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ISIS Beheadings and the American Separation of Church and State

Richard T. Hughes | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Richard T. Hughes

Americans who view a Christian establishment as a meaningful antidote to Islamic terror have already conceded the fight to the people they oppose since they would strip the United States of one of the most important pillars of American freedom.

Back-to-School Not Welcoming to All LGBTQ-Students in Massachusetts

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

It's back-to-school season for most and stepping back into the scene isn't easy for a lot of students -- especially LGBTQ students.

The Right-Wing, the Bible and the November Elections

Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 09.02.2014 | Religion
Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D.

I am convinced that most rank-and-file right-wing Christians are sincere and not cynical in the politics they embrace. Yet they have been so egregiously misled that even though they might be sincere, they are sincerely wrong according to the most fundamental moral and ethical imperatives of the Bible.

They Are Our Children Now

Fred Lundgren | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Fred Lundgren

The question must be asked. Where is the empathy or Christian charity among those who protest children? Did these children choose their fate? Did they maliciously and knowingly choose to be born into poverty and strife? The idea is as absurd as protesting their presence.

Gun Violence Affronts the Heart of Christianity

David Michael McFarlane | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion
David Michael McFarlane

Somehow religious folk especially have been duped into believing that to conceal a gun in a purse or jacket is the mark of a good citizen, when in fact it is an act of absolute cowardice and disregard for the beauty and value of our fellow humans.

The Stunning Resurgence of Progressive Christianity

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 08.04.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Anyone born within the last 50 years would be justified in thinking that Jesus' teachings and Christian preachings were the exclusive domain of social and fiscal conservatives.

Dear Christians With Guns

Anastasia Basil | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Anastasia Basil

Another shooting, this time in Santa Barbara, with legally purchased guns. You probably think it's partially my fault. Why? Because I am a Godless American.

Why Are the Openly Secular Openly Disdained?

Robyn Blumner | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Robyn Blumner

The trait people identified as the least desirable in a president: "Atheist." 53 percent of Americans said they would be less likely to vote for a candidate who is an atheist. It beat out pot-smoker and adulterer.

The Tea Party Is Dead! Long Live the Tea Party!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Tea Party groups have evolved over time. Initially, they were supposed to be grassroots, libertarian, and spontaneous; but there were many who almost immediately attempted to grab the Tea Party mantle and turn it into their own giant political machine.

It's Time to Stop Calling Fundamentalists 'Christians'

David Michael McFarlane | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
David Michael McFarlane

To call a response of this magnitude embarrassing is no longer sufficient. In the last two years Fundamentalists have banded behind a fast food chain, racist reality TV star and discriminatory legislation in their attempt to police LGBTQ persons.

World Vision's (Failed) Attempt at Justice for Gay Christians

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.26.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

World Vision just announced that they have reversed their policy, announced only two days ago, to accept gay Christians as employees. This is so sad, and so bad for everyone.

The Christian Right's 'Religious Freedom Law' Scam

Vanessa Sheridan | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Vanessa Sheridan

Several states are currently considering passing "religious freedom laws." Don't be misled: such legislation is unconstitutional and should be patently offensive to any patriotic American who cares about equality for every citizen.

Atheists Are Not Offended by a Cross, They Are Offended by Discrimination

Dan Arel | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Dan Arel

When you build a skyscraper using steel beams you build it using crossbeams. When these buildings come down, there is a high chance some of those cros...

The Christian Right's Plan for a Strategic Theocratic Mid-Term Takeover

Dan Arel | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Dan Arel

The Christian Right is becoming less popular minority group in the US, but they are not afraid to play dirty. While they must deal with smaller numbers, they know how to control their voters and do just that.

Zach Carter

How An Extreme Anti-Gay Law Could Hurt Straight Couples

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics

An extreme anti-gay law that cleared the Kansas state House of Representatives on Wednesday contains language so broad that it could legalize discrimi...

What the Christian Right Gets Wrong About Sin

Micah J. Murray | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
Micah J. Murray

In culture war clashes, the word "sin" gets flung around loosely -- many Christians claim to "call a sin a sin," "take a stand against sin," and not "enable or aid sin." If I were to simply observe the issues on which Christians "take a stand," I'd conclude that the entire doctrine of sin is concerned primarily with sexual activity.

The Perils of Religious Politicking

Peter Montgomery | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Sen. Mark Pryor's ad is a cautionary tale about the fact that, as he himself has said, the intersection of faith and politics can be difficult to navigate. It can come across as saying, "vote for me because I'm a Christian," a message that fails to respect America's constitutional ideals and growing religious pluralism.

Holiday Blue Notes

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The holidays are approaching, but events are making it hard to get in the festive spirit.

Double Standard for Women: Democrats and Republicans on Common Ground

Cynthia Dill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Cynthia Dill

The challenge for women regardless of party in the blood sport of politics is to succeed without appearing to want success. To win a fight without being scrappy. What's admired as "bold" in men is scorned as brash in women. What's sharp is shrill.

Mark Driscoll's Right-Wing Resurgence

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

For a while I've been suggesting that what's usually called the neo-reformed or neo-calvinist movement is producing a new religious right in America. That is, a Christian movement framed primarily according to conservative political stances.

Pity the Values Voter Summit

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

The themes and speakers at VVS2013 have the whiff of decayed ideas and diminished power. But the really horrible part of the event is the complete and utter lack of interest in the poor, the immigrants, and those on the margins -- you know, those people Jesus loved.

What the Christian Left Can Learn From the Christian Right

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 10.28.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

If the drama in North Carolina represents the rise of a Christian left in this country -- and recent polling data indicates it might -- many liberal hearts like mine will gladden. Yet whatever better angels I have in my nature are counseling caution.

'Don't Say Gay': What American Christianity Can Learn From Vladimir Putin

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 10.08.2013 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

Whether violence against gay people is an unintended consequence of Putin's law (I think not) or part of his own Machiavellian political gamesmanship (probably), events in his country illustrate the danger of attempting to promote a Christian moral vision through direct legislation.

Ted Cruz Pushing Religious Right Lies About Marriage Equality

Peter Montgomery | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Right-wing media and elected officials play a crucial role in moving fictional manufactured "crises" and false "threats" to liberty from the imaginations of Religious Right leaders into the media and public airwaves. Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz has just given us a great example.

Anti-LGBT Family Research Council Mimics 'Patriot' Rhetoric

Chip Berlet | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Chip Berlet

This week, less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the federal government cannot discriminate against legally married same-sex couples, the FRC circulated an online fundraising appeal that urges recipients to "Seize this Opportunity to Stop Tyranny in America!"