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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 03:22 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Too much--or too little--Catholic influence in politics?

The platform of the church’s teaching and mission cannot be and must not be that of any political party.

By Frank Pavone  |  03:22 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  religious liberty, birth control, abortion, catholicism

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 05:12 PM ET, 03/26/2012

During the Holocaust, a musical prayer of hope

Since early childhood, music has always been a kind of prayer for 108-year-old Alice Herz-Sommer, the pianist from Prague and the world’s oldest living Holocaust survivor.

By Caroline Stoessinger  |  05:12 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  holocaust, judaism

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Despite cancer, ‘God is good’

Whether I live, and one day become cancer free, or I die, I know without a doubt that God is good, and that does not change based on my circumstances.

By Perrin Thompson  |  03:51 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Holy hoodies: Trayvon Martin, a child of God

Americans of conscience have been coming together to mourn in worship and march wearing the hoodie.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  02:04 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Treyvon Martin, christianity

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 03/26/2012

How Pope Benedict could shape religious freedom in Cuba

The challenge the pontiff faces is how to turn a springtime of faith into a springtime of freedom.

By Teo A. Babun  |  01:22 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  pope benedict xvi, catholic church, cuba, castros, freedom, religious freedom

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Universal health care: A Jewish moral imperative

A universal system of health care is a moral mandate that a society seeking any measure of justice must have.

By Julie Schonfeld  |  11:15 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  healthcare, obama, judaism

Posted at 11:36 PM ET, 03/23/2012

A vision for a secular America

Americans must not avert our eyes from rising theocracy.

By Sean Faircloth  |  11:36 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Blessed are those with a persecution complex?

Being required to honor a contract you have voluntarily entered into is not persecution.

By Paula Kirby  |  04:57 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  christianity, atheism

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Why we’re standing up for religious freedom

The federal government is still telling religious institutions to provide products and services they find objectionable.

By Mary Rose Somarriba  |  10:58 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  religious freedom, contraception, catholic church

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Young atheists come online

From Reddit’s atheism section to the great Church of Google, the Internet has given nonelievers what they never had: a community.

By Hemant Mehta  |  02:59 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  reason rally, atheism, online, religious communities

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 03/22/2012

What atheist groups learned from the Christian Coalition

Could the conservative Christian group have a valuable political lesson for diverse groups of atheists?

By Herb Silverman  |  11:49 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  reason rally, religious freedom, atheism, secularism, christianity

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Saudi’s top sheikh: ‘Necessary to destroy all churches’

How can the highest recognized cleric in Saudi Arabia have completely abandoned such clear and direct commandments in the Koran? 

By Nasim Rehmatullah and Harris Zafar  |  11:20 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  islam, christianity, suadi arabia

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012

‘The Hunger Games’: Spiritual, but not religious

The movie celebrates faith--faith in family, faith in friendship, faith in song, faith in justice.

By Diana Butler Bass  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  the hunger games, movies, morality

Posted at 06:17 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Atheists don’t own reason

New atheists have no business proclaiming themselves the defenders of reason.

By Tom Gilson  |  06:17 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  christianity, reason, atheism, reason rally

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 10:16 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Why are Tibetans burning In Tibet and starving in New York?

Tibetans are burning themselves to death in protest of China’s iron grip on their homeland.

By Matteo Pistono  |  10:16 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  tibet, dalai lama, china, protest, buddhism

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Good news for the rich: New GOP budget vs. Jesus of Nazareth

It is long past time to call out these conservatives on what Jesus of Nazareth actually taught about money and the economy.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  04:10 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 03/20/2012

The great atheist ‘coming out’

Atheist and secularists are ready to take their place in mainstream America.

By Fred Edwords  |  03:00 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  reason rally

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 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 11:32 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Mormon in the Holy Land

The Mormons have built one of the most distinctive -- and beautiful -- complexes in the holy city.

By Daniela Deane  |  11:32 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  life in the holy land

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/19/2012

How President Eisenhower should be remembered

For Holocaust survivors and their families in particular, General Eisenhower holds a hallowed, place in our hearts and emotions.

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft  |  10:30 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eisenhower, holocaust, memorials, judaism

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 10:15 PM ET, 03/16/2012

For Tyler Clementi, ‘hate the sin, love the sinner’ not enough

Immunity can no longer be given to misguided church teaching’s bias and intimidation toward gay and lesbian youth and families.

By Brent Childres  |  10:15 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  tyler clementi, homosexuality, christianity

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Anglicans after Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams

Is there any hope of reconciliation for the church that Rowan Williams tried to keep together?

By Thomas Ferguson  |  04:15 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  archbishop of canterbury, anglican communion

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 03/16/2012

St. Patrick’s Catholic circle of faith

What St. Patrick’s simple genius can teach the church today.

By Timothy Shriver  |  04:09 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  catholicism, catholic church

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 04:39 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Rock Beyond Belief: An atheist victory at Fort Bragg

Army base’s ‘Rock Beyond Belief’ festival is a had-fought victory for atheists.

By Michael L. “Mikey” Weinstein  |  04:39 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  atheist, military, religious freedom

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 03/15/2012

More than a ‘Mormon moment’

The LDS church is more than a pop culture phenomenon.

By Michael Otterson  |  04:12 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 03/13/2012

In SXSW ‘homeless hotspots,’ have we lost our humanity?

In paying the homeless to connect us to the Web, has our society lost our moral compass?

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  10:07 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 10:50 PM ET, 03/11/2012

Is the GOP ready to see women as equal under God?

Can the GOP start to respect women as self-determining, equal American citizens and voters who care about issues like the economy and health care?

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  10:50 PM ET, 03/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  evangelicals, sarah palin, women's rights

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Why Pat Robertson’s pot plan is a (bong) pipe dream

Why legalizing pot will likely INCREASE criminal activity and DRAIN public coffers.

By Joseph A. Califano Jr.  |  04:58 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  marijuana, christianity

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Why claims of conscience matter

Accommodations for religious liberty are often messy, but they are what make America a global haven for the cause of conscience.

By Charles C. Haynes  |  09:52 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  religious freedom, first amendment, bill of rights, conscience

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 03/09/2012

GCB: Good Christian hypocrites

We can all go forth as good Christians, despite our hypocrisy.

By Gayle Trotter  |  09:09 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Tweeting for justice: Why social media is the new face of feminism

Rush Limbaugh didn’t stand a chance when up against social media. Neither do many other unjust bullies.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  04:18 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  rush limbaugh, sandra fluke, social media

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Debunking Kirk Cameron’s Christianity

When it comes to Jesus’ radical embrace of all people, Cameron still has some growing to do.

By Becky Garrison  |  02:35 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  piers morgan, kirk cameron, homosexuality, christianity

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 04:46 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Is religion dying --or reinventing?

The world doesn’t need to get rid of religion. What the world needs is better religion.

By Diana Butler Bass  |  04:46 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 03/07/2012

AIPAC leaves many questions on Iran, Israel

Learning the right lessons from history is never easy.

By David Wolpe  |  01:03 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  iran, israel, aipac, judaism

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 03/07/2012

The redemption of Lindsay Lohan

The spirituality of sobriety rests upon a sincere effort to wish someone well.

By Mathew N. Schmalz  |  12:10 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  lindsay lohan, recovery, alcoholism

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 03/05/2012

Keep Santa, Easter Bunny in their place?

Do the jolly old elf and his furry friend really belong in public schools?

By Linda K. Wertheimer  |  10:15 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  easter, easter bunny, santa, christmas

Posted at 12:11 AM ET, 03/05/2012

Mary Magdalene to Rush Limbaugh: Your apology is too little, too late

The change in the historical perception of Mary Magdalene should remind Rush Limbaugh why he can’t silence women like Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  12:11 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  rush limbaugh, sandra fluke, sexuality, christianity

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Snow in Israel: A heavenly sight

This has been some of the worst winter Israel has had in its history. But it’s not the end of the world. Or is it?

By Daniela Deane  |  12:11 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 02:48 PM ET, 03/01/2012

All about Eve: The Christian roots of the GOP war on women

The Blunt amendment’s defeat is merely a skirmish in what looks to be a protracted struggle for women’s freedom and dignity in this country.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  02:48 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  contraception, women's rights, religious freedom, conscience

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Mahatma Gandhi, Mormon?

Perhaps the greatest irony is that it was Gandhi himself who spoke so eloquently against aggressive proselytizing --an exploitation of the poor.

By Aseem Shukla  |  12:43 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:37 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Blessed are they who mourn?

Most of us hold several views that contradict official Roman Catholic teaching. Could any of us be the next Barbara Johnson?

By Marianne Duddy Burke  |  04:37 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  catholic church, gay rights

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Let’s have a baby?

The latest news on the family front is bleak. Truth remains: Cohabitation is a mirage, not a marriage.

By Mark Driscoll  |  01:55 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

 

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