Posts tagged "secularism"
Hey Religion Writers: You're Doing it Again!

Hey Religion Writers: You’re Doing it Again!

by Amy Levin For those bizarre folks who follow, track, analyze, or write about religion and media, it is high time you give up these 5 tired tropes.

Calvin’s Geneva? The New International Discourse of Blasphemy

By Austin Dacey The Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards was meeting to address “gaps” in an international human rights treaty on racism and racial discrimination.
Atheism vs Religion: The Final Countdown?

Atheism vs Religion: The Final Countdown?

What’s missing here, and in so many similar arguments, is that religion works.

Making Alevism:
Lawfare, Secularism and The Secular

A response to Markus Dressler's essay, "Making Religion Through Secularist Legal Discourse: The Case of Turkish Alevism" On a rather chill afternoon in March of 2005, I sat across from Ali Bey, the president of the Cem Foundation,...

Qu’est qui ce passe en France?

Ashley Baxstrom: What's up with France?  President Nicolas Sarkozy of France joined President Barack Obama here in New York last week to celebrate the 125th anniversary of France’s gift of the Statue of Liberty to the US. The statue was originally dedicated on Oct. 28, 1886 in recognition of the French-American friendship established...

Be The Next Jesus. Or L. Ron Hubbard.

Amy Levin: Huffington Post Comedy recently ended a short and perhaps not-so-sweet competition called “Create Your Own Religion.” Though curiously lasting only three days, the call ushered in 906 submissions, including 113 (and counting) featured in a slideshow. The contest was open to anyone with enough free time to send in a catchy name,...

Tunisia’s Secular-Religious Tension Heightens

Kathryn Montalbano: In post-revolution Tunisia, tensions between what have been described as secular and conservative Muslim citizens recently heightened in the capital, Tunis, foreboding one of the major difficulties the country will face in rebuilding its sovereignty.  On Tuesday, members of the Islamist Salafist movement, which has propagated its demands in several...

Bangladesh (Further) Surrenders Secularism

Kathryn Montalbano: This week, the Bangladeshi government has pushed to retain the state's Islamic status, a move that requires an amendment to the constitution that originally declared Bangladesh secular and independent from Pakistan in 1971.  Bangladesh's path to independence could almost be credited to Indian Muslims, who sought reprieve from social and political marginalization in...

What is the Public Square?

No longer the patch of pounded earth in the middle of town, is the public square the shrinking footprint of legacy media? Is it the more than 200 million blogs that exist in cyberspace? Is it the school board meeting? Or the assembly at our local high school? Margaret Somerville, director...

Different Levels of Credibility Between Religions?

Hunter Baker blogs at First Things that he is not entirely happy with the way his email interview with Sarah Harland-Logan of Harvard Political Review was excerpted in the final article, "Is Godless Good?" Baker is author of the 2009 book The End of Secularism ("The provocative assertion of the book...

Liberal Media v. Liberal Media

27 February 2006 AP religion writer Richard N. Ostling continues to do his part to dismantle the secular/liberal-media myth by using his own elite pulpit to rail against the secular/liberal book publishing industry: comparing the reviews of two recent books by and about atheists to complain about the advantages that atheists have courtesy of “sympathy...

Air Force Friends

13 February 2006 What’s the proper balance between the two constitutional references to church-state relations? If you ask Ted Haggard, it’s a 2:1 cocktail, heavy on the protection of majority religions. After intensive lobbying by the Air Force’s “‘evangelical friends,'” the military branch revised its much-debated religious sensitivity guidelines by cutting 3/4 of the guidelines, and leaving...