Are Anti-Gay Christians Responsible for the Suicide Trend?

For a moment, I almost agreed with Laurie Higgins. I know. It freaked me out, too. She was writing about the recent, awful trend of young gay men committing suicide and mentioned Tyler Clementi, the teenager who jumped off the George Washington Bridge to his death after his roommate secretly broadcast Tyler hooking up with [Read More...]

These Prisoners Are Allowed One Book: The Bible

When you have to spend a few months or a few years in prison, one way to pass the time is to surround yourself with literature. (Activist Leslie Zukor learned about how atheist books were rarely found in prisons and began a freethought books to prisoners drive. It was incredible how many prisoners requested books [Read More...]

The Cost of Security for Lars Vilks

Lars Vilks, one of many artists threatened over a Muhammad drawing, finished his lecture at Uppsala University in Sweden yesterday. Total cost for 130 police officers and additional guards? Nearly 800,000 SEK (or $120,125.60 US dollars). According to reader Richard: The basic law is something like this: if someone is threatened for expressing themselves (in [Read More...]

Druidry In An Uncommon Place…

Druidry is now an official religion in Britain: Druidry, an ancient Celtic belief that worships deities who take their forms in nature, has been given the official status of a ‘religion’ in Britain. It is a form of neo-paganism, along with Wicca, Voodoo and Shamanism. Surprisingly enough the belief system is already provided with tax-exempt [Read More...]

Want to Win An Election? Turn to God

My latest piece for the Washington Post On Faith blog answers the questions: How should constituents interpret statements by politicians who see their campaigns and causes as part of God’s plan? How do you decipher God’s intentions for you? A part of my response: … we live in a society where too many people vote [Read More...]