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Golden Rule

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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 READ MORE

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

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Pope Debate

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

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

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Religious Freedom

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

Pope Francis

Posted on Sep 13, 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

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

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 READ MORE

Catholic Climate

Posted on Jun 19, 2015 READ MORE

Christian America

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE

Death & Destruction Inc.

Posted on Apr 23, 2015 READ MORE

Adam and Eve

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 READ MORE

Bible Marriage

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE

Jon Stewart: When Gays Want Equality, It’s Militancy; When Christians Deny Service, It’s Freedom

The “Daily Show” host dedicated two segments Monday night to discussing Indiana’s heinous Religious Freedom Restoration Act, including a witty bit on “pizza hate.”

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE

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One of America’s Most Prominent Islam Bashers Has a Long History of Making Things Up

On a March 23 episode of “The Daily Show,” Somali-born author and anti-Islam activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali made a staggering claim: “If you look at 70 percent of the violence in the world today, Muslims are responsible,” she told host Jon Stewart.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE

Religious Freedom and Gay Commerce

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE

Arkansas Defies Widespread Outrage by Passing Its Own ‘Religious Freedom’ Act

Arkansas, following Indiana’s lead, has adopted a hugely controversial, “anti-gay” Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Posted on Mar 31, 2015 READ MORE

Mandatory Church Attendance

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The Church of Scientology’s Vitriolic Reaction to ‘Going Clear’

The organization has hit back furiously at filmmaker Alex Gibney’s exposé “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief,” which aired Sunday night on HBO.

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 READ MORE


The Uses, and Abuses, of History in the Middle East Conflict

The murder of Coptic Christians is one more instance of the sheer ignorance that’s influencing events in the Middle East.

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 READ MORE

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Patronizing at the Prayer Breakfast

The admonition not to “get on our high horse” about jihadist terror as a “unique” phenomenon rings hollow, coming from a leader who routinely sends missile-firing drones to blow suspected militants to bits.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE

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Prayer Breakfast Inspires Righteous Indignation

Maybe we should just call off the National Prayer Breakfast and stop asking presidents to offer their thoughts about faith and religion.

Posted on Feb 9, 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

Militant Islam

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE

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Culture Wars, Old and New

The old culture war politics is dying but new culture wars are gathering force. The transformation of the battlefield will change our public life.

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 READ MORE

Offensive News

Posted on Jan 17, 2015 READ MORE


Why Violent Extremists Welcome Attacks on Islam

Whenever an act of horrific terror enrages the West, a predictable second act ensues.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE

What About the Christian Terrorists?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Rev. Madison Shockley says it’s wrong to think of terrorists as Islamic or Christian, we reality-check free speech in France, Elizabeth Warren pulls her party to the left, and Rory Fanning stands up to military recruiters.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE

What About the Christian Terrorists?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Rev. Madison Shockley says it’s wrong to think of terrorists as Islamic or Christian, we reality check free speech in France, Elizabeth Warren pulls her party to the left, and Rory Fanning stands up to military recruiters.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE


Orthodox Paper Erases Female Leaders From Paris March Photo

Remember that beautiful, historic photo of world leaders linking arms and marching through Paris to support free speech? The Israeli newspaper HaMevaser decided it would look better without women.

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 READ MORE

Caricature Assassination

Exercising one’s artistic prerogative to create a drawing that is critical or demeaning of an established religion or political ideology should in no way be construed to equate with kicking a hornet’s nest, which it has been, over and over and over again.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE    


In Search of Religious Moderation

Trying to imagine what will matter in a new year is daunting, but it takes no clairvoyance to see that in 2015, one of the struggles around the globe will be between those who acknowledge that religion is at least as much about questions as answers.

Posted on Dec 31, 2014 READ MORE

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