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Religious Right

Ted Cruz, the Houston Hype, and the Dishonesty of the Anti-Equality Movement

Peter Montgomery | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

As exciting as it is to hear the alarm bells and read the hyperventilating emails, the truth is far less dramatic. Sorry, Sen. Cruz, but the government is not policing sermons for political correctness. It's not going to start tossing anti-gay preachers in jail.

When You Say, 'I Believe in Sexual Equality, But I'm Not a Feminist...'

Larry Womack | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Larry Womack

I hear: "I want all of the benefits that come from gender equality, but wish to distance myself from the associated stigma that, through this very statement, I myself am propagating."

Scaring Up Another War

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 09.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

The fact that America leads the developed world in guns and gun-related deaths doesn't faze gun advocates. Like tax cuts, guns are considered a cure-all. Unfortunately, the same appears true of munitions in American foreign policy.

Why is God White?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 09.03.2014 | Comedy
Marta Ibarrondo

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Libertarians and Conservatives: Opponents, Not Allies

James Peron | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
James Peron

The sooner modern libertarians realize conservatives are not their friends, the sooner they can get around to actually promoting the extension of individual rights for all people -- including people conservatives hate.

Christian Conservatives Ponder A ‘Babylonian Exile' To Save Their Faith

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion

(RNS) From the moment they set foot on North American soil, the Puritans who came to the continent viewed their “errand into the wilderness” throu...

The Victims of the Religious Right

Paul Gordon | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Paul Gordon

Recall that the religious right has not only spent the past 30 or 40 years fighting to prevent gays and lesbians from marrying. They have also fought tooth and nail against every advance in civil rights that has come during that time, affecting employment discrimination, child custody, health care decision-making... you name it.

Switchfoot's Album & Movie "Fading West" -- It's Grace in Action, Hope Crystallized, Damnation Canceled in Favor of Love...

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 10.12.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

I was just speaking at SoulFest (August 7-9). It's a music festival with evangelical roots. The band Switchfoot played. I'm several things but not...

War on Christianity?

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

There is no American war on Christianity and masquerading the fight for religious imposition as a fight to protect Christians from this fabricated war is offensive to those truly suffering prejudice and persecution.

Dear Evangelical Establishment, I know you don't trust or like me and I don't blame you! But instead of just writing me off as wicked, for once you'd better listen up...

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 09.15.2014 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

(A 1984 satirical magazine cover depicting "Franky" Schaeffer as a "kid" throwing mud at Christianity Today Magazine and Billy Graham for not be...

Booklet on Anti-Gay Propaganda a Useful Resource in 'Culture War'

Alvin McEwen | Posted 09.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

As LGBTs exist in the midst of all this drama regarding the so-called culture war, I thought I would talk about something near and dear to my heart.

Fundamentalism: The Political Kiss of Death

James Peron | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics
James Peron

Jonathan Rauch writes that Christian conservatives, in response to their defeat in the "culture wars," are likely to isolate themselves from the wider society. I think that is precisely what they will do. It's what they've done before.

In 2014, Still Not Independence Day for Women

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.06.2014 | Women
Irene Monroe

America's need to showcase her indomitable spirit of heroism this July 4th celebration arrives mired by the two recent Supreme Court -- both highlighting a "war against women."

Samuel Alito: A Movement Man Makes Good on Right-Wing Investments

Peter Montgomery | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Peter Montgomery

Alito's one-two punch was another extraordinary milestone for the strategists who have been working for the past 40 years to put business firmly in the driver's seat of American politics.

Bobby Jindal Gunning For Religious Right Backing

Buzzfeed | McKay Coppins | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics

“The groups that are more and more picked on in society are evangelical Christians,” Louisiana’s governor tells BuzzFeed. Is the future of socia...

What I Discovered Is Stunning: The Evangelical World Is Crumbling From Within

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.18.2014 | Books
Frank Schaeffer

I was expecting a backlash from the sort of people I'd worked with. I was only half joking when I told my wife Genie, "Pat Robertson will have me killed." Instead I got (literally thousands) of emails thanking me for "telling my story" as many people put it.

Former Evangelical Leader Is A Self-Declared Atheist Who Believes In God

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 06.13.2014 | Religion

(RNS) According to the title of his new book, Frank Schaeffer is an atheist. But he prays every day. And he goes to church every weekend. Catch him...

A Visit With Brent Bourgeois

Mark Joseph | Posted 08.03.2014 | Entertainment
Mark Joseph

"As little as five to 10 years ago, it would have been unthinkable to have made this album the way I did. Emotionally and artistically, I think I had to become hungry again -- I had been a professional musician since I was 14 years old and needed some time away from the business."

The Real Origins Of The Religious Right

Politico Magazine | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics

On June 30, 1971, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued its ruling in the case, now Green v. Connally (John Connally ha...

Dear Christians With Guns

Anastasia Basil | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Anastasia Basil

Another shooting, this time in Santa Barbara, with legally purchased guns. You probably think it's partially my fault. Why? Because I am a Godless American.

'To Light a Candle': A Testimony on Severe Condition of Baha'is in Iran

Omid Memarian | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
Omid Memarian

'To Light a Candle' unveils decades of repression, persecution and intimidation against a peaceful community of Iranians whose lives have been dramatically undermined by religious intolerance by the Iranian ruling class.

The Gay Community Is Fighting Godzilla With a Slinky Toy

Alvin McEwen | Posted 07.09.2014 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

A good army doesn't fight each other. They zero in on the enemy who is keeping them outside the gate. And right now, the lgbt community isn't acting like the good army we need to be.

Marriage Equality, the Ex-Marine and Ayn Rand

James Peron | Posted 07.05.2014 | Gay Voices
James Peron

This is why the religious right lost the battle on gay marriage. They erroneously believed that the common American value system was their religious beliefs. It wasn't. Our nation's value system is a belief -- often inconsistently held, but one held nonetheless -- that individual rights and individual liberty matter.

Being Gay Is a Religious Right

James Brandon | Posted 06.20.2014 | Gay Voices
James Brandon

Living from a place of fully loving every part of yourself, especially when confronted head-on with the haters, is not only the path to a deep spiritual awakening; it is exactly what Jesus faced on His own prophesied path.

What Every Woman Should Know About Arizona's Latest Abortion Politics

Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D. | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Rita Nakashima Brock, Ph. D.

Women face many challenges in our lives that are uniquely related to our reproductive systems, something callous lawmakers exploit for political purposes that have nothing to do with real concern for women.