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Spiritual Politics

When religious freedom is for me, not for thee

By Mark Silk — January 20, 2022
(RNS) — Could the current zealotry for religious freedom be just a pretext for looking after one’s own parochial interests?

To define or not to define antisemitism? That’s a good question.

By Mark Silk — January 13, 2022
(RNS) — A 2016 definition has lent itself to a range of uses — some positive, others not so much. 

Anti-vaxxism is the latest in America’s esoteric religions

By Mark Silk — January 5, 2022
(RNS) — As opposed to the exoteric religion of public health.

The Trumpist Reformation is upon us

By Mark Silk — December 28, 2021
(RNS) — If you want to understand post-Trump politics, look to Martin Luther.

Let’s treat religious liberty like conscientious objection

By Mark Silk — December 21, 2021
(RNS) — Here's a modest proposal for improving current free-exercise jurisprudence.

On New York vaccine mandate, Gorsuch’s religious liberty maximalism comes up short

By Mark Silk — December 17, 2021
(RNS) — But the Supreme Court's free exercise jurisprudence needs fixing.

Why gift-giving season is the most perilous time of the year

By Mark Silk — December 13, 2021
(RNS) — ’Tis the season to be wary.

After Lauren Boebert’s Islamophobic standup, here’s the apology that was missing

By Mark Silk — November 30, 2021
(RNS) — Boebert refused Ilhan Omar’s request to apologize to her publicly.

Is Josh Mandel the ‘Christian’ values candidate or the ‘Judeo-Christian’ candidate?

By Mark Silk — November 22, 2021
(RNS) — It would be more accurate to call the spiritual ideology of today's right not 'Christian Nationalism' but 'Judeo-Christian Nationalism.'

What would Maimonides say about Dennis Prager?

By Mark Silk — November 12, 2021
(RNS) — The 12th-century Jewish scholar would likely have called him a majnūn.

New film offers a portrait of New Orleans, told through its unique jazz funerals

By Mark Silk — November 5, 2021
(RNS) — 'City of a Million Dreams' is based on the book of the same name by renowned New Orlean's journalist Jason Berry.

A Halloween musical mystery: Did sublime Bach sonata end in a dance of death?

By Mark Silk — October 29, 2021
(RNS) — This flutist says yes.

A religious liberty quiz shows readers favor the separation of church and state

By Mark Silk — October 25, 2021
(RNS) — Madison and Jefferson would be pleased.

Your religious liberty quiz

By Mark Silk — October 14, 2021
(RNS) — A gauge of what you think should be the case, not what the law says.

Why calling God ‘they’ shouldn’t upset you

By Mark Silk — October 4, 2021
(RNS) — We've been through such linguistic change before.
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