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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

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

Rabbi Leonard Beerman Fought for Peace and Justice Until the Very End

In the brief holiday rest between the last night of Hanukkah and Christmas Day, America lost one of its greatest spiritual leaders.

Posted on Dec 24, 2014 READ MORE

Pope Francis Diagnoses the Vatican’s Spiritual Diseases at Christmas Meeting

Just in time for Christmas, Pope Francis gave the gift of a reality check to Catholic cardinals, bishops and priests gathered at the Vatican earlier this week.

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Holiday Wish

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AP/Cliff Owen

Is This Alito’s Court Now?

Samuel Alito has grown from a junior crony to a prime driver of the court’s increasingly ideological agenda.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE

Thanksgiving 2014

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Terrorists Bomb Ancient Mosque, Killing 81

The most important mosque in north Nigeria’s biggest city, Kano, came under attack Friday, just as worshipers were gathering to pray.

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 READ MORE

Israel and Mississippi: Racist Plans for Second Class Citizens and Religious Legislation

A controversial bill approved by the Israeli cabinet is much worse than that of Mississippi fundamentalists who want to declare Mississippi a principally Christian state.

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 READ MORE

Pope Unselfie

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 READ MORE

The Afghanistan War Turned This Republican Soldier Into a Socialist Peace Activist

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Rory Fanning’s extraordinary journey, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s come-apart and California’s rebellious blue streak.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE

The Afghanistan War Turned This Republican Soldier Into a Socialist Peace Activist

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Rory Fanning’s extraordinary journey, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler’s come-apart, and California’s rebellious blue streak.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE


Western Masters Now Terrorized by Victims of Imperialism

The threat of terror produced by past victims of American Middle Eastern imperialism is alarming, but not new, and not historically isolated to the Middle East.

Posted on Oct 28, 2014 READ MORE

Tinted Pope

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Pope Francis’ Synod: Change Is in the Air, but Not Yet on the Books

On Sunday, Pope Francis wrapped up the synod, or bishops meeting, he presided over for the last two weeks with a beatification service at the Vatican for Pope Paul VI but without significant progress made on hot-button topics such as homosexuality, divorce and contraception. 

Posted on Oct 19, 2014 READ MORE

Church and State

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Papal Welcome

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Meet the Alabama Judge Who Figured Out How to Unravel Roe v. Wade

ProPublica profiles Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker, whose “rulings over the last nine years have fueled the biggest threat to abortion rights in a generation.”

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE

U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford Jr.

More Questions Than Answers in War With Islamic State

The decision of President Barack Obama to wage air war against the Islamic State still is swimming in a sea of confusion and doubt.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE

Ben Affleck Confronts Bill Maher’s Muslim Problem

Bravo to Ben Affleck and Nicholas Kristof for telling Bill Maher off about his chronic case of Muslim-hating bigotry.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE

Ben Affleck Calls Out Bill Maher and Sam Harris on Their Islamaphobia: ‘It’s Gross and Racist’

Just days after religious scholar Reza Aslan criticized him on CNN for his views on Islam, comedian Bill Maher decided to defend them, this time with actor Ben Affleck.

Posted on Oct 4, 2014 READ MORE

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Get Ready for Yom Kippur With This List of Political Sins

Jews around the world this Friday night will ask God for forgiveness. Don Futterman, writing in Haaretz, says this year Jews of all political persuasions, no matter where they live, have much to atone for.

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 READ MORE


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The Beheading Coalition

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 READ MORE


Our Challenge With Islam

Destroying, degrading or containing the Islamic State—whichever goal President Obama chooses—will be the easy part. Finding ways for fundamentalist Islam to express itself peacefully is a bigger, tougher and more important project.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE


Where Goes the Neighborhood?

Consider how our definition of “neighborliness” has evolved. Once upon a time, being neighborly meant “reaching out to the people who lived next door” by, among other things, “offering to watch the kids in a pinch.”

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE


Church of England Will Allow Women to Become Bishops

Apparently the reformation isn’t over. On Monday, the Church of England voted to allow women to become bishops.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE


Border Crisis Tests Religious Faith—and Some Fail Badly

Flamboyant piety has long been fashionable on the political right, where activists, commentators and elected officials never hesitate to hector us about their great moral and theological rectitude.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Khalil Hamra

Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’

The weeklong assault on Gaza is one more in a horrific series of steps similar to those in Nazi Germany that ended in the Holocaust.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE

Five Guys

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE

ACLU, Gay Rights Groups Withdraw Support for ENDA

It is currently legal in the majority of states to fire an employee for being gay. A bill meant to change that lost key allies Tuesday, including the ACLU, Lambda Legal and GLAD.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE

Hobby Lobby Aftermath

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE

The Roberts Doctrine

Posted on Jul 6, 2014 READ MORE

Hobby Lobby’s Corporate Commandments

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Freedom, Power, and the Conservative Mind

Freedom is the one value conservatives place above all others, yet time and again their ideal of freedom ignores the growing imbalance of power in our society that’s eroding the freedoms of most people.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE

Hobby Lobby Products

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE

Hobby Lobby Goal

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE

Religious Freedom on the Supreme Court

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Hobby Lobby Dissent Is Even Better When Set to Music

“Now the court, I fear,” Jonathan Mann sings, “has ventured into a minefield of slut-shaming geezers and religious extremism.”

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Happy Independence Day From the Supreme Court: Unions and Women Lose, Koch Brothers Win

The court’s latest decisions handed long-sought political victories to some of the most extreme elements of the American right.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE


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Hobby Lobby’s Win

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE

State Department

It’s Too Late, Mr. Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry thinks Iraq can be saved with a new prime minister to take the place of Nouri al-Maliki.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE

AP/B.K. Bangash

How the Women of Pakistan Cope With War, Honor Killings and Prejudice

The West is flooded by news of all the incessant outrages, but by looking back at history we get a better understanding of what is happening in this forsaken country of ours. Progress is never linear.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE

The Bonobo and the Atheist

Posted on Jun 20, 2014 READ MORE


Hype and Hysteria Drown Out Europe’s Real Concerns

The outcome of the recently concluded European Parliament elections is described in press and political circles in Europe and North America as a shock or crisis, which is sheer nonsense.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE

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