Opinion

Human rights is on Blinken’s agenda in India. Can he make it stick?
By Paul O'Donnell — July 30, 2021
(RNS) — If we are going to be partners, we have to hold India to the standards we expect from ourselves.
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Alta Fixsler, 2-year-old on life support, has a visa to come to US for treatment. Will UK court let her go?
By Paul O'Donnell — July 29, 2021
(RNS) — The case, reduced to its essence, pits current medical opinion against Alta’s parents' Hasidic Jewish faith.
Why Reform Jewish leaders support H.R. 40, the federal reparations bill
By Roxanne Stone — July 28, 2021
(RNS) — If we wish to redeem the soul of America, our efforts at earnest truth-telling must result in equally serious attempts to provide redress for past and ongoing harms through reparations.
Running on ‘Stop the Steal,’ the GOP goes all in on presidential sedevacantism
By Mark Silk — July 28, 2021
(RNS) — It's our version of the traditionalist Catholic delegitimizing of the pope.
Not everyone cheered the ancient Olympic games, but the sacred games brought together rival societies
By The Conversation — July 28, 2021
(The Conversation) — A scholar of ancient Greek literature explains what the Olympics of modern day have in common with the 776 B.C. games at Olympia.
Who gets to unplug the pope?
By Thomas Reese — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — Even a pope needs a medical directive.
Taliban ‘has not changed,’ say women facing subjugation in areas of Afghanistan under its extremist rule
By The Conversation — July 27, 2021
(The Conversation) — Burqas and male chaperones for women were features of the Taliban’s extremist rule of Afghanistan in the 1990s. Those policies are now back in some districts controlled by these Islamic militants.
Why the Ben & Jerry’s meltdown?
By Jeffrey Salkin — July 27, 2021
(RNS) — Yes, the boycott is problematic. And it could have been worse.
Bob Moses, civil rights leader, led us to imagine the end of racism
By Paul O'Donnell — July 26, 2021
(RNS) — The great educator and civil rights leader reminds us that there may be no more noble cause than democracy.
Joy and grief will coexist as Americans return to pre-pandemic life – ‘everyday memorials’ will help
By The Conversation — July 26, 2021
(The Conversation) — Many people are starting to celebrate the return to a pre-pandemic life. How does that feel to those who have suffered losses and are still grieving?
On Tisha B’av, the meaning of Tree of Life revealed
By Paul O'Donnell — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — Some ideas for the architect who will rebuild the site of the Pittsburgh massacre.
How limiting Latin Mass may become the defining moment for Pope Francis
By The Conversation — July 23, 2021
(The Conversation) — Pope Benedict XVI expanded the Latin Mass in 2007 in an olive branch to traditionalists. His successor hopes reversing that decision may better serve unity in the church.
In times of stress, turning to contemplation can be helpful – here’s why religions emphasize rest
By The Conversation — July 23, 2021
(The Conversation) — Most religions have periods of rest incorporated into their practice. Medical science has affirmed that short periods of contemplation can have benefits for one's physical and mental health.