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The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

Towards the Unity of the Human Family

Ron Kronish | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion
Ron Kronish

We have a religious obligation to keep hope alive through interreligious dialogue. People all over the world live in despair and depression. We need to counter this with optimism and hope.

Life on the Margins (Tazria, Leviticus 12:1-13:59)

Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Niles Elliot Goldstein

There are modern-day 'metzoraim,' outliers who stand at the edge -- and not always as a result of their own willful choices. I have felt like a leper, someone living outside the comfort of the camp.

World Welcomes Pope Francis' New Voice and Style

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

Pope Francis is more than the leader of one billion Roman Catholics. He is a key person in a global "Interfaith Age" embracing many faiths and religious leaders.

New Year Traditions Around the World

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 03.02.2014 | World
Sidonie Sawyer

In America, most of us celebrate a new year on January 1, according to the Gregorian calendar. But some parts of the world have different traditions.

Do We All Worship the Same God?

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Gadadhara Pandit Dasa

While no one can deny the stark differences that exist between the traditions, I would like to put greater focus on the similarities. We spend enough time differentiating ourselves from others, which only leads to factions.

Sin Does Not Exist: Part 1

George Elerick | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
George Elerick

What are the sociological implications behind the notion of "sin," religious or otherwise? The claims that humans are intrinsically evil are highly problematic not solely do to the fact that the claim resides on a false-dichotomy. It only sees one-side of the story.

Creation, Destruction, and the Paradox of Existence

The Chopra Well | Posted 04.30.2013 | Healthy Living
The Chopra Well

Perhaps the most obvious -- and most troubling -- example of contradiction in our universe is the constant tension between creation and destruction.

Rev. Phil Snider Talks Viral Gay Rights Speech and Reading the Bible With Love

Shira Lazar | Posted 12.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Shira Lazar

In this exclusive What's Trending interview, Springfield, Mo., preacher Phil Snider speaks out about the story behind his City Council gay rights speech that went viral for its shocking twist ending.

The Universal Golden Rule

Donna Henes | Posted 12.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Donna Henes

The Golden Rule teaches that we should treat others as we, ourselves, would wish to be treated. This basic ethic is repeated in a multitude of variations in the texts of all the great religions of the world.

The Arrogance of Ignorance--The Authority of Knowledge

Steven Paul Leiva | Posted 12.02.2012 | Arts
Steven Paul Leiva

While it really does little harm for people to be arrogantly ignorant about art, in the larger civic world we all share, toxic ignorance, false information, and highly subjective and biased knowledge can do much harm, both locally and globally.

Yale Students Pose To Say 'Call The NYPD'

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.29.2012 | College

Students at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. are protesting the NYPD after a series of articles revealed the New York police spied on Muslims on ca...

WATCH: Traveler Looks For 'Jesus' In Siberia

Posted 12.23.2011 | Travel

The globetrotting provocateurs at Vice have just released one of their weirdest travel series yet: A three-part documentary hunt for "Jesus of Siberia...

An Inside Look At A Haitian Vodou Ceremony (GRAPHIC IMAGES)

Posted 09.12.2011 | World

Having traveled extensively in Haiti over the years, LIFE.com photographer Anthony Karen offers an inside look at Haitian Vodou, one of the world's mo...

Stephen Colbert Author Interview: Stephen Prothero On The 8 Religions That Rule The World And Why Their Differences Matter (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Stephen Prothero, Boston University professor and author of the new book "God Is Not One," spoke to Stephen Colbert last night about his book and why ...

Doom Sells, But Who's Buying?

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Tina Dupuy

My mother, who has spent the past 35 years convinced the world could end at any minute, has maintained a perfect credit score. Lesson here for doomers: Don't ever sell short the short sell.

Martin Luther King, Jr.- Cleansing the Fabric of Our Nation

Michael DeJong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael DeJong

Today more than ever, Dr. King now seems with us. His premonition of not reaching the Promised Land at this moment seems false, because Barack Obama is standing on King's shoulders.

Why is the Charter for Compassion so Important?

Karen Armstrong | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Armstrong

Each one of the world religions has developed its own version of the Golden Rule and maintained that this is the prime religious duty.

Fear Of Faith

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Arianna Huffington

In the twentieth century, the response to fear-filled religiosity has been atheism and fear-filled alienation from all things spiritual. Alienation ma...

"La Fête de l'Huma" contre les saboteurs

Caroline Fourest | Posted 11.16.2012 | Crime
Caroline Fourest

Ce ne sont pas des "islamistes" qui se sont déchaînés hier, mais des gauchistes pro-islamistes. Il y avait bien quelques "enfants" naturels (j'entend politiques) de Tariq Ramadan, décidément très amers. Mais surtout des gauchistes persuadés que toute critique de l'islamisme est forcément raciste puisque dans leur monde binaire, digne du choc des civilisations, il y a le monde de l'Islam contre celui de l'Occident blanc.