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  • Abraham to kill Isaac
    Deadly religious superstitions take priority over children
    It is often said that the quality of a society can be seen by how it treats its most vulnerable citizens. In the US and in too many other nations of the world we see religious superstitions taking precedence over the most vulnerable and helpless...
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    The intersection of Chinese New Year and the spiritualism of American Indians
    One year ago this column addressed similarities between the elements of the Chinese New Year celebration and spiritual beliefs of American Indians or Native Americans. As unlikely as it may have appeared, it is true that few people would make a...
  • Obama refuses to name the root cause of religious violence: religion
    Obama avoids the reason for religious violence: religion
    Deism is grounded on reason. Deists value reason and use reason to determine if something is true or false. One of the many benefits this allows us is to free ourselves from the fear-based and religious violence producing superstitions of the ...
  • Governor Sam Brownback
    A majority of Republicans want a national religion
    Face-offs between religion and science are becoming more frequent in the modern world in recent years, and people on all sides of the debate are starting to really ratchet up their rhetoric. Whether it’s the battle over whether or not to...
  • 'Last Words of Jesus: First Steps to a Richer Life,' by Stu Epperson, Jr
    Epperson's devotional, "Last Words of Jesus" a perfect choice for Lent
    Stu Epperson, Jr., president and founder of The Truth Network and radio host of Truth Talk Live, also attends a weekly Bible study group, "Wednesday in the Word." That is where his new devotional, Last Words of Jesus was "born,...
  • Countering the Prejudices, Affirming Human Values
    The Attack on Religion – More from Within than from Without
    Religion is said to be under attack from many sources. And there is some truth to this. We are indeed becoming a more secular society, such that the largest religious preference is “none” or “spiritual, but not religious.”...
  • Chaplain ministering to the soldiers
    Religion during the Civil War
    By the time the war started in 1861, religion had become quite influential in all areas of the country. Depending on which religion you belonged to, pastors reading from the Bible were preaching about both the evils of slavery and the defense of...
  • Pope Francis
    Pope Francis compares transgender people to nuclear weapons
    Pope Francis has gained a lot of attention during his tenure as the top Catholic for his somewhat progressive views on homosexuality and the like. But his latest comments on transgender members of society have some questioning where he truly...
  • Columbia Biblical Studies: Thursday, February 19
    Lenten meditations: Thursday, February 19
    As we begin our annual journey through Lent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written personal meditations. Each will be accompanied by a corresponding scripture reading, and be linked to that passage in the...
  • ISIL beheads 21 Coptic Christians in Egypt
    Detroit man tries to kill a man for being non-Muslim
    We are at war with radicalized Islam. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. This isn’t to say that we don’t respect the fundamental right to freedom of religion. Everyone who lives in the United States is guaranteed the right to...
  • Margurite Haragan
    Christian woman arrested, violently attacks Jewish woman she couldn't convert
    Religious extremism can be found across all belief systems. In what could only be described as bizarre, an Idaho Christian woman has been arrested and is facing multiple felony charges for beating a Jewish woman in Boise.Margurite Dawn Haragan, a...
  • Columbia Biblical Studies: Tuesday, February 17
    Preparing for Lent: Becoming More Real - Part II
    Scripture Reading:Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21Becoming More Real – Part IIThe Very Reverend Timothy JonesDean of Trinity Episcopal CathedralJesus gives another example. The hypocrites, He says, “love to stand and pray in the synagogues at the...
  • Jewish mass grave in Ukraine
    A brief history of the decline of religion in the west
    The Catholic Church ruled the western world for centuries. People rarely questioned doctrine or the existence of an all-powerful deity. This began to change in the eighteenth century. Philosophers believed observation held the key to wisdom. A...
  • Columbia Biblical Studies: Monday, February 16
    Preparing for Lent: Becoming More Real – Part I
    Scripture reading:Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21Becoming More Real – Part IThe Very Reverend Timothy JonesDean of Trinity Episcopal CathedralI remember watching an old movie as a child that made an impression on me: ‘The Invisible Man.’...
  • Sikh American float brings beauty and education to the 2015 Rose Parade
    Sikh American float brings beauty and education to the 2015 Rose Parade
    Floats in the Tournament of Roses Parade often have a message, but in the case of the United Sikh Mission entry, “A Sikh American Journey,” the message was vital: We are Americans. Tournament of Roses Examiner recently spoke with Minu...