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No tears for that Iranian scientist

By Jeffrey Salkin — December 1, 2020

(RNS) — That Iranian scientist was planning mass murder. That is all you need to know. Almost all.

Who should get COVID-19 vaccine first?

By Charles C. Camosy — November 30, 2020
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Farmers’ protests against India’s new agriculture laws follow long Sikh tradition

By Simran Jeet Singh — November 30, 2020

(RNS) — Protest is not new to Sikhs; rather, it permeates Sikh history, past and present.

Biden, second Catholic president, exacerbates US bishops’ divisions

By Mark Silk — November 25, 2020

(RNS) — A new working group takes the lead in taking on pro-choice Biden.

How do Mormons deal with conflict and faith crises? Avoidance doesn’t work, expert says

By Jana Riess — November 25, 2020

Step One, says Chad Ford, is to let go of the fear of conflict, and recognize that conflict itself is not sinful. But for Mormons steeped in both niceness and hierarchical leadership structures, that may be hard to achieve.

When visible Jews endanger lives

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 25, 2020

(RNS) — You think it’s anti-Semitic to criticize Orthodox Jewish gatherings? Then you might want to rethink Judaism.

Thanksgiving has always been about grief. Pass the mashed potatoes.

By Jana Riess — November 24, 2020

(RNS) — Marking both grief and gratitude isn’t antithetical to the Thanksgiving holiday; in fact, it’s baked into its very history.  

Pompeo’s rights commission distilled decades of evangelicals’ hopes

By Simran Jeet Singh — November 23, 2020

(RNS) — Rights seen as coming directly from God are emphasized over economic justice and fighting the types of abuses exacted by right-wing authoritarian leaders.

Liberty University football team realizes Falwell’s winning vision, but at what cost?

By Jonathan Merritt — November 20, 2020

(RNS) — Liberty is one of three teams in the running for the NCAA’s top tier playoffs.

Mormon prophet says to ‘flood social media’ with gratitude this Thanksgiving week

By Jana Riess — November 20, 2020

(RNS) — “Counting our blessings is far better than recounting our problems,” LDS President Nelson said.

US Catholic bishops’ response to McCarrick report is sad but predictable

By Thomas Reese — November 20, 2020

(RNS) — At their fall meeting, the American Catholic bishops failed to communicate that they understood the startling report’s implications.

Mormon apostle’s comments on racism fall short

By Jana Riess — November 19, 2020

Dallin Oaks recently said that “of course” Black Lives Matter. But Adam Harris and Carlene Fraser-Harris take issue with his underlying message.

Hate crime deaths reach all-time high, despite chronic underreporting

By Simran Jeet Singh — November 18, 2020

(RNS) — Three things the Biden-Harris administration can do to help address the pandemic of hate in our country.

Utah is the most generous U.S. state, study finds

By Jana Riess — November 17, 2020

Since approximately three out of five residents of Utah are Mormons, it makes sense that Utah would perform well in the measures about financial generosity and volunteering.

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