Opinion

A trans hermit reminds us that the church once saw sex difference as a matter of degree

By Jacqueline Murray — June 13, 2024
(RNS) — How did a church that once recognized gender fluidity become so obdurate in imposing binary sex difference?
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‘Fiddler on the Roof’ may be many Americans’ image of Judaism – but American Jews’ heritage is stunningly diverse

By Samira Mehta — June 12, 2024
(The Conversation) — Most ideas about Jewish culture in the United States come from Ashkenazi traditions, but there’s a vast landscape of Jewish cultures around the world – and represented in the US.

How reciting the Pledge of Allegiance became a sacred, patriotic ritual

By Thomas S. Bremer — June 12, 2024
(The Conversation) — On Flag Day, a historian of religions in America explains how Pledge of Allegiance, which honors the American flag, is part of American civil religion.

Catholics could decide the 2024 election

By Thomas Reese — June 11, 2024
(RNS) — Catholics are a good weathervane for how the country will vote: If you win Catholics, you likely win the country.

Netanyahu, an accused criminal at the Hague, becomes an invited guest in Washington

By Omar Suleiman — June 11, 2024
(RNS) — The fiction of a post-World War II Western rules-based, values-based world order is dead.

If you’re truly pro-life, you should be anti-gun

By Tony Campolo — June 10, 2024
(RNS) — June is National Gun Violence Awareness Month, a good time to consider America's relationship with guns.

How to make Jerry Seinfeld cry

By Jeffrey Salkin — June 10, 2024
(RNS) — This is as far from yada yada as you could ever imagine.

What goes into a hate crime? Don’t assume you know.

By Simran Jeet Singh — June 7, 2024
(RNS) — What makes Athale's alleged crimes specific is that authorities collected enough evidence to charge him with targeting Sikhs.

Why Americans of faith need to care about reducing harm to the environment abroad

By Bridget Moix — June 6, 2024
(RNS) — Investing in international climate assistance is fundamentally about justice.

The 39th-generation rabbi who is reinventing Judaism: Amichai Lau-Lavie

By Jeffrey Salkin — June 6, 2024
(RNS) — A Conservative rabbi? There is nothing conservative about Amichai Lau-Lavie.

Finding humanity at the border — in migrants, the Border Patrol and ourselves

By Merinda Cutler and Meredith Gardner — June 5, 2024
(RNS) — If we cannot always provide migrants with a home, we can still act as humane participants in their journeys.

How an anti-terror bill could strip Muslim social justice NGOs of nonprofit status

By Dilshad Ali — June 5, 2024
(RNS) — Proposed legislation in the Senate would have far-reaching implications for charitable NGOs and their donors.

Narendra Modi sworn in as India’s prime minister for a third term after a narrow win – suggesting Indian voters saw through religious rhetoric

By Sumit Ganguly — June 5, 2024
(The Conversation) — The ruling BJP failed to see that those who had not benefited from the country’s rapid economic growth were deeply unhappy.
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