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It's Time to Stop Calling Fundamentalists 'Christians'

David Michael McFarlane | Posted 03.27.2014 | 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 03.26.2014 | 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 03.13.2014 | 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 03.11.2014 | 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 03.03.2014 | 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!"

Jesus the Liberal

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.01.2013 | Religion
Michael Shammas

A long time ago there was a remarkable man, a man who said that might does not make right, that the weak have a strength the strong do not have, and that what we call "justice" is often really injustice. He was a man who was condemned by traditional conservative society.

A Progressive's Confessional Journey To Focus On The Family

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 06.29.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

My teeth have been among those set on edge by Focus. But I have found that when you keep your eyes open, you may be surprised by what you see. And when you maintain an open mind, you might be astonished by the changes that can take place in your perceptions and opinions.

My Prayer This Easter Season: That The Arc Of The Moral Universe Continue To Bend Towards Justice

Kety Esquivel | Posted 05.27.2013 | Religion
Kety Esquivel

My prayer this Easter season is that the arc of the moral universe continue to bend towards justice in the ruling of the Supreme Court Justices.

Is Birth Control Fight Really About Religious Freedom?

Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 04.10.2013 | Religion
Tom Krattenmaker

Only when partisan evangelicals earn a reputation for sincere regard for religious freedom -- for all people's religious freedom -- will complaints about non-evangelical presidents and their supposed assaults on liberty ring credible.

Roe and Religion

Sally Steenland | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Sally Steenland

In the years before the Supreme Court legalized abortion in its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, clergy were among the staunchest supporters of women seeking an abortion.

Jesus Hates Guns. So What?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

If we are being honest with ourselves, we must admit that our national histories, our ethnic histories, our religious histories, our family histories, our personal histories, all take precedence over the Bible.

How The Bible Began Saying Life Begins At Conception

Jonathan Dudley | Posted 01.19.2013 | Religion
Jonathan Dudley

Evangelical thinkers on both sides of the issue arrived at positions through honest reflection on the Bible, theology and science. But in the face of this disagreement, why did only one set of these reflections come to be known among lay evangelicals as "the biblical view on abortion"?

Election Disaster For Religious Conservatives? I Couldn't Disagree More

Tim Suttle | Posted 01.12.2013 | Religion
Tim Suttle

Evangelicals have to move our focus away from right wing politics and begin focusing on mission. When I say mission, I don't mean saving souls so much as pursuing the kingdom of God.

5 Reasons Why The Christian Right Is Warning Of A 'Revolution'

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 01.12.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

The hate we've seen spewed into the political discourse this year was among the worst we've seen, with preachers calling for gays to be rounded up or killed by the government, but it's going to get uglier. When they start talking about "revolution" and "revolt," we all had better pay attention.