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Contradiction Where Religion and American Politics Meet

Here’s a newspaper headline that might induce a disbelieving double take: “Christians ‘More Likely to Be Leftwing’ And Have Liberal Views on Immigration and Equality.”

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First They Come for the Muslims

Another Muslim activist has gone to prison as a result of the government’s criminalization of what people say and believe.

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Crucifried

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The Prayer

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Government Relief

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Unification

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A Holy Week Entreaty

It’s hard not to notice that Christianity hasn’t been presented in its own best light during this election year because Christians have not exactly been putting forward their best selves.

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Chris Hedges and Alain de Botton: What Atheists Should Take From Religion

The “Religion for Atheists” author tells Chris Hedges there’s a lot secular society can learn from religious institutions and traditions and he argues for a “neo-religious vision of using culture as scripture.”

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Million Hoodie March

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Trayvon Martin and the Million Hoodie March; Rick Santorum’s Christian nation; Dave Zirin is “shock-raged” over the New Orleans Saints, and we get an update on the Super PACs now leasing our democracy. Plus: Mr. Fish and John Lennon.

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Million Hoodie March

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Trayvon Martin and the Million Hoodie March; Rick Santorum’s Christian nation; Dave Zirin is “shock-raged” over the New Orleans Saints, and we get an update on the super PACs now leasing our democracy. Plus: Mr. Fish and John Lennon.

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The GOP’s Religious Head Count

The Republican presidential primaries this year have turned into a religious census. There is little precedent in modern politics for the extent to which a state’s choice for a nominee has coincided so closely with how many of its ballots were cast by white evangelical voters.

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The Gay, Jewish, Pro-Pot Republican Candidate Has Something to Say

Fred Karger is a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination—one of five remaining, if you count him.

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AP / Stuart Price

A Letter From Uganda on #Kony2012

There is an evil man somewhere in Africa waging a brutal war for absolutely no reason. The biggest problem is that no one knows about him. But if “we” spread the word and pressure the U.S. for military assistance, then by the end of this year “we” can capture Kony and end this horror. Where do I even begin?

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Catholicism Is Not the Tea Party at Prayer

At their national conference this week, Catholic bishops should ponder how they transformed a moment of exceptional Catholic unity into an occasion for recrimination and anger.

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Dispatches From Cairo: Blood, Money and Revolution

As American NGO employees await trial, propagandists beat the drums of public suspicion and the military maneuvers to preserve U.S. aid.

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White House / Pete Souza

On the President as Alien

They say that President Obama is a Muslim, but if he isn’t, he’s a secularist who is waging war on religion.

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Church Lady

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Santorum’s Satan Complex

Putting aside any of the possible reasons why Rick Santorum invoked the mighty evil that is Satan while spiritually assessing America during a speech at Ave Maria University in 2008, as that would constitute unhelpful speculation at this time, we think Forbes’ Josh Barro has some good points about the telling blind spots in Santorum’s diagnosis.

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Acts of Love

Love, the defining and most glorious element in human life, reminds us of why we have been created for our brief sojourns on the planet.

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Will Catholic Bishops and the Religious Right Save Obama?

President Obama’s adversaries don’t seem to realize they have fallen into a trap, whether the White House set them up intentionally or not.

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‘Colbert Report’: Contraception Crusade

Being a Catholic himself, Stephen Colbert is able to break down for the layperson (read: godless liberal) the Vatican’s stance on contraception, which recently became a hot-button (read: wedge) issue for Campaign 2012. 

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A Religious War Out of Thin Air

At ease, Christian soldiers. There is no “war on religion,” no assault on the Catholic Church. A faith that has endured for thousands of years will survive even Nicki Minaj.

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White House / Pete Souza

Contraception and the Cost of Culture Wars

The problem with culture wars is that one side typically has absolutely no understanding of what the other is trying to say.

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America’s Pro-Choice Majority Speaks Out

The leadership of the Catholic Church has launched what amounts to a holy war against President Barack Obama.

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Boehner Goes on the Attack Against Contraception Policy

John Boehner’s keen instincts have compelled him to zero in on the highly charged—and politically advantageous—dispute about religious organizations and contraception coverage that’s currently reaching the boiling point on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, the House speaker made a special speech devoted to the topic on the floor of Congress.

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama Gets Ready to Defend Birth Control Policy

It’s an election year, so it’s time to play wedge issue roulette. Which culture war favorite is it going to be this time? Gay marriage? The Obama administration’s recent and contested decision to require Catholic organizations to provide birth control coverage to employees? Updated

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Catholic Churches Bring Birth Control Debate Into Sunday Services

Health care, religion and contraception commingled in last weekend’s Sunday services at Catholic churches around the country after new health insurance rules from the Obama administration struck some church leaders as anathema to their beliefs and a threat to their religious freedom. 

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Obama Owes More on Religious Freedom

On contraception, Obama threw his progressive Catholic allies under the bus, strengthened the very forces inside the church that sought to derail the health care law, and created unnecessary problems for himself in the 2012 election.

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AP / Mary Ann Chastain

California and the Rapture-Ready Candidacy of Newt Gingrich

California may be a blue state in terms of voting patterns, but it’s very involved in red state politics, if you consider the role of evangelical voters.

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AP / Amr Nabil

Dispatches From Cairo: Raising Cane Against the ‘Morality Police’

Some Egyptian women have an answer for vigilantes armed with walking sticks: welts and words that are far from submissive.

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SCOTUS Says Religious Groups’ Job Choices Are Theirs to Make

In a rare show of unity within our nation’s top judicial body, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the American government should steer clear of interfering in the employment practices and policies of religious organizations.

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Mr. Fish

God Is Dead

It said DOG on his food bowl, and because he showed no signs that he’d ever learn how to read or write, she decided that he must be dyslexic. So she called him GOD. 

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James Cone’s Gospel of the Penniless, Jobless, Marginalized and Despised

The true power of the Christian gospel is its unambiguous call for liberation from forces of oppression and for a fierce and uncompromising condemnation of all who oppress.

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Not So Fast, Mitt

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Bill Boyarsky complicates the conventional wisdom on Mitt Romney; the Rev. Madison Shockley has a beef with the Catholic Church; a judge wants to ban Mexican-American education in Arizona; Mr. Fish applies his skeptical wit to the political process, and Robert Scheer on Iowa.

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Not So Fast, Mitt

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Bill Boyarsky complicates the conventional wisdom on Mitt Romney; the Rev. Madison Shockley has a beef with the Catholic Church; a judge wants to ban Mexican-American education in Arizona; Mr. Fish applies his skeptical wit to the political process, and Robert Scheer on Iowa.

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America’s 5 Political Parties

It would seem that the United States has a five-party system right now. What was done in Iowa last Tuesday could unravel in New Hampshire, but whatever happens next, the United States is more politically fractured than it has been in decades.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Norman Lear Is a ‘Born Again American’

He fought a war against Hitler, gave us some of the best television ever and founded People for the American Way, so Norman Lear knows something about getting the job done. In this stirring editorial, the producer challenges us to get on board the Occupy train and fight for the American dream.

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Tebow’s Prayers

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Fewer and Fewer Reasons for the West to Fixate on the Mideast

There are only three valid reasons why the Middle East, the focus of international attention as 2012 begins, is important to the United States and the European nations.

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AP / Dan Balilty

Israelis Clash in a Struggle of Orthodoxy

Attempts by ultraconservative Jews to impose their religious views on others in the town of Beit Shemesh have given rise to protests and a national debate about the character of what is, nobody denies, a religious state.

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Kevin Dooley (CC-BY)

’Tis The Season of Fake Outrage

It’s a holiday tradition. Every December, with media charlatans turning the key, the fake outrage machine rumbles back to life.

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God of the Oppressed

In this excerpt from “The Cross and the Lynching Tree,” James H. Cone writes that the gospel is found wherever the wronged struggle for justice.

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The Story of the ‘Iranian Schindler’

When Paris became a Nazi stronghold in World War II, an Iranian diplomat by the name of Abdol-Hossein Sardari used his influence to help more than 2,000 Iranian Jews by making a creative case for their exemption from racial persecution and by issuing hundreds of passports, according to a new book.

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Hedges on Hitchens

Though he gives credit to Christopher Hitchens’ exceptional talent, Chris Hedges remembers the newly departed writer differently from the way others might in this clip from CBC Radio. In an unflinching appraisal, Hedges recalls what Hitchens got wrong about religion, his biggest intellectual failing and what it was like to engage him in a debate.

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Tebow Time

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AP / Jae C. Hong

War With Iran? School Prayer? Just More Republican Campaign Promises

Newt Gingrich might drag us into a war with Iran on the side of Israel. Rick Perry seems to envision the United States as a conservative Christian theocracy. No pledge is too extreme in the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

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AP / Winslow Townson

Government-Sponsored Sinner

Newt Gingrich’s hypocrisy concerning economic matters will prove more troubling than his sexual affairs as his chances of becoming president increase.

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

Where Were You When They Crucified My Lord?

The Occupy movement is the force that will revitalize traditional Christianity in the United States or signal its moral, social and political irrelevance.

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The GOP’s Rational Reality Show

The contest for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination has been described as a reality show and a circus. But what’s happening inside the GOP is quite rational and easily explained.

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