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Letting Go of God: How 12-Step Programs Are Losing Their Religion

god-12-steps-aa[1]None of this would surprise James Christopher, who got sober in AA in 1978, then broke from the pack in 1986 to found Secular Organizations for Sobriety (SOS). [Read more]

#WhyILeft Fundamentalism, Pts. 1-4

After a discussion with one of my writing mentors, I read the Harry Potter books and later wrote a defense of them as being almost Christian fantasy. [Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4]

Where the %@#$ was God?

10922431_915017658538469_4486130220011988801_n[1]The same day that I read about God saving this abandoned child I came across another story of a stranger finding a child in need. [Read more]

The Religious Politics of Abortion Are More Nuanced Than We Think

Abortion politics are never very far beneath the surface in American life, but every year around the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision, handed down Jan. 22, 1973, they take center stage. [Read more]

A Shocking Twist in the Old Story of Lying for Jesus

boywhocamebackfromheaven_cover[1]The second a Christian gets converted, the impulse is often to share the story of that conversion with the whole wide world and everybody in it who’ll stand still long enough to listen to the tale. [Read more]

The State of The Union: An Evangelical Reflection

As an American, I value the separation of Church and State established by our founding fathers. [Read more]

Why the Muslim ‘No-Go-Zone’ Myth Won’t Die

lead[1]There’s no evidence of extremist takeover of areas in Europe or the United States. So why do the claims continue? [Read more]

Meet the Honor Brigade, an Organized Campaign to Silence Debate on Islam

“You have shamed the community,” a fellow Muslim in Morgantown, W.Va., said to me as we sat in a Panera Bread in 2004. “Stop writing.” [Read more]

NewSpring Megachurch Pastor Draws Criticism from State Baptist President

B9315943256Z.1_20150120180854_000_G0B9NUHJV.1-0[1][Rev. Tommy] Perry wrote in his own blog that he had misunderstood what he had been told by a teacher in Israel and that there is a Hebrew word for “commandment” and apologized for his error. [Read more]

The Pope Francis Revolution: Inside the Catastrophic Collapse of the Catholic Right

Once a major political force with the power to derail presidential campaigns, right-wing Catholicism is dwindling. [Read more]

Public Schools, Religion Clash in Seattle Federal Court

5as-Student_Preacher.transfer[1]Cascade High School senior Michael Leal spent an hour in court while lawyers argued over his right to distribute religious literature at school. [Read more]

Europe Can’t Afford to Restart Wars of Religion

Many Muslim schoolchildren on France reportedly refused to observe the minute-long silent observance for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attacks mandated by French authorities. [Read more]

I Never Knew How Differently France and America Value Religion

RTR4M62M[1]A law was being advanced to forbid students at public schools from displaying any religious symbols — no headscarves for Muslim girls, no yarmulkes for Jewish boys. [Read more]

More Bad News for Hambo’s Ark Park

In the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky (not far from ol’ Hambo’s Creation Museum) we read Report lowers Ark Park attendance projections. [Read more]

Are Corporations Able to Claim Religious Exemptions Under State Proposal?

As a proposed religious liberty bill begins to pick up steam in the new legislative session, so, too, does the controversy over just what the measure does. [Read more]

The Religious Politics of Abortion Are More Nuanced Than We Think

Abortion politics are never very far beneath the surface in American life, but every year around the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision, they take center stage. [Read more]

‘VICE’ Has a Grim Prediction for Religion in 2015

A recent article by Martin Robbins posted on VICE paints a dark future for religion, bringing up the past year’s events to strengthen his negativity. [Read more]

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