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Malcolm X Identified ‘Psychological Warfare’ Tactics Used Against African-Americans and Muslims

Muslims were a polarizing subject in the United States long before the 2016 presidential race. In this 1963 interview, the civil rights leader discussed the nature of Islam and power of propaganda.

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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How Far Will Americans Take Anti-Muslim Hate?

The de facto criminalization of being Muslim or speaking Arabic is proceeding apace despite being contrary to every core American value and contradicting the First Amendment.

Posted on Oct 9, 2016 READ MORE

Here Are 7 Questions Mike Pence Should Be Asked at the Vice Presidential Debate

Too few voters know the extremist agenda of Trump’s running mate, but some pointed queries could change that.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 READ MORE

Words, Actions and This Election’s Faith-Based Candidate

One presidential nominee is religious, has thought about what the Scriptures teach and was heavily influenced by Martin Luther King Jr. Guess which one.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE

The Lost Innocence of 9/11

The renewed patriotism and commitment we felt 15 years ago has decayed, sullied by jingoism, xenophobia and paranoid fantasies about race and religion.

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 READ MORE

Where Is Our Martin Luther King Jr.?

We need more humble prophets—to remind the skeptical that religion, which can indeed be divisive, is also a moral prod and an intellectual spark. But such figures are hard to find in this election year.

Posted on Aug 24, 2016 READ MORE

The Idea of Peace in the Quran

Like the Bible, the Muslim scripture has verses about war as well as peace, but those on peace have been insufficiently appreciated.

Posted on Aug 22, 2016 READ MORE

Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer Assess the Merits of a Life of Virtue in a Careerist’s World

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges tells Editor in Chief Robert Scheer about the rewards of his unorthodox life as a minister and journalist covering the disintegration of societies on multiple continents, his working habits, and the consequences of elite neglect of the forces that turn civilized populations barbarian.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Without a Serious Middle East Peace Effort, Hatred Will Only Grow

I am convinced that it is in the vital interest of Israel to make peace with the Palestinian people, and with the Arab world at large, before the dangerous infection of extreme ideology engulfs the entire region.

Posted on Jul 17, 2016 READ MORE

Is Religion Really Driving Middle East Violence?

Pew Research has released a report saying, “As a whole, the region continued to have the highest levels of religious hostilities in the world. In 2014, the median level of religious hostilities in the Middle East and North Africa reached a level four times that of the global median.”

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 READ MORE

Abortion Rights Find Strong Champions Among the Clergy

The news media are not presenting a complete picture. For generations, many ministers have stood with people making difficult choices about their reproductive lives.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE

On the Fourth of July, None of Us Has Inalienable Rights if American Muslims Don’t

On the day when the United States was first conceived in rebellion against deprivation of God-given rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, it is worth remarking on our political season.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Attacks on Freedom of Religion

Trump apparently wants to institute something akin to Jim Crow discrimination against Muslims, including those who are citizens of the United States. Is this what the Republican Party wants as well?

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE

Is the GOP Losing Its Religion?

Donald Trump has been opportunistic in his approach to religion. By some measures, he’s running the most secular Republican campaign since the 1970s.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE

Pope Francis Abandons Proposal to Prosecute Bishops for Covering Up Abuse

Although the pontiff initially proposed a tribunal that would hold bishops accountable for protecting pedophile priests, he announced Saturday that he will instead clarify existing legal procedures.

Posted on Jun 4, 2016 READ MORE

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

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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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


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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


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

Golden Rule

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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

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