Unveiled. Three Former Muslim Women Look Back on the Hijab. Part 1: Introduction — Politics and Piety

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In the series of deeply personal interviews that follow this introduction, three women look back on their combined 32 years in the hijab, telling the beautiful and painful stories that inform their perspectives on the current debate. Marwa Berro was raised as a Lebanese Muslim.  … Continue reading

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Conscience Creep: How “Religious Freedom” Spiraled Out of Control

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Secular Americans and many liberal people of faith have been horrified by the Right’s most recent ploy: “religious freedom” claims that would give conservative business owners license to discriminate. Until Arizona made the national spotlight, the need for lunch counter … Continue reading

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Questionable Naturopathy Was a Natural Fit for Mars Hill Mega-Church

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Until his license was suspended, naturopath John Catanzaro was a role model at Mars Hill Church in Ballard, Washington—a respected contributor to the church’s Resurgence blog, where he urged readers to “know Jesus Christ as a personal Savior, Guide and … Continue reading

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Religious “Freedom” Laws Still Kicking in Missouri, Ohio, Washington and More

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When it comes to homophobia, xenophobia, gynephobia and other forms of reactionary drama, my old home state Arizona has a knack for winning the spotlight. Arizona’s recently proposed religious license-to- discriminate, vetoed by governor Jan Brewer, is merely the latest … Continue reading

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It’s Time for Religion to Get Out of the Healthcare Business

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When you have to make hard medical decisions, who do you want in the room? Religious belief is on the decline in the U.S., and medical knowledge is on the increase. This makes it particularly ironic that so much of … Continue reading

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Is the Hijab a Symbol of Diversity or a Symbol of Oppression?

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Coca-Cola’s America the Beautiful ad on Super Bowl Sunday aimed to be a celebration of diversity, showcasing the many ethnicities that make up our modern social fabric. Right wing pundits jumped on the ad as a symbol that White Christian … Continue reading

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20 Atheist Quotes About Joy and Meaning Counter ‘Angry, Empty’ Stereotype

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Recently a pamphlet for Christian children made its way around Facebook. It warned God’s little lambs to avoid grumpy sad people called “atheists.” The pamphlet, as it turns out, was satire, but it poked fun at some real stereotypes about … Continue reading

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