Walter Brasch: If the legislatures and other politicians want a Ten Commandments monument in public places, they must first become Jews.
Science and Religion
Science and Religion
Lawrence Wittner: If gun murders simply reflect a turning away from God, though, it’s hard to understand why gun violence is so much more prevalent in the United States than in other economically developed countries.
Sikivu Hutchinson: While black folk are the most religiously devout group in the nation, “God”, it seems, has never had to answer, nor be called to account nor be indicted for black suffering.
Peter Laarman: When black people are slaughtered by white supremacists, we in fact do know something about the mind of the perpetrators. We know that these are people gripped by fear and rage. Fear that their own insecurities and crimes will be found out, and rage against black people for unfailingly bearing silent witness to these same insecurities and crimes.
Shayan Elahi: One of the most celebrated in the lucrative cottage industry of Islamophobia is the Somali born, Dutch import, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who uses the account of her own victimhood to drown with invectives and victimize a minority religion in the U.S.
Tina Dupuy: The hooker with a heart of gold is a lie. No one propagates how coalminers with black lung still love coal. But we feel better thinking prostitutes have so much love to give that it’s a full-time occupation. In every sense it’s a fucking job.
Peter Laarman: The Christian moderates who are now awakening to looming climate catastrophe are also, in many cases, awakening to the virulently antisocial nature of advanced finance capitalism
Walter Moss: Throughout history religious believers have sometimes become like latter day ideologues in their dogmatic rigidity, in their insistence on possessing “the truth,” in their lack of humility, and in their willingness to even kill those who think differently.
Rosemary Jenkins: Among the more progressive Muslim women, there has arisen a need to explore their religion beyond the traditional means, to ask questions, enjoy active participation, and develop a greater female identity and camaraderie.
Claude Fischer: Religious Americans are not less knowledgeable about or supportive of science generally, “but may choose to interpret events in a religious light.”
Grace Aaron: It’s a shame that people who write about ‘cults’ don’t reach out to ‘cult’ members more often. It takes a lot of skill to psychoanalyze people without ever talking to them.
Rev. Hannah Petrie: Ever since I was a kid I was drawn to Africa, but it was more than the romantic imagination stoked by watching Out of Africa. There was also an unconscious longing to reconcile the past, which I only became conscious of later in life.
Walter Moss: The charge that the pope is too political is not new and has just intensified in rightwing circles since Rush Limbaugh claimed in 2013 that the pope’s words regarding capitalism were “just pure Marxism.”