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Religious Intolerance

From Funeral Procession to Desecrating the Dead

Neda Najibi | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion
Neda Najibi

What if that cemetery was the one place on earth where you could visit the final resting place of your loved ones?  What if it was your family?  What if those were your tears?  No one should have to tolerate such abuse. It violates that sense of humanity we all share.

The New 9/11 Museum and The Nature of Evil: Needs for Larger Contexts and Questions

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

My sister, Karen, died on 9/11, working at the World Trade Center; and hence, I visited the new Museum, which opened this week, with my family. A...

Two Women Found Guilty Of Ripping Up Quran At Football Game

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion

Julie Phillips, age 50, and Gemma Parkin, age 18, have been found guilty of a "religiously-aggravated public order offence" after they ripped up pages...

"How Prabowo and Gerindra Will Get Indonesia Back on Track"

Hashim Djojohadikusumo | Posted 06.03.2014 | World
Hashim Djojohadikusumo

Continual injustice, inequality and corruption is resulting in a loss of confidence and trust in Indonesia's leaders, institutions, and the government as a whole. This breach of trust and confidence is opening the door for extremists.

A Jewish Voice on Arabic Radio

Joseph Braude | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion
Joseph Braude

More than three years after the broadcast debuted, my Muslim audience now finds it ordinary, rather than aberrant, to hear a Jewish voice opine on Arab affairs in their mother tongue. In numerous Arab countries, such a situation would be revolutionary--but in Morocco, it's merely one step forward among many.

Doomed to Hell Fire and Damn-the-Nation

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 02.25.2014 | Fifty
Joanna Perry-Folino

Four days before Christmas my neighbor invited me to a "Christmas concert" at her church. I like music and the inspiring classical sound of carols and church songs can be quite lovely. So I accepted her generous invitation and was whisked away a few days later in the early afternoon to imbibe the musicality of the season.

Good News for Duck Dynasty Nation, A&E, You and Me

J. Randall O'Brien | Posted 03.01.2014 | Religion
J. Randall O'Brien

Although millions were jolted by Robertson's words and A&E's response, each position represented a major segment of American society. Each party was intolerant, but for different reasons due to competing worldviews.

Lebanon Ready to Collapse

Allan Topol | Posted 02.02.2014 | World
Allan Topol

Two weeks ago, a double suicide bombing outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut killed 23 people and injured 147. This recent development shows the misery of Lebanon, which has continued for more than 50 years, enters a new and dangerous phase.

Clear and Evident Danger

Neda Najibi | Posted 11.27.2013 | Hawaii
Neda Najibi

"She sat alone in the dark, she held her knees tightly to her chest in a manner of a baby in its mothers womb. She pulled her knees ever so tightly wi...

Safe Streets, Safe Sanctuaries

Rev. Gary R. Hall | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
Rev. Gary R. Hall

One year after Oak Creek, the answer is clear: "separation of Church and State" cannot mean silence from the "Church" side of the equation. To protect lives and care for spirits, faith leaders need to support legislative action against illegal guns. The victims of gun violence, our faiths, and our belief in America's promise demand no less.

Getting to the Bottom of Bigotry

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 08.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

What exactly is it about a human being's sexual orientation that triggers such hate? What's it to them -- the haters of gay, lesbian and bisexual people -- whom other people are sexually attracted to and love? Why are transgender people so hated, so marginalized?

Who Owns God?

T. Sher Singh | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
T. Sher Singh

The trick for each one of us is in personally studying our own faith and those of others, and learning to go beyond the blinders that most people of every faith nowadays put on their own eyes the very moment they turn to matters of religion.

Is It Right to Call A Bigot A Bigot?

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 05.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

It really comes down to this: If, based on your religious beliefs, you demonize people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and you deny people the right to have sex and marry, then you are against freedom and equality for those people. You are practicing bigotry.

When Secularists/Evangelicals Took Over America: Stereotyping And Denigrating Other' Beliefs

Craig S. Keener | Posted 05.18.2013 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

If all of us who have experienced others' insensitivity to our beliefs could sympathize with those marginalized for beliefs different from our own, we could make the world a more tolerant place.

White House BLASTS Egypt President's Anti-Semitic Comments

AP | MATTHEW LEE and JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 01.16.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Tuesday gave a blistering review of remarks that Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi made almost three years a...

Vandals Spray Hate Graffiti On Jerusalem Church

AP | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion

JERUSALEM -- Vandals have spray-painted "Death to Christianity" and "Jesus, son of a whore" on a Greek Orthodox monastery in Jerusalem. The overnight...

Religious Intolerance on the Rise in Asia

Dinouk Colombage | Posted 01.16.2013 | World
Dinouk Colombage

Religious intolerance in Asia is on the rise with more and more states falling foul of such acts. From Muslim extremism in Pakistan to Buddhist dominance in Sri Lanka, minority religions are finding themselves targeted.

Hate Crimes vs America

Rev. Otis Moss III | Posted 11.17.2012 | Religion
Rev. Otis Moss III

Hate crimes are antithetical to equality and justice and silence is the environment where the virus of hate thrives. By speaking up we can inoculate our country from the spread of this deadly spiritual disease.

Confronting Religious Bigotry in America and Elsewhere

Charles Negy, Ph.D. | Posted 11.04.2012 | College
Charles Negy, Ph.D.

We, in the United States, ought to model for the rest of the world our support of religious freedom and our ability to live in harmony with people of diverse faiths, including non-believers.

91 Days Till Minnesota Votes On My family

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 10.07.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Meg Riley

Suddenly it became very clear to me: The people who are so upset by the mere existence of LGBT people are those who do not want anyone to upset the system of obedience to male authority.

Multiple Myths and the Struggle for Political Truth

Paul Stoller | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics
Paul Stoller

It explains misfortune and reduces the pain of daily life. By the same token it also opens the door to political abuse, demagoguery, and a future of political regret.

God Hates Clams!

Domenick Scudera | Posted 08.01.2012 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

My fellow congregants: I stand before you today an angry man! I am hoppin' mad cuz a legion of sinners is pushin' a liberal agenda that will be the ruination of us all. You know what I am talkin' about, don't ya?! Eating shellfish!

The Fierce Urgency of Now : Why We, Too, Are Shaima Alwadi

Pamay Bassey | Posted 06.01.2012 | Black Voices
Pamay Bassey

I believe that there is a fiercely urgent need for us to take the time to learn about people who look differently than we do, live differently than we might, worship differently than what is familiar to us. Because violence is often rooted in ignorance and fear.

My Family Fanatics

Elizabeth Boleman-Herring | Posted 05.27.2012 | Home
Elizabeth Boleman-Herring

My relatives might as well be pairs of Jehovah's Witnesses or Mormons -- strangers at the door -- for all they have to do with me. They ring my bell, as it were, several times a year, only to press my arm into a spiritual blood pressure cuff of their own devising: Am I saved or, as they suspect, not?

Republican Ignorance and Contraception

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The contraception discussion has become like a forest of small-mindedness, intolerance and anger out from which the far right and, increasingly, the Republican Party in general, cannot find a way.