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Religious Conflict

What Muslims and Jews Have in Common

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

When Jews and Muslims in countries around the world embrace our commonalities, and resolve to come together, it accrues to the benefit of both faith communities.

Study Reveals Issue That Many Muslims Are Worried About

Posted 11.09.2013 | Religion

Sectarian tensions occupy the minds of many Muslims living in Lebanon, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Pew Research Center polls conducted in 2011-2012 report ...

5 Reasons To Not Give Up On The Middle East

Carl Medearis | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Carl Medearis

Democracy, freedom, human rights, all take time. Look at America. We need to be patient with this budding democratic movement called the Arab Spring.

God, The Battlefield

Eliza Wood | Posted 11.21.2012 | Religion
Eliza Wood

Let's say that either we Christians or we Americans could get to the bottom of who "they" are and are able to figure out the true enemy or enemies, who exactly do "they" think they are fighting?

Why We Need To Start Teaching About Religions In School

Richard Schiffman | Posted 06.03.2012 | Religion
Richard Schiffman

Teaching about religions is not advocating for them any more than teaching about war advocates for war. And as for the objection that it would violate the separation between church and state, that's not true.

Gender Discrimination: Religious vs. Secular

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 03.14.2012 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Is there a stronger element of coercion when gender roles are imposed in a completely secular context versus the confines of ritual practice?

Our Glorious Diversity: Why We Should Celebrate Difference

Desmond Tutu | Posted 08.21.2011 | Religion
Desmond Tutu

How could you have a soccer team if all were goalkeepers? How would it be an orchestra if all were French horns?

How Religious People Must Help Prevent Political Violence

Gareth Higgins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Gareth Higgins

If I am to be any use in this world as a peacemaker, I need to work on my own inner violence at the same time as trying to listen to and communicate with those who see me as a threat.

Religious War On A Global Scale? An Interview With Mark Juergensmeyer

blogs.ssrc.org | Nathan Schneider | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

As director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Mark Juergensmeyer brings the s...

Why Religion Does Not Equal War

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

Religion's record on war may not be anywhere near as bad as is popularly believed, and therefore its potential for peace may be far greater than what many have imagined.

Oy Jerusalem, Oh My God!

Avraham Burg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Avraham Burg

For those of you who are news junkies, then you, like me and many others, are saddened when you hear the word Jerusalem, the city of negative spiritually, religious tension, and embarrassing political news.

Malaysia King Warns Of Crackdown On Religious Hate

Yahoo! Asia News | AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Malaysia's king urged authorities Monday to take stern action against religious hatemongers amid government efforts to rebuild trust following a dispute over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims.

Struggling For The Soul Of Religion: Why The Parliament Of The World's Religions Matters

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

The underlying assumption of the Parliament is that religion can be a positive force for moral suasion of individuals and society by providing a vision of a better world and promoting necessary values.

Open Trade Within Closed Civil Society?

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

A trade route may alleviate concerns for now; but it will take more than a reopened trade route to erase decades of continued manipulation by India and Pakistan over Kashmiri civil society.

Stop the Politics of Division

Shashi Tharoor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Shashi Tharoor

The important debate is not about conversions, but between the unifiers and the dividers -- between those who think all Indians are "us," and those who think that Indians can be divided into "us" and "them."