After Afzaal Family Killings, Muslims in Canada Denounce Islamophobia

After the targeted killing of a Muslim family in London, Ontario, the community is demanding a summit on Islamophobia.

#afzaal-salman-d-2021, #afzaal-talat-d-2021, #afzaal-yumna-d-2021, #blanchet-yves-francois, #bloc-quebecois, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-and-belief, #salman-madiha-d-2021

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We Are Not Fated to Be Fanatics

Humans may be wired to need some kind of faith, but it doesn’t have to be like this.

#abortion, #augustine-of-hippo-354-430, #berea-college, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #calvin-college, #colleges-and-universities, #kings-college, #oberlin-college, #polls-and-public-opinion, #protestant-churches, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Richard Rubenstein, 97, Dies; Theologian Challenged Ideas of God

A rabbi, educator and author of a landmark book, he asked, “How can Jews believe in an omnipotent, beneficent God after Auschwitz?”

#books-and-literature, #death-of-god, #deaths-obituaries, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #religion-and-belief, #rubenstein-richard-l

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In a New York Prison, Covid Became a Death Sentence

My parishioner was not sentenced to death, but a death sentence is what he received.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #corrections-department-nys, #deaths-fatalities, #fishkill-correctional-facility-beacon-ny, #prisons-and-prisoners, #religion-and-belief

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Salman Rushdie on Literature

The literature of the fantastic has always embodied our profound truths, our finest attributes and our deepest prejudices.

#books-and-literature, #censorship, #children-and-childhood, #myths-and-mythical-creatures, #religion-and-belief

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Was Mother Teresa a Cult Leader?

In a new podcast, women who left the Missionaries of Charity speak out.

#christians-and-christianity, #kolkata-india, #missionaries-of-charity-religious-congregation, #nuns, #poverty, #religion-and-belief, #religious-cults, #roman-catholic-church, #teresa-mother

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America is Reopening. Here’s What it Looks Like

With safety restrictions easing, Americans from Maine to Montana are returning to concert halls, worship services and soapbox derbies in all 50 states. 

#athletics-and-sports, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #culture-arts, #food, #labor-and-jobs, #photography, #puerto-rico, #religion-and-belief, #united-states, #virgin-islands-us

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Our Fellow Evangelicals Need to Get the Covid Vaccine

We’re worried that our community is obstructing the end of the pandemic.

#christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #evangelical-movement, #religion-and-belief, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Sarah Colt on Why 2021 Is the Right Time for a Film About Billy Graham

The director’s new two-hour installment of “American Experience,” on PBS, examines the rise of the man who was arguably most responsible for the power of modern evangelism in the United States.

#american-experience-tv-program, #documentary-films-and-programs, #evangelical-movement, #graham-billy, #religion-and-belief, #television

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Bob Abernethy, Longtime Host of PBS Show on Religion, Dies at 93

He conceived and produced “Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly” and was its face for 20 years, after four decades as an NBC News correspondent.

#abernethy-bob, #deaths-obituaries, #nbc-news, #news-and-news-media, #public-broadcasting, #public-broadcasting-service, #religion-and-belief, #religionethics-newsweekly-tv-program, #television

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Repairing Generations of Trauma, One Lotus Flower at a Time

Buddhists from many cultures and communities gathered to repair the nation’s racial karma. The ceremony was held at a Los Angeles temple that had recently been vandalized in an arson attack.

#asian-americans, #buddhism, #hate-crimes, #los-angeles-calif, #religion-and-belief

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Learning How to Heal in the Wake of Anti-Asian Hate

Buddhists from many cultures and communities gathered to repair the nation’s racial karma. The ceremony was held at a Los Angeles temple that had recently been vandalized in an arson attack.

#asian-americans, #buddhism, #hate-crimes, #los-angeles-calif, #religion-and-belief

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Why the Right Loves Public School Culture Wars

Biden doesn’t rile up the grassroots. Critical race theory does.

#conservatism-us-politics, #education, #education-k-12, #race-and-ethnicity, #religion-and-belief, #republican-party, #states-us, #tea-party-movement, #teachers-and-school-employees, #texas

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Ole Anthony, Scourge of Televangelists, Dies at 82

After working as a well-paid Republican operative, he gave up a lavish lifestyle to live in poverty as a self-proclaimed Jeremiah, calling out fraud in the name of God.

#anthony-ole-1938-2021, #bible, #briggs-joe-bob, #dallas-tex, #deaths-obituaries, #frauds-and-swindling, #religion-and-belief, #trinity-foundation

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Quebec’s Ban on Public Religious Symbols Largely Upheld

The ruling exempts English-speaking schools and effectively allows provincial legislators to wear turbans or head scarves, but it angered civil liberties advocates as discriminatory.

#freedom-of-religion, #legault-francois, #minorities, #muslim-veiling, #quebec-province-canada, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations

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A Legal Winning Streak for Religion

A series of victories in the Supreme Court has fueled claims that the justices are giving preference to faith groups.

#california, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #religion-and-belief, #supreme-court-us

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Can the Meritocracy Find God?

The secularization of America probably won’t reverse unless the intelligentsia gets religion.

#christians-and-christianity, #jesus-christ, #religion-and-belief, #united-states

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Why Is Jesus Still Wounded After His Resurrection?

“The risen but scarred body of Christ is the ultimate signifier of divine empathy.”

#art, #christians-and-christianity, #crosses-and-crucifixes, #depression-mental, #empathy, #fujimura-makoto, #jesus-christ, #love-emotion, #religion-and-belief

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Building a Mosque in France, Never Easy, May Get Even Harder

The country’s principle of secularism has long disadvantaged Muslim communities, experts say, and President Emmanuel Macron’s new law against Islamism could deepen the disparities.

#france, #law-and-legislation, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #roman-catholic-church

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Clergy Preach Faith in the Covid Vaccine to Doubters

With widespread immunity essential to ending the pandemic, priests, imams, rabbis and swamis are successfully urging their congregations to get the shots. Many people trust them more than they trust health officials.

#clergy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hispanic-americans, #imams, #jews-and-judaism, #medicine-and-health, #ministers-protestant, #muslim-americans, #muslims-and-islam, #rabbis, #religion-and-belief, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Missouri Pastor Who Sermonized That Women Must Look Good for Their Husbands Goes on Leave

Stewart-Allen Clark, whose comments were admonished by a Baptist group, is “seeking professional counseling,” his church said.

#baptist-churches, #missouri, #religion-and-belief, #trump-melania

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Pope Francis Defends Iraq Trip During Coronavirus Pandemic

The pontiff said that he had wrestled with the decision to travel, but put the fate of the Iraqis who flocked to see him in God’s hands.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #sistani-ali-al

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Pope Francis Meets Iraq’s Top Ayatollah as Both Urge Peace

The meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani came as Francis sought to protect his persecuted flock in Iraq by forging closer bonds between the Roman Catholic Church and the Muslim world.

#christians-and-christianity, #francis, #iraq, #najaf-iraq, #nasiriya-iraq, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #shiite-muslims, #sistani-ali-al, #yazidi-religious-sect

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Pope Francis Visits Iraq: What to Know

The trip is taking place despite concerns about the pandemic and security. Here’s a brief look at why Francis is visiting Iraq, what the trip will entail and what he hopes to achieve.

#christians-and-christianity, #francis, #iraq, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church

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Pope’s Planned Visit to Iraq, Amid Pandemic, Raises Questions of Timing

Pope Francis has said he is determined to visit the war-torn country. But some worry that the visit will become a superspreader event in a land where the virus still rages.

#christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #francis, #iraq, #pilgrimages, #quarantines, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vatican

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Tomb of Joshua, Revered Prophet, Beckons Believers in Baghdad

No one knows for certain if Joshua, the Old Testament prophet, actually lived or where he might be buried. But for over 1,000 years, the sick and faithful have visited a Baghdad tomb said to be his.

#baghdad-iraq, #bible, #moses-prophet, #muslims-and-islam, #pilgrimages, #religion-and-belief, #tombs-and-tombstones

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Death Has Many Names

Not a day goes by that speakers of the Yoruba language do not make mention of death as both a phenomenon and a certainty.

#africa, #death-and-dying, #nigeria, #philosophy, #religion-and-belief

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Supreme Court Rebuffs Alabama’s Effort to Bar Pastor From Execution Chamber

The case was the latest in a series of disputes over the presence of spiritual advisers in execution chambers that have bitterly divided the justices.

#capital-punishment, #chaplains, #freedom-of-religion, #murphy-patrick-henry-jr, #religion-and-belief, #smith-willie-b-iii, #supreme-court-us

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Ilyse Hogue, Influential Abortion Rights Advocate, Will Step Down as NARAL Chief

In an interview, Ms. Hogue discussed a tumultuous era for abortion rights and the future of Roe v. Wade.

#abortion, #content-type-personal-profile, #democratic-national-convention, #democratic-party, #hogue-ilyse, #obama-barack, #religion-and-belief, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j

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The Religious Roots of Our Free Enterprise System

Benjamin M. Friedman’s “Religion and the Rise of Capitalism” reaches back centuries to discover the theological foundations of America’s economic system.

#arminius-jacobus-1560-1609, #books-and-literature, #calvin-john, #calvinism, #capitalism-theory-and-philosophy, #friedman-benjamin-morton, #religion-and-belief, #religion-and-the-rise-of-capitalism-book, #smith-adam-1723-90

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Joe Biden’s Catholic Moment

The new president elevates a liberal Catholicism that once seemed destined to fade away.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #democratic-party, #john-paul-ii, #liberalism-us-politics, #protestant-churches, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states

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Director of Amazon’s ‘Tandav’ Cuts Scenes After Pressure From India’s Hindu Nationalists

Faced with boycotts and criminal complaints, the director of “Tandav” made the edits this week. But that did not appear to satisfy some of the show’s critics, who called for him to be jailed.

#amazon-com-inc, #bharatiya-janata-party, #caste-systems, #hinduism, #india, #muslims-and-islam, #new-delhi-india, #religion-and-belief, #television, #uttar-pradesh-state-india, #zafar-ali-abbas

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Trump’s New Civil Religion

The storming of the Capitol is a creation myth for a political movement.

#civil-war-us-1861-65, #presidential-election-of-2020, #religion-and-belief, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Faith is Hard to Define. Can Spiritual Directors Help?

Nondenominational “spiritual companions” offer to connect clients to the divine in their everyday life.

#religion-and-belief, #your-feed-selfcare

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How Trumpism May Endure

The Confederacy built a lasting myth of victory out of defeat. Trump and his followers may, too.

#reconstruction-era, #religion-and-belief, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Fear Spreads in Minnesota Town as ‘Extremist Group’ Moves to Open Church

Many residents of Murdock, Minn., said they were horrified that an organization condemned by watchdogs as a white supremacist hate group would open a church. City leaders said they had little choice but to grant a permit.

#asatru-folk-assembly, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #local-government, #murdock-minn, #race-and-ethnicity, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #whites, #zoning

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Prepping for the Apocalypse, the Biblical Way

In a small town in Kentucky, an immense replica of Noah’s ark looms over the countryside.

#bible, #documentary-films-and-programs, #global-warming, #kentucky, #religion-and-belief

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Welcoming a New Year at an Ancient Festival in Pakistan

Chawmos, a festival of Pakistan’s tiny Kalash community, is a portrait in contrasts: solemn ritual and joyous dancing, gender segregation and public flirtation, togetherness and isolation.

#festivals, #kalash-ethnic-group, #new-year, #pakistan, #religion-and-belief, #women-and-girls

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With Paris Theaters Closed, Church Is the Only Show in Town

Coronavirus restrictions have shut playhouses and concert halls. So our critic went to Mass to get her fix of music, choreography and drama.

#church-of-st-pierre-de-chaillot-paris-france, #church-of-st-roch-paris-france, #church-of-st-sulpice-paris-france, #churches-buildings, #music, #paris-france, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #theater

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Of Death and Consequences

Religious Muslims in many nations are finding their sacred rituals of mourning disrupted.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #funerals-and-memorials, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-and-belief

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The Faithful Voters Who Helped Put Biden Over the Top

The president-elect’s approach to religion made a critical difference in key battleground states.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #clinton-hillary-rodham, #democratic-party, #freedom-of-religion, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #religion-and-belief, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Why Evangelicals Aren’t What They Used to Be

Once a religious bloc in search of political purchase, white evangelicals have become a political bloc with a religious past.

#baptist-churches, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #evangelical-movement, #falwell-jerry, #presidential-election-of-2020, #religion-and-belief, #southern-baptist-convention, #southern-states-us, #trump-donald-j, #voting-and-voters

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A Way for the Supreme Court to Protect Religious Minorities

The justices have an opportunity to overturn a precedent that has hurt Americans’ First Amendment rights.

#constitution-us, #law-and-legislation, #philadelphia-pa, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #supreme-court-us

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Why India’s Muslims Reach for Liberalism

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes Hindus more equal than religious minorities, Muslims seek equality from the secular Constitution, not Shariah.

#amnesty-international, #bharatiya-janata-party, #citizenship-and-naturalization, #constitutional-amendments, #constitutions, #delhi-india, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hinduism, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #india, #kashmir-and-jammu-india, #malaysia, #minorities, #modi-narendra, #mumbai-india, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #shah-amit-1964, #sufism-religion, #supreme-court-of-india, #times-of-india, #turkey

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Virginia Mollenkott, 88, Dies; Feminist Found Liberation in Bible

A Christian evangelical who was shunned for her lesbianism, she became an influential scholar of the Bible, finding in it acceptance of L.G.B.T.Q. people.

#bible, #bob-jones-university, #christians-and-christianity, #deaths-obituaries, #evangelical-movement, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #religion-and-belief, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #virginia-mollenkott

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A Teacher, His Killer and the Failure of French Integration

For generations, public schools assimilated immigrant children into French society by instilling the nation’s ideals. The beheading of a teacher has raised doubts about whether that model still works.

#citizenship-and-naturalization, #education-k-12, #france, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #muslims-and-islam, #paty-samuel-1973-2020, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #terrorism

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Life (and Death) Without God

The philosopher Todd May is an atheist who rejects the supernatural, but not the people who believe in it.

#atheism, #deaths-fatalities, #ethics-personal, #philosophy, #religion-and-belief

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Leave Amy Coney Barrett’s Faith Out of This

Examine her jurisprudence, not her religious practice.

#barrett-amy-coney, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #freedom-of-religion, #jews-and-judaism, #kagan-elena, #religion-and-belief, #touro-synagogue-newport-ri

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Still Grieving Chadwick Boseman, Brother, Son, Superstar

To his brothers and his hometown in Anderson, S.C., the “Black Panther” actor, who died in August at age 43, was a friend who tried his best. “His best was incredible,” his brother Kevin said.

#actors-and-actresses, #anderson-s-c, #art, #black-panther-movie, #black-people, #boseman-chadwick, #children-and-childhood, #deaths-obituaries, #religion-and-belief

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Amy Coney Barrett and the New, Old Anti-Catholicism

Critics of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee argue that pious Catholics are a problem for liberalism. They have a point.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #freedom-of-religion, #religion-and-belief, #supreme-court-us

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