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PLEDGE DE VIRGINITY
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Virginity Pledge? What Virginity Pledge?

A new study looking at virginity pledges—promises made by teenagers to wait until marriage for sex—has found that such vows largely fell flaccid, as sexual behavior of pledged teens was little different than non-pledgers, and that, hilariously, a whopping 82 percent, five years later, had either forgotten or denied taking the pledge.

Posted on Dec 31, 2008 READ MORE


Abortion Is the Right Issue for Starting the Healing

Obama’s most urgent task is to repair an ailing economy. But one of his most important promises was to end the cultural and religious wars that have disfigured politics for four decades.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad and Talibani
AP photo / Hadi Mizban

Visit Trumpets Iran’s Power in Iraq

Ahmadinejad’s unprecedented trip to Baghdad demonstrates his nation’s influence on its neighbor since the fall of Saddam.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE


Moral Minority

Those who went to the Values Voter Summit left without a candidate to call their own. But the lack of a golden boy isn’t their only problem: There are signs of ideological rigor mortis among the old guard.

Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE


Court Rejects Religious Vouchers Case

The Supreme Court refused to hear the arguments of a conservative religious group that wants to use public funds to send students to religious schools.

  • Democracy: 1 Theocracy: 0

  • Posted on Nov 27, 2006 READ MORE


    Religious missions
    From the NYT

    Gov’t Bending Regulations for the Pious

    Check out part three of this four-part N.Y. Times series on ways in which the religious enjoy special tax breaks and exemptions from regulations that their secular counterparts do not.
    Calling Sam Harris…

    Posted on Oct 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Carter Rails on Fundamentalists

    Former President Jimmy Carter, himself a famously pious Baptist, lets loose on religious fundamentalists in an interview with Der Spiegel—how they won’t admit mistakes; how they won’t negotiate with people who disagree with them; how they dehumanize people who have other beliefs; and how Bush & Co. fit that bill perfectly.

    Posted on Aug 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Some Religious Fanatics Joyous Over Middle East Violence

    Apparently some religious fanatics see the Rapture as a silver lining to the current turmoil in the Middle East and can barely contain their joy. Read some truly frightening messages posted to a Rapture Ready/End Times message board. (Harpers via BoingBoing.net)

    Posted on Jul 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Sectarian Blood Bath Drenches Baghdad

    Over 100 people were killed in a three-day stretch. A N.Y. Times reporter writes, “Militias now appear to be dictating the ebb and flow of life in Iraq.”

    Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Study: Mushroom Drugs Produce Mystical Experiences

    Duh!
    In a Johns Hopkins study, many volunteers who took a single dose of psilocybin-laden “magic” mushrooms said it was “one of the most meaningful or spiritually significant experiences of their lives. Some compared it to the birth of a child or the death of a parent.”

    Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    Reverend Tony Campolo
    From CBS

    Religious Left Leader: Jesus Was Mum on Gays, Abortion

    “Jesus never said one word about homosexuality, never said one word about civil marriage or abortion,” said a prominent religious left leader in an article about religious progressives trying to regain the political ground they lost after the MLK Jr. era. (h/t: Huff Po)

  • The mixing of religion and politics is a bad idea regardless of the ideological slant. But until Sam Harris wins that argument… (more)

  • Posted on Jul 11, 2006 READ MORE


    religious weight loss groups
    Damon Winter / LAT

    Christian Weight Loss Programs Booming

    Apparently the programs’ emphasis on group support and, like Alcoholics Anonymous, deference to a higher power aid some people in losing weight. But a Yale diet expert is extremely skeptical. 

    Posted on Jul 10, 2006 READ MORE


    anti-gay protester
    From real-e-works.com

    Religious Right Seeking to Ban Gay Marriage Without Congress

    In the wake of the marriage ban’s failure in the Senate, conservative Christian leaders are discussing an unprecedented—although apparently legal—maneuver to amend the Constitution without congressional approval.

    Posted on Jun 15, 2006 READ MORE


    CDC and pre-pregnant women
    From the BBC

    Sunsara Taylor—CDC to Women: Prepare to Give Birth!

    A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control recommends classifying all women as pre-pregnant—whether they intend to conceive or not. It’s an audacious leap along the logical fault line that values women as mere fetal incubators.

    Posted on Jun 6, 2006 READ MORE


    The Religious Left Rises Again

    The Washington Post charts the resurgence of religious liberals, who emphasize issues like poverty, affordable healthcare and global warming. Some observers worry that this will create an even more polarized environment in 2006 than during the 2004 election.

    Posted on May 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Rev. Madison Shockley: Christian Coalition in the Fray

    The religious advocacy group is inserting itself into the fight over the San Diego congressional seat of disgraced ex-Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham.

    Posted on May 2, 2006 READ MORE


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    Kevin Phillips Warns of Religious Fanatics

    Kevin Phillips, in-demand author of “American Theocracy,” says—dead seriously—that many Americans don’t worry about the economy because they’re waiting for the second coming of Christ. Watch it.

    Posted on Mar 22, 2006 READ MORE


    Rowan_Williams
    From saintfillans.org.nz

    Anglican Leader: Don’t Teach Creationism in Schools

    Rowan Williams, the leader of the Church of England, emphatically criticizes the teaching of creationism in schools.

    Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


    Boston Church Lagging on Pedophile Reforms

    The state attorney general is blasting the Boston Archdiocese for its failure to implement safeguards to prevent the sexual abuse of children. Missing: a system to track abusive priests, and prevention programs in schools.

    Posted on Feb 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Deadly Cartoon Protests Roil the Globe

    The cartoon-fueled hysteria continues unabated:

  • In Libya: 10 die in the bloodiest protests yet.
  • In Russia: Authorities shut down a newspaper that printed a tame cartoon of Muhammad, along with other religious figures.
  • In Manhattan: 1,000 protesters rally in front of the Danish consulate.
  • In Italy: An official quits after wearing a T-shirt with the controversial Muhammad cartoons.

  • Update:

  • 16 Killed in Nigerian cartoon protests, along with five this week in Pakistan
  • Hey, Muslim centrists/moderates, if you want to do something to quell this insane violence, now would be a pretty good time to do so.

    Posted on Feb 18, 2006 READ MORE



    From Staff Sgt. Tony R. Tolley / dod.gov

    Air Force Eases Rules on Religion

    In the wake of a nationwide petition drive by evangelicals, sectarian prayer and other such divisive elements are creeping back into the service. | story

    Posted on Feb 11, 2006 READ MORE


    U.S. Media and the Cartoons: Who Published? Who Didn’t?

    The decision over whether to republish controversial images of Muhammad has caused intense debates in the editorial board rooms of news organizations across the country. Truthdig offers its readers a primer.

    Posted on Feb 10, 2006 READ MORE



    Nasser Shiyoukhi / AP

    Cartoon Protests Stoked by Dictators

    Don’t believe the hype about homespun religious anger: Middle Eastern leaders stoke religious riots because it makes their secular governments look tame in comparison.

    Posted on Feb 9, 2006 READ MORE



    From Wikipedia.org

    Sam Harris on the Reality of Islam

    “The truth about Islam is as politically incorrect as it is terrifying: Islam is all fringe and no center,” writes America’s most prominent secularist in a challenging and provocative new essay.
    UPDATE: Harris responds to a deluge of comments and some criticism.

    Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Sam Harris
    Courtesy of Sam Harris

    Sam Harris Takes On the Muslim Cartoon Controversy and His Critics

    UPDATED: America’s most prominent secularist and author of the international bestseller “The End of Faith” reacts to the worldwide Islamic cartoon riots and responds to many of the criticisms lodged against his Truthdig essay “An Atheist Manifesto.”

    Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


    Inventing Sin: Religion and Homosexuality

    No matter their own scandals, religious institutions through history have a consistent scapegoat: homosexuals.  Larry Gross digs into why churches condemn gays to damnation.

    Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


    Jesus: The Man, The Myth

    The religious right demands that we focus on Jesus this holiday season. Okay, but what do we really know about him? We turn to a religious scholar to find out. The Rev. Madison Shockley is a minister of the United Church of Christ in Carlsbad, Calif. and a regular commentator on religion, race, politics and popular culture.

    Posted on Jan 23, 2006 READ MORE


    Pat Robertson and Theodicy ad Absurdum

    No sooner had Ariel Sharon been rushed to the hospital with a “significant stroke” than the Rev. Pat Robertson informed the viewers of his cable TV 700 Club that this was God’s punishment for Sharon’s decision to unilaterally withdraw from Gaza.

    Posted on Jan 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Iraqi Muslim Scholars Were Paid to Aid U.S. Propaganda

    The same Pentagon contractor that paid Iraqi newspapers to print pro-U.S. stories written by American soldiers masquerading as indepenent journalists has also been “compensating Sunni religious scholars in Iraq in return for assistance with its propaganda work,” according to the New York Times.

    Posted on Jan 2, 2006 READ MORE


    Iran’s Victory in Iraq

    For the Bush White House, the good news from Iraq just never stops. But the joy that President Bush has expressed over the country’s latest election, though more restrained than his infamous “Mission Accomplished” speech, will similarly come back to haunt him.

    Posted on Dec 20, 2005 READ MORE


    Jesus of the People

    Jesus: The Man, the Myth

    Every year around this time, we’re told to think about Jesus, if only for a minute, while we wait in line at the mall, but how much do we really know about the man? Truthdig turned to a religious scholar to find out.

    Posted on Dec 20, 2005 READ MORE


    Tonto’s Revenge

    The outrageous rip-off of Native American tribes by a top Republican lobbyist is leading inexorably to a reckoning for the allegedly morally superior religious and political right.

    Posted on Dec 7, 2005 READ MORE


    How Bush Created a Theocracy in Iraq

    Retracing the steps of Shiite religious leaders and parties who have come to dominate the post-invasion process.

    Posted on Dec 2, 2005 READ MORE


    Religous Figures

    Inventing Sin: Religion and Homosexuality

    No matter their own scandals, religious institutions through history have a consistent scapegoat: homosexuals.  Larry Gross digs into why churches condemn gays to damnation.

    Posted on Nov 30, 2005 READ MORE


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