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Yom Kippur, 2010 -- I Plead Guilty

Bradley Burston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Bradley Burston

May our children see each other for what they are, sisters and brothers. And after all that they've gone through, for their sake if not for ours, inscribe them for a year of peace.

Will "Radical" Christianity Have Any Effect on the American Church?

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

Over-sized mansions, super-sized French fries, and sport utility vehicles. These are the marks of contemporary America, and we're proud of them. After...

Amanda Terkel

'Values Voter Summit' Will Likely Be Missing Jewish Voters | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Thousands of conservatives will be coming to Washington, D.C. this week for one of the biggest religious right conferences of the year: the annual Val...

You Can't Argue with Religious Zeal

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Christina Patterson

On Saturday, I ate tapas at the site of the former headquarters of the Spanish Inquisition. It was in Palma's main square, Placa Major, and the tapas ...

Belgians Formally Renouncing Religion In Wake Of Abuse Scandals

GlobalPost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Faced with ever-more harrowing revelations of child sex abuse by Roman Catholic clergymen, Belgians are turning in record numbers...

Feisal Abdul Rauf's New York Times Op-Ed [With Annotations From an Agnostic]

Rob Kirkpatrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rob Kirkpatrick

"As my flight approached America last weekend, my mind circled back to the furor that has broken out over plans to build Cordoba House, a community ce...

Overturning the Texas School Board Madness? It's Possible

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

No member of the Texas State Board of Education has damaged the state's educational system more than the anti-intellectual Ken Mercer. And now, voters have the opportunity to put an end to his embarrassing actions.

Measuring Mercy

Alicia Anstead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Alicia Anstead

When it comes to forgiveness and grace, one could do worse than to turn to Shakespeare's less known play, Measure for Measure.

Kashmir Protests Leave 15 Dead, 45 Wounded

AP | AIJAZ HUSSAIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SRINAGAR, India — Indian forces fought Kashmiri demonstrators in street battles that killed 15 people – including one police officer &ndas...

To Build or Not To Build: American Muslims, the Rise of Bigotry and Religious Intolerance

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Omid Memarian

The last thing the United States and the American people need is to be perceived as a nation that is hateful and intolerant of Muslims

'Glee': A Model For How Different Religious Traditions Can Unite For The Environment

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

Three themes from "Glee" provide compelling frames for the stories of different religious traditions uniting around care of God's creation: inclusion and tolerance, persistence over time, and love and transformation.

Hawking and the Multiverse

Victor Stenger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Victor Stenger

Thanks to Stephen Hawking's notoriety, at least more people will now have heard that science has plausible answers to how the universe came about naturally without the need for a creator.


Jack Schimmelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jack Schimmelman

Today, everyone in New York City resonates to the beautiful sky that blesses us on this day marked by September 11. It is a beautiful day. It is mis...

Celebrating the End of Ramadan Rather Than Burning Qurans

Margee Ensign | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Margee Ensign

I wish every American could have sat in my seat this morning, celebrating Eid-El-Fitr Sallah. It reminded me of a 4th of July celebration, though many Americans would find it incomprehensible to compare a Muslim ceremony with the 4th of July.

Muslim Brothers (In Arms)

Zachary J. Iscol | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Zachary J. Iscol

In 2004, as Jewish Marine from New York, I was put in charge of over 200 Iraqi soldiers. All but one were Muslim. This, I feared, would be a recipe for disaster. Far from it.

Getting Real About Religious Bigotry

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mike Lux

Every religious scripture has questionable ideas. To say the Quran promotes terrorism because of violent passages is as wrong as saying the Jewish and Christian faiths are evil because the way God is portrayed sometimes gets a little nasty.

An Atheist Celebrates Rosh Hashanah

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur have always been problems for me because their meaning is overwhelmingly religious.

Thank You, Koran Burners

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sally Kohn

Now when someone insists Islam is the only religion with fringe whack jobs, we can all reply, "Not true! Look at those Christian whack jobs burning K...

9/11: The Rest Should Be Silence

Michael Winship | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Winship

Many have urged that September 11 this year not be a time of demonstrations for or against Cordoba House or any other issue; rather, let it be a quiet day of commemoration and mourning. Let our loss be what we remember on Saturday.

P is for Pastor. (Also for Poison)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

We will shine a light on what is false, until the world sees what we see. And if it falls to us to be known forever after as the spark for that bonfire, it is as the Lord has written: Any publicity is good publicity.

Burning the Quran, Endangering America

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

Free expression is a deeply American right, but Americans should be outraged by this deeply anti-American expression of hatred. The rest of the world will certainly be watching, and taking notes.

Did Glenn Beck Fool Taylor Branch -- or What?

Thomas de Zengotita | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas de Zengotita

Taylor Branch is a progressive to be reckoned with when it comes to documenting the history of the American civil rights movement. That's why I was so shocked to read his account of Glenn Beck's Fox-hyped rally in Washington.

Introspection and Forgiveness: The Jain Celebration of Paryushan and Das Lakshan

Nikhil Bumb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Nikhil Bumb

Khamemi savve jive Savve jiva khamantu me Mitti me savve bhuesu Veram majaham na kenai I ask for forgiveness from all living beings; May all living beings grant me forgiveness. My friendship is with all living beings; I have hostility towards none.

Right Think and Wrong Think About Muslims

Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

When I began to research the origins of Islam, I found that compared to what I had absorbed about the life of Jesus or Buddha, my knowledge of the Prophet's life was almost a blank.

Who or What Built the Universe?

Seth Shostak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Seth Shostak

Theoretically, building a universe -- even a nicely tuned one -- is not a particularly difficult technical challenge. Heck, our foreseeable descendants might be able to do it.