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Gay 'Agenda' Not Even Close When It Comes to Religious Persecution

James Peron | Posted 12.23.2014 | Gay Voices
James Peron

It might be useful to remember what other threats to religious liberty have actually existed in the "history of our existence as a nation."

Corporations as Sovereign

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

"Persons" who are not subject to the same laws as the rest of us, who are able to force their employees to follow the same religious restriction they hold, who can control elections without accountability or transparency, and who can act with impunity sound awfully like the monarchs of old.

Sexuality: Rewriting the Past

Randall Frederick | Posted 07.20.2014 | Religion
Randall Frederick

One of my great professional frustrations is when I hear or see individuals, even entire communities, rewrite history to conform with their ideology.

Calvinism and Conflict

Martin Marty | Posted 03.30.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

Last Saturday was the day set aside for the annual festival commemorating "The Conversion of St. Paul." Did anyone notice? Still, Paul is "all over the place" in Christianity. Almost everything about him evokes or signals conflict.

Thanksgiving -- Need Some Comments From You

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

I know these are hard times, full of many trials and tribulations--for individuals, couples, families, and for our country. But if the early Pilgrims, after their horrific voyage to America and the devastating winter filled with death and suffering, were able to find reasons to be thankful, surely we can, too.

Taking Exception to Exceptionalism

Bill Moyers | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Previously published on BillMoyers.com The historian Bernard Weisberger writes that it's time retire the outworn American creed of exceptionalism. It...

The Faerie Month of May: Faerie Festivals and May Celebrations

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 06.20.2013 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

Today's Maytime Faerie Festivals, including Spoutwood Farm's May Day Fairie Festival, the Maryland Faerie Festival, and the New York Faerie Festival, are outgrowths of this vibrant May tradition. They feature kings and queens, Maypole dances, flower garlands and beautiful costumes.

Post-Apocalyptic Pastorale: The Paintings of Jazz-minh Moore

Daniel Maidman | Posted 05.24.2013 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

Jazz-minh Moore is painting figures in landscapes, in acrylic paint, on birch panels. She often distresses the boundaries of her panels, or otherwise incorporates the physicality of her substrate into the work itself.

Jamie Dimon's Ultra-American Rise and Fall: The Great Gatsby Meets Moby Dick

Lynn Parramore | Posted 05.20.2013 | Business
Lynn Parramore

They called him a hero. The most esteemed banker of his time. The captain who could steer the ship while others foundered. Now the truth is out, and Wall Street's golden boy, Jamie Dimon, has fallen to earth with a thud. Why did it take so long?

Our Inner Puritans

Matthew Hutson | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Matthew Hutson

Americans are the most individualistic people in the world. This may be a remnant of the Protestant rejection of church hierarchy and emphasis on a personal relationship with God.

Jesus And New England: Open Letter To The Christians Who Want To 'Convert' Us

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 09.30.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I know you think you know us. Except here's the thing: Jesus is already here. He has been for a very long time, and we already knew him, long before you came.

The Elusive American Experience

Nathan Chen | Posted 07.11.2012 | Teen
Nathan Chen

The American experience is the pursuit of personal freedom -- a free and just life without oppression or prejudice. Personal freedom is what we, as Americans, have been fighting for.

How Protestantism Redefined Marriage

Bethany Blankley | Posted 07.15.2012 | Religion
Bethany Blankley

The sanctity of marriage would be best preserved if marriage were left to the authority of the church. Instead, most Bible-believing Christians find themselves defending a religious practice that was never designed to be governed by a secular institution.

Advice to Fundraisers: Go West (and East and South)

Michael Kaiser | Posted 04.07.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

As country after country announces substantial cuts in government arts funding -- and the economic challenges the EU is now facing should only hasten this trend there -- the need to develop more sophisticated knowledge of fundraising techniques is only going to grow.

Faith, Tebowing And The Super Bowl: Does It Pay To Pray For Play?

David Briggs | Posted 04.02.2012 | Religion
David Briggs

Research provides evidence that for both athlete and fan, prayer may serve to help them cope with the pressures of sports, and help them keep in perspective that, in the end, it is just a game.

Hey Fox, Here's What a Real 'War on Christmas' Looks Like

Matt Zencey | Posted 02.15.2012 | Media
Matt Zencey

Fox's Bill O'Reilly, in a broadcast last month, boasted to his viewers he's a "passionate defender of Christmas traditions in America." The Christmas our country knew during its first 200 years was probably not what O'Reilly had in mind.

The Real "War on Christmas"

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Just because the modern "War on Christmas" may not exist does not mean such a war never existed in America. The subject of Christmas was indeed at the heart of a previous bitter political dispute, but you've got to go pretty far back to find it. All the way back to the Puritans.

Was The First Thanksgiving A Religious Celebration?

Posted 11.18.2011 | Religion

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) If you want to prepare for Thanksgiving like a real Pilgrim this year, here's what you should do: Canc...

Breastfeeding - Our Country's Lactation Intolerance

Tessa Blake | Posted 10.19.2011 | Parents
Tessa Blake

A month ago a breastfeeding doll from Europe made a controversial splash in the U.S., erroneously accused of "sexualizing" children. I hate to break it to you, but children who see mothers nursing will mimic it. Are you suggesting this is shameful? What if she feeds her doll with a bottle? Is she not being a kid then, or is it just the breast that's the problem?

The Real Dope on Osama Bin Laden's Porn Stash

Susie Bright | Posted 07.16.2011 | World
Susie Bright

Send me into any dwelling in the world and I will emerge a few minutes later with objects of sexual fascination from the inhabitants' stash, be they books, drawings, movies, sketches.

Don't Put Down the Airport Pat-Down!

Lennard Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lennard Davis

I'm puzzled about this fuss surrounding enhanced pat-downs and body-imaging machines. And I'm wondering if the truth is that Americans don't like them because of our puritan heritage.

Anti-Gay Bullying is Today's Witch-Hunting

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Irene Monroe

Due to homophobic bullying some of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) children feel like they are looked upon as today's witches.

The Myth of American Religious Tolerance

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kenneth C. Davis

In the Oct. 2010 issue of Smithsonian, I delve into the real history of America's attitudes about religion, and it is a far different picture from the tidy tableau and storybook version of tolerance that we tell our children.

Outrage Over South Park's Muhammad: Not Just a Muslim Thing

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

It is worth pointing out that Christianity has a long history of violence against visual depictions of Jesus, the saints, and God.

The Puritans are Dead: Long Live the Puritans?

Deborah M. Roffman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah M. Roffman

The time has come to face an embarrassing truth, America: It's 2010 now, and sex education in the United States is still rooted in the early 17th Century. I see evidence of this unchallenged presumption everyday.