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Culture Wars

A New Generation Confronts the Culture War and Shrugs

Daniel Cox | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
Daniel Cox

Are Millennials interested in battling over issues of sexual morality and religious freedom? Cultural boundaries have shifted dramatically over the past several decades.

Gun Control: Getting Taken In by a Wedge Issue

Michael Goldstein | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Michael Goldstein

Decrying those who don't agree with our solution doesn't lead to change. It contributes to polarization, putting gun owners on the defensive in a way that makes it harder for moderates among them to join us in the little that could actually be done via a gun-control policy.

Why Hate Defeats Itself

James Peron | Posted 06.11.2014 | Gay Voices
James Peron

Along came Anita Bryant with her Save Our Children crusade and enough was enough. This kid, steeped in Bible-believing, conservative fundamentalism, sat down and wrote a letter to the newspaper denouncing Bryant's intolerance. To say the least, it was noticed.

TV News & Upworthy Are Transforming Us All Into Dumb, Ill-Informed, Simple-Minded Sheep

Michael Shammas | Posted 07.29.2014 | Media
Michael Shammas

For the first time in my life, I can confidently say that most news is not making us smarter -- it is making us dumber.

In Defense of Light and Magic

Dave Pruett | Posted 07.23.2014 | College
Dave Pruett

Originally, one attended a "university" to study the universe and to seek one's niche in it. The best universities are still such places, where the connections that bind us to one another and to the cosmos are unveiled. Being an educator -- helping students celebrate the mystery and explore the connections -- is, on good days, magical indeed.

Climate Change Is The Single Most Divisive Political Issue, Says Poll

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Climate change remains a divisive political issue, with a significant percentage of Republicans saying they don't believe the scient...

The Culture War and the Self-Destruction of Catholic Schools

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Catholic schools were once places where such questions could be openly pursued. But a culture war is ravaging the Catholic primary and secondary school systems of the United States.

Heaven Help Us: The Public Prayer Debate

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Irwin Kula

Whether a "ceremonial" prayer is really required to open a government meeting, yet alone makes any difference, seems a rather unimportant question given the serious challenges we face in this country these days but it does invite us to reflect on what is happening with regard to the separation of church and state -- one of the great innovations in governing.

Unsteady Halo: The Canonization of Pope John Paul II

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

In retrospect, had John Paul II chosen to do what his immediate successor did -- retire at an appropriate time -- he would have stepped down around 1995. Our assessment would be different. But we must assess his legacy in its totality.

Hobby Lobby and Religious Freedom

Martin Marty | Posted 06.01.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

While scientists and partisans argue whether or not "abortion" is an appropriate definition for what birth control products actually do, public involvement tends to be less scientific than it is religio-political.

Love the Sinner? Love the Sin! Why Christians Should Make Cakes for Gay Weddings

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

Christians are in the news again. This is almost never good. I mean, I love my people. Really! I am one of my people! But we are idiots sometimes. Once again, we are taking a stand against "immorality" and "godlessness."

It Ain't All Duck Dynasty Out Here

Anthony Flaccavento | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Anthony Flaccavento

What the small businesses of Arizona, the farmers of Missouri and the coal miners of southwest Virginia are not, is stupid. The zealots in the Arizona legislature may have finally awakened this bunch, which might well be more than they'd bargained for.

Are Conservatives Eager to Reunite the Academic Culture Wars ?

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 04.22.2014 | College
Elwood D. Watson

Including divergent perspectives in the college curriculum not "political correctness," it is acknowledging the significant contributions that Americans of all races, ethnicities, religions sexual persuasions and regions have made to our society.

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.

Pope Francis on Marriage, Annulments, and the Good Judge

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

This is not a speech likely to gain much attention in the United States. It is available only in Italian, although an English translation will doubtlessly be forthcoming. But it is a speech with potentially large implications for the direction Pope Francis hopes to move the Church.

Shadow Over Springfield: The Failures of a Warrior Bishop

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., has recently been in the news for staging a public exorcism on the day Gov. Pat Quinn signed marriage equality into law in Illinois. Bishop Paprocki's actions raise a few questions: What is the state of his diocese? If it is in decline, then why?

Weaponizing Santa, Weaponizing Jesus

Greg Carey | Posted 02.14.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

So what was Megyn Kelly doing in her rebuttal of Aisha Harris? She was stirring up animosity among older white people that someone would dare challenge white Santa. Kelly even went a step farther: she threw Jesus into the mix. Let's not touch white Jesus.

Jon Bonné's The New California Wine: Worthy Effort Despite Simplistic Polemics

Richard Jennings | Posted 02.11.2014 | Taste
Richard Jennings

The style is crisp and compelling, as is the case with Jon's Chronicle features.

Re: Gov. Shutdown; An Appeal to Paul Krugman and the NY Times: Stop Being Polite, It's Time to Expose Extremist Religion's Threat to Our Democracy

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

For almost 9 years I've been warning Huffington Post readers of the danger religious right fundamentalist activism is to our country. With the advent ...

Behind DOMA Ruling, America Stands Divided on Gay Rights

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 09.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Mugambi Jouet

The Supreme Court's decision to strike the Defense of Marriage Act not only reflects progress towards equality, but also the great polarization of American society over gay rights.

The Culture Wars Are Alive and Kickin' (A Disaster for Women and the Environment)

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Ronald Reagan did the nation a lasting disservice by bringing into our politics in a huge way the Jerry Falwells and Pat Robertsons of this world. Thirty years later this Reagan coalition is still going strong.

Coming Out Stories and Culture Wars

Mark Ro Beyersdorf | Posted 07.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Ro Beyersdorf

I've been bewildered by the conversations that have unfolded in the comments section of my essay, "Coming Out Across Cultural Barriers: A Mixed-Race Son's Journey with His Korean Immigrant Mother."

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.

Martyrdom Complex

Greg Carey | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Historians have long known that early Christians wrote -- and wrote and wrote -- about martyrs, but evidence from outside the movement simply does not confirm this picture.

Why the Culture Wars Now Favor Democrats

National Journal | Posted 06.04.2013 | Denver

It's no coincidence that gay marriage, gun control, and immigration are all in the news this month. Their prominence measures a critical political shi...