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Brandon Ambrosino

Brandon Ambrosino is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Brandon Ambrosino

DeSantis can’t unwrite Disney’s history of ‘saying gay’

By Brandon Ambrosino — May 18, 2022
(RNS) — I don’t need Disney to publicly condemn DeSantis’ politics so I am able to feel valued as a gay man. I feel that way every time I set foot on Disney property.

How might Easter be reinterpreted in light of climate change?

By Brandon Ambrosino — March 29, 2018
(RNS) — We can start by expanding our vision and admitting that Easter is about God’s relationship with the whole world — not just human beings.

Trump: The grinch who stole ‘Merry Christmas’

By Brandon Ambrosino — December 1, 2017
(RNS) — How I long for the days when the War on Christmas was a fiction.

After Las Vegas, who says prayer doesn’t ‘work’?

By Brandon Ambrosino — October 4, 2017
(RNS) — While 'it might be reasonable in this instance to question the prayers of those collecting money from gun lobbyists, it seems mean-spirited to issue a blanket condemnation of anyone who turns to prayer in response to suffering,' writes Brandon Ambrosino.

Evangelical Trump supporters: Don’t lecture us about Hefner’s sexual perversity

By Brandon Ambrosino — September 28, 2017
(RNS) — In many ways, both men objectified women, but I honestly think Trump was worse about it, writes Brandon Ambrosino.

Richard Rohr wants Christians to see the Trinity as a divine dance

By Brandon Ambrosino — October 19, 2016
(RNS) A Franciscan priest and a popular spiritual writer, Rohr encourages Christians to avoid dualistic thinking.

3 new September shows with religion subplots

By Brandon Ambrosino — September 13, 2016
(RNS) 'The Exorcist, 'The Good Place' and 'This Is Us' have something in common.

Why this rabbi wants Christians to know about Judaism and Jews to know about Jesus

By Brandon Ambrosino — February 22, 2016
(RNS) A Reform rabbi from Highland Park, Ill., Evan Moffic thinks the study of the common roots of Judaism and Christianity can serve as a bridge between two faiths that have often misunderstood each other.

Breakout actress Gaia Scodellaro talks about her new role as Sister Celine

By Brandon Ambrosino — February 3, 2016
(RNS) Italian actress Gaia Scodellaro plays the wide-eyed Sister Celine in NBC's new series "You, Me and the Apocalypse."

The Faithful Viewer: 3 new shows with religion subplots

By Brandon Ambrosino — January 22, 2016
(RNS) January TV premieres include "You, Me and the Apocalypse," "Mercy Street," and "Lucifer." Our 'Faithful Viewer' guide tells you what to expect.

Why the Internet meme that God raped Mary is wrong (COMMENTARY)

By Brandon Ambrosino — December 23, 2015
(RNS) Consent is not only part of the story -- it’s the cornerstone of the story.

Whom would Jesus shoot — and why? (COMMENTARY)

By Brandon Ambrosino — December 11, 2015
(RNS) Isn't there another Christian way to apply Jesus’ teachings to terrorist attacks than pious martyrdom or "turn the other cheek?"

In HBO’s ‘Leftovers,’ every detail exploded with significance (COMMENTARY)

By Brandon Ambrosino — December 7, 2015
(RNS) The genius of the show is not that nothing is magical, it's that everything is. Every reference to a song or book, every passing allusion to literature, every lingering shot on some trivial paper towel rack -- every single tiny detail was exploding with significance.

How ABC’s ‘The Muppets’ killed Jim Henson’s vision of making the world a kinder place (COMMENTARY)

By Brandon Ambrosino — October 1, 2015
(RNS) Jim Henson saw himself as a myth-maker who understood the power of stories. The only stories the new Muppets seem to care about are the ones they tell to get what they want.

Why some black men prefer the down low and what it says about the black church

By Brandon Ambrosino — September 4, 2015
(RNS) While the language of the down low can afford us a certain glimpse at gay black identity, some researchers suggest the term’s use says more about racial forces at play in the wider culture.
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