On Nakba Day, some Palestinians dream of a single, secular state

By Andre Henry — May 16, 2024
(RNS) — People who reflexively invoke Israel’s right to exist conflate the right of a nation to exist with the right to oppress.
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Hagee: Antisemitism bill in Congress doesn’t violate Bible’s account of Jesus’ death

By John Hagee — May 15, 2024
(RNS) — Members of Congress have claimed the legislation will stifle a false theology that ‘the Jews killed Jesus.’ 

India’s parliament has fewer Muslims as strength of Modi’s party grows

By Sheikh Saaliq and Krutika Pathi — May 15, 2024
MALAPPURAM, India (AP) — Ever since the BJP began its rise as a political force in the mid-1980s, the proportion of Muslim lawmakers in parliament and state legislatures has shrunk.

Former Trump official Elizabeth Neumann wants to combat Christian extremism

By Jack Jenkins — May 14, 2024
(RNS) — 'We've reordered, if you will, in the incorrect order: Politics is the premier as opposed to our trust and faith in Jesus,' said the extremism expert.

Far-right Christians blame Madonna’s ‘satanic’ concert for floods in southern Brazil

By Eduardo Campos Lima — May 13, 2024
SÃO PAULO, Brazil (RNS) — Christian pastors and social media influencers have connected the concert's sexual content with unprecedented floods that have devastated cities in Rio Grande do Sul state and killed 116 people.

Can Donald Trump swear on the Bible to tell the truth?

By Jim Wallis — May 10, 2024
(RNS) — The former president is selling 'God Bless the USA' Bibles. What will happen if he has to swear on Scripture in court during one of his many trials?

Shunned for centuries, Vodou grows powerful as Haitians seek solace from unrelenting gang violence

By DÁnica Coto — May 10, 2024
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Shunned publicly by politicians and intellectuals for centuries, Vodou is transforming into a more powerful and accepted religion across Haiti, where its believers were once persecuted.

Union Theological Seminary votes to divest from companies profiting from Gaza war

By Fiona Murphy — May 9, 2024
NEW YORK (RNS) — Union, a private, ecumenical school that serves as Columbia University’s faculty of theology but maintains a separate endowment, is the first U.S. institute of higher education known to divest from the war in Gaza.

Harvard religion professor Diana Eck on pluralism’s changes, challenges

By Adelle M. Banks — May 9, 2024
(RNS) — ‘I still think of myself as Christian, in the sense that that’s my family of origin,’ Eck said. ‘There are other families that I feel I belong to as well.’

Controversial antisemitism bills are passing, and not only in the US House

By Yonat Shimron — May 8, 2024
RALEIGH, N.C. (RNS) — A North Carolina bill known as the Shalom Act is similar to the Antisemitism Awareness Act that passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

Grace College professor ousted after online commentators flag ‘woke’ social media posts

By Kathryn Post — May 8, 2024
(RNS) — It’s the latest in a string of professor terminations at Christian colleges seemingly tied to clashes over narrowing and often unspoken political and theological criteria.

Is the golden age of American Jews really ending?

By Mark Silk — May 8, 2024
(RNS) — Reports of its demise are premature.

In toxic time, hope can be the solid ground we can stand on

By Cassandra Lawrence — May 7, 2024
(RNS) — Severely tried in the months since Oct. 7, the interfaith community still looks to the promise of future flourishing.
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