Politics

In sacred Brazil dunes, critics see evangelical encroachment
By Associated Press — September 29, 2022
(AP) — Afro Brazilian religious groups see a public works project at the Abaete dunes as an attempt to Christianize yet another public space, part of evangelicals’ rising influence in the country’s halls of power.
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I wear hijab. I also respect any woman who chooses not to.
By Dilshad Ali — September 28, 2022
(RNS) — Iran’s ‘morality police’ focus on the hijab not to enforce Islam but to target vulnerable women.
Interfaith group hosts Hill briefing on Christian nationalism
By Jack Jenkins — September 28, 2022
WASHINGTON (RNS) — ‘Another word for this growing Christian nationalism movement is fascism,’ said author and lawyer Wajahat Ali.
US, allies push for UN rights body debate on Xinjiang abuses
By Associated Press — September 26, 2022
(AP) — Human rights groups have accused China of sweeping a million or more people from Muslim minority groups into detention camps.
Egyptian cleric revered by Muslim Brotherhood dies at 96
By Associated Press — September 26, 2022
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — His critics accused him — and the Brotherhood — of hiding extremism behind moderate rhetoric.
Cuba holds unusual vote on law allowing same-sex marriage
By Associated Press — September 26, 2022
(RNS) — The sweeping code also would allow surrogate pregnancies, broader rights for grandparents in regard to grandchildren, protection of the elderly and measures against gender violence.
In hometown of St. Francis of Assisi, pope touts ‘radical criticism’ of capitalism
By Claire Giangravé — September 26, 2022
(RNS) — The pope gathered with under-35 adults at the Economy of Francesco meeting to promote a new vision for the 'mainstream economy.'
Abortion is a matter of ‘freedom’ for Biden and Democrats
By Associated Press — September 26, 2022
(AP) — Organizations supportive of abortion rights say research shows that framing the issue as a matter of freedom is by far the most effective message for voters across all political persuasions.
Jewish pilgrims gather in Ukraine despite the perils of war
By Associated Press — September 26, 2022
(AP) — The pilgrims, many traveling from Israel and further afield, converged on the small city of Uman, the burial site of Nachman of Breslov, a respected Hasidic rabbi who died in 1810.
Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne at a time of deep religious divisions and worked to bring tolerance
By The Conversation — September 26, 2022
(The Conversation) — Queen Elizabeth II encouraged tolerance in a multifaith United Kingdom. To appreciate the significance of her efforts, it is important to understand the country’s complicated religious history.
Debates about migration have never been simple – just look at the Hebrew Bible
By The Conversation — September 26, 2022
(The Conversation) — The Bible is full of stories about migrants. That doesn’t mean it has a simple takeaway message about them.
The Catholic Church is increasingly diverse – and so are its controversies
By The Conversation — September 26, 2022
(The Conversation) — The Catholic Church’s membership numbers are growing fastest outside Europe and the Americas, and Catholics’ priorities look very different across the world.
Religion is shaping Brazil’s presidential election – but its evangelicals aren’t the same as America’s
By The Conversation — September 26, 2022
(The Conversation) — Trump and Bolsonaro use religion in similar ways, but there are key differences between the two countries’ evangelical communities – and politics.