Rajan Zed




Stories by Rajan Zed

Attempts at monopolizing God can be hazardous

Former Arkansas governor and 2012 presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee found himself in hot water this week after he called Islam … Continued

Tendency to distrust the unknown

With former Utah governor Jon Huntsman and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney both believed to be gearing up for a … Continued

Religion is far beyond politics

Mike Huckabee, the conservative former Arkansas governor, this weekend said that he is concerned about Islam’s role in Egypt’s future. … Continued

Does God keep exclusive agents?

In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have … Continued

Take the path of selfless service

After Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric. Many singled out Sarah Palin’s … Continued

Selective highlighting of scriptures has gone viral

2011 began with some bleak news for Muslim-Christian relations around the world.Recent attacks against churches in Iraq, Nigeria and Egypt … Continued

Thank you Julia Roberts for keeping us Hindus in the loop

As voted by the Religion Newswriters Association’s members, among the year’s most consequential religion newsmakers were Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, … Continued

Hindu leader receives warm hugs on Christmas

“Keep Christ in Christmas!” is the familiar refrain of Christians who fear the secularization of the holy day celebrating the … Continued

Universal sympathy makes us truly human

A deal President Obama struck with Republican leaders last week will extend tax cuts across the board including, controversially, to … Continued

Avoid the allure of selective highlighting of texts

Despite public and military support for overturning Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, the legislation which bans openly gay service members, political, … Continued

Spiritual consciousness should navigate all acts

Pope Benedict XVI and Catholic Cardinal-designate Raymond Burke both recently characterized voting as a moral act with spiritual consequences. The … Continued

Beware of decrees from heaven in the political arena

This weekend, Jon Stewart is holding “a rally to restore sanity” on the mall, two months after Glenn Beck’s religion-infused … Continued

Look beyond the realm of religions and denominations

In recent debates between tea party-endorsed Senate candidates and their Democratic opponents, faith has emerged as a campaign issue. Calling … Continued

Sexual passion is a spiritual energy

Speaking to a meeting of Hasidic Jewish leaders on Sunday, New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said, “I don’t … Continued

Take the road inwards

Money and materialism cannot buy immortality. Upanishads tell us that meditation, truth, purity of heart, and self-control will help us … Continued

Keep the horses happy

Q: Expensive and time-consuming efforts are being made to rescue and rehabilitate animals threatened by the Gulf oil spill. Do … Continued

Pope should abandon institutional self-protection, embrace transparency

Q:Should Pope Benedict XVI be held responsible for the escalating scandals over clerical sexual abuse in Europe? Should he be … Continued

Robertson’s ‘Honor Code’

As our paths and theologies were very different, I do not feel well-grounded to authoritatively comment on Granville Oral Roberts. … Continued

One Being Should Not Hurt Another

The UN Convention Against Torture states that torture should be abolished because it violates “human dignity.” From your perspective, what … Continued

Nations Should Pray in Unison

Thursday is National Day of Prayer, as mandated by Congress. What should President Obama do? Should he follow tradition and … Continued