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Religion in America

Republicans Use Religion As A Political Tool

John W. McCarthy | Posted 11.07.2012 | Religion
John W. McCarthy

The Republican Right has taken a break from their busy schedule of cutting services to poor people to tackle another hard hitting issue: The Democratic Platform didn't originally mention God once.

One Nation Under God -- Not!

Phil Zuckerman | Posted 11.06.2012 | Politics
Phil Zuckerman

At last week's Republican National Convention, Florida Senator Marco Rubio was loud and clear: What makes us Americans is our shared belief in God. He's wrong.

A Call To Transform Politics

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 11.06.2012 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

Jesus said the greatest commandment was to "Love God and love your neighbor as you love yourself." In a Democratic Republic, our politics have the power to love, hurt or even oppress our neighbor.

The Growing Contemporary Church

Rick McDaniel | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Rick McDaniel

Walk in and hear rock music, see people wearing jeans and flip flops, and look at big video screens. Messages that focus on sex, success and decision making are also common fare. Welcome to the contemporary church.

Religious Freedom At The 2012 DNC: Day 1

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

What stayed with me the most from yesterday's interviews was that everyone took for granted that religion would play a major role in the election and assumed that regardless of who the candidates were, you would still see religious people vote the way they've always voted.

Concerns About Mitt Romney's Civil Religion

Raymond Haberski, Jr. | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Raymond Haberski, Jr.

In his convention speech, Mitt Romney made very little of his Mormon faith, his work in the church or how that church might influence how he sees his relationship between God and the nation. And perhaps because of this, his "narrative" was dangerously idolatrous.

Why A Candidate's Religion Matters

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

If a candidate were proclaimed an ambassador of the Roman Catholic church or of the South or of the Ivy League educated, wouldn't we insist upon knowing exactly what this meant before we sent the man to the White House?

How To Determine If Your Religious Liberty Is Being Threatened In Just 10 Quick Questions

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I'm a religious person with a lifelong passion for civil rights, so this is of great interest to me. So much so, that I believe we all need to determine whether our religious liberties are indeed at risk.

Why I Fell In Love With Joseph Smith But Couldn't Commit To Mormonism

Jane Barnes | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Jane Barnes

It was Joseph's ingenuity and rebelliousness that had drawn me in, and his religious vision that had brought me to the precipice. Since that's what I'd come for, I knew I could not stay.

Was There A Miracle At Philadelphia?

Kevin Belmonte | Posted 11.01.2012 | Religion
Kevin Belmonte

James Madison marveled over what unfolded at Philadelphia all those years ago. If not a miracle, then it was a consummation devoutly to be wished. To paraphrase Franklin: We will do well if we keep faith with it.

Back To Church Again

Mark Sandlin | Posted 11.01.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

At the end of this sabbatical journey, I realize the journey has just started. Experiencing, seeing and understanding some of the things I did on my sabbatical away from Church is not enough. Now is the time to act.

Islam, Muslims And The 2012 Elections

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 10.31.2012 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

One of the most telling indicators of whether we will focus on real American issues or lose sight is the way in which Islam as a religion and Muslims, especially Muslim Americans, will be discussed as part of this election process.

Crossing The Boundaries Of Faith To Fight Poverty

Richard Stearns | Posted 10.29.2012 | Religion
Richard Stearns

We don't always see eye to eye, but there is no reason why people of good will cannot partner with people of good faith.

Native American Christianity: Through Bullets And Arrows To Peace

Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley | Posted 10.27.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Randy S. Woodley

Like the proverbial "ducks out of water," Native Christians captured by a Western worldview are against the use of any form of Native American cultural expressions of faith. On the other hand, those who reclaim a vision of Christ in our culture celebrate joy and homecoming.

Buddhas In The West: Even Bill Clinton Turns Toward Meditation

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.22.2012 | Religion
Andrew Lam

I take it as some cosmic law of exchange that if Disneyland pops up in Hong Kong and Tokyo, Buddhist temples can sprout up in Los Angeles. Indeed, it comes as no surprise to many Californians the most complex Buddhist city in the world is here.

Leading With A Human Voice: How to Talk About Religion At Work

Liz Ryan | Posted 10.22.2012 | Religion
Liz Ryan

I don't want people to feel like they can't talk about their faith in the office, but even more than that I don't want other people to feel preached to.

Romney And The Republicans: Outsourcing Religion

Randall Balmer | Posted 10.22.2012 | Religion
Randall Balmer

Heading into the fall campaign, many evangelicals remain wary, or at least unenthusiastic, about the presumptive Republican nominee. Tapping an evangelical for running mate might have assuaged their anxieties.

In Defense Of The Southern Poverty Law Center

Aaron Taylor | Posted 10.21.2012 | Religion
Aaron Taylor

To my friends in the evangelical community, what happened at the headquarters of the Family Research Council was a despicable act of violence, but please don't use what happened as a pretext to exact vengeance against groups like the SPLC.

Presidential Candidates Speak Openly About Religion

Cathedral Age | Posted 08.21.2012 | Religion

Washington National Cathedral’s magazine, Cathedral Age, asked President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney an identical set of questions about t...

Far Too Little Sabbath In The Sabbath

Mark Sandlin | Posted 10.21.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

Sabbatical is about rest and recuperation. It is about communing with God in a restorative way. For a lot of church-going people that is not the way they would describe Sunday mornings.

Does Megachurch 'High' Explain Their Success?

Religion News Service | Chris Lisee | Posted 08.20.2012 | Religion

(RNS) Maybe religion really is the opiate of the masses -- just not the way Karl Marx imagined. A University of Washington study posits that wo...

Dear Neighbor: The Hope Of Interfaith Cooperation

Usra Ghazi | Posted 10.20.2012 | Religion
Usra Ghazi

I wonder, if you and I were singing the song of interfaith cooperation outside my mosque on Friday night, would that guy have put down his weapon? The cynic in me doubts he would care. But the Muslim in me won't let him drown out our choir.

Persistent Dialogue: A Tale Of Two Women

Kari Ansari | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion
Kari Ansari

When she began this exchange she did not think of me as living, breathing woman with a real life. She may not have known any Muslims before. By engaging with her, now she knows me.

Interfaith Dialogue or Delusion?

Deepak Sarma | Posted 10.15.2012 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

In recent events, vigils and prayer meetings following, marking and responding to the horrific murders at the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin there were many who beat the inter-religious/interfaith dialogue drum

Your Religion Hurts

David Duran | Posted 10.15.2012 | Gay Voices
David Duran

Here is my message to my Christian friends: If you love us so much and support us wholeheartedly, then stand up for us. Do not allow the fanatics to taint your goodness. That is precisely what is happening.