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Younger US Mormons voted for Biden, but Trump performed well overall

By Jana Riess — April 1, 2021
(RNS) — Millennials and Mormons of color chose Biden over Trump, but overall, two-thirds of US LDS Church members voted Republican.

Despair and hope in Holy Week

By Thomas Reese — March 31, 2021
(RNS) — Our world, like Holy Week, is full of bad news. We need to remember to also look for goodness.

The Mormon Israel and the problem with “Let God prevail”

By Jana Riess — March 29, 2021
The overall idea of translating "Israel" as "let God prevail" ignores the original story, in which Jacob actively refuses to let God prevail.

Is it time for us to rethink the Passover plagues?

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 28, 2021
(RNS) — The modern Pharaoh is denial. OK, pun intended.

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 day Reform Judaism made history

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 24, 2021
(RNS) — Reform Judaism in Israel has come of age.

The US needs an ambassador to the Holy See

By Thomas Reese — March 24, 2021
(RNS) — Joe Biden will soon be the first Catholic president to nominate an ambassador to the Holy See, something that in earlier days would have been anathema to American Protestants who feared the papacy’s political and religious power.

The ‘nones’ are growing — and growing more diverse

By Jana Riess — March 24, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Church attendance is the first thing that goes, then belonging, and finally belief—in that order,’ says Ryan Burge, author of a new book on who is leaving religion and why. ‘Belief goes last.’

The swastika and the 4 H’s

By Khyati Y. Joshi — March 24, 2021
(RNS) — Banning the swastika, or writing laws that treat it as only a Nazi symbol, would violate the First Amendment. Just as important, bans sidestep the real issue such as dealing with our differences and coexisting as Americans.  

Have a rice Pesach!

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 23, 2021
(RNS) — Do you want to eat rice and other legumes during Passover? Even if you're Ashkenazic? Knock yourself out.

The purity culture of Robert Aaron Long’s church

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

What the LDS church wants to know from young adult Mormons

By Jana Riess — March 22, 2021
(RNS) — A peek behind the scenes of a landmark survey of LDS church members reveals the stirrings of possible change.

The book you need to read before Passover

By Jeffrey Salkin — March 16, 2021
(RNS) — The Haggadah is not just a Jewish book. It might be the ultimate Book of Life.

Vatican says yes to gay people, no to blessing gay unions

By Thomas Reese — March 16, 2021
(RNS) — How will the Vatican welcome gays ‘with respect and sensitivity’ while saying no to blessing gay unions?

No more live endowment sessions in Mormon temples

By Jana Riess — March 16, 2021
Something important is lost when we erase history in the name of efficiency and a franchised, on-brand temple experience.
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