Tag: Christians and Christianity

Fake Clinics Are Not the Answer

AUSTIN, Tex. — In its quest to “defund” Planned Parenthood and end access to clinical abortion care, the federal government under the Trump-Pence administration is poised to recreate a public health disaster that has blighted the already heavily damaged reproductive health care safety net in Texas, where lawmakers recently replaced seasoned medical providers with Bible-thumping grifters. […]

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The Church Where Believing in God Isn’t Strictly Necessary

Observant Presbyterians are always part of gatherings at Rutgers Presbyterian Church. But much of the time, so are Roman Catholics and Jews, as well as a smattering of people who consider themselves vaguely spiritual. Valerie Oltarsh-McCarthy, who sat among the congregation listening to a Sunday sermon on the perils of genetically modified vegetables, is, in […]

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In Africa, Pope Francis Comes Face to Face With the Future of the Church

MAPUTO, Mozambique — Young men and women wearing the words “Pope Francis” on their backs and “Catholic Youth” on their sleeves packed the bleachers of a stadium in Mozambique on Thursday and listened to Francis tell them, “You are important!” “You need to believe it,” Francis said to the raucous crowd at the Maxaquene Pavillon, […]

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Why People Hate Religion

You don’t hear much about Sister Norma Pimentel in the secular press. She’s not a wacko, a hypocrite, a sexual predator or a political operative. Her life’s work, she says, is guided by seeing “the presence of God” in migrant children in the shelter she oversees in the Rio Grande Valley — vulnerable souls that […]

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Satire or Deceit? Christian Humor Site Feuds With Snopes

It’s a fake-news feud made for 2019. On one side is Snopes, the influential fact-checking website founded 25 years ago. On the other is the Babylon Bee, an upstart Christian satirical website that lampoons progressive ideas, Democrats, Christians and President Trump. Image They are fighting over how Snopes characterizes stories published by the Bee, which […]

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A First at a Century-Old Seminary: A Black Woman Takes Charge

First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem had 300 members and no website when LaKeesha Walrond and her husband took over as pastors. Yet, as many churches have strained to maintain their congregations, theirs flourished: More than 10,000 congregants now come for Sunday services and for mental health programs, yoga classes and a free co-working space. […]

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‘Thoughts and Prayers’ Aren’t Enough, America’s First Gun Violence Minister Says.

To the strains of the hymn “If We Just Talk of Thoughts and Prayers,” the largest Presbyterian denomination in the United States ordained The Rev. Deanna Hollas as its first minister of gun violence prevention this month. Ms. Hollas is believed to be the first person in the country to be given a national ecclesiastical […]

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Rev. Ben Kinchlow, Co-Host of TV’s ‘The 700 Club,’ Dies at 82

The Rev. Ben Kinchlow, a Methodist minister’s son who belatedly became a believer and preached to a global congregation as a host of “The 700 Club” with his fellow television evangelist Pat Robertson, died on July 18 in Virginia. He was 82. His death was announced by the Christian Broadcasting Network, which still produces the […]

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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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