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Religion in America

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.

Tulsi Gabbard: Living The Gita, Beyond The Photo Op

Vineet Chander | Posted 02.02.2013 | Religion
Vineet Chander

The Gita is not a playbook that offers easy, formulaic answers to relieve us the burden of decision-making. Rather, it is a moral and spiritual compass that offers us an amazing perspective with which to wrestle with the difficult questions. I suspect that Tulsi feels the same way.

Our History Of Religious Intolerance Must Come To An End

Rev. Gary R. Hall | Posted 01.30.2013 | Religion
Rev. Gary R. Hall

We have a moral duty -- as both people of faith and Americans -- to take a stand for religious liberty and to make space for the Muslim-American identity to grow and prosper. Indeed, we will fail the guiding principles of this nation if we do not.

Tulsi Breaks The Religious Glass Ceiling

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 01.30.2013 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

My hope is that Tulsi Gabbard, as a Hindu American, will bring to Washington and to her style of representation two striking qualities that are as quintessentially Hindu as they are American -- the duty to work toward the greater good and pluralism.

'Lincoln': Jesus Christ! God Almighty! What A (Biblical) Movie!

Ira Chernus | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Ira Chernus

"Lincoln" reminded me why so much of the Bible is such fine literature: Once we are grabbed and swept away by a great story, crafted by great storytellers, a careful analysis of the historical facts no longer seems so important any more.

'Color' And Christ In America

Wallace Best, Ph.D. | Posted 01.28.2013 | Religion
Wallace Best, Ph.D.

Jesus became white precisely at the time when the contours of American citizenship were being defined. A white nation required a white God.

Holy Cow, There's A Hindu In Congress!

Supriya Dwivedi | Posted 01.27.2013 | Religion
Supriya Dwivedi

The first Hindu elected to Congress, Tulsi Gabbard, will be taking her oath on the Bhagavad Gita. This is interesting because she wasn't born Hindu and because there is no one HIndu text or doctrine.

6 Nonpartisan Reasons To Give Thanks After The Elections

Melissa Rogers | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Melissa Rogers

Without doubt, good people will disagree about many matters of public importance as we move forward. One of my Thanksgiving prayers, however, is that we will build more unity and demonstrate more civility as we face difficult choices in the days ahead.

Thanksgiving And Hanukkah: Celebrating Religious Freedom

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

One could say that we have created a false myth about both holidays. We decided that religious freedom is something we hold sacred and have chosen to celebrate through both of these holidays.

Let The Sun Shine In

Katherine Marshall | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

More than ever before, strong and creative advocates and allies need to translate the power of information into a greater power for good. Miracles can come from the information revolution and its capacity to bring sunlight to topics that were long obscure.

What Thanksgiving Tells Us About America, Community, Loneliness And God

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

No human being is capable of living an atomized life. We live by community; otherwise, we live badly, or not at all. But now the puzzle: Americans seem to be choosing to condemn themselves to the hell of loneliness. But what does this have to do with religion? Quite a bit, actually

Is The Mormon Moment Over?

Neil J. Young | Posted 01.20.2013 | Religion
Neil J. Young

It may have been just Romney, not Mormonism, who enjoyed a brief moment. As Mormonism continues to gain in cultural, political and religious relevance, historians may one day be describing a Mormon millennium rather than a moment.

Misapprehending Muslims And The Media's Misinformation

Hasan Azad | Posted 01.17.2013 | Religion
Hasan Azad

What does it mean for an average, middle-aged lady from Texas to embrace a Sikh man, and at the same time declare Muslims to be hell-bent on taking over America with "Siran"?

Abraham Lincoln's Atheist Period

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 01.16.2013 | Religion
Stephen Mansfield

God was not always Abraham Lincoln's God. In his early years, Lincoln hated this being. It was a natural response. He was thoroughly convinced that God, in turn, hated Abraham Lincoln.

My Religion Is The Truth -- For Me

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Pluralism is not a religion; it is an attitude of respecting the otherness of others and accepting the God given uniqueness of each one of us.

Why Pluralism Should Matter To Atheists

Vlad Chituc | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Vlad Chituc

Pluralism responsibly done and (necessarily) rooted in secularism can only be a good thing. We don't need to embrace the homophobic, the racist or the sexist to get along.

Driscoll, Piper, Calvin And God's Gift Of ... Racism?

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.10.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

Sorry, free will, but you're out. In order for God to be properly sovereign (all powerful), humanity cannot have so much control over their own destiny.

Roy Moore, Redidivus

Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr. | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion
Louis A. Ruprecht, Jr.

Make no mistake about it; this was a significant election result with legal, cultural and religious consequence. It serves as a reminder of why we need to pay attention to more than just the presidential and congressional electoral results, nationwide.

Why Read The Bible?

Ronald Hendel | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion
Ronald Hendel

It's not a newspaper or a history book or a science book. But it is a book that lies at the heart of western culture, and it still has a claim on us, whether we believe in it or not.

Is Meditation Buddhism Booming Or Fading?

Lewis Richmond | Posted 01.09.2013 | Religion
Lewis Richmond

The biggest question in Buddhism's long term future will be how much a new generation of practitioners, teachers and scholars come forward to carry on the work.

Things Liberals Might Learn From Conservatives

Kate Blanchard | Posted 01.07.2013 | Religion
Kate Blanchard

I can't tell conservatives how to feel after the elections, but I would urge my proud liberal comrades to consider the moral hazards of absolutizing privacy and individual choice at the expense of community and the common good.