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Religion in America

Amish Buggy Legislation Wins Final Passage In Kentucky

AP | Posted 03.28.2012 | Religion

The Associated Press FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – One vote remains before lawmakers allow the Amish to forgo a longstanding traffic safety measure in th...

When God Talks Back

Tanya Luhrmann | Posted 05.27.2012 | Religion
Tanya Luhrmann

Millions and millions of Americans experience themselves as having a personal relationship with God that is as vivid and intimate as a child's imaginary friend. Why has this way of imagining God become so popular?

11 Reasons I Have Not Left Church

Paul Wallace | Posted 05.23.2012 | Religion
Paul Wallace

As we all know, the American mainline is in free-fall. I myself am a sometimes angry and confused veteran of church conflict. Yet I remain.

Free Rabbinic Advice To Rick Santorum From A Texan

Rabbi Justus N. Baird | Posted 05.21.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Justus N. Baird

If you want to rally God-fearing American Christians to vote for you, you don't have to associate with religious leaders who throw non-Christians under the bus.

Atheist 'Slaves Obey Your Masters' Billboard Raises Tempers In Pennsylvania

Posted 03.13.2012 | Religion

By Diana Fishlock Religion News Service HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The billboard is down, but the issue's not gone. A billboard erected in one of th...

Is Mormonism a Cult?

Matthew Bowman | Posted 05.09.2012 | Religion
Matthew Bowman

The question would be easy if the word "cult" had a serious and well-justified definition. But it doesn't.

New Atheists Are Neither A Minority Nor Heirs Of The Civil Rights Movement

Nathalie Rothschild | Posted 05.08.2012 | Religion
Nathalie Rothschild

Nobody should be mistreated simply because they believe or do not believe in certain ideas. But if you can't identify with people around you, if they won't accept you for who you are, then ditch them. It's not always easy, but nobody is stopping you.

Yes, Alexander, It Is A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, But...

Catherine Meeks, Ph.D. | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Catherine Meeks, Ph.D.

We cannot afford to be immobilized by the loudest voices among us and we cannot afford to refuse to see reality as it is presented to us. We can refocus the lens and return to love if we choose to do that.

Beware Of The Politicostals! The Catastrophic Threat Of Religious Capitalism In The U.S.

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 05.01.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

U.S. Religious Capitalism, humbly defined, is the buying and selling of American souls for the purposes of gaining political and economic power.

Separation Of Church And Santorum

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 05.01.2012 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

If separation of church and state really exists, at the end of the day neither one of our faiths should be afforded greater legitimacy under the law.

The End In Sight? The Waning Of A Racist Mormon Fringe

Samuel Brown | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion
Samuel Brown

Until the malevolent nonsense masquerading as historical theology about race is exposed to public view, the Church may prove unable to purify itself entirely of the stain of prior racism.

Accepting The Obvious: Faith Is An Integral Part Of American Public Life

James Robison | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
James Robison

Historians recognize that our most cherished beliefs as Americans are branches of a tree with Judeo-Christian roots. Of course, one can share these values without being a Christian or Jew.

The Bible Is Not A Public Policy Manual

Aaron Taylor | Posted 04.29.2012 | Religion
Aaron Taylor

If Jesus intended his followers to establish themselves as the moral guardians of society, He had a funny way of showing it.

WATCH: Understanding The Radically Forgiving Faith Of The Amish

Callie Taintor Wiser | Posted 02.28.2012 | Religion

On Oct. 2, 2006, the Amish were catapulted into the national spotlight when a non-Amish man entered a one-room schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Penn., and...

Protect Religious Freedom Of All Americans

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

Religion is very close to the heart of all who practice their faith. Making religion a wedge issue is a great disservice to our nation, where diversity of religious views is our strength.

Santorum Is Right: It IS About Phony Theology

Donna Schaper | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
Donna Schaper

We may differ on the right to an abortion, on the injuries of capitalism, even on the adequacy of the president's theology. But we agree that theology is the core of our argument.

Rick Santorum, You're No Jack Kennedy

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

JFK knew the First Amendment. He understood and articulated the importance of balancing both clauses in it. Santorum really doesn't understand.

An Open Letter To Rick Santorum From A Michigan Pastor (And Voter)

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

I live in Michigan and write to you as a sister in Christ. I write publicly because I've heard a lot from you lately, and you have made statements in the public arena that bruise our national capacity for honest dialogue.

Breaking Down The Wall Of Separation From JFK To Santorum And Romney

Denis Lacorne | Posted 04.28.2012 | Religion
Denis Lacorne

The reversal of viewpoints on the role of religion in politics points to the danger of calling into question the existence of a wall of separation between church and state.

My Body Is My Non-Denominational Temple

The Morningside Post | Posted 04.26.2012 | Religion
The Morningside Post

Why is it so important to make sure that I can't have sex for pleasure without risking my career, my womb and my freedom?

God (Or The Gods) And Politics

Wade Clark Roof | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion
Wade Clark Roof

God is no stranger to the culture wars of the past three decades but now the more politically shaped Gods take on a new presence in our public life.

Presidential Politics In The New South

Patrick Anderson | Posted 04.22.2012 | Religion
Patrick Anderson

When Franklin Graham and his ilk wax judgmental about President Obama from a warped religious and political perspective, well, this southern boy wonders what in the world we have come to, and where in the world we are headed.

Freedom Of And From Religion

Bill Moyers | Posted 04.17.2012 | Religion
Bill Moyers

Here we are once again, arguing over how to honor religious liberty without it becoming the liberty to impose on others moral beliefs they don't share. Our practical solution is the one Barack Obama embraced the other day.

'Gods, Gays and Guns' (EXCERPT)

Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou | Posted 04.07.2012 | Religion
Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou

In the post-9-11 era, one has been able to interchange the words "Christian," "conservative," "religious," "right," and "Republican" in one sentence without necessarily changing the meaning of the sentence.

Advocates Of Sharia Can Learn From Catholics And Jews

Mary J. Loftus | Posted 04.07.2012 | Religion
Mary J. Loftus

Prickly questions abound when determining how religious minorities with distinctive family norms, cultural practices and their own religious law, courts and schools, can be accommodated in democratic societies.