Surfing: Embracing the Open Palm of God

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James Robbie writes about the joys of surfing and the greater force behind the powerful waves.

Hands

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A lesson in perception, from an unexpected source.

If Jesus Returned to the People Again

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… only atheists would believe in him.

In-Between “Racialized” Category of European-Heritage Jews

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Warren Blumenfeld explains why race is a continuum — not a simple line with “white” on one side and “people of color” on the oth

Why I Would Never Circumcise My Son

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As a feminist, I believe in consent and autonomy for all bodies — not just women’s bodies.

Religious Freedom and Sexual Discrimination

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Australia has an apparent conflict between religious freedom and sexual anti-discrimination legislation.

Patriarchy, Religion, & Policing the Body

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When patriarchal structures converge with religious systems, female oppression and oppression of those who transgress gender binaries and boundaries became inevitable. Warren Blumenfield shows us how.

Comment of the Day: “As a Mormon, I can tell you we’ve been targeted. I also know it’s not the same.”

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This Comment of the Day is from Clark Larsen, on the post Religious Discrimination & Bullying

What If You Had No Tomorrow?

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Ty Phillips confronts the ultimate question.

Religious Discrimination & Bullying

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Warren J Blumenfield looks closely at the recent events of Jon Ritzheimer’s hateful anti-Islamic behaviors and calls us to action.

From Atheism to a Kind of Faith

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Ty Phillips shares a short tale of finding grace.

People Polished the Stone of the Irish Emerald Isle

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Same-sex marriage approved for the Republic of Ireland!

How I Lost My Religion And Found My Father

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How moving away from a divine father allowed James Ranson to truly connect with his human father.

Cartoons of Free Speech or Hate? Redux

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Warren Blumenfeld’s second in a series of commentaries on the American Freedom Defense Initiative and its “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest” held recently in Garland, Texas.

Cartoons of Free Speech or Hate?

In this Sept. 11, 2012 photo, anti-Islamic blogger Pamela Geller, speaks at a conference she organized entitled; ìStop Islamization of America,î in New York. An advertising campaign initiated by Gellerís group, ìThe American Freedom Defense Initiative,î will have its ads that equate foes of Israel with ìsavagesî appearing in 10 New York City subway stations after a federal judge ordered the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to put them up. (AP Photo/David Karp)

Pam Geller, Geert Wilders, and the caricature as an act of hate and bullying ––– Within two of the most prominent monotheistic religions in the world, Judaism and Islam, tradition dictates it blasphemous and highly insulting for any person to physically depict their G*d in Judaism, and the Prophet Muhammad in Islam, even positively or […]

Bigger Than Jesus: The Gospel Of U2, Leonard Cohen, And Sufjan Stevens

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Robert Burke Warren goes deep into his own story to talk about the persistence of God in pop, and how and why non-believers and doubting Thomases still go for it.