Opinion

Twitter’s ‘cancelation’ of free speech isn’t a legal question, it’s a moral one
By Paul O'Donnell — January 15, 2021
(RNS) — In the Talmud, the repository of Jewish wisdom, the operative principle is, 'Evil speech kills.'
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Will the LDS Church condemn the right wing’s Capitol violence?
By Jana Riess — January 15, 2021
The problem is that if/when the Church issues a statement condemning the violence and reminding members of President Oaks’s wise counsel about accepting the results of elections, it will do little than reinforce people’s existing ideas.
Biden’s transition team wanted to talk about religious freedom. Here’s what I told them.
By Paul O'Donnell — January 14, 2021
(RNS) — What I said had as much to do with racial justice as religious freedom, as the two are inextricably linked.
What Americans believe about violence against the government
By Paul O'Donnell — January 14, 2021
(RNS) — The relationship between partisanship and support for violence against government is clear. Church attendance does not appear to fuel the fire — nor tamp it down.
From the Capitol to critical race theory, white Christians grieve declining hegemony
By Paul O'Donnell — January 13, 2021
(RNS) — Connecting the spectacle at the Capitol with the SBC seminary presidents' statements is the effort to sustain white supremacy.
What Christians can learn from Indian Sikh farmers’ desperate protests
By Paul O'Donnell — January 13, 2021
(RNS) — The protesters’ cause and community have shown a way for people of all faiths to go forward in a post-pandemic world.
Don’t impeach Trump. Shun him.
By Thomas Reese — January 12, 2021
(RNS) — Shunning — or its Catholic counterpart, excommunication — is the religious equivalent of amputation. It is an extreme measure to protect the community from infection.
How self-proclaimed ‘prophets’ from a growing Christian movement provided religious motivation for the Jan. 6 events at the US Capitol
By Paul O'Donnell — January 12, 2021
(The Conversation) — Because Trump is God’s chosen candidate, they believe, any other candidate, no matter what the vote totals show, is illegitimate.
Change is slow — but it’s coming, and it’s why they rioted at the Capitol
By Beth Kissileff — January 11, 2021
(RNS) — The chaos at the Capitol was the work of a desperate group, clinging to false beliefs at all costs, unwilling to shift their paradigm. But it is their last gasp. 
If you’re religious and supported President Trump
By Jeffrey Salkin — January 11, 2021
(RNS) — Can you simultaneously believe in God and the president?
Is killing Lisa Montgomery the best version of justice we have?
By Paul O'Donnell — January 11, 2021
(RNS) — Lisa Montgomery is slated to become the first woman executed by the federal government in nearly 70 years, days before her executioner leaves office.
At the Capitol, evangelicals’ ‘Thou art the man’ moment
By Paul O'Donnell — January 9, 2021
(RNS) — Evangelicals must stand up and call out our political leaders' sins for the good of our leadership.
Witches to GOP: If you summon a demon, have a plan to banish it
By Roxanne Stone — January 8, 2021
(RNS) — The events of Jan. 6 prove without a doubt the GOP is incapable of controlling what it unleashed with Trump.