The Military Religious Freedom Foundation is running an investigation into how much money the U.S. Department of Defense spends pressuring military staff and families to embrace Christianity, and it is finding violations of the Constitution and rules governing federal contractors. (more)
Hallelujah! Easter is almost here. Aren't you glad? What's that low sigh I hear? Ohhhhh that's right, you're one of those progressive Christians. Easter is probably the most conflicted time of the year among progressive churches, even more so than Christmas. Even a progressive Christian can reasonably assert that Jesus was really born, even as the debate goes on among others about how he was born. But this is not so with Easter. Either he was resurrected or he was not. And when we say he was not, then someone somewhere will quote I Corinthians 15:12 to us, "Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead?"
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.