Marcia Pally is an author at Religion News Service.
How some abortion opponents get ‘pro-life’ radically right
(RNS) Reducing abortion as much as possible is a universal goal with broad consensus about how to achieve it.
Why picking a president shouldn’t be about individual choice
(RNS) With persistent focus on separating — on the exit from common aims and projects — people begin to assume others are doing the same. In this way of being, people become unmoored.
The apocalyptic images at the heart of Trump mania (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) Does it not say in the Book of Daniel, Chapter 2, that a sign of Armageddon will be one whose “head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver”?
Are people more interested in religion? Or less? Or both? (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) The upshot: The nones are up because they’re searching, and the orthodox are up because they’ve found.
Analyzing America’s vigilante love affair with guns (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) Guns represent retaining control over and against government, even for those with no violent agendas.
The tragedy and futility of Trumped-up solutions (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) Americans are daunted by the changing economy and the wars we don’t seem to know how to win. And people don’t like to feel daunted; they want to feel effective. That’s why enough are open to extreme solutions so as to keep Trump as the top GOP candidate.
Are humans wired for violence? Evolutionary biology begs to differ (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) The idea that our gravest aggression is not biological but cultural suggests that we don’t need to alter our cooperative nature but to address perversions of it.
I’m radically pro-life, and not only when it’s on the cheap (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) Laws limiting abortion don’t pay for sonograms or day care, and they don’t feed or educate children.
We have a right to pigheaded ideas. Now what should we do? (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) Last week, we were assured that bandying about with severed pig heads is protected expression. It is protected even when accompanied by shouts of “Muslims burn in hell!” in the middle of a Muslim festival.