Guest Voices: Religion


Posted at 05:43 PM ET, 12/16/2012

Richard Dawkins: Herb Silverman for U.S. Senate

Renowned atheist Richard Dawkins endorses S.C. atheist to fill Sen. Jim DeMint’s seat.

By Richard Dawkins  |  05:43 PM ET, 12/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Herb Silverman for U.S. Senate; Richard Dawkins; atheist Richard Dawkins; Nikki Haley; Sen. Jim DeMint; DeMint; Silverman; S.C. atheist; politics; faith; religion and politics; faith and politics

Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 12/11/2012

The ‘War on Christmas’: A holiday tradition for all

Atheists use this seasonal opportunity to support diversity, says secularist.

By Herb Silverman  |  06:08 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  War on Christmas; holiday tradition; Herb Silverman; Christmas; atheists; nontheists; secularists; Christians; Christmas wars; winter solstice; Jesus; holidays; religion; non-religion

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 12/11/2012

A vibrant, but different, future for religion in the U.S.

Religion remains a potent and prevalent force in American society today, says Gallup editor.

By Frank Newport  |  12:31 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Frank Newport; Gallup; editor-in-chief; God Is Alive and Well: The Future of Religion in America; religion; religious; faith; faith communities

Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Finding faith in organ donation

The writer reflects on one of the greatest gifts she gave in the face of one of her greatest losses.

By Nancy Tyson-Alexander  |  04:13 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Finding faith in organ donation; Nancy Tyson-Alexander; spirituality; faith; give back to others; greatest losses; Albert A. Alexander; LifeChoice Donor Services; organ donation; donor; life; lives; organs; greatest gifts; church; religion; religious; organ procurement

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 11/15/2012

Wisdoms for President Obama on Diwali

Celebration offers message of nonviolence, non-absolutism and non-materialism, says a Memphis physician.

By Manoj Jain  |  02:51 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Diwali; Jain community; Jain; Hindu; Sikh; Manoj Jain; Diwali at the White House; lamps of wisdom; festival of Diwali; politics; faith and politics; religion and politics; election; campaign

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 11/15/2012

Do elections indicate the death of the Christian Right? Not so fast.

Scholars says observers declaring its demise may marvel at its big comeback in two or four years.

By Mark J. Rozell and Clyde Wilcox  |  01:22 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Christian Right; evangelicals; election 2012; campaign 2012; faith and politics; religion; election landscape; Mark J. Rozell; Clyde Wilcox

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 11/12/2012

Carey: ‘Search For Common Ground is a light in a dark world but the light it gives is hope’

A better way is desperately needed, based on the common ground we find in the search for spirituality and faith.

By George Carey  |  11:45 AM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Search for Common Ground; Interfaith Awards; Lord Carey; archbishop of Canterbury; interfaith dialogue; religion;

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 11/09/2012

Why American Jews and Muslims backed Obama by huge margins

A rabbi and an imam hope America’s celebration of racial, ethnic and religious diversity is reasserting itself.

By Marc Schneier and Shamsi Ali  |  06:17 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  election 2012; campaign 2012; Rabbi Marc Schneier; Imam Shamsi Ali; faith; religion; politics; Islam; Judaism; American Muslims; American Jews

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 11/09/2012

An open letter to social conservatives

A pro-choice, pro-gay marriage, Jewish atheist offers counsel after Tuesday’s historic election.

By Jacques Berlinerblau  |  02:15 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jacques Berlinerblau; election; faith and politics; religion; politics; evangelicals; secularism

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 11/08/2012

What lies ahead for the Mormons?

Historians may look back on 2012 as the beginning of the real emergence of American Mormons, says church spokesman Michael Otterson.

By Michael Otterson  |  05:19 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney; Mormon; Michael Otterson; presidential election; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; LDS Church; Mormon Moment; awakening; faith; religion

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 11/08/2012

Compassion in chief: Why Obama won

A new America can be glimpsed in the pattern of those voters who supported not just President Obama, but a vision of shared obligation as well as shared rights.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  02:30 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  election 2012; campaign 2012; President Obama; Joe Biden; reelection; White House; faith; politics; religion and politics; women voters; Hispanics; Obama; same-sex marriage

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 11/07/2012

Election results reveal God is winning

A Mormon woman says the election has brought her faith out of obscurity and established it as a mainstream Christian religion.

By Kathryn Skaggs  |  05:42 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mitt Romney; LDS Church; Mormon; Mormonism; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; 2012 election; 2012 campaign; religion; faith; Mormon Moment

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 11/07/2012

‘Mormon Moment’ RIP

For the past several months, I’ve hardly been able to leave my house without encountering some new and disparaging theory about what I am.

By David Mason  |  03:42 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  LDS Church; David Mason; Rhodes College; Mormons; Mormon Church; Mormonism; religion; faith and politics; election 2012; campaign 2012

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Hopeful for explicit discussion from White House on religious diversity

How America engages its own religious diversity, and how it encourages interfaith cooperation for the rest of the world, matter a great deal right now.

By Eboo Patel  |  12:33 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Interfaith Youth Core; Eboo Patel; interfaith cooperation; President Obama; Mitt Romney; evangelicals; religion and politics; faith and politics; politics

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Halloween in the wake of storms

On this night of magic winds and portents, light a candle, share some food with someone you love and remember those who are gone. Offer them your gratitude and your prayers, and the most important gift: your commitment to pass on a thriving, viable world to those who will come.

By Starhawk  |  12:55 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Samhain; Halloween; ancestors; Wiccan; Starhawk; reclaiming.org; Pagan religion

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 10/23/2012

Remembering Paul Kurtz

Secular Coalition for America leader says he will be remembered as perhaps the most significant force in the second half of the 20th century in support of secular humanism and living a good life without religion.

By Herb Silverman  |  10:15 AM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Paul Kurtz; Herb Silverman; skeptic; humanist; secular humanist; philosopher; religion skeptic; reason and sicence

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 10/19/2012

Religious implications of N.Y. federal appeals court striking down DOMA

Decision says religious institutions will be free to act according to their beliefs, says a Wash. pastor.

By J. Manny Santiago  |  01:01 PM ET, 10/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DOMA: J. Manny Santiago; gay marriage; religion and politics; marriage equality; religion and sexuality; same-sex marriage; religion; Supreme Court; Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 09/28/2012

Human rights (or wrongs) in the Middle East

Will Obama’s U.N. pitch have a positive effect on the people of that region if not backed by action?

By Sherif Meleka  |  04:08 PM ET, 09/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  United Nations; Middle East; Mideast; President Obama; politics; religion; Sherif Meleka;

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 09/12/2012

‘God will find a way to be invoked in this year’s vote’

Rabbi David Wolpe reflects in verse about faith and politics.

By David Wolpe  |  11:06 AM ET, 09/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DNC; Democratic National Convention; Rabbi David Wolpe; faith and political debate; religion and politics

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 09/09/2012

Democrats’ altar call in Charlotte

Democrats aren’t “godless” because biblical theology was alive and well at their convention.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethewaite  |  11:17 AM ET, 09/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democratic National Convention; DNC: DNClive; Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite; Democrats and religion; God language

Posted at 11:53 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Faithfully Democratic

The Democratic National Convention is what one would expect – loud, passionate, diverse and uplifting.

By Burns Strider  |  11:53 PM ET, 09/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democratic National Convention; religion; DNClive; faith; Burns Strider

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 09/04/2012

God goes back to school

Millions of kids return to school this week, and most won’t leave their faith at the schoolhouse door.

By Charles C. Haynes  |  02:49 PM ET, 09/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  religion; faith in schools; religion in schools; Charles C. Haynes; First Amendment Center; Newseum

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 08/28/2012

Republican National Convention’s mixed blessings

Religious leaders represent what sociologists call the “traditionalist” wings of their respective faiths.

By Jacques Berlinerblau  |  04:25 PM ET, 08/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  faith and values, values voters, religion, Republican National Convention, Republican convention; RNClive

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 08/10/2012

Obama’s ‘war on religion’: Breaking down Romney’s new attack ad

What we need to figure out is why the GOP nominee is now pursuing this line of attack and whether it will be effective.

By Jacques Berlinerblau  |  11:33 AM ET, 08/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  religious freedom, 'war on religion' ad, Mitt Romney, President Obama, Jacques Berlinerblau

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 07/11/2012

Can the ‘God Particle’ lead us to God?

The Vatican’s astronomer says that scientific discoveries point to the creator.

By Guy Consolmagno  |  12:06 PM ET, 07/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  god particle, astronomy, religion science, catholic church

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 07/11/2012

Does God have a Higgs boson problem?

Organized religion must show it has enough faith in the existence of God to rise above silly turf wars with science.

By Martha Woodroof  |  10:33 AM ET, 07/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  religion, science

Posted at 07:06 PM ET, 06/17/2012

What I’ve learned about Mormons

A leading evangelical wishes, at least in one way, that Mitt Romney was even more Mormon.

By Richard Mouw  |  07:06 PM ET, 06/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mormons, evangelicals, religion politics

Posted at 07:03 PM ET, 06/17/2012

What’s an American Buddhist?

Western practitioners meditating in Massachusetts or applying the Eight-fold Path in Portland often embrace the established traditions of Tibet or Thailand, but that’s not the only way to be Buddhist.

By William Wilson Quinn  |  07:03 PM ET, 06/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  buddhism, buddhist, culture, religion

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 06/14/2012

Mitt Romney, Mormon: This I know

Most Americans still don’t know Jack about Mormons. What do we know about Romney’s Mormonism?

By Joanna Brooks  |  10:08 AM ET, 06/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  religion politics

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 06/04/2012

Paul Krugman as prophet?: Economic suffering is not a virtue

The presidential election has come down to this theological question: Do some people simply deserve to suffer economically?

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  02:16 PM ET, 06/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy, morality, religion, paul krugman

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 05/31/2012

Does this candidate have a prayer?

Why would a liberal, Yankee, Jewish atheist like me run for governor of South Carolina?

By Herb Silverman  |  04:26 PM ET, 05/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  atheism, church and state, religion politics

Posted at 08:06 AM ET, 05/30/2012

What Mormon women want

Mormon women know that Mitt Romney’s candidacy will bring intense scrutiny of our faith.

By Joanna Brooks  |  08:06 AM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  lds, mormonism, mitt romney, religion politics

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 05/29/2012

Will Romney trump ‘birtherism’?

“Birtherism” itself is a troubling ethical failure that reveals how deeply divided Americans are on race despite their religious views that each person is created by God.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  10:38 AM ET, 05/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  religion, race, mitt romney, donald trump

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 05/23/2012

Does Romney really have a ‘religion problem’?

Information about Mormonism may actually increase Mitt Romney’s support from conservatives.

By Matthew M. Chingos and Michael Henderson  |  03:00 PM ET, 05/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mormons, evangelicals, faith 2012, religion politics

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 05/15/2012

Grandma or the economy?

With his family’s history of exile, should Romney be more sympathetic to Hispanics?

By Reverend Luis Cortés Jr  |  02:11 PM ET, 05/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  religion politics

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 04/18/2012

Tennessee’s science law: Academic freedom or monkey business?

In evolution vs. creationism debate, what’s religious to one side is science to the other.

By Charles C. Haynes  |  11:35 AM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  science, religion, evolution, scripture, education, science education

Posted at 05:35 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Why Santorum didn’t sell

Does a socially conservative candidate have a prayer for president?

By Jacques Berlinerblau  |  05:35 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  rick santorum, catholic, religion politics

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Do you have faith in the media?

Many Americans say the media sensationalizes religion.

By Diane Winston and John Green  |  01:14 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  spirituality, news, religon, religion and politics

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 04/04/2012

State lawmakers bring church/state fight to schools

Contrary to culture war mythology, God is alive and well in many, if not most, public schools.

By Charles C. Haynes  |  06:14 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  church and state, religion and politics, prayer in school

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 03/29/2012

‘Assassin’s Creed III’: Is this ‘America the beautiful’?

Does anyone out there really think that God showers grace upon a nation that finds bloody violence entertaining?

By Martha Woodroof  |  03:40 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns, religion, violence

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Cherry-picking Rick Santorum?

For Catholics like Santorum, there is a difference between “rules and doctrines” and broad policy priorities.

By Matthew J. Franck  |  02:47 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  rick santorum, religion politics, lisa miller

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Reason Rally’s unreasonable beliefs

What should have shocked the media was the movement’s open hostility to people of faith.

By Cal Thomas  |  02:18 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  atheism, christianity, faith, reason rally, religion politics

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Why women need secularism

Women must defend hard-won victories to control their religious lives from encroachment by religious radicals.

By R. Elisabeth Cornwell  |  04:10 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  women's rights, religion, freedom, secularism

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Who would rally against reason?

How have we come to the point where reason needs a rally to defend it?

By Richard Dawkins  |  12:31 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  atheism, reason rally, secularism, religion politics

Posted at 10:09 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Why we need a Reason Rally

The Reason Rally is not about eradicating religion but instead calling for a secular government that embraces the nonreligious and the religious alike.

By David Silverman  |  10:09 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  atheism, secularism, religion politics

Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Mitt Romney mirrors his Mormon church

Will Romney’s adaptive survival instinct, the same one that has helped his LDS church thrive, ever assuage GOP voters yearning for a pure candidate?

By Neal Chandler  |  03:29 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mormon, mitt romney, latter-day saints, religion politics

Posted at 10:37 PM ET, 03/18/2012

‘The Hunger Games’ and movie morality

The popularity of The Hunger Games tells us young people are fearful of the future, and they think they’re on their own in fighting for a better world.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  10:37 PM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  the hunger games, christianity, fear, religion, morality

Posted at 10:24 PM ET, 03/18/2012

Religion and politics in Syria

The fears about the future of religious minorities, particularly the Alawites, are exaggerated and are unsupported by evidence from modern Syrian history.

By Wadah Khanfar  |  10:24 PM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  syria, religion

Posted at 09:47 PM ET, 03/18/2012

Five reasons to stop questioning the president’s faith

That absurd question, “Do you think Barack Obama is a Muslim?” keeps nagging the American psyche.

By Faheem Younus  |  09:47 PM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  islam, christianity, religion politics

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Rick Santorum’s evangelical appeal

Southern evangelicals see, in Santorum, a brother in arms who attends a different church on Sundays. 

By Matthew J. Franck  |  03:25 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  rick santorum, religion politics

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Revolution could mean the Muslim Brotherhood’s conversion from Islamism

The revolution in Egypt is likely to see a transformation of political Islamism, in its birthplace, in the years to come

By H.A. Hellyer  |  03:33 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  muslim brotherhood, egypt, islamism, religion poliitcs

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Senator Inhofe’s theological conundrum

According to the senator’s logic, human action is necessary to safeguard Israel; no human action is needed to safeguard our climate.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  |  03:02 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  religion politics, free will, christianity, israel, global warming

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Do atheists need religion?

Can people who doubt God’s existence still embrace what is good about religion?

By Alain de Botton  |  11:03 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  atheism, religion, ritual

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 03/02/2012

Educate, not legislate, on morality

The battle over ultrasounds and abortions in Virginia reminds us: Religion does not give people a license to legislate in ignorance

By Martha Woodroof  |  11:24 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  religion politics, abortion, morality

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 02/28/2012

What JFK really said about separating church from state

Rather than condemn Kennedy’s speech, perhaps Santorum, a fellow Catholic, should say “thank you.”

By Charles C. Haynes  |  02:26 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  church and state, religion in america

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Why we need college degrees more than we need faith

If it is true that education tends to reduce religious faith, then we have to decide which is more valuable.

By Lawrence M. Krauss  |  01:38 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  rick santorum, atheism, religion politics

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Biblical Satan and GOP rhetoric: Is the enemy within?

In Republican presidential politics, biblical views of Satan actually explain a lot.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  04:20 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  rick santorum, religion politics, faith 2012, satan

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 02/23/2012

In New York City, does church-school separation go too far?

When taken too far, “separation” sends a message of government hostility toward religion.

By Charles Haynes  |  02:38 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  religious freedom, religion politics, church and state

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 02/22/2012

Ash Wednesday in the Holy Land

As Lent begins, many challenges face Jerusalem’s small Christian community.

By Daniela Deane  |  12:36 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion, Ash Wednesday: Israel, life in the holy land

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 02/12/2012

At CPAC, new kind of culture war

A new alliance emerged between social and fiscal conservatives.

By Gayle Trotter  |  04:52 PM ET, 02/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  social issues, culture war, cpac, religion politics

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Prop 8 unconstitutional: The sanctity of marriage equality

Overturning Prop 8 is a win for the holiness of marriage.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  12:02 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  prop 8, gay marriage, religion

Posted at 07:24 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Why I’m not going to the National Prayer Breakfast

Lynn: Anyone who takes prayer seriously should avoid, not embrace, the group behind the breakfast.

By Barry W. Lynn  |  07:24 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Religion, prayer breakfast

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Why we need the National Prayer Breakfast

Thomas: There are few things that bring both sides together in Washington. This is one of those things.

By Cal Thomas  |  12:51 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  religion, national prayer breakfast