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Opinion

How the Capitol police privileged white rage

By Jacqui Lewis — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — When Black-led groups protest, the Capitol police don’t open barriers for us or gently point the way.

At the Capitol, we saw the best and the worst of US Mormonism

By Jana Riess — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — The domestic terrorist who dangled from the Senate balcony and occupied Mike Pence’s seat is a returned missionary of the LDS Church, to our shame. But Mitt Romney, also a Mormon, showed some of the best qualities our religion is capable of.

The desecration of the House

By Mark Silk — January 8, 2021

(RNS) —The sacrilege lay not in the invasion of the Capitol but in the fact that it had been incited by the president of the United States.

Truth over power: It is past time for the church to speak plainly about the election

By Esau McCaulley — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — The ongoing protest of the election is not about a search for truth; it is an attempt to shape truth to suit the desires of the powerful.

Evangelicals must denounce the Christian nationalism in Capitol riots

By Jamie Aten, Kent Annan — January 7, 2021

(RNS) — It’s more important than ever for evangelicals to recognize the dangers associated with mistaking our fear for faith — and our faith for politics.

Taking the white Christian nationalist symbols at the Capitol riot seriously

By Robert P. Jones — January 7, 2021

(RNS) — The attack exposed the comfortable juxtaposition of Christianity and white supremacy.

If the mob’s attack on the Capitol surprised you, you weren’t paying attention

By Simran Jeet Singh — January 7, 2021

(RNS) — The truth is, this is precisely who we are. White supremacy is at the foundation of this country.

Sedition and silence

By Jim Wallis — January 6, 2021

(RNS) — The future of democracy in America is at stake. But the growing power of a distinctive American heresy is also at play.

Could Catholic moral theology light the way for a new GOP?

By Charles C. Camosy — January 6, 2021

(RNS) — The party is realigning around a religious, multiethnic, working-class populism, and Catholic thought could provide an ideological foundation.

Evangelicals had ’24-karat-gold’ man in Mike Pence. Loyalty may tarnish that legacy.

By Deborah Whitehead — January 6, 2021

(The Conversation) — Described as loyal to the point of being “sycophantic,” Vice President Pence faces a test of his most valued qualities as his tenure as vice president draws to an end.

Italy’s Epiphany witch is a needed sign of pandemic-era hope  

By Antonio Pagliarulo — January 6, 2021

(RNS) — The pandemic showed us that our seemingly secure routines can disappear in a few days. Le Befana shows us how to adapt with grace.

Six blocks from DC protests, fighting hate with faith

By Karen Brau, Amy Butler — January 5, 2021

(RNS) — We are facing a moment like those in which Dr. King said that silence is betrayal.

How Jewish is “Ma Rainey”?

By Jeffrey Salkin — January 5, 2021

The late Chadwick Boseman was amazing in “Ma Rainey.” Even more than you think.

Black Christians, don’t demonize African spirituality

By Darnise Martin — January 5, 2021

(RNS) — African elements give life to many churches, but outside of a Christian context, they are described as pagan and harmful.

Brian McLaren says there’s a good reason your beliefs stopped working

By Jana Riess — January 5, 2021

People who doubt their faith often get the “you are not wanted here” message from their religion, says author Brian McLaren. After the anger and loss, is there room for them to build a different kind of faith?

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