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Guest Voices: November, 2012

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 11/26/2012

The return of pharaoh? The ‘power grab’ by Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi

Let us hope a nonviolent way can be found for the president, in a new Egypt, says a Chicago theologian.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  12:18 PM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The return of pharaoh? The ‘power grab’ by Egypt’s Mohamed Morsi; Morsi; Egypt’s president; Mohamed Morsi; Mohammed Morsi; Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi; Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite;

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 11/23/2012

Islamic new year must be one in which Muslims promote peace and unity

Turkish commentartor hopes for more understanding and cooperation this year.

By Aylin Kocaman  |  01:32 PM ET, 11/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aylin Kocaman; Islamic new year; Islamic New Year; Hijri; Turkey; holiday; radical Islam; radicals; bigots; bigotry; Islam; Islamic; Muslims; A9 TV Istanbul/Turkey; Building Bridges; WTPNetwork;

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 11/22/2012

Happy Thanksgiving from Israel

American ex-pat is thankful for cease-fire.

By Daniela Deane  |  02:51 PM ET, 11/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 11/21/2012

Thanks and giving: Why Wal-Mart “Black Friday” strikes are important

Being able to rest from your labors and give thanks with loved ones is crucial in this treadmill economy.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  01:03 PM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Retail; retailer; economy; economics; sale; sales; discount; discounts; Wal-Mart; Wal-Mart workers; Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite; Occupy the Bible; Thanksgiving; holiday; retail; stores; shopping; family; holiday; holidays; worker; working; rest; respect; families

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 11/21/2012

Waiting for peace

A cease-fire feels like it’s the last thing on anybody’s mind, says a Jerusalem-based writer.

By Daniela Deane  |  12:41 PM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel; Israel news; Israel map; Israel iran; nation of Israel; Jerusalem Israel; Israel gaza; Israel hamas; Israel Palestine; Israel Palestine conflict; Israel national news; iran and Israel; Palestine Israel conflict; rocket strikes; airstrikes; Daniela Deane; Palestinian intifada

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 11/21/2012

An ode to Twinkies

There used to be a time everyone knew three things were forever: God, America, and Twinkies.

By David Mason  |  11:12 AM ET, 11/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  twinkie; twinkies; hostess bankruptcy; hostess liquidation; hostess twinkie; twinkie obituary; wonder bread; hohos; junk food; twinkie hoarding; icon; iconic junk food; ho ho; sno ball; ding dong; David Mason; God; America

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 11/19/2012

Grab a smartphone or mobile tablet, celebrate National Day of the Bible

Mobile app is transforming the way the world is engaging in the Bible, says creator and pastor.

By Bobby Gruenewald  |  12:55 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mobile tablet; smartphone; LifeChurch.tv; National Day of the Bible; Bobby Gruenewald; National Bible Week; Thanksgiving; holiday; Thanksgiving week; Bible city; Chicago;

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 11:41 AM ET, 11/19/2012

U-Va. sociology professor: Parenting in red, blue and purple America

Cultural divides so evident in the political arena also extend to the family arena, says U-Va’s National Marriage Project director.

By W. Bradford Wilcox  |  11:41 AM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  W. Bradford Wilcox; National Marriage Project; University of Virginia; religious divide; family arena; presidential election; election 2012; campaign 2012; President Obama; Mitt Romney; religious conservatives; secular progressives

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 11/19/2012

Jerusalem resident on watching TV: ‘I can barely do anything else’

Writer’s concern for husband’s safety in Gaza prompts vigil next to television and mobile devices.

By Daniela Deane  |  11:07 AM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Daniela Deane; Gaza; Israel; Jerusalem; airstrikes; Palestinians; Hamas; Israel Palestine conflict; nation of Israel

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 11/15/2012

Romney, Obama and the elephants in the room

College administrator reflects on diametrically opposed worldviews and their manifestation in cultures.

By Jerry Pattengale  |  04:27 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jerry Pattengale; politics; Mideast; Middle East; Romney; Obama

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 01:44 PM ET, 11/15/2012

The ‘stupid party’

It will not be easy to get the current crop of Republican leaders to openly embrace science, says Secular Coalition for America president.

By Herb Silverman  |  01:44 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bobby Jindal; stupid party; Republican Party; Republicans; GOP; anti-intellectualism; Governor Bobby Jindal; Governor Jindal; election 2012; campaign 2012; Secular Coalition for America; Herb Silverman; evolution; creationism

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 05:56 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Should President Obama reach out to the Catholic bishops?

It would be a mistake to count out an institution that has been around for 2,000 years, says a Georgetown scholar.

By Thomas J. Reese  |  05:56 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  USCCB; Catholic bishops; statement on economy; financial crisis; United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; President Obama

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Mitt, Mormons, and the religious test that wasn’t

Romney’s candidacy moved the U.S. closer to the First Amendment promise of full religious freedom, says senior scholar at the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center.

By Charles C. Haynes  |  05:08 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Mormon Church; Mitt Romney; LDS Church; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Mormon Moment; Charles C. Haynes

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 11/13/2012

Rabbi in Canada on his mother’s unveiling: The undoing of closure

“I had been warned by others that unveilings can reopen old wounds; and that’s what happened to me.”

By Chaim Steinmetz  |  03:16 PM ET, 11/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chaim Steinmetz; Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz; Judaism; family; death; mother; tradition; unveilings

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 06:58 PM ET, 11/09/2012

The wall of healing prayer

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial helped our veterans, but it had an impact on us all, says a retired Navy chaplain.

By Arnold E. Resnicoff  |  06:58 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Vietnam War; Veterans Day; Vietnam Veterans Memorial; The Wall; Arnold E. Resnicoff; Arnie Resnicoff; Jan Scruggs; soldiers; vets; Navy chaplain;

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 04:30 PM ET, 11/09/2012

Crossing the cultural divide between Arabs and Jews through food and film

Film festival founder and activist reflects on cherishing and rejoicing in the riches of different cultures.

By Carole Zabar  |  04:30 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Carole Zabar; Other Israel Film Festival; Arab hospitality; Israel; Zionism; Arab; Jewish

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 11/09/2012

Why not polygamy?

If you add the religious freedom claims of Muslims, fundamentalist Mormons and others, the case for polygamy seems especially ripe --whether we like it or not.

By John Witte Jr.  |  03:06 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  monogamy; polygamy; families; humans; husband and wife; John Witte Jr.;

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 12:57 PM ET, 11/09/2012

A conversation with OIC secretary general about Egypt and Islam

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu discusses relations between Christians and Muslims and Muslim monuments.

By H.A. Hellyer  |  12:57 PM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 11/08/2012

Does God hear our cries?

In wake of deadly storms, Bible teacher Anne Graham Lotz says yes, but our cry must be directed to Him.

By Anne Graham Lotz  |  05:52 PM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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 04:44 PM ET, 11/07/2012

Anti-Muhammad movie protests and Arab Spring uprisings: Comparing apples to oranges

As Mideast regimes grapple with more urgent issues, rulers may not yet see free speech as a priority.

By Jocelyne Cesari  |  04:44 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Islam; Arab Spring; Muslims; Jocelyne Cesari; Berkley Center

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 07:11 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Why we are voting for President Obama: Nine Mormon women speak

Immigration, health care and foreign policy are among reasons they want to re-elect Obama.

By Joanna Brooks  |  07:11 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  election 2012; campaign 2012; Joanna Brooks; Mitt Romney; President Obama

Posted at 06:47 PM ET, 11/05/2012

No single way to sum up President Obama’s relationship to Israel

When we evaluate how friendly or hostile Obama has been to Israel, we must challenge ourselves to find merit in opposing views and uncover the subtleties that complete our examination.

By Mia Appelbaum  |  06:47 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Israel; Zionism; Jewish electorate; voters; presidential election; President Obama; Mia Appelbaum

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 04:39 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Is spiritual care a reform that spans the health-care divide?

As Election Day looms health care remains one of the most contentious issues dividing voters.

By Tony Lobl  |  04:39 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  spirituality; health care; Tony Lobl; Christian Science

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 11/05/2012

Nontheists respond to Hurricane Sandy

After the storm, Americans of all religious backgrounds, and none, helped with disaster relief.

By Lauren Anderson Youngblood  |  03:05 PM ET, 11/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hurricane Sandy; super storm Sandy; monster storm Sandy; nontheists; nonbelievers; disaster relief

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 06:43 PM ET, 11/02/2012

Faith community is integral to the healthy masculinity movement

Faith organizations are vital spaces for developing boys and men, giving them space to be their more authentic selves.

By Jared Watkins  |  06:43 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 11/02/2012

My mom’s gay wedding

Author wishes she were alive to witness the developments around the gay marriage ballot initiatives.

By Robert V. Taylor  |  05:38 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  same-sex marriage; Maryland; Washington; Maine; gay marriage; Robert V. Taylor

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 06:41 PM ET, 11/01/2012

‘Let them eat canned goods’: Romney’s clueless storm response

The writer says the Republican presidential nominee displayed a pile of goods and no effective relief.

By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite  |  06:41 PM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite; canned goods; Hurricane Sandy; super storm; super-storm; Romney; 2012 election; 2012 campaign; disaster relief

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 11/01/2012

Consciousness without brain

What enables it? What about when someone is in a coma (no brain function)?

By Roger Whiteway  |  06:14 PM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bible, healing, news, personal note, prayer; Eben Alexander; coma

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Hurricane Sandy, cancer and hope for recovery

We must not forget the millions of women battling another storm of massive destructive power.

By Anna Sekulow  |  05:33 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hurricane Sandy; Halloween; storm; cancer; brest cancer; Breast Cancer Awareness Month; Anna Sekulow; American Center for Law and Justice

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Unnatural disasters

Amid political storm season, events demonstrate the human capacity to harm each other.

By Nancy Wilson and Yvette Flunder  |  04:30 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Hurricane Sandy; God's judgment; gays; marriage equality laws; Nancy Wilson; Yvette Flunder; Metropolitan Community Churches; Fellowship of Affirming Ministries

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 10/31/2012

In East Texas, does cheering for God erase church-state line?

If the cheerleaders prevail, their victory could open the door for more student religious expression at school-sponsored events.

By Charles C. Haynes  |  02:38 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  religious freedom; free speech; Kountz Texas; Bible banners; cheerleaders; Texas football case; Charles C. Haynes

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Immigration Reform: Hispanic values voters and the agenda of the Lamb

Ultimately, Obama and Romney will need to seek compromise as they lead on this issue.

By Samuel Rodriguez and Robert Gittelson  |  02:12 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  All We Can Eat, Markets This Week | Tags:  Immigration reform, Hispanic voters, values voters, evangelicals, evangelical Christians, immigration system, Samuel Rodriguez, Robert Gittelson, Conservatives for Comprehensive, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, politics, election 2012, campaign 2012

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 11:20 AM ET, 10/31/2012

Putting the meaning in ‘weening

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s scholar-in-residence hopes any visiting ghosts and ghouls do something beyond the usual trick or treat.

By Erica Brown  |  11:20 AM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Halloween; holiday; trick or treat; Erica Brown; Judaism; All Hallow's Eve; All Saints Day; Reformation Day; pagan; Purim; Sukkot

 

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