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Religion in America

Living Within An Interfaith Framework

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Salam Al Marayati

For religious communities in America, our message is simple: To be religious in the 21st century means you have to be inter-religious. 

What Pamela Geller Can Teach Us On Christmas

Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D. | Posted 02.23.2013 | Religion
Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D.

Each of us can decide whether we will feed conflict or feed peace. As Americans, we can play the role of bridge-builder, innovator, bringing together parties in conflict -- to listen to the pain and grief that are embedded in stories currently in circulation.

Why Do Some Theologians Blame The Victim?

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Many of us are shocked every time we hear it, but this type of thinking -- to blame the victim while claiming to read the mind of God -- is not a new thing.

What MLK Still Has To Say

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 02.17.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Today, it is apparently easier to place King back in history than to live with what he still has to say. But when it comes to peace and justice, MLK is as unyielding in death as he was in life.

Learning to Build Global Leaders From Around the World

Andy Braner | Posted 02.16.2013 | Education
Andy Braner

They're concerned with school, sports and social standing. They want to impress people around them so they feel important. They're longing for someone to validate them as people. And most of all, they just don't want to live life alone.

Dear Christians: Relax. There's No War On Our Faith

Christian Piatt | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Public expressions of discontent simply add to the negative impressions of Christians as insensitive, whiny and -- let's be honest -- jerks.

The War On Christmas -- Ugh

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

I do not at all care how often the word "Christmas" is (not) used by politicians, entertainers or my local barista. As a Christian, I do not think that it is our God-given right to display Christian symbols on public land as if we have claimed the U.S. as Jesus' primary mailing address.

Musings On The 'Holiday Tree'

Brian Levin | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Brian Levin

It is one thing to wish someone a "happy holidays" in reference to the multitude of secular and religious winter holidays. It is quite another to declare that an evergreen tree is a universal holiday symbol.

'Mixed Religion' As Identity: Who Are These People?

Susan Katz Miller | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Susan Katz Miller

The discovery of a cohort of "Mixed Religion" adherents in the U.K. serves as a reminder that the demographic reality of religious double-belonging among adults can no longer be ignored.

Deck The Halls With Matzoh Balls

Hal Lifson | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Hal Lifson

Every year as a kid in the 1960s my family celebrated Christmas as a festive holiday. The funny part of this to some of my friends is that my family was Jewish. Why not enjoy all the holidays during December?

Muslim Libertarians Fight Islamophobia In A New Way

Javed Ali | Posted 02.11.2013 | Religion
Javed Ali

Bias hurts both the general public and specific communities. The American Muslim community, in particular, has been exploring new ways of addressing Islamophobia -- the irrational fear of Muslims.

The War On Advent

Diana Butler Bass | Posted 02.10.2013 | Religion
Diana Butler Bass

Ancient Christian saints, theologians and evangelists would be horrified that those who claim to stand for tradition have forgotten the most important aspect of it. Jesus Christ was not born that human beings would spend December shopping or saying, "Merry Christmas."

Let's Throw Our Demons Off The Cliff

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

What has happened to us as a nation that it is so rare and courageous for a Christian to speak the truth of the Christian tradition in public life and challenge us to do better for the poor?

Hanukkah, When The Jews Lit Candles Rather Than Celebrate War

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 02.09.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The Bible, with its vision of men one day beating swords into ploughshares and its promise of a future of eternal peace, sees war as savagery in every case but self-defense. The men of Arthur's roundtable may be born for adventure. But the biblical knight of faith is born for service.

Pushing Tiny Tim Over Fiscal Cliff

Rev. Chris Glaser | Posted 02.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Chris Glaser

Strangely, those who most want us to "remain" a Christian nation are those most opposed to the principles of Jesus: Welcome strangers. Love your neighbor. Feed the hungry. Care for the battered and sick, those with disabilities, the outcast, the imprisoned and the oppressed.

Religion Among The Ranks Of The Long Gray Line

B.J. Garrison | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
B.J. Garrison

While Blake Page's feelings and perceived experiences may be very real, they do not produce a truly accurate portrait of the Academy or the reality of the typical cadet lifestyle for the religious and nonreligious alike.

For The Separation Of Menorah And State

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Taking a symbol like the menorah, which represents that struggle of adhering to faith in the face of an oppressive Greek culture that believed everything should be secular and rational, and redefining it as having secular connotations contradicts what the menorah represents.

The Bhagavad Gita Comes To Congress

Varun Soni | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion
Varun Soni

When Tulsi Gabbard takes her oath on the Gita, its political wisdom will not only be instructive for her as a Hindu but also for all members of Congress.

How Christianity Lost Its Voice In Today’s Media Driven World

Phil Cooke, Ph.D. | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Phil Cooke, Ph.D.

Early in the 20th century, the Church embraced motion pictures, radio, then television and now the Internet and social media. But in the vast majority of cases, we're not using those platforms to engage the greater culture, we're living inside a bubble.

America's Real Religion: Shopping

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Lawrence Wittner

By not opposing the corporate cultivation of untrammeled greed among Americans, the churches have left the door open to the triumph of America's new religion -- not liberal secularism, but shopping.

12 Reasons Why God Is Nice

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

I decided to consider the existence of a loving, omnipotent deity of my understanding Who was different than the Great Intimidator of Catholic upbringing. I listened carefully for the voice within me, which I believe is the God voice that is in all of us, for divine direction.

No Naked Decembers In The South

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Deborah J. Levine

While some cite the separation of church and state as a logical and legal underpinning for the Naked Public Square, the local Christian communities see it as a threat to religious freedom. Here in the South, tradition is more persuasive to most than the legal fine print.

An Interfaith Advent

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Rev. Susan Russell

Join us in lighting a Candle of Hope that people of faith not only can but will stand together against polemic and polarization by focusing instead on the mobilization of God's values of love, justice and compassion.

Upholding Dharmic Values Of Self Reliance: Protecting Our Temples, Gurudwaras And Places Of Worship

Anju Bhargava | Posted 02.03.2013 | Religion
Anju Bhargava

In keeping with the American tradition and in line with the Dharmic values of self reliance, it is time we, the Dharmic Americans, empower ourselves and understand how to make our places of worship secure.

Kneel-Ins And The Last Segregated Hour

Stephen R. Haynes | Posted 02.02.2013 | Religion
Stephen R. Haynes

The most concerted effort to challenge church segregation was launched during the first half of the 1960s, when the same young people who were integrating lunch counters, parks and libraries took aim at white churches.