Anti-Muslim Hate Is Just as Horrific When It Comes From Muslims

With some indication that the killings of four men in Albuquerque may have had sectarian motives, some American Sunnis are calling for solidarity with Shiites.

#albuquerque-nm, #chaplains, #discrimination, #domestic-violence, #hussain-muhammad-afzaal-d-2022, #hussain-naeem-d-2022, #hussein-aftab-d-2022, #latif-khalid, #minorities, #mosques, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #muslim-americans, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-and-belief, #shiite-muslims, #sunni-muslims, #syed-muhammad-august-2022-murders, #united-states

The God I Know Is Not a Culture Warrior

So why do we talk about God only when we’re fighting about something?

#faith-based-initiatives, #internal-sub-only-nl, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations

Alito’s Call to Arms to Secure Religious Liberty

The challenge, he says, is to convince people who are not religious that religion is worth special protection.

#alito-samuel-a-jr, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freedom-of-religion, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #scalia-antonin, #supreme-court-us, #university-of-notre-dame

Biden Is Now an Uneasy Champion on Abortion. Activists Are Still Wary.

A practicing Catholic, President Biden has long sought a middle ground on abortion. But activists see the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade as a sign that Democrats have tiptoed too carefully around the issue.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #religion-and-belief, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #womens-rights

ID Theft, Fraud, Prison: The Wild Life of a Bishop Robbed at the Pulpit

The police said Bishop Lamor Whitehead was robbed of a fortune in jewelry, the crime caught on camera. But the focus soon turned to him and his past run-ins with the law.

#brooklyn-nyc, #frauds-and-swindling, #identity-theft, #jewels-and-jewelry, #religion-and-belief, #robberies-and-thefts, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #whitehead-lamor-m

The Bad Faith of the New Religious Right

Esau McCaulley and Katherine Stewart on how the G.O.P. weaponized Christianity — and where we go from here.

#audio-neutral-informative, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #katherine-stewart, #mccaulley-esau, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #religion-and-belief, #theocracy, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Killed at 71, Ayman al-Zawahri Led a Life of Secrecy and Violence

A radicalized Egyptian physician, he was regarded as the intellectual spine of Osama bin Laden’s terrorist organization, and ran it after Bin Laden was killed in 2011.

#abdullah-abdullah-ahmed-abu-muhammad-al-masri, #afghanistan, #al-qaeda, #al-qaeda-in-mesopotamia, #bin-laden-hamza, #bin-laden-osama, #egyptian-islamic-jihad, #federally-administered-tribal-areas-pakistan, #international-relations, #islamabad-pakistan, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #muslims-and-islam, #peshawar-pakistan, #religion-and-belief, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #united-states-international-relations, #zawahri-ayman-al

Older Generations Are Reclaiming Rites of Passage

Rituals like graduations and weddings are few and far between for older adults. Some are finding ways to honor their momentous occasions.

#age-chronological, #elderly, #families-and-family-life, #funerals-and-memorials, #religion-and-belief, #ritual, #united-states

Religious Doctrine, Not the Constitution, Drove the Dobbs Decision

Women have become refugees fleeing their home states for reproductive health care that less than a month ago was theirs by right.

#abortion, #alito-samuel-a-jr, #constitution-us, #dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health-organization-supreme-court-decision, #religion-and-belief, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #roman-catholic-church, #womens-rights

A Pastor Burned Out by Our Divided Country

For Dan White Jr., a trauma diagnosis pushed him toward a new calling: helping other exhausted faith leaders find peace.

#audio-neutral-informative, #dan-white-jr, #debates-political, #religion-and-belief, #united-states-politics-and-government

In the Face of Fact, the Supreme Court Chose Faith

Kennedy v. Bremerton School District reflects the conservative majority’s brazen efforts to inflict its political and religious agenda on the rest of the country.

#first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #supreme-court-us

Where Mantras Trump Medicine, Vaccines Are a ‘Violation’

The Baduy, an Indigenous group in Indonesia, believe that vaccinations are impure, and unnecessary, and that their beliefs protect them. To skeptics, they note their Covid death toll: zero.

#baduy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #indigenous-people, #indonesia, #java-indonesia, #religion-and-belief, #vaccination-and-immunization

A Pro-Religion Court

What the 6-3 conservative Supreme Court majority’s latest ruling means.

#alito-samuel-a-jr, #barrett-amy-coney, #federal-courts-us, #freedom-of-religion, #internal-storyline-no, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations

After the Southern Baptist Report on Sexual Abuse, How Can Churches Do Better?

“We often have a very twisted understanding of authority and unity, and it is wielded in a way that keeps whistle-blowers silent.”

#baptist-churches, #christians-and-christianity, #denhollander-rachael, #internal-sub-only-nl, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #southern-baptist-convention

How a Religious Sect Landed Google in a Lawsuit

A video producer claims he was fired after he complained that an obscure group based in the Sierra foothills dominated a business unit at Google.

#computers-and-the-internet, #discrimination, #google-inc, #kelly-services-inc, #religion-and-belief, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil

What Does It Mean When Greg Abbott Calls the Uvalde Gunman ‘Evil’?

Christian theology teaches that societies — not just individuals — bear responsibility for evil.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #christians-and-christianity, #firearms, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #national-rifle-assn, #religion-and-belief, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Spiritual Coaches Are on the Rise

As more and more Americans call themselves spiritual but not religious, spiritual coaches give us a glimpse of the allure and the hazards of 21st-century D.I.Y. religion.

#alternative-and-complementary-medicine, #crystals, #entrepreneurship, #occult-sciences, #philosophy, #religion-and-belief, #women-and-girls

Republicans Are Now the Party of the Nonreligious Right

Secularization has supercharged the culture wars and expanded the Republican tent.

#christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief

How Does America Value Life Amid Mass Shootings and Covid Deaths?

Relentless mass shootings, a million dead from Covid — How much do we value a single life?

#mass-shootings, #religion-and-belief, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

The Arrow in America’s Heart

Relentless mass shootings, a million dead from Covid — How much do we value a single life?

#mass-shootings, #religion-and-belief, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Silicon Valley’s Worship of Work Hurts All of Us

Work has become religion for many knowledge workers. It hurts all of us.

#careers-and-professions, #labor-and-jobs, #places-of-worship, #religion-and-belief, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #united-states, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

Southern Baptist Leaders Mishandled Sex Abuse Crisis, Report Says

National executives of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination ignored victims, resisted reforms and were mainly concerned with avoiding ‘potential liability,’ the third-party investigation says.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #baptist-churches, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #protestant-churches, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #southern-baptist-convention

Relatives Charged in Exorcism Death of 3-Year-Old Girl

The child died from asphyxiation at a Pentecostal church in San Jose, Calif., as her mother, uncle and grandfather tried to expel what they believed was an “evil spirit,” the authorities said.

#california, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #crime-and-criminals, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #missing-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #pentecostal-churches, #religion-and-belief, #san-jose-calif

The Right Weaponizes America Against Itself

You cannot defend the ideal of E pluribus unum by deleting pluribus.

#buffalo-ny-shooting-may-14-2022, #conspiracy-theories, #discrimination, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-legislation, #population, #religion-and-belief, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #united-states, #united-states-economy

Abortion and the Supreme Court: Too Much Church in the State

What’s God got to do with it?

#abortion, #religion-and-belief, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us

On Strawberry Fanta and Other Treats Imbued With Divine Status

Whether because of religion, fad dieting or Instagram, humans have long made food offerings in the hope of connecting with the sublime.

#agriculture-and-farming, #buddhism, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #food, #pilgrimages, #religion-and-belief, #travel2022

Israel Plans Zip Line for Ancient Jerusalem

A Jewish settler group is promoting projects that opponents say will change the delicate historic, religious and political balance in highly symbolic areas around Jerusalem’s Old City.

#cable-cars-and-trams, #christians-and-christianity, #east-jerusalem, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #muslims-and-islam, #palestinians, #religion-and-belief, #temple-mount-jerusalem

How to Pray to a God You Don’t Believe In

I like my religion inscrutable.

#children-and-childhood, #jews-and-judaism, #philosophy, #religion-and-belief

Alice Walker Has ‘No Regrets’

Walker has grappled with some of the thorniest issues of 20th-century America. She’s also taken troubling stances. She has now opened up and shared her diaries, giving readers a window into her life.

#anti-semitism, #black-people, #books-and-literature, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #content-type-personal-profile, #icke-david-author, #religion-and-belief, #walker-alice, #womens-rights, #writing-and-writers

Ukraine War Divides Orthodox Faithful

Around the world, national churches, parishes and even families are reassessing relations with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, who has encouraged Russia’s aggression.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #clergy, #eastern-orthodox-church, #europe, #istanbul-turkey, #italy, #kirill-i, #lithuania, #orthodox-church-in-america, #patriarch-incorporated, #politics-and-government, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #priests, #putin-vladimir-v, #religion-and-belief, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-orthodox-church, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

A White Author’s Book About Black Feminism Was Pulled After a Social Media Outcry

The book “Bad and Boujee” centers on Black women’s experience, but critics said it was written by a white professor and was flawed in its execution.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #religion-and-belief, #writing-and-writers

Why Liberalism Needs Nationalism and Religion

The Ukraine War could inspire a reassessment of what liberalism should seek to be.

#christians-and-christianity, #france, #fukuyama-francis, #hungary, #le-pen-marine, #liberalism-us-politics, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #orban-viktor, #putin-vladimir-v, #religion-and-belief, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Covid Changed the Clergy in New York

As the city’s houses of worship hold in-person services again, faith leaders reflect on what the pandemic has taught them.

#clergy, #congregation-beth-elohim-brooklyn-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #easter-and-holy-week, #first-corinthian-baptist-church-manhattan-ny, #glasspool-mary-d, #latif-khalid, #new-york-city, #new-york-university, #places-of-worship, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #shaanti-bhavan-mandir-queens-ny, #shutdowns-institutional

The Growing Religious Fervor in the American Right

Rituals of Christian worship have become embedded in conservative rallies, as praise music and prayer blend with political anger over vaccines and the 2020 election.

#christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #evangelical-movement, #places-of-worship, #presidential-election-of-2020, #religion-and-belief, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pope Meets Canadian Groups Seeking Apology for Indigenous Schools

Francis met for the first time with groups of survivors of Canada’s abusive Indigenous schools who are seeking his apology over the church’s role in running the schools.

#apologies, #canada, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #indigenous-people, #priests, #religion-and-belief, #reparations, #roman-catholic-church, #truth-and-reconciliation-commission-canada

‘We Are Sleepwalking to Climate Catastrophe’

Readers respond to a dire climate warning from the U.N. secretary general. Also: Factors in college success; a signing in the N.F.L.; Botox follies.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #botox-drug, #cleveland-browns, #colleges-and-universities, #elderly, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #guterres-antonio, #national-football-league, #religion-and-belief, #united-nations, #watson-deshaun-1995

Supreme Court Rules for Condemned Inmate Who Sought Pastor’s Touch

In an 8-to-1 ruling, the court said Texas may not execute John Henry Ramirez, a death row inmate, unless his pastor can pray with and lay hands on him in the death chamber.

#capital-punishment, #chaplains, #decisions-and-verdicts, #ramirez-john-henry-1984, #religion-and-belief, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Religious Faith Can Shape Success in School

Boys from working-class families benefit from the social capital that religious belief can provide.

#education-k-12, #men-and-boys, #religion-and-belief, #sociology, #teenagers-and-adolescence

Sheina Vaspi Shines, but Does Not Compromise, at the Paralympics

Sheina Vaspi’s membership in the Chabad movement of Judaism led to her wearing a skirt on the slopes. But skiing on the Sabbath was a nonstarter.

#jews-and-judaism, #paralympic-games, #religion-and-belief, #skiing

For Lent, Consider That We’re All Sinners

A realistic understanding of sin makes forgiveness and grace possible.

#christians-and-christianity, #internal-sub-only-nl, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #religion-and-belief

Build a New City or New Humans? A Utopia in India Fights Over Future.

Backed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the new leadership of Auroville, an experimental commune, wants to create a model city. In the way stand trees, tree houses and a take-it-slow tradition.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #auroville-india, #bharatiya-janata-party, #communes, #india, #land-use-policies, #modi-narendra, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #sustainable-living

Lent Without Church

Perfection isn’t possible. That’s OK.

#easter-and-holy-week, #lent, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church

Ukraine’s Fight Feels Close to Home for These Americans

The Russian invasion deeply affects Ukrainians in the United States, but it also resonates with a 100-year-old Holocaust survivor in Texas and a Taiwanese American family in Georgia.

#campbell-university, #christians-and-christianity, #colleyville-tex, #congregation-beth-israel-colleyville-tex, #jehovahs-witnesses, #putin-vladimir-v, #religion-and-belief, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-samovar, #taiwanese-americans, #ukraine, #ukrainian-americans, #united-states

Patrick Gelsinger is Intel’s True Believer

Patrick Gelsinger is back running a company he first joined at 18. The chip maker was a Silicon Valley titan that lost its luster. As the world craves chips, can Intel make its comeback?

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #christians-and-christianity, #computer-chips, #computers-and-the-internet, #factories-and-manufacturing, #gelsinger-patrick, #intel-corporation, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #shortages, #silicon-valley-calif, #smartphones, #supply-chain, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

No Hijabs for Now, Indian Court Tells Muslim Students

In a dispute that’s become a flash point over minority rights, students are told to avoid religious garments of all kinds, pending a ruling on whether schools can ban head scarves.

#bharatiya-janata-party, #dress-codes, #education-k-12, #hinduism, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #karnataka-india, #modi-narendra, #muslim-veiling, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations

How the Trojan Horse Affair Affected British Pakistanis

A scandal in 2014, known as the Trojan Horse affair, exposed what it’s like living in Britain as a British Pakistani.

#birmingham-england, #bradford-england, #colonization, #cricket-game, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #england, #great-britain, #hate-crimes, #immigration-and-emigration, #income-inequality, #khan-sadiq, #london-england, #malik-zayn, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #national-health-service, #oxford-university, #race-and-ethnicity, #reed-brian-journalist, #religion-and-belief

What Museums Don’t Reveal About Religious Art

Two small exhibitions, one at the Met Cloisters, the other at the Wallach Art Gallery, bring the personal and political dynamics of devotional art to the fore.

#art, #cloisters-the, #columbia-university, #cordoba-spain, #japan, #museums, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #sculpture, #spain, #wallach-miriam-and-ira-d-art-gallery

Why Churches Should Drop Their Online Services

In-person church is as essential as in-person school.

#coronavirus-omicron-variant, #internal-sub-only-nl, #protestant-churches, #religion-and-belief

How to Process the Covid Deaths of Anti-Vaxxers

Don’t give in to schadenfreude. It warps the soul.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #ethics-personal, #philosophy, #religion-and-belief, #vaccination-and-immunization

Was Dorothy Day Too Left-Wing to Be a Catholic Saint?

The Archdiocese of New York has asked the Vatican to consider the social activist for sainthood. But church leaders are not entirely comfortable with her politics.

#beatifications-and-canonizations, #catholic-worker-movement, #day-dorothy, #dolan-timothy-m, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops