The Israeli Knesset is about to make a tragic mistake with far reaching consequences if it votes to ban Gay Pride rallies. This anti-democratic action will alienate secular Jews – gay and straight – worldwide and force stalwart defenders of Israel to rethink their allegiance. American Jews overwhelmingly reject the […]
Onto the fertile but generally unattended ground that lies between the tower of religious fundamentalism on one side and the pillar of secular modernism on the other, as if riding on a light beam descending out of the early 20th century comes Albert Einstein, dimly resembling in appearance the more […]
I went to church on Easter Sunday, as did probably billions of Christians all over the world.
If it were discovered that homosexuality had a biological basis, it would be morally acceptable for a mother to use a hormonal treatment patch to ensure her child was born heterosexual, Rev. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, suggested on his personal website.
My commentaries assailing religious fundamentalism and intolerance in its various forms over the years, including the brand touted now by Nigerian Archbishop Akinola and other architects of the recent defections from the Episcopal Church, have provoked queries about my own beliefs arising from my graduate theological training.
Dear Pastor: Thank you so much for sending me on this crucial missionary trip to the den of iniquity known as Canada. My dearest reverend, I can barely express my deep gratitude for this fact-finding opportunity. As you know, this will do wonders for my career in ministry. If there […]
Leave it to the Religious Right to turn Santa Claus into a wedge issue and exchange the gift of seasonal cheer for a box of holiday fear. Thanks to their histrionic “War on Christmas” campaign, major retailers, including Wal-Mart and Walgreen Co. are now dumping “Happy Holidays” for “Merry Christmas” […]
Fatima Dawood slowly opens her eyes to another day of Ramadan. Looking outside her window, as if to make sure that she had woken up in time to eat a meal before dawn, she is assured that it is still dark, with only the light from the stars seeping through […]
Same-sex marriage got a much-needed boost this month with former NBA basketball star Charles Barkley and movie star Brad Pitt offering their endorsements. While it is too soon to call this a trend among heterosexual men, all cultural tsunamis start with trendsetters such as Barkley and Pitt.
“Dog Sees God, Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” Play by Bert V. Royal, Studio Theatre, 14th & P Streets NW, Washington, D.C., thru Aug. 6. I saw this play in New York last fall and reviewed it in the News-Press then. It is a powerful but woefully misunderstood creation. Most […]