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Project 2025: How Trump Loyalists and Right-Wing Leaders Are Paving a Fast Road to Fascism

…state rhetoric has also been embraced by GOP presidential contenders like Vivek Ramaswamy,[21] who also endorsed Trump after dropping his bid, [22] and Nikki Haley, who has vowed to “clean house” and “get rid of the deep state.”[23] To be clear, right-wing movement leaders’ detailed plan, backed by a multimillion-dollar war chest, would enable Trump to wield virtually unchecked power over the executive branch of the federal government and allow h…

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No Religious Left “Split” On Anti-LGBT Religious Exemption

…ressing that narrative, aside from the religious right? Just because conservative religious figures were pressing for an exemption most certainly doesn’t mean that was the religious view. There was overwhelming religious support for the executive order, minus the exemption, and Obama embraced the presence of religious leaders at today’s White House signing. Someone in the audience even shouted “amen!”, to which the president responded, “Amen. Amen…

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The Vatican is the Magic 8-Ball of “Family Life”

…ivorce and same-sex marriage, but in really it just gives the same answer over and over again. Case in point, the Vatican’s newly released preparatory document for this fall’s family life summit. After much fanfare, including a much-ballyhooed survey of Catholic dioceses around the world, the Vatican has concluded that the real problem with its teachings is, wait for it, people just don’t know about them: The People of God’s knowledge of conciliar…

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Pat Robertson’s Women Warriors Leading Spiritual Warfare In Zimbabwe

…d ostracize and criminalize LGBT people. In the ACLJ, Bourland and Mpofu have powerful allies. Sekulow, who has been named one of the most influential evangelicals and prominent lawyers in America, has argued key cases in the religious right’s jurisprudential arsenal before the Supreme Court, vetted and promoted George W. Bush’s Supreme Court nominees, and was an early endorser of and advisor to Mitt Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign. Sekulow is…

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Douthat: Conservatives Will Take Their Ball and Go Home if Francis Changes “Their” Church

…ontradiction and reversal. But the Catholic Church has in the recent past evolved its teaching to meet changes in the real world—especially on “family” issues. Pope Pius XII approved the use of family planning (albeit of the natural variety) for Catholics in the 1950s as birth control become more acceptable. Vatican II changed the church’s doctrine on marriage from emphasizing procreation as the primary purpose of marriage to recognizing that the…

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Hide the Religion, Feature the Science: 60 Minutes Drops the Ball on Mindfulness

…n’t try to investigate any deeper. Watching 60 Minutes, the viewer would have virtually no opportunity to realize where this mindfulness comes from—the piece treats it as having essentially sprung from Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s well-functioning brain. In fact, mindfulness is a Buddhist meditation practice, and it was from Buddhists during Buddhist meditation retreats that Kabat-Zinn learned about mindfulness in the first place. If you know what to look…

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A Whole New Ball Game: New Book Rethinks the History of Religion in Sport

…ed as religion gets into bed with the state and other sources of political power. Even so, the potential to rethink history is stored up in religious images and tropes; it can be recovered and mobilized for purposes of social change. This is an aspect of religion that I have always found personally compelling, and you see it becoming more prominent in contemporary critical theory and philosophy: the idea that religion is a storehouse for radically…

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What Would Jesus Chew?, Bishops Bet on B-Ball, The Incredibly Shrinking Brain

…i and Dallas are making a friendly wager on the NBA Finals. Is corrupt football coach Jim Tressel an evangelical embarrassment? India’s leading yoga guru, Swami Ramdev, is declaring a hunger strike against governmental corruption. No word on how the guru feels about NCAA recruitment violations. Bernice King left Eddie Long’s church in the wake of Long settling his scandal out of court. Texas is ridding public school graduations of prayers and reli…

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“Those Federer Moments”: Sports, Sex, and the Gender of Grace

…seven-year-old boy who “contracted liver cancer at age two and somehow survived after surgery and horrific chemo.” When Wallace first brings him up you think it’s as part of the essay’s scene-setting, but by the time Wallace returns to the boy in his final footnote you realize that the essay is much about the meaning of his body as it as about Federer’s. The awful ways our bodies fail, Wallace says, make great athletes like Federer—who at 34 just…

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RD News Round-Up—Oct.14, 2008

…ht Whatever else Rick Warren may be, he is the master of his own domain; savvy enough to try and control his image and how he is described in the media. After his performance as moderator at Saddleback Church’s presidential forum with Senators John McCain and Barack Obama, Rick Warren recently took exception to the media’s portrayal of him as “Rick Warren, the Hawaiian-shirted preacher,” maintaining that it “started becoming a shtick.” In an early…

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