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.

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.

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.

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.

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