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God Versus Godless—a False Choice

Ten CommandmentsExtreme views on religious belief—or lack of it—may make for lively theatrics, but they ignore the dynamic complexities of behavior and faith.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Marriage Equality Will Not End LGBT Discrimination

Gay and lesbian support rallyAs the Supreme Court decides who can say “I do,” finally passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is something that Congress must do.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Mobilizing at the Margins: An Interview on Women, Leadership, and Faith

Sally Steenland talks with Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, a Benedictine nun, speaker, and author.

By Sally Steenland | Friday, May 31, 2013

Sequestration Hurts All of Us, Not Just Our Most Vulnerable

Three months into sequestration, we take a look at how harmful the phased-in cuts have been.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 29, 2013

People of Faith Should Oppose Official Prayer at Public-School Graduation Ceremonies

Public high school graduationIn a pluralistic democracy, government should not be in the business of promoting religion.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Godsend to Reproductive Health Clinics

Groups offer compassionate, nonjudgmental counseling for women and their families dealing with abortion.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Nothing Says Love Like Great Public Policy

Mother's DayWhile cards and flowers are fine Mother’s Day gifts, public policies that make life better for moms are the best way to honor all they do.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 8, 2013

3 Facts About Religion and Violent Extremism

Islamic Society of BostonIn the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, it’s important to keep the facts straight about the complexities of terrorism.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Advocates Continue Efforts to Prevent Gun Violence

Gun-violence preventionIn the wake of last week’s Senate vote against legislation to prevent gun violence, Americans must remember that their efforts to reduce gun violence are a marathon, not a sprint.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Is Creativity or Obedience More Important?

Rev. Joel HunterProbing and honest conversation is key to fostering real understanding between people.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Ever-Evolving Institution of Marriage

DOMADespite claims by many conservatives and religious leaders, marriage has not always been a union between one man and one woman but over the years has embraced practices that even most strident marriage traditionalists might abhor.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Reproductive Justice, Religious Liberty, and Pluralistic Democracy

Sally Steenland talks with Rabbi Dennis Ross, a religious advocate and congregational rabbi, in the third interview in a podcast series discussing the current state of the reproductive health, rights, and justice movement.

By Sally Steenland | Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Dark Side of ‘Bright Young Things’

Victoria's SecretProgressives should speak out about the commercial targeting of youth instead of shying away from a fight about deregulation and the “nanny state.”

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Religious Right Wasn’t Created to Battle Abortion

Antiabortion rallyAs the Supreme Court hears arguments in cases on marriage equality, many fear a decades-long backlash reminiscent of that after Roe v. Wade. It is important, however, to remember the real story behind the formation of the religious conservative movement.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, March 27, 2013

‘Girls’ Needs to Glance Away from the Mirror

Cast of Even the created reality of a television show can benefit from a diverse worldview.

By Sally Steenland | Wednesday, March 20, 2013