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Spiritual Politics

The growing Jewish divide

By Mark Silk — May 14, 2021
(RNS) — Growth is occurring at both the low and the ultra ends of the religious Jewish spectrum.

Connecticut’s religious anti-vaxxers file suit

By Mark Silk — May 4, 2021
(RNS) — Three mothers say a law eliminating the faith exemption for school vaccinations violates their free exercise rights.

Evangelicals are losing their climate skepticism

By Mark Silk — April 28, 2021
(RNS) — No wonder the pushback on President Joe Biden’s climate agenda has thus far been minimal.

Racial identity follows in the footsteps of religious identity

By Mark Silk — April 19, 2021
(RNS) — The blurring of religious identity over the past few decades may be a model for racial identity.

How SCOTUS is selectively ‘restoring’ religious liberty

By Mark Silk — April 12, 2021
(RNS) — A court bent on finding an absence of neutrality can always find something.

The hollowing out of American religion

By Mark Silk — April 5, 2021
(RNS) — Its consequences for American politics are hard to exaggerate.

Why the Equality Act is no big threat to religious freedom

By Mark Silk — March 25, 2021
(RNS) — If push comes to shove, expect the Supreme Court to step in.

The purity culture of Robert Aaron Long’s church

By Mark Silk — March 22, 2021
It's not just about sex.

The Vatican tries to hold back the tide on same-sex blessings

By Mark Silk — March 15, 2021
(RNS) — But the Vatican is already up to its ankles.

The religion of Trump’s Lost Cause

By Mark Silk — March 5, 2021
(RNS) — Its roots are in the Civil War.

Being pro-choice doesn’t necessarily make Biden a bad Catholic

By Mark Silk — February 27, 2021
(RNS) — But he could do more to make the case.

Biden needs to restore Obama rule for faith-based organizations

By Mark Silk — February 22, 2021
(RNS) — Given what's at stake for families, faith-based regulations about social service organizations should not take years to put in place.

Democratic values compete with Buddhist ones in Myanmar

By Mark Silk — February 13, 2021
(RNS) — Democracy is making inroads, but the tradition of karmic kingship persists.

Jewish leaders need to step up on climate change

By Mark Silk — February 3, 2021
(RNS) — The Jewish world’s environmentalist engagement of three decades ago is overdue for a revival.

The civil religious cleansing of Washington

By Mark Silk — January 21, 2021
(RNS) — The Biden inauguration sought a restoration.
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