Religion

Pope Francis Appoints Six Women To Senior Vatican Roles

The 15-member Council for the Economy has never had a female appointee since it was formed in 2014. The appointment of six women to the body that oversees the Vatican’s finances is the most significant move Pope Francis has made in his commitment...
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How I Got Canceled

Perhaps contemporary 'cancel culture' officially began in 1989, when Khomeini issued his fatwa against Salman Rushdie for having 'defamed' Islam in The Satanic Verses. Rushdie was ushered into hiding and the Islamist assault on truth-speech in the...

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Korean Justice Minister Choo Accused Of Exploiting Arrest Of Shincheonji Leader Lee Man-hee

Mitchell Blatt Security, Asia The embattled justice minister is trying to leverage the arrest of the unpopular religious figure to defend herself from criticism over her alleged interference in the public prosecutors’ office. The arrest of...

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Statue Of Virgin Mary 'tearing Blood' Gathers Crowds In Italian Town

Christianity is known for cases of myroblysia, an event when oil or some liquid flows from a saint’s relics, burial place or even icons. For some Christians, this is considered to be a miracle. However, it is not clear whether this magical...

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Satanic Temple: Abortion Is A ‘satanic Ritual’ And Should Be Protected Under Religious Freedom...

In a bizarre attempt at protecting the right to abortions under “religious freedom,” the Satanic Temple is urging women to recite satanic incantations during them as a “satanic abortion ritual.” The Satanic Temple is...
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University Provost Reprimanded For Bias Against Buddhists For Using The Term ‘mantra’

"Many people in the Buddhist and Hindu community hold this term ‘mantra’ as a highly spiritual and religious experience"

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What Does Nato Have To Do With A Dispute Over Church Property In Montenegro?

Nicholas Labecki Politics, Europe The dispute over the future of Orthodoxy in Montenegro is intertwined with Montenegro’s attempts to formulate closer ties with the West, something that has generated fierce opposition from Russia. Here's What...
Related topics: Nato, Montenegro, Russia

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Pakistani Court Allows Muslim Kidnapper To Keep Minor Christian Girl As Wife

On Tuesday, the Lahore High Court in Punjab, Pakistan, ruled that a 14-year-old Christian girl abducted at gunpoint by an adult Muslim man and forced into converting to Islam and marrying him should stay married to him. The ruling amounted to...
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Video: Robert Spencer On The Dangers Of Leaving Islam, The Delhi Riots, The Origins Of Islam, And...

Ex-Muslim Harris Sultan and I had this stimulating and comprehensive discussion on Wednesday.
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Victory For Parents: Montgomery County Health Czar Withdraws Private School Ban

The county health czar in Maryland's Montgomery County has withdrawn his blanket ban on in-person schooling for nonpublic schools, handing a major victory to parents and religious communities in the Washington suburb. Gov. Larry Hogan had repeatedly...

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When Muslims Leave The Faith

Conversions involving Islam sometimes look like a one-way street in the West. Famed new believers like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Keith Ellison seem to get all the attention—along with flamboyant flirts like Lindsay Lohan. But those who leave Islam...
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Remembering Brent Scowcroft

Washington’s foreign policy community lost one of its most notable members this week. Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, national security advisor to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, passed away on Aug. 6 at the age of 95 at his home in Falls...
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Islamic Scholar Says Uploading Photos On Social Media Is “a Great Sin” Against Allah

“Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam....
Related topics: Usa Photos, Social Media

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Symposium: Religious Freedom And The Roberts Court’s Doctrinal Clean-up

This article is part of a SCOTUSblog symposium on the Roberts court and the religion clauses. Richard W. Garnett is the Paul J. Schierl / Fort Howard Corporation professor of law at the University of Notre Dame and is the founding director of the...

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Covid-19 Won't Stop Sturgis: 250k People Expected At South Dakota's Annual Motorcycle Rally

The coronavirus might be able to stop professional sports teams from playing, schools from reopening, churches from worshiping, and strip joints from entertaining, but it can't stop a brigade of hog-riding pilgrims from making their way to Sturgis,...

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Pakistan: Hindus Convert To Islam To Escape Systematic Discrimination They Face In Every Aspect Of...

The New York Times would never dare tell you this, but the systematic discrimination Hindus face in Pakistan is in accord with a Qur’anic command: “Fight those who do not believe in Allah or the Last Day, and do not forbid what has been...
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Reform In Islam?: Interviews With Islamic Theology Students In Turkey Tell A Different Story 

A master’s degree thesis recently written in Turkey reveals the attitudes of the students at two Islamic studies departments concerning violence against women, polygamy and gender-based segregation in education. The findings of the thesis make...
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‘shameful’: Biden Slams Trump For Saying He Would ‘hurt God’ If Elected

Former Vice President Joe Biden defended his faith Thursday in the face of fresh attacks from President Donald Trump, who declared the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is “against the Bible” and claimed he would “hurt God” if...
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When Muslims Leave The Faith

In the West, conversions involving Islam appear to be a one-way street in its favor. Famed new believers include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Keith Ellison, and Sinéad O'Connor, as well as flamboyant flirts like Prince Charles,...

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Congressman Urges Doj To Investigate 'disturbing Trend' Of Attacks On Churches Across The Country

A congressman urged the Department of Justice to investigate what he called a "disturbing trend" of attacks and vandalism on churches across the nation. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) made the request in a letter to U.S. Attorney General William...

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