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Religious Intolerance

The Plight of Youcef Nadarkhani

Gary Hart | Posted 04.25.2012 | Religion
Gary Hart

The re-emergence of the religious right in America during this current presidential campaign, though mild by comparison to threatened executions by radical clerics, should give us cause for concern.

The Dharma Of An Apology

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 01.28.2012 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

Regardless of how easy or difficult, heartfelt or empty, the foundation of every apology is dharma, or righteous duty.

How To Combat The Neo-Christian Movement

Dylan Brody | Posted 10.24.2011 | Home
Dylan Brody

The neo-Christian agenda seeks to take this country in a horrific direction. Casually throwing around the expression "Christian Nation" feels to them like an affirmation of their commitment to the Constitution.

Religious Restrictions Increased For 2 Billion, Study Says

Posted 10.13.2011 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service (RNS) A third of the world -- about 2.2 billion people -- live in nations where restrictions on religion ha...

Brutal Killings In Indonesia Town Show Religious Intolerance Is On The Rise

AP | By NINIEK KARMINI | Posted 10.09.2011 | World

CIKEUSIK, Indonesia -- When Dani bin Misra was released from prison last week after serving just three months for smashing in the skull of a member of...

Jason Linkins

Reminders That Norwegian Terrorist Breivik Was A Christian Extremist Makes Non-Extremist Christians Defensive

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics

Over at Salon, Alex Pareene notes that commentators of the right-ish extraction are taking grave offense at any reminder of the fact that Norwegian te...

Bill Donohue Gets on The Ledge

Matthew Chapman | Posted 09.12.2011 | Home
Matthew Chapman

If Bill Donahue traveled a little more he'd know there are many countries where attempts to censor criticism of religion -- as the Catholic League attempts to do -- are rightly considered archaic and repulsive.

Self-Righteousness: Why Do Some Of Us Think Only We Are Right?

Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD | Posted 08.16.2011 | Healthy Living
Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD

When we get into the habit of competing over our beliefs, wanting to impose them upon others and not being able to relate to those with different views, then we limit the unlimited life.

Imams For Evolution

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.02.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Evolutionary biology teaches us just how closely related all people are and how insignificant racial and religious differences are.

French Burqa Ban Sets A Dangerous Precedent

Mike Ghouse | Posted 06.14.2011 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Sustainable cultural change can come only though free will and not compulsion. I am not for the burqa, but we have to defend the woman's right to wear what she chooses.

I Cannot Keep Silent Any Longer: An Open Letter To Pastor Terry Jones In Florida

Steve McSwain | Posted 06.04.2011 | Religion
Steve McSwain

I abhor your actions and, as a devout follower of Jesus Christ, I am embarrassed and ashamed that you would tarnish the Christian family with actions contrary to Jesus' spirit and teachings.

Religious Freedom Is Only For Christians?

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.29.2011 | Religion
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

As so many before me have said, hate is not a Christian value -- and we shouldn't let it become an American value either.

Media Fan The Flames Of Religious Intolerance

Rev. Charles Gibbs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Charles Gibbs

Burning a Quran, or any holy book, is an offense to our common humanity, and we can hardly turn a blind eye. But this kind of violence is not the story of our society; it is a sideshow.

We Are Family, Respected Governor Bentley, Even If You Don't Think So

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

As a Hindu American, despite the fact that I find your remarks repulsive and intolerant, I recognize that the same Divine that dwells in me, dwells in you. For that reason, we are family.

Muslim Countries Cited On Religious Freedom

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Lauren Markoe Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The New Year's Day massacre at a Coptic church in Egypt. Christian converts facing the death ...

Muslim-Majority Nations More Likely To Deny Religious Freedom

David Briggs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
David Briggs

Even amid this widespread disregard for religious freedom, one group of countries stands out: Muslim-majority nations.

On Muslims, Gays And Tolerance In America

Eboo Patel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eboo Patel

I don't think getting burned is the most important step in a group's American journey. Communities achieve their American identity not so much by knowing the fire themselves, but by refusing to let others get burned.

Asia Bibi And Pakistan's Selective Persecution

Havovi Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Havovi Cooper

In 2009, Asia Bibi, a 45-year old Christian woman, was asked to fetch water while working as a farmhand. Now, she has been in prison for a year and faces a death sentence under the damning blasphemy laws of Pakistan.

Bounty Of Beliefs

Ellen Snortland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ellen Snortland

Look around your tables this week and thank those of your friends and relatives who dare to be themselves, if they differ from you. It's a gift to differ.

Safeguarding The Rights Of Christians In Muslim Countries

John L. Esposito | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John L. Esposito

Though religion is increasingly playing an important role in the self-identity of combatants and their mobilization, it can mask deep seated economic, social and political tensions and conflicts.

The Psychology of Forgiveness, Compassion and Acceptance

Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Roya R. Rad, MA, PsyD

Words like forgiveness, tolerance, compassion, and acceptance are not new to us, but there may be some uncertainty as to how to apply these concepts t...

The Myth of American Religious Tolerance

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kenneth C. Davis

In the Oct. 2010 issue of Smithsonian, I delve into the real history of America's attitudes about religion, and it is a far different picture from the tidy tableau and storybook version of tolerance that we tell our children.

Turning Provocation Into Purpose: Responding Creatively To Hate And Intolerance

Barbara J. Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Barbara J. Nelson

We are imagining this package as a ready response kit that fortifies people of goodwill with religiously grounded knowledge helpful in standing firm when acts of religious hatred are looming.

Indonesian Christians Attacked On Their Way To Prayers

AP | IRWAN FIRDAUS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEKASI, Indonesia — Indonesia's president ordered police to arrest the assailants who stabbed a Christian worshipper in the stomach and beat a m...

Five American Presidents Can Resurrect Tolerance -- If They Try

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Walden

We need what Lionel Rosenblatt calls a "Mount Rushmore Moment" where all five US presidents jointly call for a return to "first principles."