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Confessions of a reluctant Hindu

By Bidisha Biswas — June 8, 2021
(RNS) — Is it possible to be a Hindu and reject caste? For me, the answer is yes. Hinduism is a living religion, and Hindus can reform their religion by the very act of living out the changes we seek.

As Catholic bishops’ Communion war roils June meeting, look what’s not on the agenda

By Thomas Reese — June 8, 2021
(RNS) — It is sad that the U.S. bishops are so focused on the Communion war that they have no energy for anything else.

I Believe! … In QAnon? What nonbelievers don’t get about conspiracy beliefs

By Brad Hirschfield — June 7, 2021
(RNS) — We need to stop asking them to justify their conclusions and try to understand why QAnon works for them.

‘Lady of Guadalupe’ avoids tough truths about the Catholic Church and Indigenous genocide

By Rebecca Janzen — June 7, 2021
(The Conversation) — The latest movie to take on this classic story sentimentalizes history in the name of inspiring religious devotion.

Why it matters that 7 states still have bans on atheists holding office

By Kristina M. Lee — June 6, 2021
(The Conversation) — Anti-atheism is ingrained in American politics. A refusal to remove outdated language from state Constitutions perpetuates this prejudice.

The pandemic has slowed tourism to Thailand’s Buddhist temples, but the impact is more than economic

By Brooke Schedneck — June 5, 2021
(The Conversation) — Thailand's Buddhist temples, important centers of culture and commerce, rely on donations from international visitors. Because of a steep drop in tourism, these temples have been hit hard.

New voter bills are a body blow to American democracy

By T.D. Jakes — June 4, 2021
(RNS) — The biggest threat to our democracy may not be in Moscow but in state capitals like Tallahassee, Phoenix and Austin.

Southern Baptists head for annual meeting at a crossroads on race and gender

By Robert P. Jones — June 4, 2021
(RNS) — In this moment of reckoning, white evangelical Protestants — the denominational family to which Southern Baptists belong — are increasingly out of step.

The best news out of Israel this week!

By Jeffrey Salkin — June 4, 2021
(RNS) — Yes, 'Bye, Bye Bibi.' But, dig a little deeper and prepare to be moved.

Interfaith ‘vaccine ambassadors’ take up Biden’s Month of Action

By Eboo Patel, Mary Ellen Giess, Paul Brandeis Raushenbush — June 3, 2021
(RNS) — Two thousand volunteers of diverse faiths will engage people through their religious communities. 

American Christians must humbly look to global church for solutions to decline

By Tom Lin — June 3, 2021
(RNS) — The Christian church in North America is starting to erode. Thankfully, however, the center of the church is not in North America.

Students at Catholic colleges leave with less positive attitudes toward gay people than their peers – but that’s not the whole story

By Christa Winkler, Musbah Shaheen, Zach Hooten — June 3, 2021
(The Conversation) — A survey of over 3,000 students found that how much students' appreciation of gay, lesbian and bisexual people increased during college varied by their school's religious affiliation.

How women in the Southern Baptist Convention have fought for decades to be ordained

By Susan M. Shaw — June 3, 2021
(The Conversation) — Southern Baptists are calling for an investigation into the ordination of three women. A scholar explains why this continues to be a fraught issue, even though 2,500 women have been ordained to date.

Reforming the Vatican Curia: Never easy, and never over

By Thomas Reese — June 2, 2021
(RNS) — Francis’ heart is in the right place, but the forthcoming document on Curia reform will not likely do the job.

For Indian American Hindus, loving India doesn’t mean holding back our criticism

By Khyati Y. Joshi — June 2, 2021
(RNS) — We must examine how ethnic pride results in soft-pedaling our criticism of the Indian government.
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