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Refueling Detroit

For six years, I was the spiritual leader of a big church in Warren, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. I lived in Detroit for a total of ten years; I feel I got to know the place.    Of the thousands […]


How Many Times Will Anti-Abortion Activists Interupt Obama’s ND Speech?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Pesident Obama will give the commencement address at Notre Dame.  The Bishop of South Bend, John D’Arcy has decided to not attend (boycott is the more provacative term).  But my guess is that the real excitment will come from the anti-abortion […]

Advertisement – a Christian Backed Home for Racists

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Chris Kelly reports at on the sad racist pathology at the Christian backed website You can tell that this fellow Burt Prelutsky doesn’t even really know he is being horribly racist and offensive by any common standard of decency in […]


Dalai Lama Denied Visa to Peace Conference

posted by Paul Raushenbush

UPDATE: They cancelled the conference.  And now from the “what the heck were they thinking” department, the South African government has denied the Dalai Lama a visa to attend a peace conference to showcase – get this – South Africa’s […]

The Religious Control of the Israeli Army

posted by Paul Raushenbush

This seriously upsetting article in the New York Times Sunday paper chronicles the increasing influence of the religious right in Israeli’s armed forces and its affect on the execution of the war on Gaza.  Especially chilling is the quote from […]

Julian Bond: Black Rights and Gay Rights – A Common Struggle

posted by Paul Raushenbush

This is a wonderful video for anyone who cars about the civil rights of all people.  It puts to rest the false idea that African Americans are more homophobic than other Americans.   Homophobia has no race and bigotry towards gay people […]

Death as Mystery: On Natasha Richardson

Many years ago, at a party in Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of speaking for a while to Natasha Richardson.    What I remember is how kind and gentle she was. I realized her pedigree — that she was Vanessa […]

Six Years of Iraq War: Was it Worth It?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I remember coming out from my New York City apartment the day after 9/11.  In those days immediately after the attack, New Yorkers talked to random people in the street and a passerby turned to me and said – I’m […]

The Pope, Condoms and (even more) AIDS in Africa

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Pope Benedict once again put ideology and dogma over human life in his first day in Africa where 25 million people have died from AIDS by pronouncing: It (AIDS) cannot be overcome by the distribution of condoms. On the contrary, they increase […]

AIG Bonuses: A Spiritual Solution

posted by Paul Raushenbush

AIG has a public relations problem. The company got a lot of money from the American taxpayer to bail out their bad work in managing risk and they still need more.  But now it comes to light that they are paying out […]

Whose Conscience? Balancing Claims by Health Care Providers and Patients

posted by Sally Steenland

Despite media hype to the contrary, the proposed rule by the Obama administration to rescind the midnight Bush “conscience” regulation governing health care providers actually does respect the conscience and religious freedom of those in the industry who object to […]

President Obama and his Pastors – Listen to Religious Women for a Change

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The New York Time reports that President Obama has his circle of five pastors who offer him moral and spiritual guidance.  Given his history of being burned by Rev. Wright it is not surprising that the President is hesitant to […]

A Cancer Survivor’s Argument for Embryonic Stem Cell Research

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Rabbi David Wolpe writes in Washington Post’s On Faith from the point of view of a cancer survivor and as a religious leader. From both vantage points he supports the president’s lifting of the ban on embryonic stem cell research.  His concise […]

Q: Ever Wonder What Anti-Gay Rhetoric Leads To? A: “Corrective” Rape

posted by Paul Raushenbush

“Corrective” rape is on the rise in South Africa.  For those of you who are not familiar with the term (like me until today) “corrective” rape is when men gang rape lesbians in order for them to become straight.   […]

Black Liberation Theology vs Victoria Jackson

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I know I shouldn’t keep picking on the lowest common denominator but they just keep on appearing on cable news talking about politics and religion.  We first had Chuck Norris talking about violently leaving the country and taking Texas with him and now […]

Memo to Chuck Norris: America, Love it or Leave It.

posted by Paul Raushenbush

A couple days ago I needed a haircut and a shave.  Passing by an unfamiliar barber shop I noticed a sticker in the window that I hadn’t seen for a few decades that read: “America: Love it or Leave it.”   […]

March 10th Statement of H.H. the Dalai Lama

posted by guestblogger

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan people’s peaceful uprising against Communist China’s repression in Tibet. Since last March widespread peaceful protests have erupted across the whole of Tibet. Most of the participants were youths born and brought up after […]

Will Faith Based Programs Go Sour on Obama?

posted by tcampolo

From the beginning, there have been some religious leaders who greeted the funding of faith-based social services by government with ambivalence. On the one hand, they believed that these religiously grounded programs needed extra funding and were pleased that the […]

The Dalai Lama & Commemorating ‘Tibetan Independence Day’ on March 10

posted by Robert Thurman

Commemorating March 10 (14th Day, 1st Month, Earth Ox Year, Monlam Chenmo, 2009 C.E.) ********* March 10, 2009 is the 50th commemoration of the Lhasa uprising of 1959, when the Tibetans of Lhasa and pilgrims and refugees from all over […]

Sex and Religion Kiss in Texas Public Schools

posted by guestblogger

Ryan Valentine serves as the Deputy Director for the Texas Freedom Network, a nonpartisan organization of religious and community leaders who advocate a mainstream agenda of religious freedom and individual liberties.   The only thing more controversial than teaching about […]

‘The Dalai Lama Is My Primary Model for a Life of Realization’

posted by guestblogger

Guest post by Sharon Salzberg, co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass., and The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. I went to India in March of 2008, journeying there for the first time in 12 years. For over three […]

Rush, Race and the Religious Right

posted by Randall Balmer

With Rush Limbaugh having asserted his claim to be the true and rightful leader of the Republican Party, it’s tempting to argue that he is, in fact, the perfect embodiment for Republicans at this historical moment: loud, boorish, corpulent and […]

Marriage Matters: Why California Must Overturn Prop 8

posted by guestblogger

Guest Post by Rev. Debra W. Haffner, Director, Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing – a multifaith organization with more than 4400 religious leaders in its network The California Supreme Court will hear arguments today to invalidate Prop […]

So, Greed is Bad Again?

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Greed ranks third on the seven deadly sins, But only some of the time.  Nancy Folbre opens her revealing column called Sin Cycle with this reminder; In Oliver Stone’s classic film “Wall Street,” a charismatic capitalist named Gordon Gekko proclaims, “Greed is […]

Gov. Sebelius’ Catholic Supporters Sideline Donohue

posted by Paul Raushenbush

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’s nomination for HHS has largely focused on her abortion record thanks to a concerted effort by ultra conservatives such as the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue who said:  “Sebelius’ support for abortion is so far off-the-charts that she […]

Rush Limbaugh and His Cowering Republicanettes

posted by Paul Raushenbush

The Republicans are a funny lot right now – not funny ha ha, but funny sad.   Rush Limbaugh has become their de facto king and any time any person says that the king has no clothes, they get reprimanded and […]

Obama’s Budget: Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit

posted by Paul Raushenbush

I have always have been struck by the YMCA’s foundational idea – healthy mind, healthy body, healthy spirit.  These three foci were meant to be integrated to provide the underpinning of a potent and moral life.  Mind, body and spirit […]

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Shortly before the California Democratic primary in 2008, the San Fransisco Chronicle invited me to write a short article explaining why I, chair of the interfaithNetwork of Spiritual Progressives, was supporting Barack Obama. Like ...

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