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The Pope’s First Tweets

After days of buildup, Pope Benedict XVI sent out his first message Wednesday to his hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 READ MORE


Atheists Face Discrimination, Persecution Around the World

According to the study, “ ‘unbelievers’ in Islamic countries face the most severe—sometimes brutal—treatment at the hands of the state and adherents of the official religion.”

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Good Grief

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Anti-Abortion Christian Reality TV Show to Try to Shame Women

“Surrender the Secret” will follow five women who have had abortions “on their journey together to ... healing and self-forgiveness.” Because obviously the best place for these women to heal is on an online reality show that is publicly shaming them for their life choices.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Nov 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Alito Rising: What to Expect From the Supreme Court’s New Alpha Conservative

The justice has expressed contempt for the sitting president and is ready for a leading ideological role.

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GOP Backs Off Norquist Anti-Tax Pledge, Fox News Dissed on Fox News, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including another legal challenge to President Obama’s health care law and billionaire Warren Buffet discusses what Congress should do about taxing the wealthy.

Posted on Nov 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Hiding the Church’s Treasure

I hope the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops contemplating the future of the church’s public and political engagement notice how the good deeds of the Roman Catholic parish of St. Francis de Sales have inspired people far beyond the confines of Catholicism.

Posted on Nov 25, 2012 READ MORE



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Judge Sides With Atheists, Rules City Can Ban Nativity Scenes

A federal judge Monday ruled that Santa Monica, Calif., may ban seasonal displays in parks and other public places, including the prominent Nativity scenes that are put up every holiday season in the city’s Palisades Park.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Ancient American Petroglyphs Desecrated by Thieves

At least six 3,500-year-old rock carvings from California’s Volcanic Tableland have been stolen, vandalized or destroyed. Thieves may expect a few thousand dollars for their haul—a pittance compared with the historic and spiritual value of the ancient petroglyphs.

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Woman Denied Abortion Dies

Savita Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant, was admitted to University Hospital in Galway, Ireland, where she was found to be miscarrying.

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Literary Icons Rushdie and le Carré End 15-Year Feud

Nobody fights better than writers, so it’s a little sad that novelists Salman Rushdie and John le Carré have agreed to stop hating each other.

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Once Again—Death of the Liberal Class

The presidential election exposed the liberal class as a corpse. It fights for nothing. It stands for nothing.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 READ MORE



Krugman on the ‘Fiscal Cliff,’ Pat Robertson on Women and Porn, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a CEO who claims he fired employees because of Obama’s victory, and Ted Nugent, who has a meltdown over the election on Twitter.

Posted on Nov 9, 2012 READ MORE


Watch: An Angry Romney Defends Mormon Religion

An old video in which an upset Mitt Romney discusses his faith after a conservative Iowa radio talk show host quizzes him about it is making the Internet rounds a day before the election.

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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.

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Republican God

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Anti-Gay Christian Leader Blames Homosexuality for Hurricane Sandy

John McTernan believes he knows what’s responsible for Hurricane Sandy, and it’s not climate science.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE


Romney and Mourdock

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GOP Senate Candidate: Rape Pregnancies ‘Something God Intended’

Here we go again. Another Republican congressional candidate dared to open his mouth about rape and something insane came out. Would you expect anything less by now?

Posted on Oct 23, 2012 READ MORE


50 Years After Vatican II

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The Maimed

Chris Hedges gave this talk Sunday night in New York City at a protest denouncing the 11th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan.

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Stifled Lives in the Kingdom

On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines—and Future” depicts a society paralyzed by an economy based almost solely on oil and government handouts. 

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Brown vs. Warren, Koch Brothers vs. Justices, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including how Paul Ryan’s 30 percent compares with Mitt Romney’s 47 percent and a Pennsylvania judge decides the fate of the state’s voter ID law for the 2012 election.

Posted on Oct 2, 2012 READ MORE


Beliefs

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Neo-Nazis in the U.S. Army

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: unconventional recruiting in the military, balancing free speech with cultural sensitivity in the Middle East, how to survive a plague and Robert Scheer on the freeloaders whose votes Mitt Romney is apparently not expecting.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE


Neo-Nazis in the U.S. Army

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: unconventional recruiting in the military, balancing free speech with cultural sensitivity in the Middle East, how to survive a plague and Robert Scheer on the freeloaders whose votes Mitt Romney is apparently not expecting.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Pakistani Minister Puts Out a Hit on Offensive Filmmaker

The State Department has warned Americans not to travel to Pakistan, where the U.S. is running paid advertisements of President Obama and Hillary Clinton condemning the video that has sparked global protests.

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 READ MORE


Mrs. Jesus

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Does Romney Dislike America?

The most incisive reaction to Mitt Romney’s disparaging comments about 47 percent of us came from a conservative friend who emailed: “If I were you, I’d wonder why Romney hates America so much.”

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 READ MORE


Arab Outrage Should Come as No Surprise

Mrs. Clinton, the secretary of state, appears to believe that the Arabs and Egyptians should be grateful to America, and most Americans would probably agree.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE


Holy Book Bigots

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Conservatives ‘Will Never Have’ Smart People on Their Side, Santorum Says

Apparently being smart and having conservative values do not go hand in hand. At least, that’s what former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said during a weekend speech at the Values Voter Summit in which he also criticized the media and libertarians.

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Crazy Like a Fox

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‘Chris Stevens Was a Hero’ to Libya

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole, recently returned from Libya, says “Libyans love the United States and ... [Ambassador] Chris Stevens was a hero to most of them.” Also: Captured by the Taliban; progressives’ racial divide, and presidential debates.

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‘Chris Stevens Was a Hero’ to Libya

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Juan Cole, recently returned from Libya, says “Libyans love the United States and ... [Ambassador] Chris Stevens was a hero to most of them.” Also: captured by the Taliban; progressives’ racial divide, and presidential debates.

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 READ MORE


The Radical

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‘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



Watch: Democrats Reinsert ‘God,’ ‘Jerusalem’ Into Party Platform

The official Democratic Party Platform should have been approved easily during a vote, but it wasn’t. Instead, it became a moment of opportunity for the Republicans after a commotion erupted among Democrats on the convention floor over removal of the words “God” and “Jerusalem” from the platform.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 READ MORE



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What the Democrats’ Platform Leaves Out: God and Jerusalem

Here’s something that won’t play well in the states that the Democrats most likely would have lost anyway in the upcoming presidential election: They have removed the word “God” from their platform. What’s more, they’ve also left out a clause from the party’s 2008 platform stating Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Posted on Sep 4, 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



GOP Plans Ron Paul Tribute, Romney Goes Birther, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Bill Maher’s advice to Todd Akin on rape and abortion, and Bill Nye’s advice to parents about creationism.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE


For GOP, Storm Has Already Gathered

The uninvited participation of a hurricane at next week’s Republican convention would be superfluous. Buffeted by powerful internal winds, the party may be flooded with cash, but it’s already kind of a debris-strewn mess.

Posted on Aug 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Some Rebels Worry About Extremists, but Assad Comes First

During the early days, religious and nonreligious Syrians came together to call for reform. But as fighting intensified, a range of Islamist groups gained influence.

Posted on Aug 22, 2012 READ MORE



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How Pussy Riot Helps Putin

The Pussy Riot case has become an international PR disaster for the Russian government, but domestically Russia’s conservative majority is rallying behind Vladimir Putin.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Russian Punkers Are Convicted

A Moscow judge has convicted three members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot of hooliganism in a verdict that amounts to a defense of the Russian Orthodox Church’s apparent right to be shielded from criticism within its own walls.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 READ MORE


Great Scientific Discovery

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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.

Posted on Aug 9, 2012 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Aug 8, 2012 READ MORE



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GOP Congressman Defends Comparison of 9/11, Free Birth Control

Instead of doing the right thing—i.e., apologizing—for his insensitive and outrageous claim that President Obama’s mandate that insurance companies provide contraception without a co-pay is just like the 9/11 terrorists and Pearl Harbor, GOP freshman Rep. Mike Kelly is doing the opposite: doubling down on his remarks.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 READ MORE


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