Science and Religion

Science and Religion

8 Yr Old Christian School Girl Not Feminine Enough

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Randall Shelden: A recent report tells us that an 8-year-old girl with a straight-A average in Virginia was deemed not “feminine” enough by her Christian school.

The Real Threat Is Still on the Theocratic Side

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Peter Laarman: The one and only arena in which government must always give way in order to guarantee free exercise is in the internal and liturgical aspects of religious life.

The Final Word on Fred Phelps

Fred Phelps Died

Larry Wines: Unfortunately, Fred’s ideas have not died with him, but live on, not just among the members of Westboro Baptist Church, but among the many communities and small minds that refuse to recognize the equality and humanity of our brothers and sisters on this small planet we share.

The Choices My Mother Must Face

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Steve Hochstadt: If she could take a pill and pass away, would she? I don’t know and won’t ask. Probably not, because she has always let others make the big decisions for her. So she’s waiting for natural processes to run their course.

Giving Religious Persecution a Bad Name

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Religious Right Persecution Complex: Of all the hardships we are subjected to, does having to make a cake for a lesbian wedding register?

Atheists Support L.A. Pastor Who Faces “Tribunal” for LGBT Advocacy

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Black Homophobia Myth: After publishing “The 10 Reasons I Love LGBTQ folk” , Pickens came under fire from church officials.

Katy Perry’s Blasphemous Act of Free Speech

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Katy Perry Free Speech: Perry had egregiously violated the most revered edict of Sharia blasphemy restriction laws — killing Allah.

Vatican Still Protecting Pedophiles

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Anthea Butler: Pope Francis may believe he delivered a powerful message but his words ring hollow until the Vatican sex abuse scandal is dealt with.

We’re All Born to Deny Reality

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Charles Hayes: Unless we are threatened with imminent annihilation or given a short time to live, we are predisposed to perceive of the future as something open-ended and unlimited, regardless of our age. We are loath to admit our existence is finite.

What If Barack Obama Were a Muslim?!

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Rosemary Jenkins: Can you imagine if Barack Obama were really born in Kenya, how many contributions to this nation he would not have been able to make? Now that is food for thought!

Liberals Have a Great 2013 on Faith-Based Issues

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Faith-Based Issues — Watching Republican presidential candidates race to the political bottom demonstrates the problems facing the GOP.

How The Advocate Got It Wrong Naming Pope Francis Their “Person of the Year”

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The Advocate Pope Francis — The Pope’s statement flying back from Brazil was not a change in Catholic teaching, but in tone.

Pope Francis: Christian Capitalist Criticism

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Walter Moss: “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly home­less person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?” – Pope Francis

Pope Francis, the Bouncer

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Pope Francis on the Poor Like a young Mohammed Ali, he is floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee. And it is working.

The Pope as Political Philosopher

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Lance Simmens: I am certainly not one driven to pore over papal pronouncements, but the compelling analysis of the contemporary social condition is a stark counterbalance to the relative dearth of what passes for analysis either in the media or political arenas.

Atheist Evangelism: ‘Nothing New Under the Sun’

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Claude Fischer: A global effort, perhaps tongue in cheek, landed in the U.S. to provide “Sunday Assemblies” with the music and the community of churches, leaving out the God of churches

Jonestown at 35: Why Did So Many Black Women Die?

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Numerous surveys have touted the decline of American religiosity within the past decade and yet, in an era of black economic depression, the need to be devout or churched-up has not diminished for most African-American women, despite the often patriarchal, heterosexist orientation of the Black Church.

Go, But Watch Out for GOCE

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Larry Wines: We really need to coordinate these things. If GOCE could just hit Typhoon Haiyan, we could consolidate our concerns. And a viral video that would beat the cat-playing-piano on YouTube.

Why Do So Many Americans Believe in Ghosts?

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Claude Fischer: As we approach Halloween, note that most American adults in the 21st Century say that they believe in life after death and in the devil; over one-third say that they believe in the spirits of the dead coming back; about that many also say they believe in haunted houses.

Keep Religious Beliefs Out of State Laws

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Steve Hochstadt: The opponents of same-sex marriage wish to do what our Constitution forbids: have their minority religious beliefs be state law.

Apocalyptic Christian Theology’s Role in Government Shutdown

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Anthea Butler: the Republican Party is a new religious movement: A religion that relies on a Jesus that says affordable health care is wrong, being poor is your own fault, and that anyone who says otherwise doesn’t believe in Freedom, the founders, or the American People.

The Trouble with Those Atheists

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Sikivu Hutchinson: The performance of religious fervor reconfirmed what I’d already known about black women’s organizing—namely, that social justice through faith-based communities was still the foundation for not just activism, but identity, self-affirmation and self-determination.

More Drug Testing Needed

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Steve Hochstadt: Research not only made no difference to the proponents of banning marijuana, they actively prevented any research from happening, just as the NRA has prevented research into the effects of guns on our society.

God Responds to Administration Wish That He Consistently Attend Local Town Board Meetings

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Peter Laarman: I was a little surprised on Friday to find a front-page LA Times piece indicating that the Obama Administration sides with conservative Republicans and the Religious Right in a Supreme Court case involving prayer at local government meetings.

The Zimmerman Acquittal: America’s Racist God

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Anthea Butler: When George Zimmerman told Sean Hannity that it was God’s will that he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, he was diving right into what most good conservative Christians in America think right now.

Southern Fried Christian Sharia

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Tina Dupuy: Nice tactic: Scare people with the specter of Islamic totalitarianism and then pass a bill that would make Pakistan pause.

Standing Against the Religious Right

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Carl Matthes: The fight to advance and protect voting rights, civil rights, women’s rights, women’s health and the right to choose, immigration rights, and lgbt rights, is intensifying.

Jim Bakker’s Supermarket of Doom

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JP Sotille: Jim is willing to spread the word of God, if you are willing to spread his “favorite” soy-nut butter.

Am I a Home for Identities?

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Robert Fuller: We know that our current persona will eventually give way to another. In contrast, the self ages little, perhaps because it partakes of the detached agelessness of the witness.

Who Am I?

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Robert Fuller: A better understanding of selfhood holds the promise of resolving perennial quarrels and putting us all on the same side as we face the challenges in a global future, not least of which will be coming to terms with machines who rival or surpass human intelligence.

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