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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.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Paul Ryan: Obama Victory a Threat to Religious Freedom

The Republican vice presidential nominee warns that “Judeo-Christian” values are at risk if President Obama wins the election on Tuesday.

Posted on Nov 5, 2012 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Stewart Mocks Democrats for GOP-Like Convention

Jon Stewart is having difficulty telling the Democratic and Republican nominating conventions apart, thanks to some party role reversals this year.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012 READ MORE


Religion, Politics and Paul Ryan’s Budget

Is Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s budget blueprint inconsistent with Catholic teachings? Bill Moyers and guests Robert Royal and Sister Simone Campbell discuss that and other issues of faith and politics in the latest episode of “Moyers & Company.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 READ MORE


When Evidence Isn’t Enough

In the face of ever-increasing contradictory evidence, millions of Americans believe God created humans as they exist today and that Earth is just thousands of years old. Why?

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 READ MORE


Karzai
Wikimedia Commons / The White House

Has Karzai Lost Faith?

Rumors are swirling in Afghanistan that the country’s president, Hamid Karzai, has lost faith in the ability of the West to defeat the Taliban, and some are even accusing Karzai of trying to strike his own deal with the Taliban and archrival Pakistan.

Posted on Jun 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Composite: Wikimedia Commons / Rursus / Oren neu dag

Americans Picking and Choosing From Religious Grab Bag

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, Americans are getting more creative with their choice of religion—or choices, as the case may be. They’re picking and choosing from various world religions and using the Internet to learn about different faiths.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE


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Obama Salutes Muslims Preparing for Ramadan

President Obama released a video greeting Friday to Muslims in America and abroad to commemorate the start on Saturday of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and reflection for members of the Islamic faith.

Posted on Aug 21, 2009 READ MORE


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Donald Fanger on Seamus Heaney

A new book gives us one of the most indispensable poets in the English language whose work mines the terrain between hope and history.

Posted on Feb 26, 2009 READ MORE


Gifts Worthy of Christmas

On this consumer holiday, let us recognize those whose satisfaction comes not from accumulating material goods or political power: The relief workers and community builders lending their energy to the poorest people in villages and urban slums scattered around the globe.

Posted on Dec 24, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Kevork Djansezian

To This Minister, Prop. 8 Is Repugnant

The thousands of same-gender couples who have married in the few months since the California Supreme Court cleared the way are in fact married. The notion that a majority vote by people who are not party to these marriages of love, commitment, care and family will have the power to impose a divorce on these couples is flatly repugnant.

Posted on Nov 3, 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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AP photo / Mary Altaffer

McCain Piles On in ‘Bitter’ War of Words

John McCain joined Hillary Clinton in critiquing Barack Obama’s characterization of small-town Pennsylvania’s (and by extension, perhaps, America’s) “bitter” outlook, telling a crowd of magazine and newspaper editors on Monday that Obama’s description represented “a contradiction from what I believe America is all about.”

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


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New Clinton Ad Jumps on Obama’s Remarks

There are many opportunities, in every heated political campaign, for one candidate’s perceived slip-up to quickly provide the plot for another’s next TV spot. Here, Hillary Clinton’s camp has some Pennsylvania supporters weigh in on Barack Obama’s recent statements about their home state.

Posted on Apr 15, 2008 READ MORE


Christ the Redeemer
pastorandpeople.wordpress.com

News Flash: Obama, Clinton Claim Christian Faith

There’s been plenty of innuendo and chatter about Barack Obama’s religious affiliation and beliefs lately, but both Obama and rival Hillary Clinton have described their faith with little room for extrapolation in recent months. Here’s what they had to say.

Posted on Mar 6, 2008 READ MORE


Misguided Mercy

Some killers apparently were able to get out of prison by letting then-Gov. Huckabee know they had “found Jesus.”  The terrible aftermath may say something important about the presidential candidate. 

Posted on Dec 12, 2007 READ MORE


Romney’s Walk on a Tightrope

The former Massachusetts governor must stop the advance of presidential rival and Baptist minister Mike Huckabee, but he has to tread a careful line in addressing religious issues.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


A Faith-Based Boondoggle

Countless studies show that abstinence-only sex education just doesn’t work, so why is it getting more money than ever from the federal government?

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


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McCain: ‘Constitution Established a Christian Nation’

John McCain’s campaign is in dire straits, which may be why he told Beliefnet that he would prefer a Christian president who would “carry on in the Judeo-Christian principled tradition,” and that “the Constitution established the United States of America as a Christian nation.”

Posted on Sep 30, 2007 READ MORE


Chris Hedges on Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia

In his book “Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia,” John Gray warns that as the era of liberal intervention in international affairs wanes, it is being replaced with “primitive versions of religion” that will be used to fuel apocalyptic violence.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


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rawstory.com

Obama Defends Religion Remarks

In an interview with a Christian Broadcasting Network blog, Barack Obama stood by his assessment that conservative Christian leaders have “hijacked” religion. The candidate went even further, declaring that America is not exclusively a Christian nation.

Posted on Jul 30, 2007 READ MORE


The End of Faith

Posted on Jul 19, 2007 READ MORE


Phony Piety on the Far Right

One of the most durable myths of American public life is that conservatives are more authentic in their religious faith than liberals and progressives.  Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is just the most recent in a long line of fallen conservative Christian moralists to explode the myth.

Posted on Jul 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Truthdig / Todd Wilkinson

Chris Hedges: I Don’t Believe in Atheists

On Tuesday night, Chris Hedges and Sam Harris debated “Religion, Politics and the End of the World.” The following is Hedges’ opening statement, in which he argues that Harris and other critics of faith have mistakenly blamed religion for the ills of the world, when the true danger lies in the human heart and its capacity for evil.

Posted on May 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Falwell Dies at 73

The Rev. Jerry Falwell—televangelist, Moral Majority founder and head of Liberty University—was found unresponsive in his office on campus Tuesday morning and pronounced dead shortly thereafter of heart failure.

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


On Atheists and Easter

Easter is as good a time as any to delve into the issues raised by faith and reason. In this essay, E.J. Dionne challenges the arguments of “neo-atheism.” For an alternative point of view, read “An Atheist Manifesto” by Sam Harris.

Posted on Apr 6, 2007 READ MORE


Joel Hunter
AP Photo / John Raoux

The Consistent Christian: Dr. Joel Hunter

Dr. Joel Hunter, author of “Right Wing, Wrong Bird,” joins the podcast this week to explain why things didn’t work out with the Christian Coalition and why global warming and poverty bother him as much as gay marriage and abortion.

Posted on Mar 26, 2007 READ MORE


Sam Harris and Andrew Sullivan

Finally! Sam Harris vs. Andrew Sullivan

Ladies and gentleman, the main event: The nation’s most prominent atheist dukes it out with one of America’s most eloquent defenders of faith. Check out the opening salvos in their “blogalogue” at Beliefnet or AndrewSullivan.com.

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


Schroeder
wdr.de

Schroeder Creeped Out by Bush

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s upcoming memoir connects religious zeal to Bush’s decision-making: “What bothered me, and in a certain way made me suspicious despite the relaxed atmosphere, was again and again in our discussions how much this president described himself as ‘God-fearing.’”

Posted on Oct 22, 2006 READ MORE


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climatecrisis.net

Faithful Respond to Global Warming

The Rev. Sally Bingham tells NPR about her efforts to bring science to the faithful, including screening Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” for congregations around the country.

Posted on Oct 20, 2006 READ MORE


David Kuo

Faith-Based Whistle-Blower

Stephen Colbert interviews David Kuo, whose new book, “Tempting Faith,” exposes the Bush administration’s cynical exploitation of religion.

Posted on Oct 19, 2006 READ MORE


David Kuo

Former Bush ‘Faith’ Staffer: God’s Name Savaged for Politics

David Kuo, the former deputy in Bush’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives and author of the new book “Tempting Faith,” told Leslie Stahl on “60 Minutes” that “the name of God is being destroyed in the name of politics.” (Watch it)

Posted on Oct 16, 2006 READ MORE


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From the N.Y. Times

Evangelicals Fear Loss of Their Teenagers

Fantastic news for everyone disgusted by religious intolerance: Evangelical Christian leaders are warning one another that teenagers are abandoning the faith in droves. (Above: a last refuge—the BattleCry Christian rallies.)

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


Sam Harris and Andrew Sullivan

Sam Harris, Andrew Sullivan, Jonathan Kirsch Debate Religious Tolerance

Three of the country’s leading religious intellectuals—Truthdig contributor Sam Harris (left above), author and blogger Andrew Sullivan (right above), and author Jonathan Kirsch—engage in a spirited KCRW radio discussion about whether the world’s major religions are truly compatible.

Posted on Oct 6, 2006 READ MORE


Sullivan Responds to Harris on the Pope

Responding to Sam Harris’ Truthdig-published column on the pope’s recent speech on “faith versus reason,” Andrew Sullivan writes, “Harris both condemns Benedict for being controversial in inflaming Muslims and then condemns him for not being controversial enough.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE


Sam Harris: ‘Head in the Sand Liberals’

Truthdig contributor and “The End of Faith” author Sam Harris writes in an L.A. Times Op-Ed piece that liberals’ fury with the Bush administration has blinded them to the danger of our enemies in the Muslim world. “This may seem like frank acquiescence to the charge that ‘liberals are soft on terrorism.’ It is, and they are.”

Posted on Sep 18, 2006 READ MORE


Essential Reading From Sam Harris and Daniel Ellsberg

Check out these two new (unrelated) reports by men who embody the Truthdig mission of drilling beneath the headlines:

  • Daniel Ellsberg: “Time to Drive Out the Bush Regime”—The man who gave the world the Pentagon Papers delivers an impassioned plea to a new generation of activists to heed the lessons of Nixon and even Hitler when taking stock of the Bush administration?s nuclear ambitions.
  • Sam Harris: “God’s Rottweiler Barks”—The bestselling author of ?The End of Faith? gives a fiery response to Pope Benedict XVI?s speech on the interplay between faith and reason.

  • Posted on Sep 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Pope Benedict XVI
    AP/ Jens Meyer

    Sam Harris: ‘God’s Rottweiler’ Barks

    The bestselling author of “The End of Faith” responds to Pope Benedict XVI’s speech on the interplay between faith and reason. Harris: “It is ironic that a man who has just disparaged Islam as ‘evil’ and ‘inhuman’ before 250,000 onlookers and the world press is now talking about a ‘genuine dialogue of cultures.’ ”

    Posted on Sep 16, 2006 READ MORE


    Andrew Sullivan: Bush’s Faith and Incompetence

    Andrew Sullivan has an interesting post on the fundamentalism that makes it impossible for Bush to ever change course: “Faith is to the new conservatism ... what ideology was to the old leftism: an unquestioned orthodoxy from which all policy flows.”

    Posted on Aug 18, 2006 READ MORE


    The Double Helix and the Cross
    Illustration: Karen Spector

    Sam Harris: The Language of Ignorance

    The bestselling secularist author of “The End of Faith” delivers a scathing review of “The Language of God,” a new book by Human Genome Project head Francis Collins that attempts to demonstrate a harmony between science and evangelical Christianity.

    Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Sam Harris, Disbeliever

    The frequent Truthdig contributor and interviewee tells Salon.com that Martin Luther King Jr. performed his admirable works in spite of his religious beliefs, not because of them. (Link - reg req’d)

    Posted on Jul 7, 2006 READ MORE


    William Sloane Coffin
    From washingtonpost.com

    William Sloane Coffin (1924-2006)

    The bold and unconventional former Yale chaplain became internationally renowned for his activism against the Vietnam War and in support of civil rights. He died at 81 of congestive heart failure.

    Posted on Apr 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Radio Host: I Have No Tolerance For Islam

    In light of the possible death sentence faced by the Afghan who converted to Christianity, a popular secular radio talk show host sounds off about the insanity of faith….

    Posted on Mar 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Report: Bush’s Incorrect Forecasts Wrecking his Credibility

    Three years of falsely upbeat predictions about the Iraq war are harming the president’s ability to restore confidence in his military operation and his presidency, according to GOP pollsters and strategists, reports the Washington Post.

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


    DeLay Wins Texas GOP Primary

    The scandal-laden former House majority leader beat three challengers to win the nod.
    Guess it’s pretty hard to remove an 11-term congressman from power in Texas. Even when he’s under criminal indictment for money laundering.

    Posted on Mar 8, 2006 READ MORE



    From Staff Sgt. Tony R. Tolley / dod.gov

    Air Force Eases Rules on Religion

    In the wake of a nationwide petition drive by evangelicals, sectarian prayer and other such divisive elements are creeping back into the service. | story

    Posted on Feb 11, 2006 READ MORE


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