Category: Religion

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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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Noam Chomsky: Burkini Bans, New Atheism and State Worship

Interview on religion and its link to politics, with particular reference to American society and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict

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Richard Falk: Beyond Jewish Identity: Exceptionalism Revisited

Living part of each year in Turkey for more than twenty years has led my to think about the secular/religious divide that is very deep in Turkish society, and produces cleavages of understanding and polarizing enmities

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Juan Cole: The Idea of Peace in the Qur’an

In contemporary debates on the roots of Muslim radicalism and the character of the religion, it is important to go back to the Muslim scripture or Qur’an (sometimes spelled Koran). Like the Bible, the Qur’an has verses about war as well as peace, but those on peace have been insufficiently appreciated. The Qur’an is believed Read more…

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Robert Fisk: We love to talk of terror – but after the Munich shooting, this hypocritical catch-all term has finally caught us out

It all comes down to the same thing in the end. If Muslims attack us, they are terrorists. If non-Muslims attack us, they are shooters. If Muslims attack other Muslims, they are attackers

Jeff Faux: Orlando and the War

The massacre in Orlando triggered a predictable sandstorm of political and pundit opinion on the causes and prevention of these horrible events

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John Feffer: Orlando and the Future of Terrorism

It’s tempting to use a harsh epithet like “terrorism” to describe the actions in Orlando. Perhaps “mass hate crime” would be more accurate

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