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Pope’s US Visit Provokes Intense Attention; New Vatican Book on Man-Woman Complementarity & New Int’l Report on Christian Role Models for LGBT Equality; Global LGBT Recap

…t? Maybe he just didn’t care all that much. As Signorile noted, some conservatives were upset that the pope’s speech to Congress explicitly addressed the death penalty and immigration, but not abortion or marriage equality. In DC the pope’s travels took him and his Fiat by the headquarters of Human Rights Campaign, which flew a banner announcing, “We are your children, your teachers, your faithful. Welcomed by God, dismissed by our bishops. Pope F…

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Trump’s “Muslim Ban” A Gift to Terrorists

…ry beginning. Historians of slavery estimate that as much as a third of slaves may have been Muslim and some even fought in the revolutionary war like Yusuf ben Ali. Thomas Jefferson kept a Qur’an near his bedside and the other framers were adamant that the United States would be a land of religious liberty for Christians, Jews, and “Mahometan.” The first country to recognize the young independent United States of America was the Muslim sultanate…

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Attack on the US Capitol Has Many Journos Finally Taking White Evangelical Authoritarianism and Christian Nationalism Seriously

…abilizing foreign policy step of moving the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem because of evangelicals’ extreme beliefs about “biblical prophecy.” To be sure, some prominent evangelical leaders like R. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, have engaged in handwringing about the matter of Trump’s “character,” although others, like First Baptist – Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress and President of the Billy…

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Today We Pray for Women for Whom Pregnancy is Not Good News …

…dependent) abortion facilities around the country, yet anti-abortion conservatives only took notice when a Planned Parenthood in northern California started using the prayers last month. The Six Rivers Planned Parenthood’s “Forty Days” programming runs through April 27 with events at Episcopal, Methodist, Jewish, and Unitarian Universalist houses of worship. Suddenly, with stories in Fox News, Focus on the Family’s CitizenLink, Glenn Beck’s The Bl…

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Christian Nationalists and the Holy Gun Crusade

…used and the need for gun control. And then rapidly, the gun lobby, conservative politicians, Second Amendment absolutists, and the rest find every conceivable other possible thing to focus on, starting with “thoughts and prayers” and moving on to hardening school buildings. The mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where the shooter used an AR-15-style weapon he’d purchased from the gun company Daniel Defense, has followed th…

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True Blood: When Marketing Goes For the Jugular

…loodcopy are “marketed” to fictional vampires. A Geico ad exclaims that, “Even vampires can save 15%.” Harley Davidson advertises a fictional motorcycle to vampires with the tagline “Outrun the sun.” Occasionally, existing products are endorsed, but from the perspective of a fictional vampire. It is rumored that more of these ads are scheduled to appear in major media outlets. And what is the public response to this? Judging by the posts on Bloodc…

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Christian Right Claims to be ‘Above Politics’ Are Unbelievable

…ion has “always been politics, full stop,” unfortunately, many otherwise savvy journalists and commentators forget that “the personal is political” when it comes to religion. They seem to sign on to a tacit agreement that anything Christians label “religious belief” shouldn’t be examined or criticized, regardless of the impact powerful conservative Christians’ politics have on those who don’t share conservative Christian beliefs. This is often acc…

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