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From the Archives: Michael Ratner on American Imperialism

The lawyer and human rights crusader, who died Wednesday, spoke on Truthdig Radio in 2013. To honor Ratner, we are reposting the audio of that interview.

Posted on May 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Chris Hedges on Why Daniel Berrigan’s Most Important Contribution Wasn’t Activism

In a segment on “The Real News Network,” Truthdig’s Chris Hedges calls the late Daniel Berrigan a “fine poet” and “prolific writer of radical theology,” and he argues that the Jesuit priest’s “most important contribution was as a writer.”

Posted on May 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Arab Youths View Islamic State as a Major Mideast Obstacle, Want Less Religion

The annual Arab Youth survey conducted by pollsters Burson-Marsteller is out, reporting on 3,500 interviews with Arabs between the ages of 18 and 24 in 16 countries.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE


The Pope’s Decree









Posted on Apr 13, 2016 ENLARGE



Pope Francis Publishes ‘The Joy of Love,’ a Statement on Family

In the new exhortation, the pontiff tells leaders of the church to be nurturing pastors rather than rigid enforcers of church doctrine.

Posted on Apr 8, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Mar 27, 2016 ENLARGE



More U.S. Muslims Favor Bernie Sanders Than Do U.S. Jews

The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding published a new opinion poll on America’s Muslims and other religious groups this week, and it contains some surprises.

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Condemns Hatred of Muslims and Affirms Their Importance to the Nation (Video)

President Obama spoke last week at a Baltimore mosque in an explicit pushback against the hatred for Muslims being promoted by Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates.

Posted on Feb 7, 2016 READ MORE



Terrifying Ted and His Ultra-Conservative Vision for America

Given his victory this week in the Iowa caucuses, Cruz’s ultra-conservative views can no longer be ignored as mainstream and progressive pundits busy themselves dissecting the bombast of the far-less-scary Donald Trump.

Posted on Feb 6, 2016 READ MORE



Sarah Palin Takes the GOP Campaign to New Lows

Palin’s endorsement of front-runner Donald Trump this week was a master class in surrealist poetry. Geniuses of the Dada movement would have been humbled by her obliteration of the bourgeois concept we call logic.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE



The Dividing Lines of Race, Ethnicity and Religion

What do you think the response would be if a bunch of black people, filled with rage and armed to the teeth, took over a federal government installation and defied officials to kick them out? I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t be wait-and-see.

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 READ MORE



An Article of Conciliation

At year’s end, I want to offer a word to my conservative and libertarian readers whose patience I try regularly.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE


Peace









Posted on Dec 28, 2015 ENLARGE



The World Mocks the Promise of Christmas

Killing in the name of God is not a new thing in history—and nothing does more to discredit faith.

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 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 Creeping Villainy of American Politics

The threefold rise in hate crimes against Muslims since the Paris and San Bernardino attacks and the acceptance of hate speech in political discourse are signs of our society’s morbidity.

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 READ MORE



‘Off the Charts’ Violence Against Muslims Is Ravaging U.S. Communities

New data confirming anecdotes of rising Islamophobic violence reflects a nationwide trend.

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 READ MORE



Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God? (Video)

Wheaton College suspended a tenured professor of political science for quoting Pope Francis in saying that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. So, do they?

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 READ MORE



6 Times U.S. Government Excluded Millions Based on Race or Religion (Video)

Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and other bigots on the far right are nothing new in American history.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



Donald Trump Calls for Banning All Muslims From Entering U.S.

In his most despicable declaration yet, the Republican presidential front-runner is urging the “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” according to a statement his campaign released to the media Monday.

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 READ MORE



The Common Denominator in Mass Shootings: Guns

Until our society recognizes that death comes from a gun, the list of place names that recently added Colorado Springs and San Bernardino will have no end.

Posted on Dec 3, 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


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Posted on Nov 22, 2015 ENLARGE



Texas Supreme Court to Decide Christian Couple’s Home-Schooling Case

The conservative court will hear arguments over whether Christian parents of home-schooled children have to follow basic educational standards or if they’re allowed to keep their kids blissfully free of knowledge as they wait to be whisked off to heaven.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE



Catholic Hospital Denies Woman Potentially Life-Saving Treatment on Religious Grounds

The case is an example of what many experts have been saying for years: that religious control of medical care is a burgeoning public health crisis.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 30, 2015 ENLARGE



Dalai Lama’s ‘Sexist’ Remarks Anger Equality Activists

The spiritual leader said in a BBC interview that a female dalai lama would have to be “very, very attractive” or be “not much use.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges on Pope Francis: ‘He Has Not Stood Up and Offered an Alternative’

While Pope Francis “has moved the church back into the realm of reality,” says Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges, “I don’t think by any stretch of the imagination he can be called a radical.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Pope Francis Elevates the Discourse on Capitol Hill

“God bless America” sounds banal coming from politicians but profound when spoken by the shepherd of 1.2 billion souls. In his historic address to Congress, Pope Francis delivered a blessing of encouragement, not admonition—and spoke powerfully about the hot-button issues that keep our political leaders mired in bitter gridlock.

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE



Pope Francis: He Told Them!

The visiting pontiff presents a moral energy that has been largely absent in our political discourse. In light of his comments, much of what we have heard in the presidential campaign now seems tawdry and small.

Posted on Sep 24, 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


VIDEO: The Saint of Small Type









Posted on Sep 24, 2015 ENLARGE


Pope Debate









Posted on Sep 23, 2015 ENLARGE



Francis’ Actions Speak Louder Than His Words

While he has been quite specific on some political questions (the climate and immigration especially), what characterizes his mission is an effort to turn our notions of who counts and who has the strongest claim on our attention upside down.

Posted on Sep 21, 2015 READ MORE



South America Has Become a Safe Haven for U.S. and European Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse

Even as Pope Francis has sought to reform the Vatican’s safeguards against child abuse, a yearlong investigation reveals how the Catholic Church has allowed allegedly abusive priests to slip off to escape to parts of the world where they would face less scrutiny from prosecutors and the media.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE



Donald Trump Reveals His Favorite Bible Passage—Which He Made Up

Although he’s repeatedly named the Bible as his favorite book, let’s just say that Scripture isn’t Trump’s strong point.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE


Pope Francis









Posted on Sep 15, 2015 ENLARGE


Religious Freedom









Posted on Sep 14, 2015 ENLARGE


Pope Francis









Posted on Sep 13, 2015 ENLARGE



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









Posted on Sep 5, 2015 ENLARGE



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



Remember John Oliver’s Investigation of Televangelists? The IRS May Have Gotten the Message

Who knew political comedy could make such an impact?

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE



Teacher or Spy? Curbing Freedom of Expression in Britain’s Schools

Under new laws, U.K. teachers are expected to act as the “eyes and ears of the state.”

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE



California Gov. Jerry Brown at Vatican’s Climate Summit: ‘God Is Not Mocked’

California’s water-challenged residents know what it’s like to deal with ecological trouble in their own backyards, so it was only fitting that the Golden State’s Gov. Jerry Brown did a little preaching Tuesday at the Vatican’s climate-focused meeting of mayors from around the world.

Posted on Jul 21, 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



Something’s Missing From Pope Francis’ ‘Radical’ Vision of Equality: Women

Despite his efforts to champion his constituency — the world’s poor, of which the vast majority are women — the pope tends to overlook the feminized nature of poverty and inequality.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE



After Obama’s Charleston Eulogy, What Will Change?

After a few choruses of “Kumbaya,” things tend to go back to the way they were. Is there any reason to believe that this time things will be different?

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE


The Gospel of Denial









Posted on Jun 23, 2015 ENLARGE


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