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Is The Bible More Violent Than The Quran? Why the Idea That Islam Promotes Intolerance of the LGBTQIA+ Community Is (Surprisingly) a Lie. Author’s Note: I am not Muslim myself. However, as a person both intellectually and emotionally interested in religion, I aim to express what I have learned through my extensive research on Islam in Muslim-majority regions. I also aim to express what many of my Muslim friends and acquaintances have articulated regarding Islam and its supposed gendered and sexual intolerance.

Furthermore, I wrote this article in collaboration with Daayiee Abdullah, Imam and Religious Director of Masjid An-Nur Al-Isslaah, meaning “Mosque for Enlightenment and Reformation” or “Light of Reform Mosque.” LGBTQIA-friendly, the mosque provides services for Muslim individuals of diverse relationships, including same-gender and mixed-faith couples. Further, as a spiritual counselor for the Al-Fatiha Foundation, a North American-based organization for LGBTQI+ Muslims, Imam Daayiee provided counseling for LGBTQI+ Muslims, their families and allies from 2000 until the organization’s close in 2011. So, Why the Myth? 1. 10 Questions Somebody Should Ask Kim Davis and Those Who Support Her.

How Kim Davis’s Imprisonment Is A Win for Religious Liberty. How to Determine If Your Religious Liberty Is Being Threatened in Just 10 Quick Questions | Rev. Emily C. Heath. It seems like this election season "religious liberty" is a hot topic. Rumors of its demise are all around, as are politicians who want to make sure that you know they will never do anything to intrude upon it. I'm a religious person with a lifelong passion for civil rights, so this is of great interest to me. So much so, that I believe we all need to determine whether our religious liberties are indeed at risk. So, as a public service, I've come up with this little quiz. I call it "How to Determine if Your Religious Liberty Is Being Threatened in Just 10 Quick Questions.

" 1. A) I am not allowed to go to a religious service of my own choosing. 2. A) I am not allowed to marry the person I love legally, even though my religious community blesses my marriage. 3. A) I am being forced to use birth control. 4. A) I am not allowed to pray privately. 5. A) Being a member of my faith means that I can be bullied without legal recourse. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Scoring key: Close MediaWiki. Politics of American churches & religions in one graph | Corner of Church and State. *Note: This graphic is not available for republication. Update: Go here for chart featuring a drill down of Catholics; eight types added to graph.

What are the political positions of religions and churches in America? This new graph maps the ideologies of 44 different religious groups using data comes from Pew’s Religious Landscape survey. This survey included 32,000 respondents. How to read the graph Each circle represents a denomination, church, or religion. Observations from the graph There’s a lot of information stuffed into this one graph, but here are a few key things we can see: Churches that are similar religiously are also similar ideologically.Evangelicals are classic conservatives (small role in economy, protect morality).

Geek note on measurement The range of each dimension ranges from zero to 100. The Meaning of True Love (from a Buddhist's Perspective). Did you ever fall in love with someone? I did. Love and longing can drive anyone to perpetually clinging to an object of desire, with no end in sight—a need that can never quite be satisfied, a thirst that can never be quenched. Can the love of falling in love outweigh the fear of “falling”…? I guess the moment you fall in love with someone, you’re in the moment, and it’s only afterwards that you’re able to make the analysis, and even realize you were in love.

Falling implies surrendering—being out of the mind, or out of your mind! Falling means you’re going somewhere. What happens when you “land“? Where do you find yourself? What does it mean to fall in love or be in love, or even stay in love? In Buddhism, striving for that which is outside of our true nature, is seen as wasteful. Time is so short—the memories are fading away. Even if you die for your lover, is that not sacrificing something that is not yours to give? In living for you, I forget my own needs. Ken Wilber said: Is this true? Clobbering “Biblical” Gay Bashing.

Thank you for your interest in Patheos newsletters! Please enter your email address below and click the "Subscribe" button. Thank you for your subscription. You can visit your Preference Center to complete your profile and see what else we have to offer. We apologize, we were unable to complete your subscription at this time, please try again later. If this error persists please contact us at communications@patheos.com. Like what you're reading? 10 Things THE CHURCH Can't Do While Following Jesus - Mark Sandlin.

The Christian church is full of Christians, right? Depiction of Jesus with arms raised, WELBURNSTUART / Shutterstock.com Take Action on This Issue Circle of Protection for a Moral Budget A pledge by church leaders from diverse theological and political beliefs who have come together to form a Circle of Protection around programs that serve the most vulnerable in our nation and around the world. Sadly, the answer you'll get to that question is heavily dependent on whom you are asking. Which brings us to the first thing on my list of the “10 Things THE CHURCH Can't Do While Following Jesus.” 10) Be hypocritical. This isn't about making mistakes. 9) Let “how we've always done it” rule the day. One of things you should pick up in reading the stories about Jesus is that he wasn't afraid of doing a new thing, even when it went against what his religion had always done. 8) Worship the Bible.

It will never happen but I want Jeff Foxworthy to add a new bit to his comedy routine. 7) Gossip. 10 MORE Things Churches Can’t Do While Following Jesus. Learning That Love Is The Way. A very close friend of mine and I have been having sort of a running conversation lately. We’ve each experienced a certain amount of failure in our lives and have each been on a personal journey of learning that love is the way. I knew that when I was younger. I knew that when I lived with drug addicts who would sell themselves for crack. I knew it when I lived with a homosexual cook who insisted we all call him “Auntie Ray”, and when I lived with Gail, the schizophrenic who refused to sleep anywhere else but on a mattress with no sheets in the basement. I knew that it wasn’t just about doing all the right things right, knowing all the rules and being “appropriate.” I knew that being a Catholic was about loving God and loving others. When I was newly married, I felt I had a lot to prove.

Most of all, I felt I had to prove something to myself. See, I had many things I was ashamed of. I wanted to prove that I was a good mom now. Yeah. I’d felt mistreated many times as a single mom. 35 Founding Father quotes conservative Christians will hate. In honor of our presidents and our nation’s founding, here are 35 quotes from the Founding Fathers that prove they did NOT found a ‘Christian’ nation. Painting of the Founding Fathers by Junius Brutus Steams, 1856. The separation of church and state is one of the cornerstones of America’s foundation. Conservative Christian fundamentalists have sought to crush this cornerstone in the hopes of establishing Christianity as the state religion, an action that would threaten the rest of the foundation that makes up the Constitution. These conservatives contend that the Founding Fathers dreamed of making America a Christian state at the expense of those who practice other religions or none at all.

So here are 35 quotes from the Founding Fathers. Perhaps your first thoughts are the first four Presidents and maybe Benjamin Franklin, but there were many other Founding Fathers. 1. 2. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. If Our Founding Fathers Were All Christians, Why Did They Say This? Nobody can deny the fact that Christianity has played a huge role in our history. From the first Thanksgiving to the ideas of Jesus Christ that are embroidered in our culture today, Christianity and the Bible is responsible a big part of our heritage. However, many conservatives will take this fact way out of context. They'll think that you have to be a Christian to be patriotic, which is simply not true.

Following the more secular teachings of Jesus Christ (being charitable, loving one another, treating strangers with kindness) is what the men who founded this country were for. I don't want to waste my time listing all these obscurant far-right arguments, so instead I'll list the facts straight from our forefathers. - George Washington, letter to the United Baptist Chamber of Virginia (1789) “Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, then that of blindfolded fear.” - Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man (1791) Rev. Emily C. Heath: How to Determine If Your Religious Liberty Is Being Threatened in Just 10 Quick Questions. Why I am a Christian Democrat. Marriage According to the Bible [Infographic] Let me just mention that I am not against Christianity or against religion as a whole.

I am against people using religion as an excuse to support their xenophobia, racism and sexism. With that said, enjoy this cool infographic complete with the thumbs up on who it is okay to marry and who it is okay to just sleep with…. now, where is my concubine? Source Tags: bible, bible-infographic, biblejokes, christianity, concubine, hebrew-slave-clipart, iamnotreligious, infographic-bible, infographics-bible, inforgraphicsbible, marriage-according-to-the-bible, marriage-humor-pictures, picture-of-the-people-of-zion-acording-to-the-bible, religion, religion-in-the-bible, romanconcubineslaves, marriage. Do Atheists Pose a Threat to Morality?