Archive: July 27, 2008 - August 2, 2008
Even religious leaders learn that scapegoating the other as "the enemy" is a way to keep the conflict going and maintain a claim to power. This is evident in how the church handled the issue of race and how it is handling the issue of homosexuality.
By James Anderson | August 2, 2008; 9:09 PM ET | Comments (1)
Orthodox Jews especially have started to wrestle with what some say is a growing problem of alcohol abuse in their communities.
By David Waters | August 2, 2008; 5:03 PM ET | Comments (0)
Racism is a horrifying sin against the command to love our neighbor as self. God creates people in His image, so racism is also blasphemy. It is also stupid since it prevents us from benefiting from the great goods that God would bring through other people.
By John Mark Reynolds | August 2, 2008; 11:37 AM ET | Comments (8)
Why does prejudice remain even among people of faith?This question needs to be asked in every generation.
By Gabriel Salguero | August 2, 2008; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (3)
A culture's sacred (that is, its religion) reflects (though it may also critique) the culture's virtues and vices.
By Willis E. Elliott | August 2, 2008; 8:48 AM ET | Comments (7)
Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen and his wife, television journalist Janet Langhart Cohen are of different races, political persuasions and religious backgrounds. Yet they say a 'soulful' connection brought them together....
By Elizabeth Tenety | August 1, 2008; 5:04 PM ET | Comments (0)
How can we encourage interfaith dialogue on public policy issues without predetermined universal principles of adjudication?
By Eboo Patel | August 1, 2008; 2:16 PM ET | Comments (18)
Slavery was wrong. Racial discrimination in education, housing, and economics was wrong. The compliance of the United States government in discriminatory practices was wrong, and an apology is long overdue.
By Susan K. Smith | August 1, 2008; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (92)
Racism won't disappear from religion until religion stops being exclusionary, a profound flaw that modern believers (some of them, at least) struggle to overcome.
By Deepak Chopra | August 1, 2008; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (29)
Apparently, God wanted the variety of people, of religions and traditions. Apparently God is all right with that. The diversity makes the world richer and more interesting.
By Susan K. Smith | August 1, 2008; 8:50 AM ET | Comments (20)
There exists no possible avenue on which human beings can reconcile belief in God with racial prejudice.
By Samuel Rodriguez | August 1, 2008; 7:28 AM ET | Comments (3)
In a political sense, we are getting a glimpse of the McCain default to anger as a response to challenge. In a religious sense, we may be getting a glimpse of McCain's true moral character.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | July 31, 2008; 3:54 PM ET | Comments (1)
Religions of most sorts either helped people invent prejudice or it gave them ammunition for hitting out at 'the other." Most lines in most scrolls, most pages in most holy books gave reasons and inspiration for being prejudiced in all sorts of ways.
By Martin Marty | July 31, 2008; 5:42 AM ET | Comments (8)
The real question, in my view, is why 70 percent of Americans are so sure that they do not harbor racial prejudice. I don't see how any honest American of any race or ethnic group can pretend to be immune to racial bias.
By Susan Jacoby | July 31, 2008; 4:48 AM ET | Comments (71)
Racial prejudice in a person of faith reflects an unexamined conscience. It is finally a failure of relationship to God. There's no other conclusion you can draw.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | July 31, 2008; 3:07 AM ET | Comments (3)
Racial prejudice reflects wonderfully on your religious beliefs....if you are a religious racist! The fact is that one can, and many have, articulated powerful religious systems that posited a divine preference for one race of human being over others.
By Brad Hirschfield | July 31, 2008; 2:17 AM ET | Comments (24)
If we go to Scripture for the answer to that question, we find "If anyone says 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar."
By Cal Thomas | July 30, 2008; 4:04 PM ET | Comments (21)
When people claim to believe in God and still harbor prejudices against people of color and race then the only word that can describe such people is "hypocrites".
By Arun Gandhi | July 30, 2008; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (2)
Soldiers know that they may die in battle, and the armed forces must create an ethos that protects their psyches from the impending danger of the conflict. One aspect of feeling safe is the idea that God approves of your cause and implicitly will take you to Heaven if the worst befalls.
By Deepak Chopra | July 29, 2008; 10:51 AM ET | Comments (38)
Imagine no longer fighting about which side is right, but inviting all those affected to consider the needs of those around them before eating the meal they need to meet their own.
By Brad Hirschfield | July 29, 2008; 9:44 AM ET | Comments (14)
The real issue is that right-wing Christian evangelicals, encouraged by the Bush administration and religious conservatives at the top level of the officer corps, have attempted to push their views on non-Christians (and liberal Christians) within the service academies as well and on military bases.
By Susan Jacoby | July 29, 2008; 9:36 AM ET | Comments (327)
Members of the uniformed services, who are called to put their lives on the line for their country, have the right to seek divine comfort and guidance through prayer
By Michael Otterson | July 29, 2008; 7:47 AM ET | Comments (29)
In today’s armed services, many of the troops are there because they have no other options for employment. That means to me that we as a society have no other option than to see that they receive spiritual care if they need and want it.
By Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | July 28, 2008; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (13)
Saying prayers at meals that are mandatory is an imposition. This would be especially true if the prayers assume a particular view of God, which all prayers seem to do. The ACLU is absolutely correct to make this request.
By John Shelby Spong | July 28, 2008; 8:15 AM ET | Comments (13)
Armies, even when motivated by the best and most justified reasons, are basically still killing machines. Despite all the niceties, armies have the option and, in a deeper way, the purpose to harm and kill.
By Adin Steinsaltz | July 28, 2008; 12:29 AM ET | Comments (13)