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Omar Mateen committed a hate crime. It’s unclear if he was an Islamist, too

June 13, 2016

(RNS) After Sunday’s violent incident, many have again reverted to the familiar but false dichotomy regarding Muslims in America: that because a gunman is Muslim, he must be a radical, bent on destroying America.

The horrors and hells of Hieronymus Bosch

June 9, 2016

MADRID (RNS) The 500th anniversary of the death of Hieronymus Bosch provides viewers a glimpse into the work of the man who created our modern vision of hell. It’s not for the squeamish.

How Southern delusions lie at the heart of the Charleston killings

June 8, 2016

(RNS) Hypnotized by the lost cause of the Civil War, those under its spell could not awaken without the shock of wanton cruelty. The murders at Emanuel AME Church provided that shock

The weaponization of religious liberty

June 8, 2016

(RNS) How did something as fundamentally American as religious freedom become a culture war weapon against LGBT people and their families?

Pope John Paul II relic stolen from Cologne Cathedral

June 6, 2016

BERLIN – A cloth with a drop of blood from former Pope John Paul II has been stolen from Cologne Cathedral, German police said.

Hijab is not another word for freedom

June 6, 2016

Let’s not be fooled by Ramadan clothing ads or well-intentioned intellectuals into thinking that hijab is a means of self- or fashion expression.

Anti-Semitism among refugees a quandary for Germany

June 3, 2016

(RNS) Anti-Semitism among refugees from Arab Middle Eastern countries is growing, in a nation that is acutely aware of the memory of the Holocaust.

Why civil rights and LGBT equality are joined at the hip

June 1, 2016

(RNS) The black community and the LGBT community are not mutually exclusive and neither “community” is monolithic. We are interconnected by our humanity.

40 dead tiger cubs found in freezer at Thai Buddhist temple

June 1, 2016

A raid to remove live animals from the temple began Monday (May 30) amid an investigation into suspected wildlife trafficking and abuse.

Judge sentences Catholic to Baptist church pews

May 31, 2016

CINCINNATI — Jake Strotman will attend 12 consecutive Sunday services at Morning Star Baptist Church.

A Mennonite pastor is suspended and a denomination is splintered (COMMENTARY)

May 27, 2016

(RNS) What a waste of effort, to put a good pastor on trial. What an absurd tragedy that a historic peace church would reprimand those who want to bless loving, committed relationships.

United Methodism’s global evangelical transformation

May 27, 2016

(RNS) Decades ago it never occurred to me nor to many evangelicals in United Methodism that our church’s membership decline and theological liberalism in America would be reversed by dramatic growth in Africa.

Fewer churches are involved in politics, and that’s not good

May 25, 2016

(RNS) Among most types of churches, participation in service-related activities is increasing while political participation is decreasing.

Missouri Synod set for fight over who should preach to Lutherans

May 24, 2016

HAMEL, Ill. — While the pool of men answering the call to enter seminary has shrunk in recent decades, some want to enforce higher standards on ministers who aren’t ordained.

Catholic church audit shows spike in sex abuse reports

May 20, 2016

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops attributes much of the 35 percent jump to six dioceses filing for bankruptcy and some states allowing victims to sue over old cases.

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