Opinion

‘Who Killed Joseph Smith?’ and other amateur hour conspiracy theories
By Jana Riess — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — A new documentary recycles old conspiracies about the murder of Mormon prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum.
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How antisemitic conspiracy theories contributed to the recent hostage-taking at the Texas synagogue
By The Conversation — January 21, 2022
(The Conversation) — Myths related to Jewish conspiracies to control the world have long circulated in the US and continue to fuel hatred.
The pandemic is reminding us that ‘pro-life’ and ‘anti-abortion’ are not the same
By Paul O'Donnell — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — Strict anti-abortion stances are at odds with opposition to vaccine mandates and other broader life issues.
Whose ‘Torah values’?
By Jeffrey Salkin — January 21, 2022
(RNS) — We don't need members of Congress teaching Americans about 'Torah values.' Join me in smelling a rat.
Catholic bishops fight Biden but affirm his election
By Thomas Reese — January 20, 2022
(RNS) — Catholic bishops show that people can disagree with the president without buying into the big lie. 
What 13th-century Christian theologian Thomas Aquinas can teach us about hope in times of despair
By The Conversation — January 20, 2022
(The Conversation) — A scholar of democratic virtues explains why Dominican monk Thomas Aquinas’ thoughts on hope are relevant today.
When religious freedom is for me, not for thee
By Mark Silk — January 20, 2022
(RNS) — Could the current zealotry for religious freedom be just a pretext for looking after one’s own parochial interests?
Theologians were paid to think about alien life. I’d rather they watch ‘Spaceballs.’
By Amy Laura Hall — January 20, 2022
(RNS) — What benefit do Christians really draw from considering — and funding — questions beyond our ken?
Religious communities have a moral obligation to make the internet better
By Paul O'Donnell — January 19, 2022
(RNS) — Six ways religious and spiritual leaders can help the internet serve their communities right now.
We should hire Deborah Lipstadt to combat antisemitism, not punish her for doing so
By Avi Shafran — January 19, 2022
(RNS) — Congress appears to be holding up an antisemitism watchdog’s confirmation for pointing out antisemitism.
11 hours of prayer and solidarity at the Colleyville synagogue standoff
By Paul O'Donnell — January 18, 2022
(RNS) — At the request of his editors, our columnist writes about waiting with hostages’ families.
The top 10 changes President Russell M. Nelson has made in the LDS church
By Jana Riess — January 18, 2022
(RNS) — While many Mormons — including me — expected a Nelson presidency to be staid and uneventful, it’s been full of pleasant surprises.
During the Colleyville crisis, the sounds of silence
By Jeffrey Salkin — January 18, 2022
(RNS) — It’s about the crickets.