Category: Religion

Juan Cole: Sharpening Contradictions

ISIL Strikes Egyptian Christians on Palm Sunday

Badri Raina: The Rhetoric and the Reality

What is at stake is the uniquely precious legacy of a nation constituted not on the basis of a single religion, a single ethnicity, a single language, but of an unparalleled diversity and plurality of social and intellectual life

Ramzy Baroud: ‘Decolonizing the Mind’

Using Hollywood Celebrities to Validate Islam

Juan Cole: Would Trump let Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali back into the Country?

Mahershala Ali, 43, last night won an Oscar for best supporting actor, in Moonlight . The film treats themes of sexual repression, gayness, and the plague of drug dealing and addiction. Moonlight, of course, also won Best Picture, after a historic error in which the winner was initially incorrectly announced as Lalaland. Ali has been Read more…

Sarah Posner:  Leaked Draft of Trump’s Religious Freedom Order Reveals Sweeping Plans to Legalize Discrimination

If signed, the order would create wholesale exemptions for people and organizations who claim religious objections to same-sex marriage, premarital sex, abortion, and trans identity

Robert Fisk: Donald Trump’s presidency-by-tweet will be bad for Muslims, but great for Isis

A bad day for Muslims, I’d call it. The only mention they got in the inaugural tweet was pure Hollywood, and very dangerous. “Radical Islamic terrorism we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth”. Shorn of its Biblical reference – the face of the earth comes from Genesis, does it not? – it Read more…

Pope Francis: Pope Francis: “The danger is that in times of crisis we look for a savior”

On Friday, just as Donald Trump was being sworn into office in Washington DC, Pope Francis was granting EL PAÍS a long interview at the Vatican, during which he called for prudence in the face of widespread alarm over the new US president. For an hour and 15 minutes, inside a modest room in Casa Read more…

John Feffer: The Russian Honeypot

The real threat is that Donald Trump will help Putin create a noxious alliance that gives an international platform for all the most deplorable actors, from white supremacists to crusading Islamophobes

Alanna Ketler: Pope Francis: Capitalism is “Terrorism Against All of Humanity”

A ruthless global economy, he argues, leads disenfranchised people to violence

Michael Lesher: Why the Orthodox rabbinate protects sex abusers — and the occupation

Only when we completely shed the idea that some people deserve greater privileges than other people will Orthodox Jews be able, at long last, to confront our lamentable record in sex abuse cases

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