Protestor at Dr. King commemoration calling on Obama to not go to war against Syria.

A rebuttal to Obama’s war against Syria: a point by point refutation

The President said he wanted to have a debate on Syria. Let’s give him one. Let us start by reminding him of the real teachings of the same Dr. King on peace and justice that he and others have so thoroughly sought to appropriate. What is at stake is both the fate of the suffering citizens of Syria and the fate of our own democracy. We are, as King told us, caught in this inescapable network of mutuality.


Religion News Service allows readers to judge best Pope Francis artistic rendering

Religion News Service readers will vote for the best artistic rendering of Pope Francis as part of the nonprofit news site’s first ever art contest. Public voting online begins Tuesday, Sept 3, at:

Two-dozen artists from the U.S. as well as Canada, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia have submitted their artistic renderings.  Submissions will be accepted until midnight on Monday, Sept.2. Winners will be announced on Sept. 9.

Quote of the Day: Jonathan Rausch of the Brookings Institution

“What the gay rights movement is fighting for is not just equality for gays but freedom of conscience to live openly according to their identity. I don’t think we should be in the business of being as intolerant of others as they were to us.”
— Jonathan Rausch, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, arguing that gay-rights groups should be more willing to grant religious exemptions to individuals or organizations that oppose gay marriage. He was quoted by The Associated Press.


Provident Films announces DVD release date for compelling King’s Faith

(Nashville, TN.  August 30, 2013) – Provident Films and Faith Street Film Partners LLC announce the DVD release date for the inspirational family film KING’S FAITH for October 22, 2013. KING’S FAITH received an overwhelmingly positive response from audiences, media and ministry leaders during its theatrical run during the spring of 2013.  The film has a special message to young people who are challenged in today’s culture with making the right choices and learning to break free of past mistakes. KING’S FAITH stars Emmy Award winning actress Lynn Whitfield (The Women of Brewster Place, Madea’s Family Reunion), Crawford Wilson (Zoey 101), Kayla Compton, and James McDaniel (Malcolm X, NYPD Blue). The official website is

Muslims demonstrating against NYPD surveillance

NYPD: Muslims are terrorists

This hideous practice not only tramples on the rights of American Muslims, it also makes a mockery of the very rights and freedoms that are at the heart of the American experiment. If America is great, if America wants to be great, its greatness is to be measured not in the size of the flags we fly, but the extent to which we recognize the innate rights of all of our citizens, starting with the most marginalized amongst us.

Tanenbaum's 2013 Survey "Religious Discrimination in American Workplaces". Photo courtesy Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding

Religious diversity is increasing at the office, and so are pitfalls

RNS) The American workplace is becoming more religiously diverse and that is raising concerns about employer accommodations for believers — and increasing the odds for uncomfortable moments around the water cooler. But part of the potential for conflict is also due to the growing number of nonbelievers and the desire by white evangelicals to share their faith.

Chad Allen's brief manifesto gets to the heart of two questions: What is your art? And how will you make it part of your life?

“Do Your Art” This Labor Day Weekend

Chad Allen’s motivational book and my husband’s all-around DIY awesomeness have inspired me lately to “do my art.” What about you? What are you passionate about, and how can you make that creative outlet a regular part of your life?