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Federally Funded Discrimination -- Did Obama Go Far Enough?

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

Religious organizations receiving federal contracts can no longer discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Some question whether President Obama has gone too far. Others question whether he has gone far enough.

Parents Allege Their Daughters Were Indoctrinated Into A Cult By High School Teachers

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 05.23.2014 | Crime

A family in Avon, Connecticut, has filed a lawsuit in federal court that alleges teachers at Avon High School indoctrinated their daughters into a cul...

Basic Arabic: Waheed Samy's Definitive Tome

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.08.2014 | Education
Magda Abu-Fadil

Those cut out to be teachers are a breed apart. The good ones, who make a difference in people's lives, are priceless gems cherished long after they'r...

Claiming My Religious Right

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Stephanie Mott

It is my right to believe in unconditional love. Why is it that we are so eager to put conditions on God's unconditional love? You have to be straight. You can't be transgender. You have to be Christian. You have to believe. No! Not! None of these things! You just have to be.

Pope Francis and the Paradox of Faith

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 04.23.2014 | Religion
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

I periodically go to religious services for their moments of quiet and reflection. Too often I leave feeling the faith leader missed an opportunity to reach the congregants and to advance the cause of humanity. But I am also fortunate to know some faith leaders who, like the Pope, dare to show the way.

Leadership: Always for and Sometimes Within

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 04.09.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

It is a true ongoing test of a leader to stand always for and sometimes within their community, judging each moment and determining an appropriate response, acting with devotion and temerity, even and especially when it is uncomfortable.

A Rabbi Wonders: Am I A Religious Jew?

Rabbi Laura Baum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Laura Baum

A few weeks ago I was filling out paperwork to see a new doctor for a checkup. The questions seemed straightforward, until one stumped me: Are you religious?

Standing on Political and Religious Principle -- That Doesn't Stand on Us

Robert Hall | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Robert Hall

It is high time to stand on the principle of relationship -- loving what unites us more than we hate what divides us.

You'll Never Guess Why This Guy Is On Grindr

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 08.22.2013 | Gay Voices

Photographer and filmmaker Christian Hendricks recently embarked on a journey documenting queer culture in the deep American South. Hendrick's pro...

TIME Magazine Highlights Myanmar's Religious Problem

Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 09.07.2013 | World
Nehginpao Kipgen

In light of this evolving story, what needs to be done in the larger interest of Myanmar people?

Nelson Mandela: The Greatest Spiritual Leader of Our Time

Lorna Byrne | Posted 08.31.2013 | Religion
Lorna Byrne

Nelson Mandela is the greatest spiritual leader of our time. He always listened to God and did everything God asked him. He has been able to change the world because of his deep belief and trust in God. This level of faith is exceedingly rare.

You Might Be Surprised at How Helpful a Professional Chaplain Can Be, While Not Being 'Religious'

Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs | Posted 04.06.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Martha R. Jacobs

Professional chaplains are among the few caregivers in the hospital who have the time to sit and listen to the patient and family members. We listen without an agenda and work to support the patient and family members in whatever ways we can.

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.

Faith And Values Inspired Investments

Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI | Posted 06.12.2012 | Religion
Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI

Both the Jewish and Christian communities from their earliest documents display a debate about with the foundational questions of ownership, agency, interest and usury. The Holy Quran also offers some unique teachings.

Contraceptive Debate Reporting Omits Important Voices

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

You know what we have yet to see? A poll of the workers affected. Not a single "woman on the street" interview, not a single union representative, not a single spokesperson for the women themselves.

PHOTOS: Modern Day Exorcism Performed In Mexico City

Posted 01.25.2012 | Religion

The New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia describes an exorcism as "the act of driving out, or warding off, demons, or evil spirits, from persons, places, ...

PHOTOS: To Istanbul and Beyond

Ronen Paldi | Posted 11.14.2011 | Travel
Ronen Paldi

Whether you want to shop, experience culinary delights, or swim in tropical waters at a beach resort, Turkey has it all.

Lucia Graves

Clergymen Demand Apology From GOP Lawmaker

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 08.28.2011 | Politics

Jaweed Kaleem contributed to this report. WASHINGTON -- Religious leaders in Missouri are calling on Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) to apologize for claimi...

The War Must Not Go On!

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The president has announced that after an initial drawdown in Afghanistan, the remaining troops will be withdrawn "at a steady pace" going into 2014. But that's not good enough. President Obama had an opportunity to pivot his policy on the war and he didn't take it.

Proud Member Of The Spiritual Left

Nancy Cronk | Posted 07.09.2011 | Religion
Nancy Cronk

When a person studies world religions, he or she soon finds there are many spiritual traditions in the world that are not obsessed with damning people to eternal hellfire.

The Bin Laden Dialogue: An Imam, Rabbi And Minister Struggle Over What To Preach This Weekend

Rabbi Justus N. Baird | Posted 07.05.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Justus N. Baird

Two days after the news of Bin Laden's demise, an Imam, Rabbi and Minister reflect on what it means for people of faith: the 'celebrations,' the burial, and what to preach about this weekend.

The War on Workers: L.A. Is On!

James P. Hoffa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
James P. Hoffa

It's not just about red states and blue states, it's not about public sector versus private sector workers, and it's not about any of the other propaganda that gets thrown around to divide Americans. It's about all of us.

Travelers of the World Unite: Stop the Wars

Judie Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Judie Fein

In short, we are opinion leaders, opinion makers, the vanguard of the modern wave of exploration.

100 Reasons for a Christmas Miracle

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Advent is a season of hope. The DREAM Act has been before Congress for the past 10 years. The time for waiting is over. It is time for the Senate to give hope and a future to hundreds of thousands of other DREAMers across the US.

U.S. Government Witness Testifies Gitmo Prisoner's Religiosity Makes Him Dangerous

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The Obama administration has neatly washed its hands of the serious legal problems with its first military commissions trial. But it cannot so neatly solve the problem of having violated its international legal obligations.