Someone should ask the presidential candidates this:

Will you ensure religion isn’t used as an excuse to discriminate and harm others? You can vote to get that question heard here. Maybe this is one way to remove the clown-car feel of the debates. (Here’s more on the Open Debate Coalition, which is asking.)

While we keep Haiti in our hearts

Hurricane Matthew has lashed the impoverished country already, and Mike the Heathen sends this: Haiti Doesn’t Have a Vodou Problem, It Has a Christianity Problem. From France Francois at Ebony: Vodou is not Haiti’s problem; Christianity is. No push to spread Vodou ever wiped out entire “savage” indigenous peoples. Vodou has caused no wars due to a desire to …

Is American religion really worth $1.16 trillion?

A new study published in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion says that’s the case, but this Relevant article says no. From the Relevant article: Their $1.16 trillion estimate is a staggering amount of money—something like 7% of the United States’ GDP. It’s also, on reflection, a somewhat silly figure. How do you possibly estimate …

T or F: Partisan politics have no place in pulpits

Jack Moline, of Interfaith Alliance, writes at Huffington Post: Clergy can stand at the pulpit and say just about anything they want without government interference. The only thing they can’t do is make a political endorsement while they are on the clock. Most clergy, I am sad to say, have more to fear from their …

It was bound to happen

Just about every time I go out and talk, I invite people to come heckle. I’m mostly joking, but yesterday, someone took me up on it. Well, he didn’t precisely heckle. He waited until after I’d spoken, and then he called me jaded — three times — and said that he was a fundamentalist and his church …

If you’ve nothing better to do…

…I am speaking about Christian fundamentalism in today’s political climate (I’ll make it snappy! With puppets and stuff!) as part of a Simsbury Public Library series, Faith in the 21st Century at 2 p.m. on Sunday. I hope you’ll come and heckle. You can find out more and register (which is required) here.

White Jesus to the rescue!

Rita Warren, who is also known as the Jesus Lady, is back with her life-sized White Jesus at the Capitol in D.C. She has been protesting for some time now, but she took a short break to recover from a heart attack. She is back because God isn’t finished with her, I think. (She doesn’t call …