Faith-based organizations urge Biden not to enact ‘asylum ban’
By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 23, 2023
(RNS) — The proposed policy 'borders on a wealth test for some of the most vulnerable children and families,' said one advocate.
How I stopped running from my name and embraced its connection to my Hindu faith
By Murali Balaji — January 3, 2023
(RNS) — For years, my desire to fit in overrode my sense of identity.
Congress’ new class has much higher percentage of Christians than American public
By Adelle M. Banks — January 3, 2023
(RNS) — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, an independent from Arizona, remains the only member of the new Congress who uses the description of religiously unaffiliated.
The most significant religion stories of 2022
By RNS staff — December 29, 2022
(RNS) — Faith communities and organizations were at the center of some of the year's most indelible moments.
How American Hindus spend Christmas
By Syama Allard — December 23, 2022
(RNS) — Hindu Americans come from many different backgrounds and have numerous approaches to the holiday.
India’s visa temples attract devotees aspiring to go abroad
By Deepa Bharath — December 19, 2022
CHENNAI, India (AP) — This 'visa temple' has surged in popularity among U.S. visa seekers over the past decade; they can be found in almost any Indian city with a U.S. consulate.
Acknowledging the reality of caste is not Hinduphobia
By Anantanand Rambachan — December 12, 2022
(RNS) — Hindu organizations need to cease the knee-jerk response of branding public discussions of caste as Hinduphobic and acknowledge the inhumanity, injustice and oppression of the system.
US leaders gather to discuss rights of nonreligious people across the world
By Alejandra Molina — December 9, 2022
(RNS) — 'Discrimination against the non-religious is often caused, not by a desire to hurt atheists, but by the desire to help one or more religions,' according to a new report by Humanists International.
For India’s ‘third sex,’ acceptance is slowed by colonialism’s legacy
By Kalpana Jain — December 8, 2022
(RNS) — Nineteenth-century British colonial rulers dramatically altered the prevailing cultural understanding of gender identity and morality.
State Department blacklists are only one tool to foster international religious freedom
By Knox Thames — December 6, 2022
(RNS) — The designations beg the question: Do they help?
An ‘old-school Hindu’ takes on the future of climate
By Kevin Douglas Grant — December 5, 2022
(RNS) — 'He’s very good at understanding how the UN works, how the NGO ecosystem works and where the opportunity is for change.'
Asian faiths try to save swastika symbol corrupted by Hitler
By Deepa Bharath — November 28, 2022
(AP) — The symbol is a millennia-old sacred symbol in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism that represents peace and good fortune, and was also used widely by Indigenous people worldwide in a similar vein.
Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King. Here’s why it still matters.
By Jacob Lupfer — November 18, 2022
(RNS) — Christ the King offers both a hopeful and a sobering reminder to Christians, whose loyalty to Jesus becomes subordinated to political ideology.
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