Opinion

Bethany Christian Services’ decision on gay adoption makes the church shine brighter
By Paul O'Donnell — March 4, 2021
(RNS) — The country’s largest evangelical Christian adoption agency abandoned a discriminatory policy that the religious right puts major capital into defending.
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Racism at BYU is a problem, study finds
By Jana Riess — March 3, 2021
(RNS) — Mormonism's flagship university has issued a self-critical report of its own racism and lack of diversity.
Shame, grace and #STOPtheSTEAL
By Paul O'Donnell — March 3, 2021
(RNS) — How we read the world depends on the kinds of stories we traffic in.
Workers deserve a living wage, not just a minimum wage
By Thomas Reese — March 2, 2021
(RNS) — Anyone who opposes increasing the minimum wage should try, as a Lenten penance, to live off $290 a week.
Mr. Potato Head becomes woke capitalism’s hot potato
By Paul O'Donnell — March 2, 2021
(RNS) — The drama over Potato Head’s gender is a reminder that the 'culture wars' are now profitable.
What the mythical figure of Şahmeran in Turkey represents and why activists use it
By Paul O'Donnell — March 1, 2021
(The Conversation) — At the center of recent protests over civil liberties and religious sensibilities in Turkey looms a half-woman, half-snake figure known as Şahmeran.
How (un)compassionate conservatism failed Texas
By Paul O'Donnell — March 1, 2021
(RNS) — As Texas conducts a post-mortem on the Deep Freeze, this moment reveals a critical disconnect in the political and moral framework for Christian voters in a state where faith remains something we talk about easily and often, and for other Christian voters who are watching and responding to the needs in Texas.
What the Bible’s approach to history can teach us about America’s glory and shame
By Paul O'Donnell — March 1, 2021
(The Conversation) — At a time when Americans are seemingly as polarized as ever over the present, the country’s past also appears to be up for debate.
President Biden just made a serious human rights blunder
By Jeffrey Salkin — March 1, 2021
(RNS) — This will not be the last time that President Biden disappoints us. Because that's what rulers do.
Being pro-choice doesn’t necessarily make Biden a bad Catholic
By Mark Silk — February 27, 2021
(RNS) — But he could do more to make the case.
Latter-day Saint Charities donates $20 million to UNICEF’s Covid vaccination campaign
By Jana Riess — February 27, 2021
The donation is the single-largest gift from any private organization so far in UNICEF's efforts to fight the pandemic.
Tish Harrison Warren, a rising star in Christian spiritual writing
By Jana Riess — February 26, 2021
(RNS) — Tish Harrison Warren's willingness to merge personal vulnerability with deep theological reflection has made her one of the most promising Christian spiritual writers of her generation.
Seeing Pope Francis in the Argentine priest made a cardinal 20 years ago
By Paul O'Donnell — February 26, 2021
(RNS) — The ideas Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio carried with him to Rome have become the pillars of his papacy.