Category: Religion

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

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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…

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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

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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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Jeremy Scahill: Mike Pence Will Be the Most Powerful Christian Supremacist in U.S. History

Pence and his allies have warded off the return of another secular Clinton regime that their ideological and theological prophets once contemplated overthrowing

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Ramzy Baroud: Praying for Freedom: Why Is Israel Silencing the Call for Prayer in Jerusalem?

As I was growing up, I was always reassured by the sound of the ‘Muadhin’ making the call for prayer in our refugee camp’s main mosque in Gaza. Whenever I heard the call very early in the morning, announcing in a melodic voice that the time for the ‘Fajr’ (dawn) prayer was upon us, I Read more…

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Patrick Cockburn: The Iraqi Christians Who Are Struggling to Survive After Isis

In the half-burned church of St Mary al-Tahira in Qaraqosh, several dozen Syriac Catholics are holding a mass in Aramaic amid the wreckage left by Isis. The upper part of the stone columns and the nave are scorched black by fire and the only artificial light comes from three or four candles flickering on an improvised Read more…

Lawrence Ware: The Missing Gospel of CLR James

Individualist spirituality will not liberate us from social oppression—the church must do that work by advocating for policy and protesting in the streets

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