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Outlawing Ben & Jerry’s boycott is a distraction that makes antisemitism harder to fight

By Nancy H. Wiener and Lester Bronstein — December 7, 2021
(RNS) — Ben & Jerry’s principled decision is an objection to occupation, not to the existence of Israel.
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Rachael Denhollander named Calvin University’s 2021 Kuyper Prize recipient

By Kathryn Post — December 7, 2021
(RNS) — The prize comes with $10,000 and will be awarded at Calvin University on Dec. 15.

Pearl Harbor and the fuel that still flows

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 7, 2021
(RNS) — If my late mother’s boyfriend had not perished at Pearl Harbor ...

$6.6M awarded to Tree of Life synagogue, site of massacre

By Michael Rubinkam — December 6, 2021
(AP) — The state funding will help “transform this site that has been marked by horror ... into one full of hope, remembrance and education,” Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers said.

Pastor who appeared in drag on HBO’s ‘We’re Here’ forced to leave his church

By Emily McFarlan Miller — December 6, 2021
(RNS) — Pastor Craig Duke was relieved from his pastoral duties last week at Newburgh United Methodist Church near Evansville, Indiana, after receiving pushback from congregants over his appearance on the show.

Court lifts block, allowing San Diego schools’ vaccine mandate to go forward

By Alejandra Molina — December 6, 2021
(RNS) — 'The 9th Circuit agreed San Diego Unified is acting in the best interest of students, as opposed to discriminating on the basis of religion, as the plaintiffs had claimed,' the district said in a statement.

Does religion make people more likely to welcome refugees? It’s complicated.

By Carol Kuruvilla — December 6, 2021
(RNS) — A new study investigates how religion shapes Europeans’ attitudes toward migrants.

Fat liberationists celebrate fat bodies in religious community

By Kathryn Post — December 6, 2021
(RNS) — A small but growing group of religious fat liberationists opposes fat phobia in all its forms.

Pope Francis likens European efforts to ‘cancel Christmas’ to dictatorship

By Claire Giangravé — December 6, 2021
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis commented on a leaked EU document, accusing it of trying to 'cancel Christmas' and calling it a form of 'ideological colonization.'

Why Mississippi’s abortion law argues for passing Build Back Better

By Charles C. Camosy — December 6, 2021
(RNS) — Biden's signature proposal supports a 'whole life revolution' in favor of pre- and post-natal justice.

African faith leaders combat misleading theologies that promise cures for COVID-19

By Fredrick Nzwili — December 6, 2021
(RNS) — A series of symposiums aims to educate clergy and unify their churches against faith healing and other practices.

As COVID continues, church-run food pantries, ministries adapt and expand

By Bob Smietana — December 6, 2021
(RNS)— For churches and other faith groups, sharing food is part of their DNA.

Both sides planning for new state-by-state abortion fight

By Ashraf Khalil — December 6, 2021
WASHINGTON (AP) — Both sides seem to be operating on the assumption that a court reshaped by former President Donald Trump will either overturn or seriously weaken Roe.
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