Is Islam Violent? The Answer Isn’t as Simple as Many Think

ALLOW ME to describe a familiar course of events. Somewhere in the world, extremists carry out a terrorist attack in the name of Islam. In the days and weeks following, a series of opinion pieces are published either attacking Islam for violence or denying it bears any responsibility. Critics may...

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Religious Nationalism

It is hard to believe that the conflicts currently ravaging the Middle East could get much worse, yet the refusal of numerous parties to make substantive compromises on key issues is increasingly likely to lead to...

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Science & Religion in the Rough

Jared Diamond is the author of five best-selling books about human societies and human evolution, which have been translated into thirty-eight languages. 1991’s The Third Chimpanzee is his first book, followed by the 1997 Pulitzer Prize winner Guns, Germs, and Steel—considered a...

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To Be Young, Gifted, Secular, and Black

Black youth who reject organized religion don’t have the social and economic benefits of white privilege to blunt their "apostasy." ALTHOUGH IN THE UNITED STATES young millennials lead the growing wave of “nones” (those who answer “none” when asked their religious affiliation),...

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Humanity’s Last Stand

IT'S THE MOST BEAUTIFUL day of the year. Officially. I’ve just come from my monthly gig at the Channel 8 studios, where Shaun the meteorologist has proclaimed it sunny, seventy degrees, and calm in the Great Plains. Perfect spring weather. Meanwhile, in...

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Carnival or Campaign?

“Fundamental reform to expand and deepen our democracy, we know from America’s history, follows from one thing only: mass movements.”  —Robert Weissman, Public Citizen News, January/February 2016 SERIOUS VIEWING of the televised campaign to select the 45th president of the United States...

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