Canadian Government: Non-Christian Prisoners Must Turn to Christian Chaplains

It appears that the controversial move by Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews to retract a paid position for a Wiccan prison chaplain was merely a harbinger of much bigger things. The CBC reports that Toews, who oversees Canada’s penitentiaries, has eliminated all paid part-time chaplain services, effectively making government prison chaplaincy a Christian-only affair."Inmates of other faiths, such as Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jews, will be expected to turn to Christian prison chapl … [Read more...]

Being a Religious Minority (in Public Schools)

Hint: The "Fifth Quarter" is about Jesus.

What's it like to be a religious minority in a Christian-dominated culture? Jews on First has published a must-read in-depth exploration of what it's like for Jewish students going to public schools in the South, consistently exposed to peer pressure and conversion attempts by their Christian classmates, behavior often (directly and indirectly) supported by faculty."It can be the little stuff, like my classmates wishing me to have a 'blessed day'. I know that really means that Jesus … [Read more...]

What Does the Growth of Unitarian Universalism Mean?

Unitarian Universalists at Pride in Washington DC

There's a certain truism that's been adopted by commentators and analyzers of religion in the United States (and more broadly in the West), that liberal Protestant Christianity is in a demographic death spiral, and thus liberal forms of Christianity itself are in danger of winking out of existence. Conservative columnist Ross Douthat, author of "Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics," made waves this past Summer by asking if liberal Christianity could be saved. "...if conservative C … [Read more...]

Sick Day

Dear readers, I have been sick. In truth I've been sick for several days now, and still haven't kicked the virus that has overcome my usually robust nature. I have no doubt  that I'm on the mend, but I'm taking a day off from my responsibilities so I can rest up and hopefully return a bit stronger when I do return.In the meantime, here's a neat little short film from We Are The Forest that I think you might enjoy (thanks to i09 for the link).Gloam from We Are The Forest on Vimeo. … [Read more...]


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