Opinion

Five tech innovations used as weapons against people of faith
By David Curry — November 12, 2021
(RNS) — We are witnessing the rampant criminalization of faith, enabled by the smartphones in our pockets.
What would Maimonides say about Dennis Prager?
By Mark Silk — November 12, 2021
In praise of Archbishop Gómez’s anti-racism
By Charles C. Camosy — November 12, 2021
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Gal Gadot represents. Seriously.
By Jeffrey Salkin — November 11, 2021
(RNS) — Gal Gadot made me cry tears that were about 2,000 years old.
What the world can learn from the Buddhist concept loving-kindness
By The Conversation — November 11, 2021
(The Conversation) — On World Kindness Day, a scholar of Buddhist studies explains its idea of compassion and the diverse ways to think about and express kindness.
We must commemorate Jan. 6. A national fast is the best way to do so.
By Joshua Hammerman — November 10, 2021
(RNS) — Fasts have fallen from favor, but Jan. 6 deserves one. Our blemished Capitol and our sullied democracy still need that moment of cleansing and rededication.
War and soldiers have changed over a century. Chaplains remain a powerful force.
By Joe Drape — November 10, 2021
(RNS) — In a day when soldiers are often not religiously affiliated, chaplains still make connections across faiths.
Empowering Muslims to tell their own stories
By Simran Jeet Singh — November 9, 2021
(RNS) — A newly funded fellowship for Muslim artists puts power into the hands of Muslim creatives.
A controversial take: Proposing grace has a place in today’s toxic discourse
By Roxanne Stone — November 9, 2021
(RNS) — CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers’ new book, ‘Saving Grace,’ is not a theological study but instead a personal, social and political proposal on how to take grace into the divisive public square.
Gomez, painting Catholics as victims, goes after his woke oppressors
By Thomas Reese — November 9, 2021
(RNS) — Archbishop Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, attacked movements of ‘social justice,’ ‘wokeness,’ ‘identity politics,’ ‘intersectionality’ and ‘successor ideology’ as pseudo-religions.
Jacqui Lewis: In a divided America, no one is saved until everyone is saved
By Jana Riess — November 9, 2021
(RNS) — ‘The pendulum has swung so far to the right. And that’s not right,’ says the Rev. Jacqui Lewis. But the solution to tribalism isn’t more tribalism; it’s love — starting with love of self.
The key to understanding America’s political divides? It’s the culture, stupid.
By Robert P. Jones — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — If we want to heal the soul of the nation and achieve our country, we can’t continue to paper-over racial injustice with economic policy.
How one atheist laid the foundation of contemporary Hindu nationalism
By The Conversation — November 8, 2021
(The Conversation) — A scholar on South Asian affairs traces the growth of Hindu nationalism, started by an atheist anti-colonial revolutionary, to the one adopted under Modi’s government.
Why Black artists are essential freedom fighters
By Andre Henry — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — Art is more than just a companion for activism.
They returned to synagogue. Now what?
By Jeffrey Salkin — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — What we do not know yet is simply this: When they can come back to live, in-person worship, will they?