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2nd Australian state bans public displays of Nazi swastikas

By Associated Press — August 11, 2022
SYDNEY (AP) — The law allows for the swastika to be used in academic, historical or educational settings, thereby paving the way for its display by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains for whom it holds religious significance.

A religiously diverse Edmonton hosts Pope Francis’ visit

By Peter Smith — July 26, 2022
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — In a sign of cross-religious cooperation, volunteers to help with Pope Francis’ visit have come from the local Muslim community, the Salvation Army and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Paul Raushenbush: ‘Christian nationalism is a threat to the American way of life’

By Yonat Shimron — July 22, 2022
(RNS) — The new leader of the Interfaith Alliance wants to fight for an America that is welcoming and inclusive of all faiths and no faith.

As monkeypox spreads, global organizations mobilize faith networks to fight stigma

By Adelle M. Banks — July 20, 2022
(RNS) — ‘There is no shame in having any disease’ is the mantra of Religions for Peace after dealing with past health crises, says its secretary-general.

Shinto religion has long been entangled with Japan’s politics – and Shinzo Abe was associated with many of its groups

By Kaitlyn Ugoretz — July 18, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of Japanese religion explains the connections that Japan’s political parties have with several religious groups and how religion is tied in with the legacy of Shinzo Abe.

Ex-Scientologist Mike Rinder has memoir out in September

By Associated Press — July 12, 2022
NEW YORK (AP) — He has previously alleged that while a Scientologist he was subjected to repeated physical abuse, an allegation the church has denied.

What’s behind the enduring popularity of crystals?

By Joseph P. Laycock — July 6, 2022
(The Conversation) — Crystals are part of a larger tradition of metaphysical religions that have a long history in the U.S.

Zoroastrians confront depletion of their ancient faith

By David Crary — July 1, 2022
NEW YORK (AP) — SOAS University’s Almut Hintze, a professor of Zoroastrianism, has described the global community as “microscopically small” and worries about the decline of Parsis in India.

Fundie Fridays, the snarky critic of conservative religious zeal, faces YouTube termination

By Riley Farrell — June 30, 2022
(RNS) — By poking fun at fundamentalists, Jennifer Sutphin and James Bryant stand as symmetrically antithetical to Christian content creators. Thousands of followers worship them for it.

The ‘sonnenrad’ used in shooters’ manifestos: a spiritual symbol of hate

By Helen A. Berger — June 30, 2022
(The Conversation) — The far-right today shares more than just ideas with white supremacists of yesterday – they also share some pagan-inspired symbols.

Abortion and bioethics: Principles to guide U.S. abortion debates

By Nancy S. Jecker — June 23, 2022
(The Conversation) — A bioethicist explains the four ethical principles that guide medical practitioners’ thinking about abortion, such as autonomy and justice.

Ancient home, prayer room open at Rome’s Baths of Caracalla

By Nicole Winfield — June 23, 2022
ROME (AP) — The site today is a big tourist draw for the multi-leveled brick remains of the Imperial Roman baths, libraries and gyms and the marble mosaics that decorated the floors.

State Department officials report religious freedom woes, wins across the globe

By Adelle M. Banks — June 3, 2022
(RNS) — The secretary of state and religious freedom ambassador also expressed concern about an increase in antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred in many countries, including the United States.

Gore says climate crisis like ‘nature hike right through the Book of Revelation’

By Adelle M. Banks — May 18, 2022
(RNS) — ‘The transition to a cleaner future can also be a transition to a more just and equitable future,’ he said at a Black Interfaith Project event.

Department of Interior releases first report detailing US Indian boarding schools

By Emily McFarlan Miller — May 11, 2022
(RNS) — The Roman Catholic Church and a number of Protestant denominations are beginning to investigate their own roles in those boarding schools.
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