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The Largest Survey Of Trans & Non-Binary People In The U.S. Reveals Tragic Statistics

The results of the biggest survey of trans people in the U.S. have been published, and it paints a grim picture of what it's like to be transgender …

My Strange Winter with a Shaman in Kazakhstan

Photographer Denis Vejas documents the practices of one of the country's last Sufi dervishes.<p>Sufism is a mystical branch of Islam that is fairly unpopular throughout the Muslim world. Sufis have an unorthodox approach that focuses more on esoteric aspects of religious life, and strive for direct, …

Spirituality

Why I Stopped Ghosting

In the dating world there’s a looming presence that haunts us all: ghosting. I’ve watched friends get ghosted, been ghosted on, and I’ve even been …

Relationships

9 Academic Writing And Study Habits Used By Successful Students

Many students are discouraged to see that, no matter how hard they try, there is always someone with better grades. You may think this is due to a …

What It’s Like to Be Black and Atheist

African-Americans are statistically the most religious group in the U.S. Leaving that community can be extremely hard, and carry a heavy price.<p>On …

A great little book on transgenderism

By onOctober 19, 2016 in Book Reviews, Theology/Bible<p>People often ask me for recommended reading on transgenderism. I always have trouble answering …

I’ve been reporting on race for 40 years. Can we ever fix what’s broken?

<b>“I can’t keep calm. I have a black son!”</b><p>When my daughter, Sherita, posted this Facebook message the day after a white police officer in a Minneapolis suburb fatally shot 32-year-old Philando Castile during a minor traffic stop, she echoed the fear and anger of so many African American parents.<p>I …

Justice

Brexit in the High Court: What the legal arguments tell us

<b>It lasted three days, brought together some of the country's most eminent legal minds and, in the words of one, considered an issue of "fundamental constitutional importance" to the government, Parliament and the UK as a whole.</b><p>Bearing all of this in mind, it is perhaps no surprise that the 582-page …

The Missing Elements of Modern Worship

I once paid a visit to one of the most mega of America’s megachurches. It’s a church whose pastor is well-known, a church known for its innovation, a …

Has Trump caused white Evangelicals to change their tune on morality?

Have white evangelical voters become born-again converts to situation ethics? A survey released today puts this question squarely on the table. The …

Why U.K. Banks Are Worried About Life After Brexit

Britain’s largest banks are pressing Prime Minister Theresa May to lower their taxes as they ramp up efforts to win concessions to protect against …

7 Myths about Native Americans That Need to Be Corrected

While not as high profile as the Keystone XL pipeline, the Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners have been trying to construct a nearly …

Native Americans

Meet the Christians Who Smoke Weed to Find God

On the next episode of 'Weediquette,' Krishna sits down with the founder of a stoner bible study and meets the people who incorporate marijuana into their religious practices.<p>As weed legalization continues to spread state-by-state across the country, referring to pot in a religious way is often …

Cannabis

A short history of white people rigging elections

If Trump supporters really loved law and order, they wouldn’t be going around calling the election “rigged.”<p>Three weeks before Election Day, a major party presidential candidate is openly questioning the legitimacy of the results, saying there’s a conspiracy to steal the election from him. And it’s …

Rights & Freedoms

My Boyfriend's Married, and His Wife's On Board

Open marriage reportedly invigorates some relationships. But what's in it for the women who are so-called secondary partners?<p><b>A version of this article originally appeared in the October 2016 issue of ELLE.</b><p>When Ivy*, a 35-year-old activist, lived in New York, her relationships never seemed to work …

Our Faith Is Historically Verifiable—Or It’s Nothing

<i>Doveryai, no proveryai</i> is a Russian proverb that’s probably more famous in translation than in its original language. “Trust, but verify” was used …

Evangelical Christianity

Inequality is destroying all the markers of adulthood, from home ownership to marriage

Young people are still sold the story of growing up – leaving home, a secure job, a life partner and children. But the failures of capitalism have changed everything<p>It is a sign of the times that some of my local estate agents don’t look like estate agents. There are no pictures of houses in the …