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Posted on Jan 25, 2016 READ MORE



The Suicide of the Liberal Church

The liberal denominations and their seminaries, by betraying the poor, especially people of color, in a desperate bid to stay financially solvent, are making themselves obsolete.

Posted on Jan 24, 2016 READ MORE



I Wish You a Merry Christmas—Even Though I’m a Nonbeliever

Americans’ discomfort with other peoples’ religious faiths goes hand in hand with Islamophobia.

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 READ MORE



The Age of the Demagogues

The collapse of our political and cultural institutions has turned charlatans and thugs such as presidential hopeful Donald Trump into viable candidates.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE



Happy Thanksgiving to Those Who Seek Haven

As we celebrate our beginnings in the safest, strongest, richest nation the world has ever known, is it asking too much to welcome those who are fleeing death, torture and terror in their homeland?

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 READ MORE



Fire Activity Points to Religions’ Impact on Climate

A link has been detected between religious days of observance and reductions in the big “active fires” that can affect global warming by sending aerosols into the atmosphere.

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 READ MORE



Study Finds Religious Children to Be Meaner Than Secular Children

And their parents think they’re more empathetic.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE



Pope Francis Hails ‘Time of Mercy’ as Synod Ends at the Vatican

Pope Francis marked the end of a lengthy bishops’ summit Sunday in his homily at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE



Why Right-Wing Christian Leaders Are Often Indifferent to Needless Suffering

Conservative readings of the Bible demand suffering for women, the sick and the dying. And this has an impact on our lives today.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



The People’s Pope in the Land of the Dollar

Pope Francis seems intent on forging a new, progressive path.

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: Self-Described Evangelical to U.S. Christians: Jesus Would Vote for Bernie Sanders

After the progressive presidential candidate spoke to 12,000 students, faculty and administrators at Liberty University, a stronghold of political and religious conservatism, a man who calls himself an alumnus of the school and an evangelical leader told listeners that the candidate’s policies are an embodiment of Christian values.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE



When It Comes to World Peace, Don’t Look to Sanders for Progress

His stated policy position is not meaningfully pro-peace, he seeks a more dominant Saudi Arabia in the Mideast and he seems remarkably uncaring to people who don’t carry a nice blue U.S. passport.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE



Pope Francis Aims to Make Marriage Annulment Process Easier

Continuing his reform streak from within the Vatican’s highest post, Pope Francis on Tuesday announced that he is taking steps to make marriage annulment a less complex, pricey and fraught process for Catholics than it historically has been.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE


Religious Objections

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Posted on Sep 5, 2015 READ MORE



Kentucky Court Clerk Kim Davis Jailed in Standoff Over Same-Sex Marriage Licenses (Updated)

After drawing national attention and being found in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples seeking to wed in her area of Kentucky, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis could be on her way to professional martyrdom for mixing her religious beliefs with her job.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE



My Teacher

The Rev. Coleman Brown, who had the most profound impact of all my teachers on my education, died in December. He taught me how to think. And in being taught how to think, I was taught how to be free.

Posted on Jul 19, 2015 READ MORE


Christian America

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Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE



Americans Are About as Religious as ‘Godless’ Europeans, Data Shows

“The majority of Americans identify technically as Christians,” writes Amanda Marcotte at AlterNet, “but a deeper look at how our people act, believe, and think shows that we’re not at all a ‘Christian nation,’ but a largely secular nation that suffers a small but vocal minority of theocracy-minded conservatives.”

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky on America’s Changing Attitudes Toward Israel and Palestine

Describing a shift in popular opinion, activist and linguist Noam Chomsky contends in a recent video chat that “there is the potential for a kind of reassessment of the blind support for Israel.”

Posted on Apr 9, 2015 READ MORE


Indiana’s Last Dinner

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Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE



‘The Bells of Easter Sunday Are Actually a Call to War’

A careful look at the Gospels may offer a picture of the original Easter message that is more startling than the theme of lilies, chocolate and eternal salvation that prevails today, writes Brandon Ambrosino in The Boston Globe.

Posted on Apr 5, 2015 READ MORE



Want to Find Terrorists? Check Out Your Church

That peaceful-looking Christian next door may be part of a terrorist sleeper cell that received training at the Vatican or in Salt Lake City.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE


Culture War

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Posted on Feb 21, 2015 READ MORE



Avenging Its Christians, Egypt Bombs Libya in First Formal Campaign Since 1991

The murder by Islamic State (Daesh) thugs in Sirte, Libya, of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians this weekend has provoked the first formal Egyptian military incursion into another state’s territory since the 1991 Gulf War.

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 READ MORE



Why Obama Is Right to Avoid a Double Standard on Modern Christian Atrocities (Video)

President Obama, speaking on Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast, condemned religious extremism in the Muslim world. He then added, “lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that…slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE


Accountability

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Posted on Jan 14, 2015 READ MORE



Pope Francis Diagnoses the Vatican’s Spiritual Diseases at Christmas Meeting

Just in time for Christmas, Pope Francis gave the gift of a reality check to Catholic cardinals, bishops and priests gathered at the Vatican earlier this week.

Posted on Dec 24, 2014 READ MORE



Ordained to Write

Three decades ago Chris Hedges sought to become a minister and report the war in El Salvador. A church committee refused to see his work as a journalist as a valid call to the ministry. On Oct. 5 his ordination—marked by addresses from James Cone (above) and Cornel West—finally took place.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE



Pope Francis to Focus on Changing Times at Bishops’ Summit

This Pope Francis certainly is an ambitious fellow.

Posted on Oct 5, 2014 READ MORE



The Bonobo and the Atheist

Primatologist Frans de Waal pays religion the ultimate atheist compliment: Religion is so great that we humans acquired it through the natural process of evolution.

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Pope Francis Heckled in the Holy Land

The pontiff was in Jerusalem on Monday, where he called for more tolerance and cooperation between Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE



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A Missed Chance on Religious Freedom

Religious liberty in the United States is a gift, based, as Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan wrote in her dissent to Monday’s public prayer decision, on “the breathtakingly generous constitutional idea that our public institutions belong no less to the Buddhist or Hindu than to the Methodist or Episcopalian.”

Posted on May 7, 2014 READ MORE


The Constitution—for Christians Only

The following video shows Alabama state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore saying, among other things, “Buddha didn’t create us. Mohammed didn’t create us. It’s the god of the Holy Scriptures.”

Posted on May 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Despite Being Barred From Jerusalem During the Holiday, Palestinians See Easter as a Symbol of Hope

Palestinian Christians in the West Bank say that they have been denied permits to visit Jerusalem in record numbers this year, despite their living just over the green line not far from the holy city.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE


Science Crucified

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Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE



‘Somebody Called the Cops on Jesus’ (Audio)

Residents of “an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes” in Davidson, N.C., now share the block with a statue depicting the Son of God as a vagrant asleep on a park bench outside a local church.

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 READ MORE



If Jesus Had a Wife, Would It Change the GOP War on Women?

A Coptic fragmentary manuscript page that dates back to a few hundred years after Jesus’ death (and the text of which may go back to the second century) has been found by radiocarbon and ink testing to be authentic.

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 READ MORE


Hobby Lobby Operates by Christian Values

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Posted on Mar 29, 2014 READ MORE


Fred Phelps’ Coffin

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Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE


Match Made in Heaven

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Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE


Fred Phelps

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Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE



Gunmen Reportedly Kill At Least 69 in Nigeria

Gunmen on motorbikes in northwest Nigeria’s Katsina state killed at least 69 people and torched several homes in attacks on four villages, a local lawmaker told the news agency AFP on Thursday.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Dear GOP: Top 5 Biblical Marriage Moments Far Worse Than Gay Marriage

David Edwards at Raw Story quotes Mitt Romney on “Meet the Press” as saying, “But I think marriage should be defined in the way that it has been defined for several thousand years ... ” implying, by the Bible.

Posted on Feb 17, 2014 READ MORE


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


Russell Brand: ‘Socialism Is Christianity Politicized’

Comedian-actor-writer Russell Brand took on a range of topics including spirituality, materialism, politics and revolution during an interview at Cambridge University’s student union in England last week.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE


Santa Intrudes on Baby Jesus

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Posted on Dec 24, 2013 READ MORE



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‘Duck Dynasty,’ Meet Pope Francis

If any given religion and its holy writings can be used to support diametrically opposed conclusions about how to live life and how to approach politics, why should religious faith be taken seriously?

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE


The Three Suspects

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Posted on Dec 21, 2013 READ MORE


Bill O’Reilly Gets Schooled on Jesus and Food Stamps

In an attempt to discredit the correlation Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., drew between the Christian concept of charity and the need for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Fox News host brought in a Catholic priest and a Pentecostal pastor to his show. Yes, it does sound like the beginning of a bad joke, and hilariously, O’Reilly is at the butt of it.

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Q & A: ‘God Loves Uganda’

A gay filmmaker investigates how American Christians turned Uganda into arguably the most homophobic country on Earth.

Posted on Nov 11, 2013 READ MORE


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