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5 Reasons to Be Religiously Literate

Andrew Schwartz, M Div. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Andrew Schwartz, M Div.

Religion may be declining in certain social groups, but this trend shouldn't be enough to let us assume that we can simply watch religion fade into the twilight. With that in mind, here are five reasons why it's important -- perhaps now more than ever -- to be religiously literate.

I Left 'America' for Its Hatred of Muslims... This Is My Story

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

I often wondered why there was not a single Christian student, out of the thousands at Harvard, who had the moral integrity to tear down the hate stickers on campus -- hate stickers that openly attacked me for being Muslim.

The Clearance Kids

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
e.E. Charlton-Trujillo

These kids are collectibles. Their value has yet to be set. Their stories represent a new American voice -- the voices of those who can never be counted out.

Being Gay in America

Raja Farah | Posted 04.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Raja Farah

I visited America for two weeks in 2010. As a gay man, I wanted to understand the harsh realities of being gay in one of the most powerful countries in the world. At the time, there were reports of teenagers committing suicide regularly because they were gay or believed to be gay by their peers.

Does Obamacare Infringe on Our Liberty? Or Does It Give Us Even More Freedom?

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

In the same way, without Obamacare, without the government making us buy health insurance, we would be condemning millions of Americans to lives without health care. We would be restricting their freedom. And what right do we have to do that?

The State of Our Union Is Not Strong

Kevin Richberg | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Kevin Richberg

Over a week ago, the President had the opportunity to be painfully and blatantly honest with his fellow Americans about the actual current state of ou...

Olympics: Don't Put(in) It Down

Brian Shactman | Posted 04.09.2014 | Sports
Brian Shactman

The people who don't like Putin think it would be amusing if the boastful Russian tough guy took a political hit from the Games. I am here to tell you: Don't cheer for that -- even if it's just for more bad press on unfinished accommodations or something with the venues. Why?

George Zimmerman and a Terrible New Low for 'Celebrity'

Courtney McKinney | Posted 04.07.2014 | Black Voices
Courtney McKinney

A man can kill an unarmed 17-year-old boy, and instead of going to jail, make more money than his pathetic previous life ever allowed. The Kardashians used to be the go-to celebrities when you wanted to make fun of people who did not deserve celebrity status. Well now we set a new low that will be hard to best.

America, Home of the Double Standard?

Wardah Khalid | Posted 04.06.2014 | Media
Wardah Khalid

Super Bowl commercials are well-known for their controversial subjects and the chatter they spark post-game, but the conversations following Coca Cola's "America the Beautiful" ad were in a league of their own.

This Is How Americans Are Grappling With Income Inequality

AP | By ADAM GELLER | Posted 04.04.2014 | Business

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The wealthiest county in America is settled deep in 4 a.m. slumber when Neal Breen threads the mini-mansion subdivisions and sno...

SNL: We Need A Break, It's Not You It's Me

Kristian Ramos | Posted 04.03.2014 | Entertainment
Kristian Ramos

When I was younger you were my first real taste of a grown up sketch comedy. In many ways you were the cultural arbitrator of much of my grown up comedic tastes. The problem is the country has changed and you have not.

To Paraphrase Mark Twain -- The Reports of America's Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Edward Goldberg | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

The re-emergence of the United States as the growing -- not declining economic power (a pattern that has happened several times before) -- will have tremendous ramifications throughout the world.

Andy Campbell

Rebuttal: Foods That'll Take You Straight Back To America, Where You Belong

HuffingtonPost.com | Andy Campbell | Posted 01.29.2014 | Weird News

Pardon our French, but we thought this was America's damn week, you guys. Super Bowl. Flags. Eye black. Competition. Reflection. Snacks. Fighter je...

The Biggest Stereotype Of Every State In America In 1 Map

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 01.29.2014 | Technology

On Tuesday, President Obama will report to Congress on the condition of the country. But over the weekend, we got another taste of the state of the Un...

8 Things About America Other Cultures Find Odd

Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel

Visiting America can be a mind-blowing experience. There are so many beautiful places to see, cities to wander, and regions to explore. There's also a...

10 Places Every American Should See

Budget Travel | Posted 03.26.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Think you know America's essential sights? Compare your past trips with our picks for domestic destinations every citizen should visit -- from pop culture icons to patriotic landmarks.

At President Obama's State of the Union, Will All Eyes Be on Hillary?

Alexia Parks | Posted 03.26.2014 | Women
Alexia Parks

Have women grown tired of waiting for a woman to place her hand on the Bible and take the Oath of Office as President of the United States? More importantly, will women be willing to vote a woman into the nation's highest office?

Can America Ever Regain Its Exceptionalism?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The myth of American Exceptionalism stems from the idea that the U.S. was the product of an immaculate conception -- a virgin, fertile continent bordered by two vast oceans and free of the foibles and follies of the old counties in Europe.

Glenn Beck Reflects

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 03.24.2014 | Media
Joe Peyronnin

Beck is smart, driven, and a shrewd businessman who knows how to appeal to his audience. Now, however, he is sounding more introspective. At least, that's what one might conclude from his interview earlier this week, with Fox News host Megyn Kelly, about his run at Fox News.

2nd Amendment: Shooting for Freedom

Lydia Hughes | Posted 03.24.2014 | Entertainment
Lydia Hughes

Despite the growing possession of arms, the gun debate is also something that continues to grow. Producers James Dann and Richard Morel explore the debate in 2nd Amendment.

America's Best Winter Drives (PHOTOS)

Travel + Leisure | Posted 03.23.2014 | Travel
Travel + Leisure

Winter's embrace means a slackened tourist pace in many popular warm-weather destinations, so this is an ideal time to explore America's open roads.

Born to Rock: An American Odyssey to the Cracker Barrel

Travis M. Andrews | Posted 03.23.2014 | Comedy
Travis M. Andrews

The screen door slammed with the intensity of our beating hearts, all three of us -- me, Jack and Mears. Name's Johnny, by the way, but people call...

5 Reasons America is the Villain Hollywood Needs

Elford Alley | Posted 03.19.2014 | Comedy
Elford Alley

You know what's missing from the latest James Bond films, or any of our recent action movies? A villain. With the Cold War over and the Soviet Unio...

America Doesn't Want People to Have Babies

Sarah Fader | Posted 03.18.2014 | Parents
Sarah Fader

Every day I would come to work and all I could do was think about the fact that I wasn't with my baby. I came home and I could swear that he looked different from one day to the next. This just didn't feel right to me.

The 5 Most Overrated Foods In America

The Daily Meal | Posted 01.14.2014 | Taste
The Daily Meal

These are the foods that you'd call overrated. So what makes a food item overrated, exactly? Hype, for one.