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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.

ISIS Militants Are Final Memory of School for Many Iraqi Children

Tara Kangarlou | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Tara Kangarlou

The Christian Iraqi children are the latest casualties of the fluid terror led by the Islamic State militants also known as ISIS -- children whose final memories of home are heavily armed men raiding their neighborhoods and schools.

Need More Proof Being Gay Isn't a Choice? Here It Is!

Steve Siebold | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

If more people have the courage and mental toughness of Daniel Pearce to stand up for who they really are, more rights, freedoms and opportunities will continue to come to those who identify as LGBT.

The God Piece

Gary Nelson | Posted 09.11.2014 | Religion
Gary Nelson

My view of God is simple. If there is a source of the most beautiful energy that we can see and feel which transcends our earthly existence, than the essence of that energy is God. Is the Bible the living word of God? I think it might have been centuries ago but we live in a different time now.

Sometimes Youthful Stupidity is a Better way to Find Happiness than Making Mature Choices

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 09.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Frank Schaeffer

We're living in an acquisitive capitalist society that is fundamentally anti-family and fundamentally uncomfortable with just enjoying being human. We'd rather shop than live, acquire than love and stare into a screen than hold each other.

Are We Living in 'Biblical Times'?

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 09.11.2014 | Religion
Rea Nolan Martin

I hear this phrase frequently, and think, are these times inherently different? Larger than life? Miraculous? Or like the great flood, globally destructive? Whether you're religious or not, 'Biblical' evokes images of a strategic shift.

Teenage Filmmaker Matthew J. Evans Wins Prestigious Art of Making Peace Award

Ilana Rapp | Posted 09.11.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Matthew J. Evans was chosen to receive the PeaceMaker Corps Association's prestigious Art of Making Peace Award for his documentary short film, A Quest For Peace: Nonviolence Among Religions.

9-11 and the Rise of New Atheism

Staks Rosch | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Staks Rosch

Sadly it has taken this terrible act of terrorism to kick start the resurgence of atheism in our modern society and to motivate atheists to organize.

The Gift of Love and Memory

Morgan Jerkins | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion
Morgan Jerkins

Naturally, as the years progress, we expect health issues to arise, but not this. His previous health issues had been in remission for thirty years. Not our Z. He was too smart to have his brain shrink.

Be Bold in Our Support for Women and Families

Rev. Darcy Baxter | Posted 09.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Darcy Baxter

Be Bold. I cannot think of a better call to action for people of faith who care about reproductive health, rights and justice.

The Buddha Walks Into the Office: Be Who You Want to Be

Lodro Rinzler | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Lodro Rinzler

Imagine for a moment a world where an entire generation took the view that it is more important that they determine who, not what, they want to be when they grow up.

Homeless LGBTQ Youth and Progressive Churches: A New Agenda for Care and Justice

Rev. Cody J. Sanders | Posted 09.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Rev. Cody J. Sanders

For progressive churches in the U.S., there is a "sweet spot" of meaningful engagement in LGBTQ justice that many congregations are missing. While we're celebrating gains in marriage equality, we often overlook the well-being and livability of life for the homeless LGBTQ youth.

10 Signs You Take The Bible Too Literally

Pete Enns | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Pete Enns

1. You laugh when you read about dinosaur fossils, because you know they are really God's little inside joke to confuse atheists.

Aphrodite Rising... as Beyoncé?

Laurie Lovekraft | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
Laurie Lovekraft

Not only was Queen Bey's 16-minute VMA medley from her self-titled album flawless and edgy, but it was a testament to the power and majesty of a woman who knows her worth -- the embodiment of Aphrodite. After watching Beyoncé's performance, you may agree that Aphrodite isn't dead but merely had a costume change.

Foolishness (1 Corinthians 1:18-24)

Rev. Margaret Aymer, Ph. D. | Posted 09.08.2014 | Religion
Rev. Margaret Aymer, Ph. D.

Like the testimony of Jesus on the cross, the headlines about Gazan children, South American refugees, and the police killing of unarmed juveniles -- far too often African American male juveniles -- are dismissed as a foolish waste of our time.

Where Climate Change and Real Conservatives Meet

Stephen Phelps | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion
Stephen Phelps

By embracing a radical worldview, today's conservatives have abandoned the moral heritage of the West.