Guest Voices: faith


Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 12/31/2012

Keeping the faith: 2012 in gay rights victories

Advances made in religious circles towards LGBT equality would have been deemed wish lists even a year ago, says writer.

By Becky Garrison  |  01:57 PM ET, 12/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Becky Garrison; gay marriage; same-sex marriage; Episcopal Church; GLAAD; LGBT equality; LGBT; religious circles; faith communities; discrimination; same-sex couples; transgender rights

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 12/28/2012

America mirrors global godless trend

Secular government isn’t a new thing in America, but it is a concept that has been under attack for decades, says nontheist.

By Roy Speckhardt  |  04:56 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Roy Speckhardt; American Humanist Association; humanist; faith; faith and politics; politics; religiosity; religious; religious liberty; nontheist; humanist; nones; religiously unaffiliated

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 12/28/2012

A new birth: Faith and equality for LGBT youth, families and the nation

Let’s resolve to end overt and subtle violence against LGBT citizens, says gay rights advocate.

By Brent Childers  |  04:30 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brent Childers; Faith and Equality; Faith In Action; LGBT; LGBT youth; lesbian gay bisexual transgender; discrimination

Posted at 02:56 PM ET, 12/28/2012

The rise of a new religious America

In 2012, religious minorities became vocal in a society historically dominated by Protestantism.

By Charles C. Haynes  |  02:56 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charles C. Haynes; religious America; politics; faith; religious America; religious diversity; religious landscape; Protestant; faith; Protestants; Protestantism; religious minority; Pew; Pew Forum; Sikh; Hindu; Buddhist; Jewish

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 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 07:07 PM ET, 12/10/2012

Two continents, one soul

Whether in Africa, United States or elsewhere, living with incurable progressive disease has implications far beyond the physical

By Richard A. Powell  |  07:07 PM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Richard A. Powell; HIV/AIDS; HealthCare Chaplaincy; caregivers; patients; end of life; compassion; care; counseling; faith

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Let’s add science to health-care chaplaincy without losing its art

Doctor says people often feel spiritually abandoned while in the arms of medical care.

By Linda Emanuel  |  03:43 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Lidna Emanuel; HealthCare Chaplaincy; patients; health-care team; religious practices; faith

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 12:23 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Election 2012: ‘Mormon moment’ or a last gasp coalition?

It may be the tipping point for a country that no longer has a white ruling class, says an Episcopal priest.

By Dan Webster  |  12:23 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  faith; politics; election 2012; campaign 2012; President Obama; Dan Webster; white evangelicals; Mormons

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 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 05:38 PM ET, 11/09/2012

Loan forgiveness program and employees in the faith sphere

Journalist explores why clergy and employees at religious nonprofits lost access to loan program.

By Billy Hallowell  |  05:38 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  economy; education; degrees; Billy Hallowell; loan forgiveness; debt; money; ministry; faith; politics

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 06:19 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Election 2012: Sex, lies and videotape

To the writer, the most important theological questions were: Are women fully human or not? Does lying matter and why? Is there one nation, or are there 47 percent of Americans who don’t matter?

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  06:19 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite; faith and politics; war on women; election 2012; campaign 2012; politics; presidential race

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 11/05/2012

‘With Liberty and Justice for ALL’

Md. pastor says the state should not codify discrimination because of who people choose to love.

By Delman Coates  |  01:11 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Question 6; same-sex marriage; Delman Coates; gay marriage; faith; 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 06:03 PM ET, 11/04/2012

Presidential scorecard by religiously unaffliated yields no ‘clear-cut option’

In a political environment where politicians are compelled to profess their personal religious beliefs, it’s important that we recognize that the population of religiously affiliated is growing at a rapid pace

By Edwina Rogers  |  06:03 PM ET, 11/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Secular Coalition of America; faith and politics; presidential scorecard; faith and politics; election; campaign

Posted at 05:05 PM ET, 11/04/2012

‘Nuns on the bus’ leader: Power to the people - below the poverty line

Want to win this election? Recruit the vote of 46 million Americans, says Sister Simone Campbell.

By Simone Campbell  |  05:05 PM ET, 11/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sister Simone Campbell; Nuns on the Bus, Ryan budget; poverty; poverty line; NETWORK; faith and politics; campaign 2012; election 2012

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 11/04/2012

Not fasting and praying for a Romney win: A Mormon LGBT ally speaks

Instead of observing Fast Sunday, writer prays with group concerned about the LGBTQ community.

By Catherine Jeppsen  |  04:03 PM ET, 11/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mormons; LDS Church; Mitt Romney; LGBT: LGBTQ; Circling the Wagon conference; Catherine Jeppsen; same-sex marriage; politics; faith and politics

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 11/02/2012

Roger Williams goes Baptist on legendary evangelist Billy Graham

Writer wonders how Baptist preacher who advocated against religious tyranny would feel about the longtime evangelist.

By Becky Garrison  |  04:51 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  faith and politics; Billy Graham; Mitt Romney; politics; faith; Roger Williams; Becky Garrison

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 10/29/2012

I am the rape exception

Writer is grateful Senate candidate Mourdock was “voice for the voiceless unborn children of rape.”

By Glenn W. Perdue  |  05:07 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mourdock; abortion; rape pregnancy; faith; unborn child; politics; adoption

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 10/29/2012

‘Frankenstorm’: Why climate change will not be denied in this election

The “sin” of refusing to see effects of violent climate change is what should be called “global weirding.”

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  04:44 PM ET, 10/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Frankenstorm; Hurricane Sandy; Monster Storm; Perfect Storm; climate change; presidential debates; politics; faith and politics; global warming; Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 10/27/2012

Commemorating International Religious Freedom Day

Religious freedom is a pivotal human right. For humanitarian purposes alone, it must be defended.

By Katrina Lantos Swett  |  01:37 PM ET, 10/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  International Religious Freedom Day; USCIRF; human right; religious minorities; Secretary of State; politics; faith and politics

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 10/25/2012

What is the Jewish vote? And who’s earned it to win the White House?

Symposium at Georgetown explored how they may cast their ballots in the incoming election.

By Jacques Berlinerblau  |  02:48 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  election 2012; campaign 2012; politics; faith and values; faith and politics; Jewish voters; Jewish vote; Romney; Obama; Program for Jewish Civilization

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 10/24/2012

Pregnancy from rape is not ‘God’s will’

Mourdock’s comments contribute to the hurt and self-blaming of women and girls who have already been violated, says a theologian.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  11:29 AM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sin; crime; rape; pregancy by rape; Richard Mourdock; faith and politics; Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 10/17/2012

Obama flays the religion card

Romney does a little God talk, but Obama doesn’t return holy fire.

By Jacques Berlinerblau  |  11:24 AM ET, 10/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  second presidential debate; politics; faith and values; Romney; Obama; Jacques Berlinerblau; Candy Crowley; election 2012; camapign 2012

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 10/12/2012

The smirk heard ‘round the world

The only vice-presidential debate provides an eye-opening look into the Obama administration.

By Jordan Sekulow, Matthew Clark and Anna Sekulow  |  05:04 PM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  vice-presidential debate; Ryan; Biden; Jordan Sekulow; Anna Sekulow; Matthew Clark; faith and politics

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 10/12/2012

Catholicism, American style

Professor reflects on witnessing two deeply Catholic politicians who are basically very much alike.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  |  02:21 PM ET, 10/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  vice-presidential debate; Catholic candidates; Biden; Ryan; abortion; faith and politics; politics; campaign 2012; election 2012

Posted at 07:04 PM ET, 10/09/2012

Our collective (short-term) memory

Rabbi David Wolpe reflects in verse about the body politic, campaigns and news cycles.

By David Wolpe  |  07:04 PM ET, 10/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  faith and politics; Sunday talk shows; Rabbi David Wolpe; Rabbi Wolpe; presidential debates

Posted at 11:04 PM ET, 10/03/2012

Calif. bans ‘praying away the gay’ or reparative therapies for minors

It’s a step hailed by gay rights groups across the country.

By Becky Garrison  |  11:04 PM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ex-gay therapies; ex-gay; reparative therapy; faith-based; Becky Garrison;

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 10/02/2012

Listening is a form of faith

Author offers a guide on how to listen to life and live more fully.

By Mark Nepo  |  05:21 PM ET, 10/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mark Nepo; listening; prayer; faith; Paul Tillich

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 01:18 AM ET, 09/06/2012

Democrats’ theology of togetherness

Perhaps the convention will be remembered as the moment a liberal theological worldview roared.

By Jacques Berlinerblau  |  01:18 AM ET, 09/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Democratic National Convention; DNClive; faith and values; Sister Simone Campbell; Jacques Berlinerblau

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 04:07 PM ET, 09/01/2012

Taking America back to greatness

Main focus of the RNC was on employment, but it also touched on restoring the nation’s greatness.

By Jordan Sekulow  |  04:07 PM ET, 09/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Republican National Convention; Mitt Romney; Paul Ryan; Jordan Sekulow; faith and values; Religious Right Now

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 08/31/2012

Romney’s play-it-safe speech

Those who thought he was going to “own” his Mormonism during his speech were disappointed.

By Jacques Berlinerblau  |  10:54 AM ET, 08/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  RNClive; Romney RNC speech; Mormons; Church of Jeuss Christ of Latter-day Saints; Mormonism; faith and values; Republican National Convention

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 11:15 AM ET, 07/11/2012

Is Mormonism an experience?

There is a great disconnect between how Latter-day Saints see themselves and then how the world perceives them.

By Stephen Mansfield  |  11:15 AM ET, 07/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  mormonism, mormons, faith, politics

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 05/30/2012

How to tell if you’re an atheist

Might many self-avowed Christians actually be atheists in spite of the fact that they don’t see themselves that way?

By Daniel Dennett  |  01:59 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  atheism, daniel dennett, doubt, faith

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 02:18 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 12:56 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Gingrich: Obama ‘crushes’ Christianity; appeases radical Islam

“Appeasing radical Islam whole while crushing Christianity and Judaism strikes me as exactly what’s wrong in America today,” Gingrich said at a campaign event.

By Georgetown/ On Faith  |  12:56 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  quote of the day, faith 2012, newt gingrich, islam, obama, christianity

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Why Richard Dawkins is still an atheist

Hyperbolic headlines to the contrary, he is not finding faith. Dawkins simply recognizes that it is impossible to prove the non-existence of God.

By Paula Kirby  |  11:28 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  richard dawkins, atheism, faith

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 07:56 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Holy Super Bowl!

When she mused that the Super Bowl was like the ‘holy of holies in America,’ the halftime show star had a point.

By Jacques Berlinerblau  |  07:56 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Super Bowl, Faith, Georgetown on Faith

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 02/04/2012

Not pretty in pink: Komen has a trust gap

From its suspicious apology in the Planned Parenthood flap to allegations of selling pink handguns, a once-strong advocate for women’s health is losing supporter faith.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  05:33 PM ET, 02/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Komen, planned parenthood, faith