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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.

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Science Crucified

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‘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.

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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.

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Hobby Lobby Operates by Christian Values

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Fred Phelps’ Coffin

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Match Made in Heaven

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Fred Phelps

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Santa Intrudes on Baby Jesus

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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?

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The Three Suspects

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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.

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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.

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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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‘This Pseudo-Historical Nonsense Is Over a Century Old’

The Internet is alight with reports that a scholar will prove Jesus Christ was a deliberate Roman invention. Historian and atheist Richard Carrier, who agrees Jesus never existed, says O-ha!

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Former Church of England Leader Tells Western Christians to Chill Out

Rowan Williams, the former archbishop of Canterbury, says Christians in the U.S. and U.K. who claim they are being persecuted should “grow up” and not exaggerate the consequences of feeling “mildly uncomfortable” about living alongside others with different values.

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Reza Aslan Finally Gets to Talk About His Book (Transcript Added)

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: He survived Fox News. Now the religions scholar discusses his new book, at last. Also: More revelations about the NSA, Bradley Manning’s sentencing and Oregon’s alternative to student loans.

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Reza Aslan Finally Gets to Talk About His Book

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: He survived Fox News. Now the religions scholar discusses his new book, at last. Also: More revelations about the NSA, Bradley Manning’s sentencing, and Oregon’s alternative to student loans.

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Who Owns Jesus?

What’s really revealing about Lauren Green’s infamous Fox News interview with religion scholar Reza Aslan is what it exposed about how Jesus exists in the popular Christian imagination. Green overlooked the fact that Jesus appears in Islamic theology as one of the great prophets of God, one of the few prophets mentioned by name in the Quran.

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Fox News Under Fire for ‘Embarrassing’ Interview With Reza Aslan

The religious scholar went on FoxNews.com’s online program “Spirited Debate” on Friday to promote his new book, “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.” Right off the bat, host Lauren Green set the tone for the interview when she asked Aslan: “You’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?”

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Mind Rape and the Christian Right

A former professional skier who sought help for alcoholism from a rehabilitation program became locked in a cultish life that destroyed her self-esteem and independence in the name of Jesus.

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Did Progress Leave Christians Behind?

Christians opposed to same-sex marriage are being persecuted for their homophobia and bigotry, preacher and radio host Matt Slick told “The Daily Show” on Monday. Todd Clayton (pictured above), a gay Christian and student at Union Theological Seminary in New York and a leader on the upcoming Truthdig Trek, says, “That’s insane.”

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Surprise: Jesus Lives in Australia

An Australian man living in rural Queensland claims to be Jesus reborn and, as he points out, “There were lots of people in the first century who didn’t believe I was the messiah and were offended by what I said, and in fact I died at the hands of some of them.”

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Gay Boys Free to Join Still-Bigoted Scouts

Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America voted Thursday to allow gay youths into their organization, which has long denied membership to homosexuals. But is this a victory for gays and their advocates?

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Christian Home-Schooled Children: ‘Traumatized Veterans’ of the Culture Wars

The first generation of Americans educated in the mass Christian home-schooling movement of the late 1990s have grown up and some are speaking critically about their experiences.

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Two Conservative Lives

Two important conservatives departed this life within days of each other. One was a world-historical figure with extravagant political gifts, the other’s misgivings about politics led him to counsel Christians to undertake a political “fast.”

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A Trojan Horse for Creationism

Everyone agrees that our students should learn how to think critically, but the misnamed and misguided Louisiana Science Education Act subverts that goal by sneaking creationism and other pseudo-science into public school science classrooms.

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Mary Mary Quite Contrary

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Jesus’ Children

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Should Taxpayers Be Funding Private Schools That Teach Creationism?

We’ve pushed standards, testing and accountability for public schools, so why shouldn’t private institutions receiving taxpayer money have to meet those same requirements?

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Bestiary: The American Infidel

Born of the last decade of aggression against theocratic regimes many thousands of miles away, the American infidel “is a rebel for laissez-faire capitalism, an anarchist for the law, an enforcer of the established order,” writes Harper’s Magazine columnist Thomas Frank.

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Daniel Berrigan

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Where Are the Tears for Pakistani Children?

President Obama should be crying over kids killed by drones in Pakistan, not just those slain on American soil; apparently some believe that the Sandy Hook massacre was God’s reckoning for our support of abortion and gay marriage; meanwhile, the open Internet comes to an end as the United Nations give governments power to cut off parts of it. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Holidays in the Holy Land

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Good Grief

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More Medea Than Madonna

In Colm Toibin’s “The Testament of Mary,” the mother of God is a troubled woman, haunted by Golgotha, hunted by assassins and waiting for death.

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In Kentucky, a Year in Prison for Atheism

A Kentucky law requires residents and government officials to affirm the existence of an almighty, protective God via a series of plaques installed outside the state Homeland Security building, with a penalty of up to 12 months in prison for failure to comply.

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6 Common Myths About Atheism

If you want to piss off an atheist, tell him or her that atheism is a religion just like any other. Michael Nugent, chairman of Atheist Ireland, attempts to clear the record on what many of those who “willfully unbelieve” really believe about faith, certainty and morality.

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Holy Book Bigots

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Ralph Reed: Back From the Dead

Ralph Reed, the disgraced conservative political operative and evangelical leader who took secret money from former super-lobbyist and convicted felon Jack Abramoff, returned from political purgatory during the Republican National Convention last week.

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Religion Destroyed the Republican Party

Having observed politics up close and personal for most of my adult lifetime, I have come to the conclusion that the rise of politicized religious fundamentalism may have been the key ingredient in the transformation of the Republican Party.

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Islam’s Walls of Language

Mitt Romney’s bumbling in Israel nonetheless introduced a subject few other American politicians know anything about, nor do, it seems, the staffs of the NSA, CIA and other American political and military planners.

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America’s Street Priest

Daniel Berrigan, undaunted at 92 and full of the fire that makes him one of this nation’s most courageous voices, says there is one place where those who care about justice need to be—in the streets.

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God Is Watching

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