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Let My People Go

Chris Hedges delivered this address Saturday in New York City before demonstrators marched to U.N. headquarters in support of the people of Gaza. The event was part of a day of international protest against the Israeli military assault on Palestinians.

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Jennifer Hudson: Faith, Tragedy and New Music

Jennifer Hudson is preparing to release a new album, “JHUD,” in September—her third studio album and her first since the conclusion of the lengthy trial of the man who killed three of her closest family members—and her faith, in the wake of tragedy, is stronger than ever.

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Corporate Religion

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Hobby Lobby Operates by Christian Values

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Viagra Coverage

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Macklemore Fights Homophobia With ‘Same Love’ at Grammys

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert and Madonna together performed the anti-homophobic bigotry song “Same Love” live at the Grammys on Sunday.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Christian Heretics

After his talk on the myth of human progress, the Truthdig columnist discussed the influence of religion on his work and why he views Christian conservatives as heretics.

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Tea Party Tantrum

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Lessons for Texas Schoolkids: Loch Ness Monster Proves Evolution Is Wrong

Christian-affiliated public charter schools in Texas are teaching some whoppers in the classroom. Note the phrase “public charter schools.” Yes, tax money is being spent to spread ignorance, such as linking the rise of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich to Darwinism.

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Romney and Mourdock

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Evangelical Has an Explanation for Colorado Tragedy

Jerry Newcombe, spokesman for the evangelical religious group Truth in Action Ministries, says Americans have lost their fear of hell and that’s why the mass shooting at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater happened.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY)

Why Independent Thinkers Are Repugnant to Religious Zealots and Rick Santorum

There is nothing more feared by right-wing fundamentalists than people who can think critically and reflectively and are willing to invest in reason and freedom.

Posted on Feb 22, 2012 READ MORE



Dr. Bachmann’s ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy

Michele Bachmann’s husband tries to “cure” gay people; President Obama wants to make cuts to Social Security and Medicare; meanwhile, the archivist of the U.S. defends Wikipedia from professors. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Violence Threatens Egypt’s Post-Revolution Efforts

Egypt’s transitional government has called an emergency meeting after violence believed to be sectarian broke out in a neighborhood near Cairo and left 10 people dead, hundreds injured and a church destroyed by fire. (more)

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AP / Sunday Alamba

500 Dead in Nigerian Postelection Violence

Nigeria’s most credible election in decades has come to a close, but the legitimacy of the process has failed to stem the violence. A local human rights group believes more than 500 people have been killed in postelection fighting.

Posted on Apr 24, 2011 READ MORE



bbc.co.uk

Postelection Violence Rocks Nigeria

As the results from Nigeria’s presidential election last weekend rolled in and it became clear that the incumbent Goodluck Jonathan had won again, his most pressing task was to try to contain outbreaks of violence in the Muslim north part of his country.

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Santorum and the Crusades

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AP / Ben Curtis

Egypt Bomb Kills at Least 21

In a bloody beginning to the new year in Egypt, a suicide bombing outside a Coptic church in Alexandria killed at least 21 people and injured dozens more. “This massacre has al-Qaida written all over ... ,” a church official said.

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AP / Nickee Butlangan

38 Dead in Christmas Attacks

Attacks in the Philippines and Nigeria have killed at least 38 people as anti-Christian violence came in the form of a series of bomb attacks against churches during Christmas festivities.

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AP / Gali Tibbon

Israel on a PR Campaign

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is on a kick to improve his country’s standing in Europe. His strategy? Develop a cadre of “allies” abroad who will serve as walking PR agents for Israeli policy.

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‘Colbert Report’: Losing His Religion

The midterm elections are approaching quickly, and that can mean only one thing: It’s time to once again crank up the speculation that President Obama is actually a Muslim.

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 READ MORE


Obama and Hybels
AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama’s Unlikely Allies in Immigration Reform

President Obama is preparing for another drawn-out legislative and public battle over yet another contentious and unwieldy issue: immigration reform. But in this case, he may get help from some surprising sources at the right of the political spectrum.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE


If I Had a Hammer

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Website Compares Stephen Baldwin to Job, Asks for Money

Much like the biblical Job, the actor and official member of “the famous Baldwin brothers Hollywood clan” believes in God and has endured hardships. Now, although this particular Baldwin apparently hasn’t suffered from a plague of boils ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 23, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Jon Gambrell

Nigeria’s Unholy War

You may have heard about the city of Jos, the capital of Plateau state in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, and wondered why it is a flashpoint of unspeakable violence. On Jan. 17, mobs killed about 400 residents of Jos. The second round of attacks, on March 7, was even more vicious.

Posted on Apr 6, 2010 READ MORE


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cnn.com

Christian Militia Group Members Charged With Conspiracy

Nine members of the Hutaree, a Christian militia group based in the Midwest, were charged Monday with conspiracy after allegedly planning to kill a law enforcement officer in Michigan and then attack others at their initial target’s funeral using improvised explosive devices.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE


Nigerian massacre
AP / NTA TV

Nigerian Governor Says Army Ignored Massacre Warnings

On Sunday, hundreds of people were killed in three Nigerian villages near the city of Jos in a retaliatory massacre that might have been thwarted, according to a local governor, had the military paid attention to warning signs before it began and distress signals once it was under way.

Posted on Mar 9, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Dave Martin

Anti-Abortion Group to Air Super Bowl Ad

Focus on the Family, a Colorado-based Christian conservative group, is really breaking its bank. The group announced it is buying 30 seconds of Super Bowl ad time during which it will air an anti-abortion message featuring former University of Florida star quarterback Tim Tebow.

Posted on Jan 22, 2010 READ MORE



‘Glenn Beck Is Mean’ Edition

America’s most famous crybaby was just vicious to Sarah Palin. He asked her who her favorite founding father was ... and ... she ... froze. In other news: Privacy is for old people, it looks like the Jews didn’t build the pyramids, and someone was arrested for interfering with Tiger Woods’ right to sell Gatorade.

Posted on Jan 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Conservative Christians Give Harry Potter Their Blessing

Although the pope and other prominent Christians have registered their disapproval of the Harry Potter franchise in the past, the newest film in the series, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” is getting glowing reviews from fellow members of their fold. It’s not quite on the level of WWHPD? but some are noting the teenage wand-wielder’s similarities to a certain other powerful young man from a very popular book.

Posted on Jul 17, 2009 READ MORE


Paris mosque
enjoyfrance.com

War-Addicted U.S. Afflicted With Imperialist Hangover

There is an important current in conservative U.S. opinion that believes Western Europe to be under something like a siege, or a potential siege, by its large Muslim immigrant population. I should actually say that it’s not just American conservatives, although they write alarmed books about the impending Muslim domination of Europe, and the collapse of European Christianity and identity. They fear the Decline of the West.

Posted on May 19, 2009 READ MORE


Prejean
latina.com

Miss California to Lose Her Tiara?

Over the course of a couple weeks, Carrie Prejean—model, Miss California and marriage moralizer—has kicked up her fair share of controversy, and now she could be in danger of losing her title for taking her crusade against gay marriage past the parameters set by her pageant contract and for posing seminude four years ago.

 

Posted on May 5, 2009 READ MORE


Obama

ObamaTube: Passover/Easter Edition

President Barack Obama draws upon the traditions and meanings behind “two very different holidays”—Passover and Easter—as his jumping-off point for his weekly address about the state of the country and the world ... and about his time rubbing elbows with other world leaders during the past week.

Posted on Apr 11, 2009 READ MORE



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America Has Become Less Religious

The percentage of Americans who follow no religion has doubled since 1990, according to a new survey of religious identity. At 15 percent, they are now the third largest group, behind Catholics and Baptists. The Christian majority has dwindled by 10 points in the last 18 years.

Posted on Mar 9, 2009 READ MORE


Warren Is Worth the Headache

By inviting Pastor Rick Warren to give the inaugural invocation, President-elect Barack Obama has alienated some of his friends on the left, but the choice also enrages conservatives who fear the breakup of right-wing dominance in the white evangelical community.

Posted on Dec 23, 2008 READ MORE


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Etheridge Stops Paying State Taxes in Prop. 8 Protest

If California is going to deny lesbian Melissa Etheridge her full rights as a citizen because of Proposition 8, the musician is happy to return the favor by refusing to add her tax money to the state’s coffers.

Posted on Nov 7, 2008 READ MORE


Silhouette City

‘Silhouette City’: Christian Nationalism on the Rise

Just how did we get the Christian right we have today? In his truly scary documentary “Silhouette City,” director Michael W. Wilson takes a close look at the key figures and ideologies that played some part in forming the apocalyptic mass movement that’s looking to influence American politics and culture.

Posted on Nov 3, 2008 READ MORE



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Populism Arising—but Will It Be the Killer Kind?

The old assumptions and paradigms about capitalism and free markets are dead. A new, virulent populism, still inchoate, is slowly and painfully rising to take their place. This populism will determine the future of the country. It is as likely to be right-wing as left-wing.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008 READ MORE



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Citizen Tim Takes On Obama by Himself

The one form of political advertising that’s completely unregulated and free is the speech of an individual citizen, even when money amplifies that speech by putting it on the airwaves. Tim D’Annunzio, who describes himself as a “concerned North Carolina businessman,” is doing just that.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE



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Evangelical Leader Goes All In For McCain

And to think that anyone thought James Dobson would sit out this presidential race. The Christian right leader and his advocacy group, Focus on the Family Action, are planning a multistate strategy to help elect McCain, and to prevent Democratic gains in Congress while they’re at it.

Posted on Oct 2, 2008 READ MORE


In Defense of Elitism

When it comes to politics, there is a mad love of mediocrity in this country. “They think they’re better than you!” is the refrain that (highly competent and cynical) Republican strategists have set loose among the crowd, and the crowd has grown drunk on it once again. “Sarah Palin is an ordinary person!” Yes, all too ordinary.

Posted on Sep 23, 2008 READ MORE



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Sam Harris on Sarah Palin and ‘Mediocrity’

The trailblazing atheist and Truthdig contributor takes on Sarah Barracuda in the new Newsweek: “When it comes to politics, there is a mad love of mediocrity in this country. ‘They think they’re better than you!’ is the refrain that (highly competent and cynical) Republican strategists have set loose among the crowd, and the crowd has grown drunk on it once again.”

Posted on Sep 21, 2008 READ MORE


Country First? Hardly

Stripping away the partisanship, passion and propaganda, what about the veracity of the claim that the GOP puts this country first? Well, let’s just say it’s a little dicey.

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Matt Rourke

Tyranny on Display at the Republican Convention

St. Paul is a window into our future. It is a future where constitutional rights mean nothing and where lawful dissent is branded a form of terrorism.

Posted on Sep 8, 2008 READ MORE


Anatomy of an Attack Ad

The Center for Investigative Reporting has traced the origins of a mysterious attack ad that made headlines earlier in the campaign with its portrayal of Barack Obama as an anti-Christian Muslim who refuses to pledge allegiance. It turns out that the nonsense was assembled by a hypnotherapist, a wedding videographer and a felon on the run, showing “the outsize influence that a hodgepodge collection of political amateurs can have in a national election—in this case, by accident.”

Posted on Aug 28, 2008 READ MORE


India Violence
time.com

Indian Police Get ‘Shoot on Sight’ Orders

If the war in Iraq has taught us anything about the politics of chaos it is that rarely, if ever, does more violence quell violence. But tell that to Indian police who were issued shoot-on-sight orders after clashes between Hindus and Christians rocked the Orissa state in eastern India.

Posted on Aug 27, 2008 READ MORE


Canada to Apologize to Indigenous Groups

Following a similar move by Australia earlier this year, Canada’s prime minister will offer a formal apology to the country’s indigenous peoples for the state’s unjust treatment of them, most notably the forced enrollment of more than 100,000 native students in state-funded Christian boarding schools aimed at assimilating them into white society.

Posted on Jun 11, 2008 READ MORE


‘God Damn the Democrats!’

Harriet Christian’s total meltdown at the Democratic Party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee meeting was outrageous enough to make it to the top of YouTube’s political charts. Her tirade illustrates some of the challenges facing the Democratic Party and the Barack Obama campaign as it woos Hillary Clinton’s more colorful supporters. This one, though, is probably a lost cause.

Posted on Jun 1, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Chris Carlson

Obama Parts Ways With Church

Having endured at least three rounds of controversy stemming from his 20-year association with Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, Democratic candidate Barack Obama has decided to end his membership, telling reporters Saturday that he is sorry for the intense media attention his affiliation has attracted to the church and its members.

Posted on May 31, 2008 READ MORE


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shiaonline.wordpress.com

Introducing Our Deity of Unspecified Gender

This’ll no doubt create some semantic confusion among religious leaders and congregations alike, but the U.K.-based Movement for Reform Judaism is issuing a new prayer book that eschews gender-specific references to the Supreme Being. It might be a hard sell, considering the results of a survey that the Jewish group conducted in anticipation of the unconventional release.

Posted on May 20, 2008 READ MORE


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