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For Biden, Palestinian struggle has an Irish Catholic cast

By Daoud Kuttab — July 25, 2022
(RNS) — The comparison to the Irish reflects a new and important value to Palestinians who aspire to live in a free and independent state of their own.

Saudi police arrest man who helped Israeli sneak into Mecca

By Aya Batrawy and Abdullah Al-shihri — July 25, 2022
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The public backlash over television reporter Gil Tamary’s visit was immediate on social media, with Muslims and Saudis expressing their anger over his deception and apparent disregard for the sanctity of the site.

Refugee to refugee, Afghan resettlement worker draws from faith and experience

By Diane Winston — July 22, 2022
(RNS) — With a flood of Afghan refugees after the fall of Kabul, the Muslim head of resettlement services for a Jewish-led agency offers understanding and familiarity.

As Pope Francis cozies up to Raúl Castro, Cuban Catholics take another approach

By Kristina Arriaga — July 22, 2022
(RNS) — The pope should tell the story of Rosa María Payá, a 33-year-old Catholic activist for freedom.

Israel aims to stop Russian move against Jewish nonprofit

By Associated Press — July 22, 2022
JERUSALEM (AP) — Yair Lapid’s decision came after a spokeswoman for a Moscow District Court was quoted as saying that Russia’s Justice Ministry aims to “shut down” the Russian branch of the Jewish Agency.

Bart Barber wants the Southern Baptist Convention to regain its rural soul

By Riley Farrell — July 21, 2022
FARMERSVILLE, Texas (RNS) — The struggle to pull the SBC’s 13.7 million members ‘back from the brink’ has fallen squarely on the shoulders of Barber, a pastor from rural Texas.

The ‘thousand points of light’ switcheroo

By Amy Laura Hall — July 20, 2022
(RNS) — How conservatives made social welfare the province of private faith.

What the history of ‘Judeo-Christian’ can teach us about fighting Christian nationalism

By Eboo Patel and Robert P. Jones — July 20, 2022
(RNS) — It’s time to say good-bye to ‘Judeo-Christian’ America, but we can learn from its example.

‘Rabbi Charlie’ balances Colleyville fame with one-to-one connection

By Yonat Shimron — July 19, 2022
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (RNS) — Safety is still his watchword, but building community is his mission.

Religious liberty has a long and messy history – and there is a reason Americans feel strongly about it

By James Hudnut-Beumler and James P. Byrd — July 19, 2022
(The Conversation) — Historians of American religious history explain why the Supreme Court’s recent religious liberty rulings are an example of America’s long struggle to define religious freedom.

Abortion opponents have won. But they risk losing it all.

By Jacob Lupfer — July 18, 2022
(RNS) — Don’t be surprised when national Republican candidates take a soft line on abortion.

The activist behind opposition to the separation of church and state

By Jack Jenkins — July 18, 2022
(RNS) — Antipathy toward the separation of church and state appears to be a retread of a disputed, decades-old argument popularized primarily by a controversial Texas activist.

Iraqi cleric shows power as thousands attend mass prayer

By Qassim Abdul-zahra — July 18, 2022
BAGHDAD (AP) — The event was among the largest gatherings of al-Sadr’s followers after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.

Shinto religion has long been entangled with Japan’s politics – and Shinzo Abe was associated with many of its groups

By Kaitlyn Ugoretz — July 18, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of Japanese religion explains the connections that Japan’s political parties have with several religious groups and how religion is tied in with the legacy of Shinzo Abe.

Gen Z mixes abortion politics — like all their politics — with spirituality

By Josh Packard — July 15, 2022
(RNS) — College-age Americans resist fixed definitions for what it means to be religious.
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