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

…President Donald Trump, nursing personal grievances against “deep state” officials and White House staff who thwarted his plans to stay in power after his 2020 defeat, has made it clear that his second term would be far more dangerous to American democracy than his first. The Public Eye, Fall 2023/Winter 2024 (Issue 108) “Democracy Under Attack—And How We Fight Back,” examines antidemocratic forces on the Right and pro-democracy efforts to counte…

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Ultra Orthodox Murder-Suicide Makes Headlines

…e sexual lives of the ultra-Orthodox, which they imagine to be radically different from their own. As homosexual behavior is forbidden by Rabbinic law, gay relationships within the ultra-Orthodox community are conducted in the deep shadows. Heterosexual relationships are, of course, supposed to be confined to marriage, and these relationships too fascinate secular Israeli readers. Books with titles like A Hole in the Sheet, which purport to “discl…

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Meet the “New Age” Stephen Colbert

…themselves to have a renewed perspective of their common traditional belief—if not then that’s where we’re challenged. Ultra Spiritual Life highlights a version of “truthiness” more commonly found among liberals, including things like selective gluten intolerance and citing whatever science seems to support a vaguely spiritual worldview. How do Ultra Spiritual beliefs compare and contrast from those we’d see in the conservative right, and where d…

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African Religious leaders complain about Obama advocacy for LGBT rights; Ultra-Orthodox Man Stabs Jerusalem Pride Parade Marchers, Again; Struggles over sexuality in Islam, Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican Churches; Global LGBT recap

…mmoral behaviors that do not compromise other people’s lives,” the bishop affirmed, “but that does not mean all kinds of exotic sexual adventure must be foisted on other nationalities in the name of rights.” “America claims to be a great democracy and the proof of that fact will be found in her capacity for sincere dialogue and readiness to respect the legitimate values and world view of other peoples,” Bishop Badejo concluded… Cardinal Luis Tagle…

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NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Out

…Temple. In Atlanta, the house of Martin Luther King Jr. That early exposure to otherness made me the guy who accepts everyone unconditionally. Of course it didn’t take long for religious right leaders to bring a different Christian persepctive to the conversation. Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber tweeted that it was “sad” that Collins was being treated as heroic for admitting his “aberrent, immoral sexual lifestyle.”…

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Two Former Nuns Get Civil Union in Italy; Kenyan Govt Partners with World Congress of Families; Mexican Activists Debate Outing of Priests; Global LGBT Recap

…Family Protection and Promotion Policy,” which could “have a significant effect on the quality of Kenyans’ lives,” has not been made public. Maina concludes: These recent developments threaten to tarnish Kenya’s reputation as a free and fair democracy guided by the rule of law, and expose a worrying move to develop laws and policies based on religion and not law, with the potential of institutionalising discrimination and the violation of human r…

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Men “Stand Up” for “Religious Freedom”… On a Plane

…bed a recent outburst: “Hundreds of ultra-orthodox Jewish men delayed takeoff of a transatlantic flight by refusing to sit next to women, and then caused chaos once it was airborne [by standing in the aisles for the entire flight and refusing to occupy their seats].” Obviously a congested plane aisle isn’t the end of the world (although one can imagine it might be a safety issue in some situations), and the news reports have treated it as a kind o…

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The Hypocrisy in Protests against Ultra-Orthodox in Israel

…hen they began to harass and abuse young modern religious girls for “not-sufficiently-modest-dress,” including the most widely-publicized case of 8-year-old Na’ama Margolis, whose story was told on Israeli TV. The only bright spot may have been the rare instance of secular-religious unity in opposition to these acts of religious zealotry, although I have found the sanctimonious and self-righteous response of the modern religious (dati) community h…

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The Rabbis are Right to
Be Afraid

…the sale of “kosher” smartphones that limit Internet use. This is funny stuff.  But on second thought, aren’t the ultra-Orthodox right? This is an insular community that has built real and virtual walls to shield itself from secular influences. Aren’t they correct to worry that if their adherents surf the Internet, the community will suffer? I think they are. One reason I write for publications like this one is to make a difference, to share infor…

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Pat Robertson’s Women Warriors Leading Spiritual Warfare In Zimbabwe

…r” whom she likens to Moses, a figure “God has anointed” to “deal with an affliction on her people.” Mpofu is, says Bourland, “an oracle of God to bring a warning to our country.” She predicts that people, “will wake up and listen,” then she prays for there to be “more than enough to take care of all the children of Zimbabwe.” When Bourland is finished, Mpofu, a tall woman with a regal bearing, stands and approaches me. “Sarah, you came,” she excl…

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