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Religious Pluralism

What War on Christmas?

Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy

Despite what Bill O'Reilly and Dr. Seuss would have you believe, nobody stole or declared war on Christmas this year -- neither a fairy-tale Grinch nor a puritan-like individual who cannot be happy because of complaints about the secularization of the season.

The Ever-Growing Religious Movement That Doesn't Get Enough Attention

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.11.2014 | Religion

Along with politics, poverty and culture, religion is often cited as a source of conflict throughout the world. However, the last 100 years reveal a ...

The Religion of Spirituality

Netanel Miles-Yepez | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion
Netanel Miles-Yepez

In 1949, Max Zeller, a disciple of the visionary psychotherapist, Dr. Carl Jung, came to Jung with a dream he could not understand. In the dream, he saw a 'temple of vast dimensions' under construction.

Coming in from the Cold: Pew Survey Reveals Continuing Icy Attitudes toward Muslims

Maha Elgenaidi | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Maha Elgenaidi

Prejudice against Muslims and Islam is still rampant among the U.S. public, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Institute.

Happy Khushali: A Celebration of 57 Years of Imamat (Religious Leadership) of His Highness, the Aga Khan.

Mike Ghouse | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

The purpose of every religion and the work of every prophet, messenger or peacemaker was to build cohesive societies, where no human had to live in apprehension or fear of the other.

What the Founding Fathers Really Learned from the Puritans About Religious Freedom

MOMocrats | Posted 09.07.2014 | Religion
MOMocrats

In the days of the New World, the earliest leaders of the colonies were often the reverends and other church leaders. The rule of law was God's law, as interpreted by the church leaders.

Reclaiming the Sacred: Five Uniting Religious Principles

Maha Elgenaidi | Posted 08.31.2014 | Religion
Maha Elgenaidi

While we may never be able to stop violence in the name of religion, we can prevent it at home and in our lives by remembering and instilling in each other basic ethical principles that are held by all religious traditions.

American Muslim Agenda: A New Beginning for Muslim Americans This July 4

Mike Ghouse | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Let it be known that Americans Muslims have placed their trust in American Justice system and will continue to seek justice though it as every American does, and the law of the land is our law. There is no substitute for it.

Meriam Ibrahim -- Strict Religious Law Has No Place in a Truly Free Society

Charlotte Keenan | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Charlotte Keenan

We need to stand with those in Sudan, and across the world, who will not accept this restricting of personal freedoms. We must champion freedom of belief and press for countries to allow people to choose a religion, or choose none.

Navy Chaplains Obstruct Religious Liberty

Tom Carpenter | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Tom Carpenter

Just last month, the Navy Chief of Chaplains rejected the application of Jason Heap, a highly qualified chaplain candidate who would have been the first Humanist military chaplain.

'We' Are What We Believe

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Since the US is religiously the most diverse nation in the world, it is crucial that we educate ourselves about different religions. It is like being multilingual: When you are multilingual you can connect with more people.

The Pakistani American Doctor's Organization Is a Model of Pluralism and Is Worthy of Emulating

Mike Ghouse | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

Pluralism is simply "Respecting the otherness of others and accepting the God-given uniqueness of each one of us." It is not a religion, nor is it a system of governance or laws to adhere to; it is simply one's attitude of "respecting the otherness of others."

India's Modi on His Best Behavior: Can We Trust Him?

Mike Ghouse | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Mike Ghouse

Mr. Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate in India's national elections, has finally gathered the courage to deliver one of his best policy statements in an interview published on NDTV on April 22.

Pop Prophets and Religious Pluralism

Jim Burklo | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Jim Burklo

A review by Jim Burklo of NATURAL MYSTICS: The Prophetic Lives of Bob Marley and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan by Varun Soni (Figueroa Press: 2014). Waves o...

Patriot's Day in a Pluralistic Nation

Meryl Chertoff | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Meryl Chertoff

Not many people can run like Meb, but our youth can all learn to reach for one another as fellow citizens and friends, and resist the evil that we hope has now been purged from the city of Boston on a sunny Patriot's Day.

Washington State Case Study: A Difficult Miscarriage Made Worse by Hospital's Religious Restrictions on Care

Lori Freedman | Posted 05.28.2014 | Religion
Lori Freedman

The effects of the doctrine on care are complex and merit a better response than telling women they can get their reproductive health needs met elsewhere. Ultimately, institutions providing ob-gyn care must be held to the same standards regardless of their religious affiliation -- and if not -- who will make sure patients understand how their care may be compromised?

Pluralistic Marriage

Jim Burklo | Posted 05.18.2014 | Religion
Jim Burklo

Many couples of different faiths started out their relationships without concerning themselves too much about their religious differences. It's only as marriage becomes imminent that one or the other of the pair wakes up to the fact that this difference might matter.

Why State Textbook Reviews Matter for Minority Faith Groups

Murali Balaji | Posted 04.05.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Texas's curriculum and textbook adoption have been politicized and polarizing in recent years, alarming education advocates and big textbook publishers and making the state a laughingstock to the rest of the country.

President Obama Cut Short His Vacation?

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

President Barack Obama and his family return early from Hawaii to Washington for fiscal-cliff talks; however, the constant wording that they were on "vacation" bewildered me.

'Unclean' -- Iran's Outcast Baha'i Minority

Anthony Vance | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Anthony Vance

The concept of ritual uncleanliness is an old one embedded in several major religious traditions, including Islam and Judaism. It is still accepted by many religious Iranian Muslims today.

What Is God Doing in Philippines?

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

It took me years to understand the idea of God, a God that is not a thing or a being, but a formless, indefinable, imaginary but real energy that caused life and sustained it, as we witness it every moment of the day.

India's Future, Narendra Modi, Muslims and Moving Forward

Mike Ghouse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

We are all in this together, and see things differently. We need to allow diversity of thought for a comprehensive understanding of the issue from a justice point of view, as well as long term cohesion in the society.

Fire in the Pews: Pentecostal-Catholic Competition Reviving Religion in Latin America

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Greater attendance at Mass. The flowering of a Catholic charismatic movement with lay leadership and culturally sensitive worship that also shares the Pentecostal commitment to evangelism. And a revered global leader emerging from its ranks.

Anyone Can Say 'Allah', Not Only Muslims

Harun Yahya | Posted 10.30.2013 | Religion
Harun Yahya

Such a decision cannot be accepted and defended even if it was directed at one newspaper or a single person. This decision, which is completely against Islam, a religion of peace and brotherhood, must be reversed and there must be freedom of expression for everyone.

Five Strategies for Leadership Development on Religious Diversity

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Deborah J. Levine

Cultural awareness, cultural competence, global leadership and cross-cultural communication are embraced as the tools of the market place of the future. What accounts for this black hole of information on diverse religions?