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A Pew Research graphic illustrating the religious makeup of the 114th Congress, via the Pew Research Center. Do American politicians see themselves as American Jews or Jewish Americans? That question, and the cultural stigmas behind it, presents thes...

What it Means to be Jewish in American Politics

A Pew Research graphic illustrating the religious makeup of the 114th Congress, via the Pew Research Center. Do American politicians see themselves as American Jews or Jewish Americans? That question, and the cultural stigmas behind it, presents thes...

According to the president of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, Europe is experiencing its worst wave of anti-Semitism since World War II. Media saturation of conflicts in Israel seem to correspond to increases of anti-Semitic violence in Europe. ...

Tread Carefully: When Anti-Zionism Becomes Anti-Semitism

According to the president of Germany’s Central Council of Jews, Europe is experiencing its worst wave of anti-Semitism since World War II. Media saturation of conflicts in Israel seem to correspond to increases of anti-Semitic violence in Europe. ...

Since the College of Cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the papacy, the global community has been eager to see if Pope Francis, who seemed far more liberal than his modern predecessors, would transform the Church in a significant way. As a So...

Is the American Church Following Francis’ Lead?

Since the College of Cardinals elected Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the papacy, the global community has been eager to see if Pope Francis, who seemed far more liberal than his modern predecessors, would transform the Church in a significant way. As a So...

In a nation founded on a premise of religious freedom, politicians are struggling with a new dimension of faith: atheism. The United States is one of the most religious of the Western industrialized nations. A 2011 Pew Research Poll found that 50 per...

God and Elections: Political Challenges for Atheists

In a nation founded on a premise of religious freedom, politicians are struggling with a new dimension of faith: atheism. The United States is one of the most religious of the Western industrialized nations. A 2011 Pew Research Poll found that 50 per...

Like a funhouse mirror for American society, Fred Phelps reflected and distorted American ideals in ways that were uncomfortable and even embarrassing. At news of his death on March 19, however, joyous tweets and blog posts were abound. Catapulted in...

Why We Should Mourn Fred Phelps

Like a funhouse mirror for American society, Fred Phelps reflected and distorted American ideals in ways that were uncomfortable and even embarrassing. At news of his death on March 19, however, joyous tweets and blog posts were abound. Catapulted in...

In 2009, a bill was introduced in the Ugandan parliament that called for the arrest of LGTBQ Ugandans and specifically targeted “homosexual acts.” It imposed a minimum five-year imprisonment for the “promotion of homosexuality” with the possi...

Exporting Homophobia: Taking A Losing Battle Abroad

In 2009, a bill was introduced in the Ugandan parliament that called for the arrest of LGTBQ Ugandans and specifically targeted “homosexual acts.” It imposed a minimum five-year imprisonment for the “promotion of homosexuality” with the possi...

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was adopted by the United Nations in 1979. It has since been signed by all but seven nations: Iran, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, the United States, Palau and Tonga...

Islam is Not the Enemy

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was adopted by the United Nations in 1979. It has since been signed by all but seven nations: Iran, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, the United States, Palau and Tonga...

On October 1, Muslims in the coastal village of Thabyuchaing in the northwest of Burma fled into the surrounding forests as their homes were torched and left to burn by a sword-wielding Buddhist mob. Not everyone was lucky enough to escape: five Musl...

When Buddhists Go to War

On October 1, Muslims in the coastal village of Thabyuchaing in the northwest of Burma fled into the surrounding forests as their homes were torched and left to burn by a sword-wielding Buddhist mob. Not everyone was lucky enough to escape: five Musl...

By Dylan Platt When white smoke plumed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel last March, it was the unwitting signal of an international blaze of change across the Roman Catholic Church. No one could deny the recent decline of Catholicism; attendanc...

The Pope Who Takes Selfies

By Dylan Platt When white smoke plumed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel last March, it was the unwitting signal of an international blaze of change across the Roman Catholic Church. No one could deny the recent decline of Catholicism; attendanc...