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Religion in America

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.

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.

Secularism: Where Are The Women?

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

For reasons that social scientists have yet to definitively unpuzzle, atheism and agnosticism are overwhelmingly staffed by men. My guess is that women see secularism more as having to do with atheism than with gender-based church-state issues.

Sacred Ground: The Promise Of America

Eboo Patel | Posted 10.14.2012 | Religion
Eboo Patel

Religious pluralism is at the heart of the American tradition, a value inscribed in our soil from the very beginning. America's promise is to guarantee equal rights for all identities.

The Politics Of Prayer

Raymond Haberski, Jr. | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Raymond Haberski, Jr.

While I might accept the sincerity of Billy Graham's ministry, I find his call for repentance in the middle of our current election year to be disingenuous and wholly political.

The Sikh Identity Embodied By Women

Gunisha Kaur | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Gunisha Kaur

Sikh women, some with their turbans, some with their long hair in buns and braids, are perhaps less identifiable in this struggle against hate. But standing alongside their community, they have been equally impacted by the violence.

Thousands Honor Sikh Temple Victims In Wisconsin

AP | DINESH RAMDE | Posted 08.10.2012 | Religion

Hundreds of people streamed into a Wisconsin high school Friday to pay their final respects to six worshippers gunned down by a white supremacist at a...

The Sikh Tragedy: Bridging An Interfaith Gap

Rupinder Mohan Singh | Posted 10.10.2012 | Religion
Rupinder Mohan Singh

During that Sunday, we saw bridge being formed. The tragedies of this shooting occur at many levels. Of primary importance are the victims, survivors and the heroic police officers that risked their lives to stop this madman. They are in my prayers. On another level, it is also a tragedy that it took a mass murder to bring the Sikh community and their plight into the national discussion. This is where we find ourselves today.

What I Said To The Sikh Community In Charlotte, N.C.

Steve Knight | Posted 10.08.2012 | Religion
Steve Knight

It's so easy to stay in our own cultural and religious bubbles and not reach out to make connections with those who are not like us. But I'm grateful today for those in my life who have opened my eyes, including my Sikh friends. Because of them, I can testify to the truth that we are all connected.

In Defense Of Jewish Diversity

Rabbi Simcha Weinstein | Posted 10.08.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Simcha Weinstein

It's being called a game changer. Everybody seems to be talking about the recently released "Jewish Community Study of New York," and it's surprising findings regarding New York's changing Jewish demography.

We Are All Sikhs Now

Mark D. W. Edington | Posted 10.07.2012 | Religion
Mark D. W. Edington

All of us who want the right to pursue our own faith are threatened by acts of intolerance against any faith. All of us who understand just how fragile harmony is in a religiously diverse nation.

History of Hate: Crimes Against Sikhs Since 9/11

Posted 08.07.2012 | Religion

The mass shooting of a gurdwara (Sikh temple) in Wisconsin on Sunday is merely the latest chapter in a history of violence. In the months following th...

A Muslim and a Sikh Talk about Sikhism In The Aftermath Of The Wisconsin Tragedy

Omid Safi | Posted 10.07.2012 | Religion
Omid Safi

The most basic teachings of Sikhi focus on oneness and love. Sikhs believe in a singular divine force that permeates the entire world and all people, and therefore, Sikhs strive to ensure equality and justice in all levels of society.

For Sikhs, A Certain Inevitably With Wisconsin Tragedy

Jasmeet Sidhu | Posted 10.07.2012 | Religion
Jasmeet Sidhu

When the news came early Sunday morning, horror from the tragedy intermingled with resigned defeat among many Sikhs -- that a decade's worth of education could not stave off another tragedy.

American Sikhs A Small, Misunderstood Community

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 08.13.2013 | Religion

-- Ever since they arrived in the U.S. as farmers and lumber mill workers in the late 19th century, Sikhs have struggled with how little Americans kn...

The Difference Between Muslims And Sikhs.. Misses The Point

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 10.06.2012 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Yes, Sikhs are not Muslims and Sikhs are not Hindus, but jumping to clarify difference leaves the unfortunate, if unintentional, perception that there is something wrong with those "others."

Amid Sikh Temple Shooting Tragedy, A Triumph Of American Values

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 10.06.2012 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

For many Americans, embracing diversity of race, gender and religion is second nature. We take it for granted. But as a naturalized Muslim citizen, I wonder if a similar tragedy occurred against a minority in my homeland of Pakistan, would the authorities act so vigorously?

Murdering Innocent Sikhs Does Not Make You A Patriot

Sam Chaltain | Posted 10.06.2012 | Religion
Sam Chaltain

The notion that anyone could think murdering fellow citizens reflects American values tells us a lot about the ways we have failed as a nation to ensure that all people understand, at its core, what it means to uphold those values.

I Don't Want To Go Back To Church And Why I Will

Mark Sandlin | Posted 10.04.2012 | Religion
Mark Sandlin

I do not want to go back to Church because life outside of Church is better. It just is.

No One Prays Better Than Anyone Else

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 10.03.2012 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Spirituality and religion are enmeshed in a global struggle that involves new definitions, fresh "Mission Statements," and taking an unabashed closer look at things like truth, worship, who's welcome, what's defined as sin -- and the very nature of prayer itself.