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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.

Declaring War on Cultural War

Robert Hall | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Robert Hall

The upcoming 2014 congressional elections and the 2016 Presidential/congressional elections are a time of opportunity. The majority in this country are tired of cultural warfare. The vocal minority may be ruling but they have failed at governing. Sometimes war is necessary but it is always destructive and never sustainable.

'Kumare' And The Allure Of Otherness

Rabbi Ben Greenberg | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Ben Greenberg

A man with a long beard, exotic accent, flowing robes and a staff enters the mainstream American culture of Phoenix and becomes a beacon for the most assimilated people in the city. It is as if his otherness transmits an aura of authenticity, spiritual profundity and religious truth.

Mexicans Always End Up Crying (Especially on Christmas)

Sofia Aguilar | Posted 03.05.2013 | Latino Voices
Sofia Aguilar

Something happens in Mexico and I still can't put my finger on it. It happens when we meet among close friends as much as it happens when we meet among family: someone always ends up crying. Why the hell is that?

Breaking The Faith

Amira Young | Posted 01.06.2013 | Divorce
Amira Young

As time went on and my marriage became even rockier, I began to question the way I was observing my faith.

For Whose Eyes? My American Gay Sensibilities Collide with Those of a Muslim Friend

Ben Patrick Johnson | Posted 12.14.2011 | Gay Voices
Ben Patrick Johnson

Yosra objected to the visual representation of God, regardless of the light in which it was being presented, and asked that I shield such things from her view by selectively blocking any similar content from appearing on her computer screen.

Karma, Christ, Whatever?

Christian Smith | Posted 11.16.2011 | Religion
Christian Smith

We have come in America today to a very different world, which we might call liberal whateverism. This outlook reacts against sectarian conflict by dramatically discounting the claims of religion.

Why Interfaith Dialogue Doesn't Work -- And What We Can Do About It

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 07.29.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

I have been participating in interfaith dialogue as a rabbi and Jewish leader for more than 30 years, and most of the time it just doesn't work. Most of the time it is terribly boring.

Noa and Amara: A Real Interfaith Dialogue

Rabbi Naomi Levy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Naomi Levy

Yes, we are all different and the same. And I believe a true religious experience is one that leads us to see our differences as variations on a theme, variations that make the whole even more breathtaking and beautiful.

Questions for Stephen Prothero, Author of God Is Not One

Benyamin Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Benyamin Cohen

I caught up with Stephen Prothero, author of God Is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World -- And Why Their Differences Matter, to chat with him about religious zealotry, atheists, and Islamic pride.

God Is Not One -- But Religions May Be

Andrew Pessin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Andrew Pessin

All religions may well be ultimately the same, Prothero's book notwithstanding -- systems of practices and beliefs that share many of the same attributes and values, including, perhaps ironically, that of not being literally true.