Opinion

Putting Black at the center of interfaith
By Paul O'Donnell — June 11, 2021
(RNS) — Interfaith partners have often ignored the struggle for racial justice facing Black and brown neighbors and their religious leaders.
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Catholics are asking for bread. Their bishops are giving stones.
By Paul O'Donnell — June 10, 2021
(RNS) — A push to deny Communion to pro-choice Catholic politicians is symbolic of denial of care in other forms.
The bubbas-that-be in the SBC
By Mark Silk — June 9, 2021
(RNS) — How Russell Moore fell afoul of them.
Lack of burial space is changing age-old funeral practices, and in Japan ‘tree burials’ are gaining in popularity
By The Conversation — June 9, 2021
(The Conversation) — In a Japanese tree burial, cremated remains are placed in the ground and a tree is planted over the ashes to mark the gravesite. Environmental responsibility is part of Buddhism.
How do we talk to young people about Israel and the Palestinians?
By Jeffrey Salkin — June 9, 2021
(RNS) — An Israeli and a Palestinian walk into a Jewish summer camp. No joke.
Confessions of a reluctant Hindu
By Roxanne Stone — June 8, 2021
(RNS) — Is it possible to be a Hindu and reject caste? For me, the answer is yes. Hinduism is a living religion, and Hindus can reform their religion by the very act of living out the changes we seek.
As Catholic bishops’ Communion war roils June meeting, look what’s not on the agenda
By Thomas Reese — June 8, 2021
(RNS) — It is sad that the U.S. bishops are so focused on the Communion war that they have no energy for anything else.
I Believe! … In QAnon? What nonbelievers don’t get about conspiracy beliefs
By Paul O'Donnell — June 7, 2021
(RNS) — We need to stop asking them to justify their conclusions and try to understand why QAnon works for them.
‘Lady of Guadalupe’ avoids tough truths about the Catholic Church and Indigenous genocide
By The Conversation — June 7, 2021
(The Conversation) — The latest movie to take on this classic story sentimentalizes history in the name of inspiring religious devotion.
Why it matters that 7 states still have bans on atheists holding office
By The Conversation — June 6, 2021
(The Conversation) — Anti-atheism is ingrained in American politics. A refusal to remove outdated language from state Constitutions perpetuates this prejudice.
The pandemic has slowed tourism to Thailand’s Buddhist temples, but the impact is more than economic
By The Conversation — June 5, 2021
(The Conversation) — Thailand's Buddhist temples, important centers of culture and commerce, rely on donations from international visitors. Because of a steep drop in tourism, these temples have been hit hard.
New voter bills are a body blow to American democracy
By Roxanne Stone — June 4, 2021
(RNS) — The biggest threat to our democracy may not be in Moscow but in state capitals like Tallahassee, Phoenix and Austin.
Southern Baptists head for annual meeting at a crossroads on race and gender
By Paul O'Donnell — June 4, 2021
(RNS) — In this moment of reckoning, white evangelical Protestants — the denominational family to which Southern Baptists belong — are increasingly out of step.