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The Baptist insights of the man who wrote ‘Robert’s Rules’

By Mark Silk — July 9, 2021
(RNS) — It's time for our democracy to give the man his due.

Inducting a Jew into the Hall of Fame on Rosh Hashana? What is the MLB thinking?

By Joshua Hammerman — July 9, 2021
(RNS) — What would Sandy Koufax do?

Political frustration in Northern Ireland has heightened tension around ‘marching season’

By Ger FitzGerald — July 9, 2021
(The Conversation) — Northern Ireland’s Orange Order will take to the streets on July 12 to commemorate a Protestant military victory. A scholar explains why this year the risk of unrest is heightened.

As South Sudan turns 10, questions over the role of the church emerge amid anti-clerical violence

By Christopher Tounsel — July 9, 2021
(The Conversation) — A spate of anti-clerical attacks has put a spotlight on the role of Christian leaders in South Sudan.

Qatar’s Baha’i community and the plight of foreign workers

By Baher Seioshansian — July 8, 2021
(RNS) — This subtle erasure of Baha’is from the country contrasts sharply with Qatar’s efforts to promote the image and practice of tolerance.

Hindutva’s threat to academic freedom

By Ananya Chakravarti, Purnima Dhavan, Manan Ahmed, Supriya Gandhi, Dheepa Sundaram, Audrey Truschke, Simran Jeet Singh — July 7, 2021
(RNS) — The Hindu right has attacked U.S.-based scholars for the past few decades, attempting to dissuade and discredit academic research.

The high cost of becoming a none for American Muslims

By Ryan Burge — July 7, 2021
(RNS) — Understanding why people leave any faith is key to understanding America’s future.

Breaking the silence: Clergy address pandemic’s surge in domestic violence

By Katie Givens Kime — July 6, 2021
(RNS) — This crisis of violence affects every faith community, and every faith leader.

Indictments for Vatican financial crimes a sign of progress

By Thomas Reese — July 6, 2021
(RNS) — Vatican financial scandals have repeatedly tarnished the image of the church. It is time for the Vatican to get its act together. Ironically, that will mean more bad news as crimes are uncovered and prosecuted.

If Rabbi Leo Baeck could survive Theresienstadt, we can survive COVID.

By Jeffrey Salkin — July 6, 2021
You think that clergy had it bad during COVID? Try Theresienstadt.

Why reparations are always about more than money

By Kerry Whigham — July 6, 2021
(The Conversation) — From Germany to Georgetown, the Global North has a lot to learn about reckoning successfully with past human rights wrongs.

Patriot games: CRT, Christian nationalism and a battle for the real truth of America

By Danté Stewart — July 2, 2021
(RNS) — It is what whiteness has worshipped in its own identity that has many believing critical analysis of race, racism and power is a threat to their faith and their country rather than a pathway to liberation and love.

Americans are as divided as ever, and religion is the wedge

By Mark Silk — July 2, 2021
That's a critical take-away from the latest report from the Pew Research Center.

Let’s celebrate this Fourth of July without the myth of white Christian innocence

By Robert P. Jones — July 2, 2021
(RNS) — Which will we honor — the Doctrine of Discovery or the Declaration of Independence?

How a little-known federal land use law could help combat antisemitism in America

By Noel Sterett — July 2, 2021
(RNS) — Zoning is no bygone relic but, rather, is a tool of municipalities to discriminate against religious groups.
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