Other Faiths

For 25th year, State Department reports on threats, triumphs in religious freedom

By Adelle M. Banks — May 16, 2023
(RNS) — The report, which assesses conditions in 199 countries, also looks at policies and laws, including those about blasphemy and apostasy, that ‘criminalize religious expression.’

Faith leaders ask Biden to mark Mother’s Day with prayer day against gun violence

By Adelle M. Banks — May 3, 2023
(RNS) — Fellowship of Reconciliation leaders, who organized the letter, also pointed out ties that have been found between Christian nationalism and opposition to gun control legislation.

Iran, 27 other countries critiqued by watchdog for religious freedom violations

By Adelle M. Banks — May 1, 2023
(RNS) — The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom decried Iran’s use of violence against protesters in the wake of Mahsa Amini’s death.

What Rainn Wilson learned in his last days of being Dwight Schrute

By Simran Jeet Singh — April 27, 2023
(RNS) — You don’t have to be famous to know the basic key to satisfaction.

Indigenous activists share mixed feelings on Vatican repudiation of Doctrine of Discovery

By Emily McFarlan Miller — April 5, 2023
(RNS) — ‘They haven’t even begun to come to terms with the true nature of what we’re actually talking about,’ Steven Newcomb said.

Church-state separationist Barry Lynn recounts his legal arguments in new memoirs

By Adelle M. Banks — April 3, 2023
(RNS) — 'It is people who are hurting, people who are outcasts, that appealed to me,' Lynn said.

From Senate subcommittee to Easter sermon: Raphael Warnock on life as a pastor-politician

By Adelle M. Banks — March 31, 2023
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘My life is a sermon, that I get to preach on Sunday and embody and make come alive in my work in the Senate,’ said the Georgia senator.

White supremacist propaganda scaled new heights in 2022, ADL report finds

By Yonat Shimron — March 9, 2023
(RNS) — The Patriot Front, based in Texas, was responsible for 80% of propaganda distributions in 2022, the ADL report concluded.

‘Resistance’ is not just a buzzword in Kaitlin Curtice’s new book

By Emily McFarlan Miller — March 7, 2023
(RNS) — In ‘Living Resistance,’ Curtice shares essays about what resistance can look like, touching on topics such as prayer and protecting the land and even child care.

Poll: Support for abortion rights is strong, even among most religious groups

By Yonat Shimron — February 23, 2023
(RNS) — The outliers are white evangelicals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Latter-day Saints and Hispanic Protestants.

Library of Congress to highlight Muslim slave and scholar with $2.5 million grant

By Adelle M. Banks — February 14, 2023
(RNS) — The project, which will aid other library programs, is one of 16 to receive grants from the Lilly Endowment’s Religion and Cultural Institutions Initiative.

King scholar applies his philosophies of truth to a ‘post-truth age’

By Adelle M. Banks — January 13, 2023
(RNS) — ‘Dr. King argued that no religion has a monopoly on truth,’ said Lewis V. Baldwin, emeritus professor of religious studies at Vanderbilt University.

As smudging goes mainstream, concerns rise over appropriation, overharvesting

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 12, 2023
(RNS) — Along with the popularity of white sage comes concern about cultural appropriation, as well as overharvesting.

PHOTO GALLERY: The history and diversity of African American religious rituals

By Adelle M. Banks — January 10, 2023
(RNS) — A new photo book from the National Museum of African American History and Culture explores Black history through its range of spiritual traditions.

Witchcraft isn’t scary on stereotype-busting ‘Comfy Cozy Witch Podcast’

By Emily McFarlan Miller — January 4, 2023
(RNS) — Jennie Blonde says her message of comfort and coziness appears to be resonating not just with other witches, but with all people ‘who want to find a little bit more magick in their everyday.’
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