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State lawmakers push for priests to report abuse learned about in confessional

By Jack Jenkins — March 14, 2023
(RNS) — Catholic bishops are pushing back, arguing the statutes would infringe on the First Amendment rights of priests.
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Trump vs. DeSantis: Florida pastors mull conservative issues

By Giovanna Dell'orto — March 14, 2023
(AP) — “The evangelical vote in Florida is too diverse to be a big force in politics,” said one political scientist, but many faithful across denominations like seeing DeSantis take charge of issues like sexually explicit materials available to children. “That resonates.”

Five charts that explain the desperate turn to MAGA among conservative white Christians

By Robert P. Jones — March 14, 2023
(RNS) — White Christians’ attempt to halt their demographic slide has fostered two narratives of American life.

The women who stood with Martin Luther King Jr. and sustained a movement for social change

By Vicki Crawford — March 14, 2023
(The Conversation) — From family to grassroots activists, these are some of the women who shaped MLK’s vision and campaigns.

Anju Bhargava: Getting Hinduism a seat at the table

By Benjamin Spratt and Joshua Stanton — March 13, 2023
(RNS) — Bhargava is among a rising cohort of American Hindu leaders becoming more public about their spirituality. They're inspired by the Hindu concept of "seva" — selfless service.

The ‘double effects’ of men behaving badly

By Phyllis Zagano — March 13, 2023
(RNS) — How some bishops and lay groups have become the de facto Catholic morality police.

30 years later, Waco siege still resonates – especially among anti-government extremists

By Art Jipson and Paul J. Becker — March 13, 2023
(The Conversation) — Waco has been used as a rallying cry for decades, two scholars of domestic extremism explain.

American Jews will protest Israel finance minister’s speech in DC

By Yonat Shimron — March 10, 2023
(RNS) — Israel’s finance minister, Bezalel Smotrich, a right-wing Israeli politician, is scheduled to speak Sunday (March 12).

When it comes to 2024, do evangelical Christians matter?

By Jacob Lupfer — March 8, 2023
(RNS) — Evangelicals’ irrelevancy speaks to their political success — and to their moral failure.

In North Idaho, religious and secular activists work to fight Christian nationalism

By Jack Jenkins — March 8, 2023
(RNS) — In a recent editorial, Episcopal Bishop Gretchen Rehberg decried Christian nationalism as ‘heresy for Christians and dangerous rhetoric for all Americans.’

Discrimination based on caste is pervasive in South Asian communities around the world – now Seattle has banned it

By Aseem Hasnain and Abhilasha Srivastava — March 8, 2023
(The Conversation) — Two social scientists explain how caste-identities are pervasive in not just Hinduism but other South Asian faith groups as well.

Old-school Christian nationalism’s avatar of racism, antisemitism and conspiracies

By Bob Smietana — March 7, 2023
(RNS) —The early version of Christian nationalism turned the fear of communism into an excuse to embrace prejudice and forfeit American democracy.

Replacing vengeance with mercy in our death penalty policy

By Karen Swallow Prior — March 7, 2023
(RNS) — The troubling case of Andre Thomas invites a closer look at all the factors that play a part in the death penalty.
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