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It Is About the Hijab: Wheaton College and the Narrowing Criteria for Evangelical Belonging

…ntification to stated, or even non-stated, beliefs. Religion is a far more complicated affair, encompassing a convoluted mix of material practices, along with other identities as well. It’s also not clear the extent to which the proposed research definition is biased, and this hinders its usefulness. One could argue that isolating particular beliefs from political demographics actually allows for a greater appreciation of the relationship between…

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Perhaps Islam isn’t the Only Reason Donald Trump Didn’t Recall Muhammad Ali

…rates the manifold national weaknesses he plans to remedy through vigorous competition in educational and healthcare spheres. I don’t mean to imply that, despite Trump’s well-documented and disturbing comments about particular individuals with disabilities, his failure to think of Ali was malicious. He was more likely disoriented by the use of religion and sports for something other than bolstering the myth of individual opportunity. After all, wh…

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Why Won’t the President Say “Islamic Terrorists?”

…ent in order to achieve power or control. More specifically, terrorism has come to mean perpetuating violence on civilians, making it distinct from other exercises of violence to achieve power—for example, military combat. Assuming this somewhat loose definition (without reference to who the terrorists are and who the civilians might be) leaves open questions of what kind of power is exercised and to what end. These questions lie at the heart of “…

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Why The Church Can’t Stop Gun Violence

…s. The nearly 1:1 correspondence there is truly sickening. https://twitter.com/igorvolsky/status/672407664421400576 Others, including myself, pointed out that at least some of these charges were tone-deaf, and that there’s more to prayer than commonly thought. The Atlantic‘s Emma Green, and many conservatives, saw a “prayer-shaming” liberal attack on faith itself, which is twaddle. As usual, Twitter’s done this to death, and then some. I’m less in…

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How Are the “Nones” Raising Their Children?

…and parents go about this in many different ways. I describe the five most common strategies in the book. But what I found most striking was how deeply committed Nones were to the choice narrative. Some even went so far as to follow their children’s lead, providing religious education to a child who seems spiritually inclined while allowing a disinterested child to grow up secular! Is there anything you had to leave out? I heard many interesting,…

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The Pope and the Culture Wars

…On the eve of the Pope’s address to congress, RD Senior Correspondent Patti Miller spoke with NPR partner station KPCC about the effect on the culture wars of “[t]he most politicized pontiff in contemporary history.” https://soundcloud.com/religion-dispatches/papal-politics-how-pope-francis-stirs-the-culture-wars-in-dc…

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The Brutality of Life for Syrian LGBTs; Saving the Anglican Church by Dissolving It; Backlash to Hindu Gay Wedding Ceremony in Indonesia; Global LGBT Recap

…ociety – remain off the table? Or will Cuba’s future resemble that of post-communist Central and Eastern Europe, where the incomplete transition to democracy fueled the rise of violent homophobia and xenophobia? Gambia: Human rights group report on “fear and repression” dismissed by government Human Rights Watch released a detailed report this week on “two decades of fear and repression” under the presidency of Yahya Jammeh, who took power in 1994…

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Anti-Gay Evangelicalism is the Norm: A Less Rosy Take on the Evangelical “Tipping Point”

…ecognize that the “messy middle” is making a genuine effort to listen with compassion. Whether this middle space will end up becoming a transitional halfway house to full LGBTQ affirmation remains unclear. While I genuinely do not know the extent to which evangelicalism is capable of a thorough sea change, I do know that even if that day is coming, there’s something more than a little off-putting about the gleeful amens shouted by more progressive…

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Pope Francis meets with bishop who blessed gay couple; Proposed NGO law in Uganda threatens LGBT groups, civil society; Interfaith sexuality organizing in Indonesia; global LGBT recap

…arginalization and lack of opportunities force many transgender women to become sex workers; as such, they become even more vulnerable to violence and abuse—including by the police. Discrimination in healthcare is routine for LGBT people, and transgender women in particular often face ridicule and rejection from hospital and clinic personnel. Faroe Islands: Gay Marriage as a campaign issue Voters in the Faroe Islands, which have been autonomous fr…

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Istanbul ‘Haven of Sorts’ For LGBT Syrians and Iraqis; Cayman Islands Affirm Marriage Ban with ‘Holy Bible Evidence’; No Room for LGBTs in Malaysia’s ‘Islam-Based’ Human Rights Policy; Global LGBT Recap

…has absorbed millions of refugees, among them sexual minorities who have become outcasts from their own communities. In a Middle East that is becoming increasingly divided along political, religious, and ethnic lines, eclectic Istanbul offers a rare chance to cut across these invisible borders – the type of opportunity the recently formed group LGBT Arabie has jumped on. “There are hundreds of us here,” says the group’s co-founder, Nader, a 25-yea…

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