Tag: Christians and Christianity

Defenders of a Racist President Use Jews as Human Shields

Sebastian Gorka, a onetime adviser to Donald Trump, wore a medal from the Vitezi Rend, a Hungarian group historically aligned with Nazism, to one of Trump’s inaugural balls. Gorka was reportedly a member of the group, whose founder, the Hungarian autocrat Miklos Horthy, once said, “For all my life, I have been an anti-Semite.” Max […]

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The Curious Mystical Text Behind Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Bid

In the living room of an apartment near Wall Street last month, a group of supporters huddled around a large television watching as their candidate, Marianne Williamson, made her debut on the debate stage. The host pulled her hair nervously. Ms. Williamson’s start had been shaky, but there were some breakout moments. Then her dramatic […]

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Stop Calling Politics Our New Religion

Looking for a new villain to account for the polarization and sheer meanness of our current politics? Instead of blaming deep divisions over race, misogyny, immigration, income inequality and the bellicose Twitter reign of President Trump, many have seized on secularism as a scapegoat for everything that keeps politically conscious and conscientious Americans awake at […]

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A Clash of Worldviews as Pope Francis and Putin Meet Again

ROME — Officials in Italy locked down the capital, closed public parks and diverted traffic on Thursday before a state visit by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, whose most-anticipated meeting was with Pope Francis, viewed by many European liberals as the greatest moral voice against the resurgence in populism. But for many European nationalists […]

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How the Catholic Church Lost Italy to the Far Right

On paper, Italy’s deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, is a dubious poster child for Catholicism. Mr. Salvini is divorced. He has two children by two women and is in a relationship with a third. But that hasn’t stopped him from reinventing himself as Italy’s Catholic-in-chief. “I am the last of the good Christians,” Mr. Salvini, […]

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‘Mormon’ No More: Faithful Reflect on Church’s Move to Scrap a Moniker

After finally getting her twin babies to fall asleep in Rexburg, Idaho, Kristine Anderson described herself as a “stereotypical, Mormon stay-at-home mom.” Then she sighed loudly, annoyed that a lifetime habit had slipped out. “Ugh,” she said. “I just said the word ‘Mormon’ again. I apologize.” Last August, leaders of her faith announced a game-changing […]

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With Hymns and Prayers, Christians Help Drive Hong Kong’s Protests

HONG KONG — Armed with a Bible, a guitar and a drawing of Jesus walking on water, Andrea Wong sat outside the offices of Hong Kong’s central government and booed. Ms. Wong, 18, usually stays out of politics. But in recent weeks, as Hong Kong was swept by mass protests against closer ties with mainland […]

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Is the Religious Right Privileged?

Fair warning: This will be an entire column about a single paragraph. The paragraph’s author is Adam Serwer, a writer for The Atlantic, weighing in on the complicated, sometimes baffling debate on the right about the relationship between religious conservatives and libertarianism … or maybe the relationship between religious conservatives and Donald Trump … or […]

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What Are Conservatives Actually Debating?

In March the religious journal First Things published a short manifesto, signed by a group of notable conservative writers and academics, titled “Against the Dead Consensus.” The consensus that the manifesto came to bury belonged to conservatism as it existed between the time of William F. Buckley Jr. and the rise of Donald Trump: An […]

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Who’s Afraid of Arabic Numerals?

Should Americans, as part of their school curriculum, learn Arabic numerals? CivicScience, a Pittsburgh-based research firm, put that question to some 3,200 Americans recently in a poll seemingly about mathematics, but the outcome was a measure of students’ attitudes toward the Arab world. Some 56 percent of the respondents said, “No.” Fifteen percent had no […]

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I’m an Ethical Vegan. Can I Pay for a Client’s Carnivorous Meal?

As a business owner, I sometimes take customers out to lunch. But as an ethical vegan, I don’t want to subsidize the cruel meat and dairy industries. People seem to take my veganism as an affront to their lifestyle. Is there a way that I can, without losing customers, let them know that I just […]

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