Christian Fundamentalists

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An atheist’s three favorite Bible stories

What do Christian fundamentalists and many atheists have in common? Both read the Bible as if it were meant to be taken literally. Here’s a better approach.

Media know-nothings first declare Norwegian terrorist Muslim, then Christian

Virginia Mayo AP Flemish right wing party member Tanguy Veys holds his hands over a copy of a manifesto written … Continued

Does nuclear power usurp the power of God?

The world is responding to the horrible devastation from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan with compassion and offers of … Continued

War’s peace

Mideast peace talks resume this week, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveling to Egypt and Israel for negotiations between … Continued

Right thinking and wrong thinking about Muslims

Earlier this year Gallup provided two intriguing statistics about Americans and their view of Islam: 53 percent of Americans view … Continued

Pentagon makes the right call on Franklin Graham

Q: Did the Pentagon do the right thing by disinviting evangelist Franklin Graham from a National Day of Prayer event … Continued

Time to retire the damnable word “moderate”

Overuse of the essentially meaningless word “moderate” has become a blight on American political and religious discourse. I call this … Continued

Better angels needed for peace in Christmas wars

Q: What do you think of the American Humanist Association’s new “Godless Holiday” campaign? The ads will say: “No God? … Continued

Texas Heads for Shootout Over Religion in Textbooks

The Texas Board of Education, the nation’s second largest purchaser of public school textbooks, is revising its K-12 social studies … Continued

Mr. Carter’s Own Interpretations

Former president Jimmy Carter and other world leaders issued this statement: “The justification of discrimination against women and girls on … Continued

Grading Obama’s Speech: A For Diplomacy, C- For Religious Dishonesty

If I were giving President Obama’s speech a grade solely for effectiveness in reaching out to the Muslim world, he … Continued

One World, Under God

What’s your reaction to President Obama’s recent statements to the Muslim world that “the United States is not, and never … Continued

What to Do About “Mad as Hell”

People are incredibly angry these days. The governing class in America fears a “populist backlash,” as the New York Times … Continued

One President Can’t Change the World

Like the fight against racism, the fight against extremism is going to take a long time. While tough legislation against … Continued

Fear of God and Darwin

Visit a public school biology class in Alabama today, and you may likely find a sticker on the textbook disclaiming … Continued

What’s Good for GM Is Good for God

Fifty years ago the president of General Motors declared that what’s good for GM is good for America. That became … Continued

Unclogging the System

My preference would be for questions that clear the air of accumulated hypocrisy that has clogged the political system for … Continued

Pride and Other All-Consuming Sins

The Qur’an describes Satan’s fatal flaw as that of pride. “I am better than him!” Satan cries when God would … Continued

Fine Line Between Belief, Behavior

It would be nice to have a clear sound-bite for this one, but I’m afraid the question needs a bit … Continued

The Sickly Smell of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

“Don’t ask, don’t tell” is an immoral policy for hypocrites and cowards. And that’s true whether we are talking about … Continued