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Is Covid-19 introducing a new generation to fears of ‘Jewish Contagion’?

When news first broke of COVID-19’s presence in New York City, it centered on the city of New Rochelle and its Orthodox Jewish community as…

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Here’s why conservatives really oppose federal aid for the ‘undeserving’

There is a singular and profound question that tugs at the sleeve of even the most sober analyst pondering the federal response to coronavirus. To…

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Dangerous quarantine exemptions for churches are not necessary for ‘freedom of religion’

If you’d asked me even two months ago what the next issue or event to spark acrimonious church-state conflict was likely to be, I doubt…

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The overlooked reason people are scrambling for pseudoscientific ‘healing’ amid the coronavirus pandemic

Business is booming for only a few industries—video conferencing, hand sanitizer, and…elderberry syrup manufacturers. In Washington, hit early and hard, a pair of siblings now…

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‘Restart the Economy’ is a prayer to a conservative God who demands human sacrifice

According to classic interpretations of the Jewish and Christian Bibles, a Canaanite deity named Moloch demanded the sacrifice of children. There is a long history…

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Satanists want you to respond to the pandemic with compassion — and reason

The Coronavirus is changing America’s religious landscape as social distancing forces most religious communities to cancel in-person services and invent new online forms of worship….

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Some Mormons see a message in the Angel Moroni’s fallen trumpet

On March 18, 2020, at 7:09 in the morning, residents of Salt Lake City and the surrounding counties of northern Utah awoke to a 5.7…

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Christian responses to COVID-19 raise old religion v. science questions

If there’s one thing that irks me to no end about the atheist community, it’s the overrepresentation of vocal jerks—and let’s be frank, they’re usually…

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Jerry Falwell Jr. just unmasked conservatism — and we should thank him for it

I suppose we owe Jerry Falwell Jr. a debt of gratitude. I’m serious. Falwell is the son of the late Jerry Falwell, the man most…

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How the coronavirus has exposed the religious right’s racism

On March 10, President Trump retweeted a post from conservative political activist Charlie Kirk, who referred to the coronavirus (COVID-19) as the “China Virus.“ Kirk…

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Does ‘criss-cross apple sauce’ make yoga secular? Opponents of yoga in public schools have a point

Alabama is the latest state to reconsider its stance on yoga, as reported by The New York Times earlier this week (an article for which…

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How ‘The Seven Missions’ of the ‘Doomsday Couple’ connect them to the larger LDS prophecy subculture

Apocalypticism was once part of the mainstream of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but, as was the case with polygamy a few…

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Whatever COVID-19 brings, this chaplain wants you to remember that the death rate is ultimately 100%

While Coronavirus Czar Mike Pence prays away the plague and the CDC offers its lackluster pandemic response, there’s a missing link in the COVID-19 conversation:…

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Watching the Trump admin’s coronavirus response is like watching a bumbling cult

I want to say that reading this Politico piece on the Trump administration’s predictably botched response to the emerging coronavirus pandemic puts me in mind…

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What’s so scary about the inclusion of ‘God’ in the Russian constitution?

Last Friday, the House’s Tom Lantos Commission on Human Rights heard testimony that Russia’s human rights record, including its record on religious freedom, is worsening….

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The most important religious category of the primaries doesn’t break down as cleanly as you think

It’s been noted that Bernie Sanders’ youth revolution failed him on Super Tuesday. It’s not so much that young voters stayed home, contrary to the…

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Democratic candidates don’t need to get more religious — they just need to get known

I would urge anyone reading this headline to take it with a large grain of salt: “Most Americans Don’t See Democratic Candidates As Very Religious.”…

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The Christian nationalist movement isn’t just for white people anymore

At a mini-mall Starbucks in southern San Diego, I’m staring into my coffee and wondering whether coming here was such a good idea. I have…

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William Barr promotes Christian tyranny in latest speech

I’ve said it before, and if you’re reading this, you’ve very likely heard the same thing darkly muttered among liberals and progressives if you haven’t…

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In a time of chaos and misrule, Mardi Gras’ subversive message is virtually meaningless

Historically amongst the revelers at Venice’s celebrated Mardi Gras Carnival, are those costumed in the distinctive beaked mask of the Medico della Peste—the plague doctor….

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Stop praising anti-Trump evangelicals: Their embrace of authoritarianism is a big part of the problem

At this critical moment for American democracy our media landscape is doing a poor job in its coverage of conservative white evangelicals. Coverage of this…

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