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As Catholic bishops gather, so do protesters on right and left

By Jack Jenkins — November 12, 2021
(RNS) — Onetime Trump adviser Steve Bannon is slated to participate in a demonstration by Church Militant, but local officials have expressed concerns about potential violence.
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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.

Palestinian PM: Only two-state solution can end ‘apartheid’

By Joseph Krauss — November 10, 2021
Israel says it made generous offers to the Palestinians in past rounds of peace talks, while the Palestinians say those proposals fell short of their rights under international law.

A controversial take: Proposing grace has a place in today’s toxic discourse

By Scot McKnight — 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.

What is the Nation of Islam and why is Marjorie Taylor Greene praising it?

By Paul O'Donnell — November 8, 2021
(RNS) — Anti-vaccine conspiracies and rampant populism represent definite parallels between the Georgia congresswoman's agenda and the Nation's.

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.

Vice President Kamala Harris headlines antisemitism conference

By Yonat Shimron — November 7, 2021
(RNS) — This was Harris’ first appearance at an Anti-Defamation League conference after an event at George Mason University last month in which she appeared to praise a student who accused Israel of committing 'ethnic genocide.'

Jewish groups urge Senate to hold hearing on antisemitism envoy

By Yonat Shimron — November 5, 2021
(RNS) — Biden nominated Deborah Lipstadt to the post of antisemitism envoy in July. But Republican members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said they're examining some of her past tweets.

How religious is your average 22-year-old? A new golden age of survey data opens a door.

By Ryan Burge — November 5, 2021
(RNS) — A decade ago, we couldn’t answer many questions on American faith habits with accuracy.

The Republican Jewish Coalition blew it

By Jeffrey Salkin — November 4, 2021
(RNS) — A Jewish group invites Trump to address them. This is the definition of shanda.

Top US Catholic bishop calls social justice movements ‘pseudo-religion’

By Jack Jenkins — November 4, 2021
(RNS) — Religious leaders and people of faith played a prominent role in last year’s racial justice demonstrations after George Floyd’s murder.

Why Jewish ritual slaughter bans are unnecessary — and harmful to Jewish life

By Avi Shafran — November 4, 2021
(RNS) — Greece’s interference with ritual butchering methods could decimate its already small Jewish population.

As COP26 conference gathers, faith-based environmentalists fight ‘eco-grief’

By Elizabeth E. Evans — November 2, 2021
(RNS) — For some veteran climate change activists, a positive perspective is central to their faith.
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