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Hellfire of the Vanities: Confessions of a Latina Redneck

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 09.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

"My daddy got tired of hearing me bawl and told me to beat her good first chance I got."

Some Atheists and Transhumanists are Asking: Should it be Illegal to Indoctrinate Kids With Religion?

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Zoltan Istvan

A reasonable society should not have to indoctrinate its children; its children should discover and choose religious paths for themselves when they become adults, if they are to choose one at all.

Why President Obama Needs to Listen to American Muslims

Lorna Byrne | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

I am told that if a small group of American Muslims drawn from both the Sunni and Shia strands of Islam, and from different ethnicities come together to discuss solutions they will come up with ideas that can lead to breakthroughs.

Jesuit Refugee Service accompanies refugees in Ethiopia

Christian Fuchs | Posted 08.28.2014 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

(Washington, D.C.) August 28, 2014 -- The UN refugee agency reported this month that Ethiopia is now the largest host country of refugees in Africa, s...

Death Threats, Freedom, Transhumanism, and the Future

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 08.25.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

The next time you read a controversial opinion article, instead of talking about "lynching" the author or what "gauge" shotgun you're going to use when you shoot him, maybe present a better idea to solve the problems he's trying to address.

30 Years of Mexico and Me

R. Andrew Chesnut | Posted 09.22.2014 | Latino Voices
R. Andrew Chesnut

I first came to Mexico to visit my college girlfriend in the summer of 1984, and over the past three decades have returned numerous times to visit relatives, conduct research and travel throughout this beautiful country.

Is America to Blame for the Crisis on the Border?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 09.08.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

The roots of this crisis go back decades, to a time when the American government thought it was more important to frustrate the Russians than to end a bloodbath. A natural question is, how long are we responsible for the sins and errors of the past?

Michael Sam and the Last Few Yards: Will We Fumble?

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 07.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Clay Farris Naff

The Supreme Court has broad independence, but it is not immune to public pressure. What pressure does its conservative wing feel? The signs aren't good. The Christian right has great discipline, huge resources, and an unwavering focus on its theocratic goals.

Nuns Thrown Under the Bus

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 07.08.2014 | Religion
Gina Messina-Dysert

U.S. nuns have stood firm stating that their intentions have been misunderstood by the Vatican and remain steadfast in their efforts to work for social justice.

Radical Grace: U.S. Nuns Honor Vow by Challenging the Vatican

Gina Messina-Dysert | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Gina Messina-Dysert

Although the Vatican attempted to rein in American nuns for pushing "radical feminist themes," its efforts have been less than successful. Recogni...

On Earth Day, Remember the World's Poor

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

By Bill O'Keefe Today is Earth Day, bringing to mind images that have been thought of since the first such celebration in 1970, of belching smokestac...

Easter Week for Stoics: Why I Love Jesus But I'm Kind of 'Meh' About Easter

Kristen Howerton | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Kristen Howerton

The idea of forcing myself to enter into a certain mindset because of the date on the calendar just doesn't jive with my personality.

Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Putin, Religion and the Second Coming of Fascism

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics
Clay Farris Naff

It is tempting. But let's dodge a violation of Godwin's Law and instead look at what really matters: the alarming resurgence of religious fascism around the globe.

GED Overhaul Diminishing Hope

Jeff Putthoff, S.J. | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Jeff Putthoff, S.J.

As the only high school diploma equivalency tests accepted by all 50 states, changes to GED has a huge impact on the millions of people who hope to earn credentials equivalent to a high school diploma. This is particularly onerous on the poor.

Prayers: Cholo Goth Is 'Ready to Bleed' and to Rock

Lisa Derrick | Posted 05.25.2014 | Latino Voices
Lisa Derrick

Cholo goth. Makes total sense. The cultural iconography dovetails seamlessly -- skulls, lace, candles, saints and crucifixes. The music draws on heartbreak, alienation, angst, making it perfect for dystopian youth of all races.

A Catholic and a Protestant Leader Should Talk Climate: A Jewish View

Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb | Posted 05.24.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb

We change the climate when we lack restraint and awe, when we stop serving and guarding. Like his predecessors, Francis sees addressing and reducing climate change as a moral imperative.

Gay Man Abandoned Wife and Two Kids -- See How the Wife Responded (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 05.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-03-14-20140312RosaManriquezIFD.jpgImagine you have a husband, two infant girls, a house, and a marriage. Then your husband abandons you because he's gay. That's what happened to Rosa Manriquez.

Standing With the People of Syria

Christian Fuchs | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

Our priority is to promote diplomatic efforts and to apply pressure on the Syrian government and opposition groups to agree upon an immediate ceasefire and to reach a negotiated solution.

Jurji Zaidan: Renaissance Man for All Seasons

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.02.2014 | Books
Magda Abu-Fadil

He felt classical Arabic should be the object of modernization, not spoken colloquial Arabic in all its permutations, and was instrumental in the establishment of "Al Majma' Al Loghawi" (The Arabic Language Academy) to attain that goal.

The Vision

Rashard Mendenhall | Posted 04.27.2014 | Sports
Rashard Mendenhall

A little more than two years ago, while sitting still on my couch in Pittsburgh, I saw something very clearly. Some people would call it a vision.

Pope Francis and the Paradox of Faith

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 04.23.2014 | Religion
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

I periodically go to religious services for their moments of quiet and reflection. Too often I leave feeling the faith leader missed an opportunity to reach the congregants and to advance the cause of humanity. But I am also fortunate to know some faith leaders who, like the Pope, dare to show the way.

Pregnant Montana Teacher Deserves to Keep Her Job

Mary DeTurris Poust | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
Mary DeTurris Poust

What do you think happens the next time a single Catholic school teacher finds herself pregnant with no husband? Yeah, abortion might be the obvious choice if she thinks she might lose her job

Can a Wiccan Marry an Atheist?

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway | Posted 04.02.2014 | Weddings
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway

The core of the ceremony can be a celebration of a couple's relationship and of love. From there they can be creative and seek ways to include elements of spirituality that are pleasing to all and offensive to none.

In Harlem, Catholics and Muslims Hold Interfaith Celebration to Remember Dr. King's Non Violent Resistance

Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D. | Posted 03.23.2014 | Religion
Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D.

In bringing together predominantly African American Catholics with Muslims, this celebration of Dr. King's legacy of non-violence makes a unique contribution to interfaith work in New York City and beyond.

Dysfunctional Religion Versus a Spirituality That Builds Intimacy and Community

John Amodeo, PhD | Posted 03.11.2014 | Religion
John Amodeo, PhD

The time appears ripe to have a courageous, respectful dialogue about the dysfunctional practice and interpretations of religion that leads to divisiveness and disconnection versus the healthy spirituality that connects our hearts and fosters vibrant communities.