. "What does he know about motherhood?" They wondered. "You should ask about something more profound. Something spiritual."
Jessica Kastner

6 Worst Church Moments, Ever

Jessica Kastner | June 28, 2016 | Religion
For people of faith, church is one of the best times of the week. However, in my 14 years of avid-church going, I've seen, and experienced some pretty unpleasant moments.
Rabbi Keara Stein

Hineini: a Rabbi's response to the latest mass shooting

Rabbi Keara Stein | June 28, 2016 | Religion
I need to apologize. I've been quiet. I've been in my isolated bubble of white-straight-privilege and been perfectly fine in there. Don't get me wrong, I was outraged, but I was also paralyzed by inaction and quiet about it.
Craig Luekens

Why "Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin" is Essential: A Response

Craig Luekens | June 27, 2016 | Religion
If we say that we need to ditch the clause "love the sinner, hate the sin", we effectively lose the core gospel that is the only hope of salvation not dependent upon our own works. Jesus, Christians proclaim, died for us WHILE we were still enemies!
Michael Gilmour

The Bible Is For The Birds

Michael Gilmour | June 27, 2016 | Religion
Avian language is everywhere in the Bible. But what, if anything, does it say about ethics? Quite a lot, I suspect. For whatever reason, God does not want humans killing mother birds.
Ari Rabin-Havt

Donald Trump's Evangelical Advisers Revolt

Ari Rabin-Havt | June 27, 2016 | Politics
Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign hit a snag on Monday, after several prominent endorsers made statements suggesting his fitness to hold the highest office in our country would be undercut by his own personal behaviors and failings.
Jessica Kastner

Top 5 Hardest Moments To Maintain Your Christianity

Jessica Kastner | June 27, 2016 | Religion
For some, admitting you're a Christian is tough. I've never had that problem. I used to be a self-absorbed binge drinker with obsessive tendencies, and thanks to the Lord, I'm now a people-loving Jesus freak. However what the secular crowd doesn't always realize about Christians is that we're still human, and we have weaknesses that can still surface under certain arduous circumstances.
Kimberly Carfore

How Religion Might Influence Rape Culture

Kimberly Carfore | June 27, 2016 | Religion
While religion in the past has taught us how to live ethical lives and be moral people, it seems as though society is going through some sort of transition. When that which used to keep us safe begins to perpetuate violence, it is time to reevaluate these systems. The problems and promises of religions are most worthy of thought and consideration.
Tim Rymel

Donald Trump Is A Christian! Can You Believe It? Really. Can You?

Tim Rymel | June 27, 2016 | Politics
When I first read in my news feed that Donald Trump had become a Christian, I chuckled. With Jesus being Middle Eastern and all, I was certain Trump had built a wall around his heart a long time ago to keep him out.
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