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Lionized for his Jan. 6 antics, Jake Angeli finds his spiritual beliefs a harder sell

By Jack Jenkins — June 2, 2023
(RNS) — The 'QAnon shaman' remains invested in his spiritual beliefs but so far has had no takers for his post-incarceration religious and political consultancy business.
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From Taylor Swift’s tour to statehouses, witches are blamed for climate of fear

By Heather Greene — June 1, 2023
(RNS) — One historian sees a replay of 17th century moral panics in today’s increasing social media attacks on witches, saying, ‘It is getting weird.’

Faith, science and the abortion debate

By Charles C. Camosy — June 1, 2023
(RNS) — Do abortion rights advocates follow the facts, wherever they lead?

Israeli protesters fear for the future of their country’s precarious LGBTQ rights revolution

By Orit Avishai — June 1, 2023
(The Conversation) — LGBTQ rights are not the main issue bringing Israeli protesters to the streets, but they do symbolize the country’s stark divide.

Survey: Drop in Eastern European antisemitism may be due to Zelenskyy effect

By Yonat Shimron — May 31, 2023
(RNS) — As arguably the world’s most famous Jew, he may also be contributing to a decline in antisemitic attitudes not only in Ukraine but also in neighboring Poland to the west and Russia to the east.

Bishop Vashti McKenzie on leading National Council of Churches as it nears 75 years

By Adelle M. Banks — May 31, 2023
(RNS) — ‘I think that the difference, at this point, is that I am adding activism to advocacy,’ she said as she became NCC president after serving as interim leader.

Can Pope Francis bring peace to Ukraine?

By Thomas Reese — May 31, 2023
(RNS) — The pope’s refusal to cheer either side in this war gives him credibility as mediator.

How we are giving Jewish Heritage Month the attention it deserves

By Johnnie Moore and Elan Carr — May 31, 2023
(RNS) — Most Americans would be surprised to hear that presidents have honored Jewish heritage 43 previous times.

How evangelical Christian writer Jemar Tisby became a radioactive symbol of ‘wokeness’

By Bob Smietana — May 30, 2023
(RNS)–Once an evangelical insider with a textbook conversion story, Tisby has become persona non grata in some Christian circles for his books on race and religion, including the 2019 bestseller, ‘The Color of Compromise.’

Connecticut lawmakers apologize for ‘miscarriage of justice’ in colonial-era witch trials

By Susan Haigh — May 30, 2023
(AP) — The lone senator to vote against the bill exonerating women convicted of being witches said. 'I don’t want to see bills that rightfully or wrongfully attempt to paint America as a bad place with a bad history'.

DeSantis’ spiritual-warrior style a bid for support from like-minded pastors

By Jack Jenkins — May 26, 2023
(RNS) — With growing uncertainty surrounding evangelical support for former President Donald Trump, DeSantis is courting one of the Republican Party’s most sought-after constituencies.

Protect people. Raise the debt limit and cut wasteful Pentagon spending.

By Bridget Moix — May 25, 2023
(RNS) — For too long, the Pentagon has been treated as a sacred cow in budget negotiations.

Jewish organizations laud White House plan to fight antisemitism

By Yonat Shimron — May 25, 2023
(RNS) — The new strategy, the first of its kind, was developed in consultation with some 1,000 federal officials, faith leaders and civil society groups and contains more than 100 recommendations.
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