Archive: September 30, 2007 - October 6, 2007
Eboo Patel: May we always have poets to reveal our prejudices, and turn them absurd.
By Eboo Patel | October 6, 2007; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (14)
Given that McCain, no doubt, is a decent and moral person his uneasiness about his fellow citizens because they are Muslim is frightening.
By Irwin Kula | October 5, 2007; 5:45 PM ET | Comments (37)
It may have been a politically incorrect statement; however, I do believe it reflects the sentiment of the majority of our citizens.
By Samuel Rodriguez | October 5, 2007; 4:41 PM ET | Comments (21)
At issue is not the religious preference of the voter, but the religious practice of the candidate.
By Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo | October 5, 2007; 3:06 PM ET | Comments (213)
The U.S. may be a Christian nation sociologically, but not constitutionally.
By J. Brent Walker | October 5, 2007; 1:11 PM ET | Comments (45)
Must we go through this every time this country becomes more religiously pluralistic?
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | October 4, 2007; 1:26 PM ET | Comments (126)
Observation 1.....“Only in America,” as “Carolina Israelite” Harry Golden used to say. In our country more than anywhere else on earth or in human history, one’s background may not be one’s foreground. We're tolerant of jumping one ship for...
By Willis E. Elliott | October 4, 2007; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (14)
I don’t care what religion they profess but I do care about what public policies and programs they support.
By Thomas J. Reese, S.J. | October 4, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (17)
Mr. Bush, Jesus, your favorite philosopher, expressed concern for the tiniest sparrow. How will that sentiment shape your environmental policies?
By Randall Balmer | October 3, 2007; 2:44 PM ET | Comments (33)
Senator McCain’s comments on his litmus test of religion as a qualification to be president of the United States are simply outrageous.
By Welton Gaddy | October 3, 2007; 7:10 AM ET | Comments (99)
(This is an edited transcript of a talk given at the Atheist Alliance conference in Washington D.C. on September 28th, 2007) To begin, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge just how strange it is that a meeting like...
By Sam Harris | October 2, 2007; 12:34 PM ET | Comments (2416)
It is easy for religious faith, even if it is irrational in itself, to lead a sane and decent person, by rational, logical steps, to do terrible things.
By Richard Dawkins | October 2, 2007; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (1552)
Eboo Patel: Sitcom-writers are singing this most American song: When we treat our neighbors and guests of a different faith as strangers, we become the aliens in America.
By Eboo Patel | October 2, 2007; 9:02 AM ET | Comments (209)
His approach doesn’t add up, given the good people I know who find in faith a beautiful, intellectual, satisfying, and giving life.
By Donna Freitas | October 2, 2007; 8:58 AM ET | Comments (48)
Certainly, one can appreciate that Chris has made known the fitting targets of his moral indignation: Mother Theresa but not Vice President Cheney. Perhaps for Chris, the former is the threat to the world; the latter, only to duck hunters.
By Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo | October 2, 2007; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (66)
Mr. Hitchens shares with other fundamentalists a blindness to shades of gray.
By Randall Balmer | October 2, 2007; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (148)
1922 came to my mind, Hitch, when I read this of yours: "Religion is violent, irrational, intolerant, allied to racism and tribalism and bigotry, invested in ignorance and hostile to free inquiry, contemptuous of women and coercive toward children."...
By Willis E. Elliott | October 2, 2007; 5:15 AM ET | Comments (16)
I have zero belief in god, gods, goddesses, or any other manner of supernatural spirits....My conviction that this life is all I have, however, is precisely why I don't want to spend my days focused on the worst in religion. I prefer seeking the best in each of us. I am not an antitheist, and not simply an atheist, but a Humanist.
By Greg M. Epstein | October 1, 2007; 9:10 AM ET | Comments (106)
This collection of faults is surely untrue of religion as a whole, even though some of these traits may be true of certain religions.
By Adin Steinsaltz | October 1, 2007; 8:24 AM ET | Comments (17)
Hitchens is in error if he believes the world will be a better place if the quest for God disappears - because it isn't going to disappear or diminish. What is happening, and will continue, is that the search will take new paths and an increasing variety of forms.
By James Anderson | October 1, 2007; 7:18 AM ET | Comments (17)
Mr. Hitchens is wrong because of the innumerable exceptions to what he would have as a universal rule that religion is unhealthy for humanity.
By Jim Cooper | October 1, 2007; 5:02 AM ET | Comments (31)
I can’t speak for people of all other faiths, but millions of Christians who practice their religion know from personal daily experience that they are better people because of it.
By Michael Otterson | September 30, 2007; 7:45 AM ET | Comments (256)
Why can Hitchens not acknowledge the positive contribution of religious persons? Could it be because his reading of religion is a narrow and distorted one?
By Chester Gillis | September 30, 2007; 6:01 AM ET | Comments (139)