PARIS (RNS) French comedian Dieudonne is kicking up fresh controversy with a straight-armed gesture he has tagged the "quenelle." Dieudonne claims it's anti-establishment, not anti-Semitic; Jewish groups liken it to a Nazi salute.
(RNS) Francis Spufford’s defense of Christianity, "Unapologetic," is aimed primarily at what he calls "godless Europeans," the post-Enlightenment elites who tend to regard religion with bemusement as a silly fairy tale, if not with open hostility as a dangerous superstition.
(RNS) American Jews say they face discrimination in the U.S., but they see Muslims, gays and blacks facing far more.
(RNS) Canonizing the 300-pound cigar-chomping writer would delight his legion of fans but disappoint Jews who say Chesterton was anti-Semitic.
(RNS) The growth in online expressions of anti-Semitism may help explain a decrease in incidents of vandalism, where "bigots are more likely to take to the Internet to express themselves anonymously, rather than acting out in a public setting.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) A Wednesday hearing featured activists who fear that growing anti-Semitism in Europe threatens not only Jews, but other religious minorities and the ideal of tolerance in general.
(RNS) If God is missing from the hit television series “Downton Abbey” what about the other great religious oversight -- the fact that the show glosses over the anti-Semitism that was also commonplace in turn-of-the-century English, especially among the aristocracy?
(RNS) The third season of the megahit television series “Downton Abbey” wraps up on Sunday (Feb. 17), capping another must-see run of ruin and redemption at Lord Grantham’s stately English manor. Yet some are still left puzzling over the absence of what should be a leading player in this colorful cast: God.
(RNS) Joseph Ratzinger perhaps will be best remembered as a quiet theologian and intellectual. But he was not, as some critics charge, a ``transitional'' pope.
(RNS) The head of a schismatic traditionalists recently labeled Jews ``enemies of the Church.'' And while that statement could have sparked an interfaith crisis, it's instead motivated Catholic leaders to directly repudiate him with strongly worded pledges of friendship with Jews.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A senior Vatican official admitted that years of talks between the Vatican and a breakaway group of ultra-traditionalist Catholics have led to a “stalemate." By Alessandro Speciale.
(RNS) The Anti-Defamation League reported a 13 percent decline in anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. in 2011, the lowest number recorded by the ADL in two decades. By Lauren Markoe
(RNS) In the 50 years since the Second Vatican Council, much has been accomplished in building a new relationship between Catholics and Jews. What Pope John XXIII began in 1962 represented the beginning of the end of anti-Judaism and anti-Semitism within the Catholic Church. By A. James Rudin.
(RNS) When Israel's most prominent Holocaust memorial was vandalized earlier this month with anti-Israel and anti-Semitic graffiti, many were shocked that those charged with the crime were observant Jews. But many Israelis were not surprised. By Lauren Markoe.
(RNS) A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that a man who alleges he endured anti-Semitic slurs can sue his former supervisors — even though he is not Jewish. Stacy Jones and Ben Horowitz.