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.

Marriage Equality Not Left to States or “Democratic” Popular Vote

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Families come in a variety of packages and marriage is a fluid concept

9 Ways of Raising Issues of Religious Pluralism in the Schools

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Can you recognize individuals’ and groups’ freedom of religion as well as freedom FROM religion?

The Smiling Skeptic: An Excerpt from THE MIRACLE GIRL

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“These things can be explained: the weeping icons, the bleeding statues, the healing of disease, the aberrations of sun and sky and light, the apparitions of Jesus and Mary and Springsteen.” By Andrew Roe

3 Ways to Look at Death Differently

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Fear & close-mindedness are arguably the real tragedy of death, says Franciscan Renaissance Man.

Religious Justifications for Oppression: A Brief U.S. History

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Who has the power to define “the other,” and who has the power and control to define “the self”?

I Don’t Have All the Answers. But I Have a Few

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The universe is full of two things: questions, and rubbish.

Five Children, Their Families and Their Faith

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There’s nothing quite like the open, trusting faith of a child.

God’s Work? The Battle Over Religious Belief in the Office

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The workplace is a key site for religion’s expression and constraint—and the law is playing catch up to public sentiment on its rightful role.

Jim Crow Is Still America’s National Religion … But It Doesn’t Have to Be

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Half a century after the civil rights movement removed most of the legal aspects of the Jim Crow regime the vast majority of religious people in America do not see fit to worship next to people of another race.

My Self-Righteous Inner Accountant

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The things we do echo in other peoples lives, and it adds up.

Seven Myths About Meditation Debunked

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No more excuses. Modern meditation myths quashed!

Ten Reasons I Am Not the Christian I Used to Be

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He thought everything he was taught growing up was true. — I grew up in the Southern Baptist and Missionary Baptist traditions. I was raised in a very conservative religious environment. I thought my father’s musings about organized religion—and its shortcomings—were blasphemous. At the age of 18, I was licensed to preach the Gospel. I […]