Dancing on the grave of the enemy--a human impulse, perhaps, but not one that we want to encourage if our spirituality is rooted in interconnection and compassion. Death is one aspect of the Goddess, but death in service of the regeneration of life.
By Starhawk | May 4, 2011; 06:59 PM ET | Comments (1)
There are alternatives to CAIR and Congressman King is providing them a platform.
By Jordan Sekulow | March 7, 2011; 06:34 PM ET | Comments (65)
It is true that an unplanned pregnancy can be an embarrassment, create a severe financial strain, and cause parents (especially the mother) to drop out of school early. That does not justify, under any normal legal analysis, the taking of a life. We do not take it as a justification for homicide, for instance, if an elderly parent strains the finances or psychological balance of a household. In no situation other than abortion does an individual or group of individuals have a right to kill based upon status alone.
By Ronald Rychlak | March 3, 2011; 03:45 PM ET | Comments (5)
The greatest threat to Planned Parenthood is medical technology, not pro-life organizations, legislators, or religious views.
By Jordan Sekulow | March 1, 2011; 06:20 PM ET | Comments (11)
as both the President and members of Congress look for savings within the budget, Hindu American Seva Charities, along with many other faiths, such as Catholic Charities and members of Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs, believes the impact of future reductions to the most vulnerable should be minimized.....With great challenges comes the opportunity for reinvention....now is the time to work together to create a new national approach to service delivery models that is market driven, results oriented and locally controlled
By Anju Bhargava | February 18, 2011; 11:45 PM ET | Comments (0)
Family planning mitigates the need for abortion. Is this really a way to treat human life as sacred?
By Debra W. Haffner | February 16, 2011; 02:23 PM ET | Comments (41)
The question that each and every one of us should ask about faith during an election season is: Does this candidate have a strong commitment to protecting religious freedom in this country? If the answer is yes, the faith or belief system of that candidate is not important.
By Welton Gaddy | February 9, 2011; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (335)
It is my prayer that this complex, at times difficult, relationship between fervent faith and democratic openness can be preserved in Egypt.
By Serene Jones | February 1, 2011; 06:02 PM ET | Comments (9)
Radio talk hosts are wasting their breath and our time in challenging the notion that hateful words spawn hateful action. We know that "hateful words" induce conflict.
By Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo | January 11, 2011; 03:22 PM ET | Comments (5)
New research suggests that the end of the so-called "Christmas wars"--battles over how exclusively Christian public greetings or holiday displays should be--may come from a surprising place: Aunt Susan.
By Robert P. Jones | December 21, 2010; 03:43 PM ET | Comments (5)
A lifetime of welfare without the expectation and means to rise out of poverty, will doom the underclass to a permanent place at the bottom of society.
By Shmully Hecht | December 21, 2010; 02:50 PM ET | Comments (1)
In a time of massive unemployment, huge deficits and falling income for the middle class and the poor, tax cuts for the wealthy are a form of legalized theft.
By Starhawk | December 13, 2010; 11:29 PM ET | Comments (23)
The fact that the idea of American exceptionalism is alive and well among the general public is not so surprising given its longstanding presence in American cultural DNA. But the current dominance of the exceptionalism-as-divine-hall-pass should concern those who hold in high esteem Winthrop's conception, which made divine exceptionalism dependent upon the moral behavior of the nation rather than the other way around.
By Robert P. Jones | December 3, 2010; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (6)
Inasmuch as the fight over "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is part of the so-called "culture wars," two hunkered down demographic groups (white evangelicals and Republicans) may be waging what could be called "culture's last stand"--a fight manned by an outnumbered coalition cut off from most other groups in the country in their beliefs on this issue.
By Robert P. Jones | November 30, 2010; 11:07 PM ET | Comments (0)
Accepting that America is exceptional due to God's unmerited favor breeds the virtues of gratitude and humility. A belief that America is the recipient of divine favoritism, on the other hand, breeds arrogance and triumphalism.
By Jonathan Merritt | November 30, 2010; 08:58 PM ET | Comments (15)
The claim to American exceptionalism under God is not exceptional. Throughout history, various empires have claimed to be instruments of God's plan for the world.
By Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo | November 30, 2010; 11:39 AM ET | Comments (4)
I fear that the proponents of American exceptionalism will create a shortcut for American pride.
By Sid Schwarz | November 29, 2010; 03:01 PM ET | Comments (2)
Whatever the president decides to do about his visit to Amristar, let's get back to work on things that matter.
By Jonathan Merritt | November 8, 2010; 04:15 PM ET | Comments (0)
Inauguration Day was highlighted for our family by a visit from Dr. Vincent Harding, the eminent African-American historian, and a member of Martin Luther King Jr's inner circle during the Southern freedom movement. Despite health concerns and the dangerous weather, "Uncle Vincent," as my two young boys call him, traveled across the country to witness this moment of a history in which he had been so deeply involved. As we stood on the mall clutching our inauguration tickets in our mittens, Harding said, "It was a movement that started all this."
By Jim Wallis | November 8, 2010; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)
This is the season of Samhain, of Halloween, the time when Witches say the veils between the worlds are thin and the ancestors come close and whisper in our ears. I'll vote tomorrow, remembering what they spoke to me on Samhain night. I heard them say, "Hope is something that must be eternally renewed."
By Starhawk | November 1, 2010; 07:54 PM ET | Comments (4)
I live in fear for the day when members of various dominant faith groups start voting lock-step with the pronouncements of their spiritual leaders, because true democracy would soon wither and die in such an environment.
By Jason Pitzl-Waters | November 1, 2010; 02:40 PM ET | Comments (12)
You have to wonder. When political ads focus on a college prank pulled by your opponent what else could that money have gone to? When candidates make the case to voters based on the title of an article written by their opponent after a semester abroad in college aren't there more pressing issues they could be talking about?
By Jim Wallis | October 21, 2010; 05:40 PM ET | Comments (3)
While we're on the subject of politics and prayer, allow me to state the obvious: It works both ways. Prayer hasn't always been the province of the political oppressor. It hasn't always been used to protect the interests of the wealthier-than-thou.
By Clark Strand | October 4, 2010; 08:02 PM ET | Comments (1)
Whatever Christine O'Donnell may have dabbled in, it wasn't Witchcraft.
By Starhawk | September 21, 2010; 08:04 PM ET | Comments (18)