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Wal-Mart Has Been Blessednew

On the eve of opening day for rural Humboldt County's first Wal-Mart, Pastor Jeff Beltz invokes Jesus Christ, and eager consumers rejoice.
North Coast Journal  |  Andrew Goff  |  06-12-2012  |  Religion

Mormon Myth-Busting: Is the Book of Mormon the LDS Bible?new

The BoM was written by Joseph Smith, who claims to have translated it from a pile of gold tablets an angel hipped him to.
San Antonio Current  |  Jeffrey Wright  |  04-13-2012  |  Commentary

Herb Silverman champions atheism with wit and warmthnew

Herb Silverman has been a busy man lately. When I caught up with him last week, South Carolina's leading atheist was just back from the Reason Rally in Washington, D.C., where he addressed the thousands of people who had assembled on the Mall, calling for America's numerous non-theist organizations to maintain a united front in their ceaseless battle with the Christian right.
Charleston City Paper  |  Will Moredock  |  04-05-2012  |  Commentary

(No) Sympathy for the Devilnew

Tarot readings and nekkid mannequins draw retaliatory prayer sessions from local Baptists.
Folio Weekly  |  Susan Cooper Eastman  |  03-21-2012  |  Religion

Religious Liberty Threatened by Everything Obama Does From the Moment He Wakes Upnew

Tennessee GOP lawmakers are predictably hopping onto the bandwagon of verbal assault on the mandate that health insurance plans cover contraception and birth control without exemptions for religiously affiliated hospitals and universities.
Nashville Scene  |  Bruce Barry  |  02-09-2012  |  Politics

Praying East in West Phillynew

Meet the two mosques transforming a neighborhood.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  Daniel Denvir  |  08-19-2011  |  Religion

Court and Cross Michigan Case Puts Church v. State Before the U.S. Supreme Courtnew

The case of a Michigan teacher, accepted by the U.S. Supreme Court, could clarify whether hundreds of thousands of employees at parochial schools and other church-affiliated institutions deserve federal civil rights protections.
Metro Times  |  Sandra Svoboda (with Aaron Mondry)  |  07-15-2011  |  Civil Liberties

What’s a Little Hate Among Friends?new

Gov. Rick Perry is promoting a prayer assembly on Aug. 6 at Reliant Stadium in Houston. How commendable! And pious! Just tell Static where to kneel! After all, Perry asked everybody to pray for rain during this summer’s wildfires and, well, you’re not on fire, are you?
Fort Worth Weekly  |  Staff  |  07-13-2011  |  Religion

Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite on Religion, Politics and Social Medianew

Thistlethwaite has tackled the cyber age -- and its implications in our religious and political lives -- in her latest book, Dreaming of Eden: American Religion and Politics in a Wired World.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Chet Hardin  |  04-21-2011  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

In His Memoir, Jimmy Creech Recounts His Struggles Against Anti-Gay Religious Discriminationnew

Adam's Gift is about the tumultuous years in his life when, as a Methodist pastor, he was called in the words of the subtitle "to defy the church's persecution of lesbians and gays."
INDY Week  |  Bob Geary  |  04-21-2011  |  Fiction

Would Jesus Demand 'Show Me Your Papers?'new

There's no doubt that our nation must find a solution to immigration issues. What we don't need are police-state laws that criminalize efforts to help our fellow men and women, acts commanded of us by our religious beliefs.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  John F. Sugg  |  04-06-2011  |  Commentary

Portland's LGBT Mormons Explain Who They Are, What They Wantnew

Jason Giles, leader of the Portland chapter of LGBT Mormon group Affirmation, says Portland's gay Mormon community is more robust, cohesive, and visible than in similar cities like San Francisco.
The Portland Mercury  |  Sarah Mirk  |  12-17-2009  |  LGBT

Can Harvard's Superstar Atheist Greg Epstein Save Nonbelief from Itself?new

The nonbelief community is now embroiled in its own feud, in which the contemptuous "New Atheists" are pitted against the softer humanists, led by Harvard chaplain Greg Epstein.
Boston Phoenix  |  Adam Reilly  |  11-30-2009  |  Religion

Devout Catholics are Coming Out of the Closet, and San Jose's Diocese is Welcoming Themnew

Secretly, San Jose is the most gay-friendly diocese in the nation. And now, one parish wants the world to know.
Metro Silicon Valley  |  Jessica Fromm  |  11-20-2009  |  Religion

Colorado Locals Fear Bible College Campus Could Stir Anti-Gay Sentimentnew

When a sign went up in late September announcing Andrew Wommack Ministries had just bought a sprawling ranch near their Woodland Park homes, locals felt a jolt of rage.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Anthony Lane  |  11-12-2009  |  Religion

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