Religious Stories, Opinion & Controversy

  • Why So Many People Still Don’t Understand Antisemitism
    by Yair Rosenberg, Atlantic on January 21, 2022 at 7:09 am

    Yair Rosenberg, Atlantic Most people do not realize that Jews make up just 2 percent of the U.S. population and 0.2 percent of the world’s population. This means simply finding them takes a lot of effort. But every year in Western countries, including America, Jews are the No. 1 target of anti-religious hate crimes. Anti-Semites are many things, but they aren’t lazy. They’re animated by one of the most durable and deadly conspiracy theories in human history.

  • Thomas Aquinas on Hope in Times of Despair
    by Christopher Beem, Conversation on January 21, 2022 at 6:09 am

    Christopher Beem, Conversation Polls show that a majority of Americans are very worried about the state of U.S. democracy. One survey from January 2022 finds that 64% of Americans believe U.S. democracy is “in crisis and at risk of failing.” Both Republicans and Democrats affirm these concerns, but they have very different understandings of what exactly is in crisis and who is responsible. Most importantly, polls have repeatedly found that a majority of Republicans — tens of millions of Americans — continue to believe the lie that the 2020 election was stolen.

  • Former Religious Freedom Ambassador Launches Nonprofit
    by Kelsey Dallas, Deseret on January 20, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Kelsey Dallas, Deseret After years spent combating religious persecution overseas as part of the Trump administration, former Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is setting his sights on related conflict playing out much closer to home. This week, Brownback, with the support of faith leaders from across the religious spectrum, launched the National Committee for Religious Freedom, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to protecting the right of religious expression by, among other things, naming and shaming politicians who disregard the concerns of people of faith.

  • African Christians Face Deadly Violence in 2022
    by Lela Gilbert, Newsweek on January 20, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Lela Gilbert, Newsweek As cheerful greetings of “Happy New Year” fade across the world, life gradually settles back into “the new normal.” And alongside various concerns about yet another pandemic season, new issues emerge. For those of us who follow international religious freedom, the plight of Christian believers — the most widely targeted faith group in the world — comes back into focus.

  • The Rise of the Unaffiliated Synagogue
    by Paula Jacobs, Tablet on January 20, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Paula Jacobs, Tablet Temple Ohabei Shalom is the longest enduring Jewish congregation in Massachusetts. Founded in Boston in 1842, the congregation — now in Brookline — will celebrate its 180th anniversary this year. The synagogue, which is affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, traces its Reform roots to the latter part of the 19th century. Yet, for the past several decades, its clergy have not trained at a Reform rabbinical seminary. Its current spiritual leader, Rabbi Audrey Marcus Berkman, was ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College while Assistant Rabbi…

  • Dave Ramsey’s Board Knowingly Kept Adulterer on Staff
    by Julie Roys, Roys Report on January 20, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Julie Roys, Roys Report More than three years ago, Melissa Hogan approached Dave Ramsey and two members of his board with evidence her husband — well-known Ramsey personality Chris Hogan — was having adulterous affairs. “It was like being emotionally raped,” Melissa recounted in a recent Untangled Faith podcast with Amy Fritz. Melissa says Ramsey and his board members “were very hostile” towards her. “And it was basically, ‘What other false accusations do you have?'”

  • Suspect in Anne Frank’s Betrayal to Nazis Identified
    by Joseph De Avila, WSJ on January 20, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Joseph De Avila, WSJ A recent cold-case investigation might have uncovered who betrayed Anne Frank’s family and turned them over to the Nazis, according to a new book. The Frank family hid for two years in the annex of a warehouse in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam before they were discovered in 1944 and sent to Auschwitz. Anne, who wrote her famous diary documenting their time in the annex, died one year later at age 15 in the Bergen-Belsen camp.

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