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The Christian Right's Plan for a Strategic Theocratic Mid-Term Takeover

Dan Arel | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics
Dan Arel

The Christian Right is becoming less popular minority group in the US, but they are not afraid to play dirty. While they must deal with smaller numbers, they know how to control their voters and do just that.

The Struggle Against a Theocratic America

Dan Arel | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics
Dan Arel

Let's take a moment and celebrate, this is a victory for equality and another fight lost by the Christian Right. Yet this fight is far from over. Many other states are attempting to pass similar measures, some even harsher than Arizona's.

Fighting Inequality in Two Americas

Dan Arel | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Dan Arel

We are living in two Americas at once. While we are arguing about the word God on a dollar bill, the religious right is dismantling secularism one brick at a time.

Texas Theocracy: Today They Destroyed the Republican Party

Vivian Norris | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Vivian Norris

God was nowhere near the signing of that bill into law today in Texas -- nor was the Constitution of the United States of America.

Christian Fundamentalists to SCOTUS: We're the Real Victims

Fred Rich | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Fred Rich

Fundamentalist dogma holds that a modern, secular, diverse and tolerant society victimizes evangelical Christians, because tolerance of sin and error is intolerable to them. This Orwellian inversion, where your freedom must be limited in order to assure my own, is no longer a fringe or schismatic belief.

Breaking News: 34% of Your Fellow Citizens Want a Theocracy

Fred Rich | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Fred Rich

A fanatical fundamentalist minority is a dangerous thing in any culture, and even the strongest democracy can become vulnerable when buffeted by economic distress and external shocks, such as major terrorist attacks.

Hungry Dogs in the Cellar Nip at Civil Liberties

Donald Friedman | Posted 04.02.2013 | Books
Donald Friedman

Looking for a bedtime sedative one night last week, I found The Switch, a streamable 2010 by-the-numbers comedy. In it, a mentoring character played b...

The End of Religious Freedom

James Peron | Posted 10.08.2012 | Politics
James Peron

We are all free to believe anything we want. We are not free to do anything we want, just because we call it religion. Our rights end where the rights of others begin. This is a line of demarcation too many on the religious right refuse to accept.

U.S. Intervention in the Middle East

Katherine Krauss | Posted 06.05.2012 | Teen
Katherine Krauss

Not every country is suited for an American-style democracy, and it is perhaps best if Americans adopt a principle of their own and let the people of the new nations craft their own governments.

The God Hypothesis

Victor Stenger | Posted 05.20.2012 | Science
Victor Stenger

The gods worshipped by billions either exist or they do not. And those gods, if they exist, must have observable consequences. Thus, the question of their existence is a legitimate scientific issue that has profound import to humanity.

Another Missed Opportunity for Mitt Romney

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.05.2012 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Romney's failure to do the politically bold and smart move can only be interpreted to mean that he is either not bothered by Rush Limbaugh's vitriol or too fearful to say anything about it.

An American Imam Preaching Peace In Afghanistan

Imam Abdullah Antepli | Posted 11.27.2011 | Religion
Imam Abdullah Antepli

How can a beautiful religion, which sustains me and hundreds of millions of others, turn into something ugly, harmful and poisonous like that?

On Separation of Church and State

Dan Bimrose | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics
Dan Bimrose

I am a proud unshakeable member of the Christian left, yet I find it amazing that many people refuse to accept this "crazy" notion that government has no role to play concerning religion.

US Tiptoes Towards Theocracy

Bob Burnett | Posted 10.26.2011 | Politics
Bob Burnett

In difficult times, nations sometimes embrace extreme solutions. Now America is in turmoil and Republicans offer the radical Theocracy of Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry.

Our Future Christian Theocracy

Ian Squires | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ian Squires

American pioneer and hero President Sarah Palin wasn't even able to make Christianity the official national religion of the original United States until well into her second term.

Where are the Human Rights Organizations When You Need Them?

Roozbeh Farahanipour | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Roozbeh Farahanipour

Why do American human rights organizations and activists fall silent in the face horrific and systematic human rights abuses in the Islamic Republic of Iran?

Black Voter in Philly Forced to Swear on Bible Before Casting Vote

Brad Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brad Friedman

Given the years-long, well-orchestrated campaign by Republicans and their sympathizers targeting African-Americans for voter suppression, Lindsay Granger has good cause for "hypersensitivity."

Why Help Build a Mosque I Have Core Differences With?

Rev. Chuck Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Chuck Freeman

Normally I wouldn't be in favor of helping another religious group build a house of worship, especially one that I have such core differences with. But the Muslim religion is under siege in America.

Tancredo Candidacy a Symptom of Degraded Politics, the Race to the Right and to the Bottom

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michele Swenson

It is an understatement to say that the American Constitution Party is merely a "vehicle" for Tom Tancredo's run for office, as he has supported many of their goals.

What's Wrong with America? Let Me List the Books....

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert David Steele

Sun Tzu writes that if you do not know your enemy, AND you do not know yourself, you are destined to fail. The United States of America is not a Repu...

Unmasking The American Prayer Hour

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

The American Prayer Hour, an alternative to the annual National Prayer Breakfast, takes place on the same day and is run by the secretive fundamentalist organization known as The Family. This shadowy group is directly tied to the notorious "Kill the Gays" bill in Uganda.

Evangelicals Are the New Anti-Americans

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

The radical right movement in America is regrouping in the Senate and Congress and working hard to undo the Obama presidency.

Voices of Protest: The Iranian Word

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

There is an old saying in Persian, that every Iranian has written at least one line of poetry in their lifetime -- one can only imagine how many millions of lines have been written this summer alone.

Tibet: Polar Perspectives. Can Both Sides Be Heard?

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

The truth about Tibet is perhaps more nuanced than it has been presented by either side of the highly polarized debate.

Times are Tough for Actors, But How Big a Whore Are You?

Lisa Derrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Lisa Derrick

These people expressing their ludicrous, poisonous, misguided views about equal marriage rights are actors reading lines.