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GOP Lawmaker Stands By Claim That Islam Is 'A Cancer' In America

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

Oklahoma state Rep. John Bennett (R) has not shied away from the controversial, anti-Islam comments he's made both on Facebook and at rallies in the p...

Michael Brown and Me: Profiling, Preachers and Tasers

Bishop George Bloomer | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion
Bishop George Bloomer

Is there any fairness in the American justice system? Can people of every racial/ethnic group be confident that they will receive equal treatment under the law? The shooting of Michael Brown raises these questions and more.

Why Work to Change the World? (Matthew 21:23-32)

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 09.22.2014 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

People of faith may not agree about exactly how to go about our work to address these and other issues, but we usually share a sense of outrage, pain, or dismay. Those feelings could very well be our summons to go into the vineyard.

I'm With Stupid: The Predictive Prowess of Deep-Fried Poultry

Todd Hartley | Posted 09.19.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

By the time you read this, Scotland will have decided already whether to secede from the United Kingdom and form its own independent country. I can hazard an informed guess, though, and for that I have KFC to thank.

Hineni -- Here I Am

Alisa Schindler | Posted 09.19.2014 | Religion
Alisa Schindler

I look around at the congregation and see so many friends and familiar faces. My prayer book with my grandmother's inscription rests on my lap. I feel warm and connected. Hineni, I think, here I am.

Religions for the Earth Conference

Jacob Devaney | Posted 09.19.2014 | Religion
Jacob Devaney

Climate justice, human rights, religion, and indigenous spirituality are all entwined and people are taking action in an unprecedented way this weekend.

Religious Leaders Urge a JustPeace Response to ISIS

Eli S. McCarthy | Posted 09.19.2014 | Religion
Eli S. McCarthy

I understand and deeply share the desire to protect people. But, there are better, more effective, more healthy, and more humanizing ways to protect people and to engage this conflict.

We Must Recover America's Hopeful Spirit

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Michael Shammas

While we used to feel inspired by our country, we now feel disenchanted. While we used to hope, now we doubt. And rather than listening to leaders who unite us, too often we pay heed to demagogues like Rush Limbaugh whose sole source of profit comes from division and discord.

Wrestling With Race on Rosh Hashanah

Diane Tobin | Posted 09.19.2014 | Religion
Diane Tobin

As we head into the Jewish New Year, we take with us the challenges of an eventful summer punctuated by racial unrest. The death of Michael Brown, like that of Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin before him, are tragedies that jolt us out of complacency.

Happy Rosh Hashana!

Rabbi Levi Welton | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Levi Welton

Over the years, Rosh Hashana has become associated with many recognizable objects and foods which you might see depicted on Rosh Hashana greeting cards or synagogue pamphlets.

Pope Francis Is the Answer to Church's Prayers

Steve Siebold | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion
Steve Siebold

In an ever-evolving and modernized world, the faster the church stops telling people they are hopeless sinners and starts building them up, the better chance this archaic institution has to survive. And that's exactly what the Pope is doing.

Religious Groups Mobilize at People's Climate March

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion
Marcia G. Yerman

Religious groups of all denominations will be represented by a large segment of marchers. This will include Unitarian Universalists, Protestant/Evangelicals, Catholics, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Humanists, and Indigenous peoples. What they have in common is a shared belief in a moral responsibility for "stewardship of the earth."

Fethullah Gulen's Message Condemning ISIS Appears in 5 U.S. Dailies Today

Emre Celik | Posted 09.17.2014 | Media
Emre Celik

Fethullah Gulen, a world renowned scholar, preacher and social advocate published his message of condemnation in today's New York Times, Washington Po...

Can Music Heal Jerusalem?

Rosa Lia June | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Rosa Lia June

Jerusalem isn't always an easy city. But to be sat outside at night, near the Old City, listening to music and singing, the sounds washed over me, cleared me, and made me feel lighter.

Why Is This Rosh Hashanah Different? (Nitzavim/Vayelekh, Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30)

Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin

This week's parashah speaks of this seventh-year fix. It calls us to come together every seven years to hear our tradition's teachings in their entirety. All members of society are to gather in one place at one time and hear the fullness of the Torah.

Religious Crimes and Free Speech: From Pussy Riot to Fellatio with Jesus Statuary, the Controversies Keep on Coming

Clay Calvert | Posted 09.16.2014 | Crime
Clay Calvert

Whenever religion becomes involved, sophomoric stunts by 14-year-old boys become no laughing matter to the offended.

A Spiritual Solution to Religious and Racial Violence

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

On a deep and genuine level, people of the various faiths have to accept that God has given multiple ways in which people can serve, worship, and reunite with him. We have to start to honestly feel this way and not just recite it.

The Bible's Violent God Isn't

Pete Enns | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Pete Enns

There's no escaping the fact that Christians who take the Bible as a God-given dependable, trustworthy, and accurate source of information about God have some thinking to do.

God's Guide to Conflict Resolution

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

If an Environmental Studies teacher is afraid to talk about climate change because of potential conflict, our planet is in deeper trouble than we think. So to face my own fear, I decided to write about the religious response to climate change.

Being Present

Alissa Stern | Posted 09.16.2014 | Travel
Alissa Stern

In some cultures, wearing local dress and participating in local ceremonies is not appreciated. And even in Bali, there are some ceremonies that are off-limits to outsiders. But in many Balinese communities, as in many communities elsewhere, the opposite is true.

Why the 'We Can't Teach About LGBT History for Religious Reasons' Argument Makes No Sense Whatsoever

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Ferroni

As a history teacher, I cherish history and know the importance of all people's history. However, when it comes to teaching LGBT history, many so-called religious people always pull out the religious card.

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.

Facebook 'Cash Mob' Descends on 'Naughty' Front Royal Donut Shop [VIDEO]

Dan McDermott | Posted 09.14.2014 | DC
Dan McDermott

Customers came from three states and the District of Columbia Sep. 14, 2014 to support Naughty Girl's Donuts after the high school student-operated ...

Blessing Those Who Have Cursed Us

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

It is certainly curious that we would decorate baby nurseries with images from the story of Noah's Ark. The smiling elephants in the comically tiny boat must always be blocking out the mass of humanity and animal life drowning under a seemingly never-ending deluge.

Climate Change This Week: Solar Jobs Rise, So Does Global Heat, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 09.16.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, the jet stream has once again wobbled down into the US, bringing unusually cool but refreshing weather to much of the US as California and Alaska bake.