Angry voices on the so-called "Christian right" are already screaming about President Obama's "war on religion," but today's announcement regarding same-sex marriage was actually an inspiring religious pronouncement.
"Food to a large extent is what holds a society together, and eating is closely linked to deep spiritual experiences." Most religions and spiritual paths throughout history have some kind of ritual or rule related to food and eating.
It is time to address the proverbial elephant in the room. For the past decade, the relationship between Western Muslims -- especially American Muslims -- and their governments have been unable to move past the events of 9/11.
Leaders lead. Today our president showed us what leadership looks like by affirming that the equal protection guaranteed by the Constitution should actually protect all Americans -- including those Americans married to spouses of the same sex.
Through the personal images of and reflections by and about real American Muslim woman scattered throughout the U.S., we glimpse a truer understanding of her and are reminded once again of our common humanity.
The paratextual content in modern Bibles goes far beyond basic features, of course, and there appears to be no limit to the marketing creativity of publishers who continuously repackage the Scriptures.
I travelled to Rome and walked in O'Flaherty's footsteps across the city to the safe houses he used. In Ireland, I visited the homes of O'Flaherty's friends and relatives and began to build up a picture of a man who was a lifesaver to thousands.
Equating Down syndrome with suffering, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach praises the "doctors who work tirelessly so that this disease can be purged and children came into the world healthy." Down syndrome is not a disease.
Just as Ron Brown believes that the Bible is an inerrant guide to life, I am convinced that he and his ilk are sadly deluded, and that their reactionary efforts to drag civilization back into the Dark Ages pose a danger to us all.
After a resurrected Jesus leaves the scene for good, the first disciples are hanging out, waiting for God-knows-what. What, exactly, does one wait for after you've just seen your dead friend come back to life and eat a piece of fish?
In "The Perfect Family," Kathleen Turner plays Eileen Cleary, a devout Roman Catholic who's been nominated for "Catholic Woman of the Year." But Eileen's "perfect family" is not so perfect. I recently spoke with Turner about "The Perfect Family" and the ire it's provoked.
I was Michael's Rabbi for two years. During that time, we discussed every subject under the sun. Michael detested and despised anyone who would do harm to another human being; he loathed everything Hitler stood for. Michael was a great friend of the Jewish people.
If we spend our borrowed time here on earth striving for upward mobility or trinkets of success and abundance, then we have missed the boat. Chasing money is a surefire path to loneliness, depression and emptiness.