Tag: Religion and Belief

Yeshiva University Halts All Student Clubs to Block L.G.B.T.Q. Group

Yeshiva University abruptly announced on Friday that it had placed all undergraduate club activities on hold, the latest maneuver in the legal battle by the Modern Orthodox Jewish institution to keep from recognizing an L.G.B.T.Q. student group. The move came two days after the U.S. Supreme Court had ordered the university to recognize the student […]

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Supreme Court Says Yeshiva University Must Allow L.G.B.T. Group as Case Proceeds

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said on Wednesday that it would let stand for now a ruling that Yeshiva University must recognize an L.G.B.T. student group. The vote was 5 to 4, with the majority saying that the university, a Modern Orthodox Jewish institution in Manhattan, must first pursue challenges to the ruling in state […]

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What We Pray for When We Pray for Our Children

She described one recent walk over the Labor Day weekend, saying that she prayed that schoolchildren, “from the most vulnerable to the fiercest, feel safe and valued.” She continued: “As I approach the main doors of the building, I lay my hands on them and pray that every soul that crosses them experiences peace, perhaps […]

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Exploring Spain’s Arab Influence

There is a way through Spain that is all horseshoe arches, keyhole windows and bronze doors carved in Arabic script. It meanders into crenelated forts, Moorish castles overlooking the Mediterranean and grand mosques reconfigured by Christians into cathedrals. As the child of an Iraqi woman and a Swedish-American man, I have always been drawn to […]

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Why Pastors Are Burning Out

A pastor in Indiana told me that no one in her church denied the importance of Covid precautions, but the new demands that the pandemic placed on her contributed to a sense of burnout. “I never got tired of pastoring or thinking about Scripture and preaching,” she said. “I just started associating ministry with having […]

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‘It’s My Tradition Too’: Oberammergau’s Centuries-Old Passion Play Evolves

OBERAMMERGAU, Germany — This is a town of wild-haired men. Their locks are scruffy, scraggly; tousled for the boys, and wispy for those whose boyhoods were long ago. There are beards, too, sported by those old enough to grow facial hair — generally ungroomed, and bushy. Once per decade, in fulfillment of a vow they […]

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‘It’s My Tradition Too’: Oberammergau’s Centuries-Old Passion Play Evolves

OBERAMMERGAU, Germany — This is a town of wild-haired men. Their locks are scruffy, scraggly; tousled for the boys, and wispy for those whose boyhoods were long ago. There are beards, too, sported by those old enough to grow facial hair — generally ungroomed, and bushy. Once per decade, in fulfillment of a vow they […]

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Why the Evangelical Movement Is in ‘Disarray’ After Dobbs

Produced by ‘The Ezra Klein Show’ With Roe now overturned, the evangelical movement has achieved one of its decades-old political priorities. But for many evangelicals, this isn’t the moment of celebration and unity it may have first appeared to be. In the wake of the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Russell Moore […]

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Why Most Muslims I Know Are Feeling a Growing Sense of Dread

Historically, Shiite and Sunni Muslims have coexisted and thrived around the world, but recent years have seen a proliferation of sectarian violence. There are significant differences between the sects on certain religious and historical issues, particularly regarding the line of succession after the death of the Prophet Muhammad. But the core tenets and practices of […]

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Alito’s Call to Arms to Secure Religious Liberty

Even aside from his swipe at his fellow justices who haven’t signed up for his crusade, to call this kind of talk simplistic is far too generous. Justices and legal scholars alike have struggled for decades to identify the right balance for religion within a pluralistic society, an effort Justice Alito reduced to a cartoonish […]

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Biden Is Now an Uneasy Champion on Abortion. Activists Are Still Wary.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s decision to end the constitutional right to an abortion in the United States after nearly 50 years has set in motion a generational struggle over Republican efforts to ban the procedure in states across the country. But inside the West Wing, President Biden has made it clear that he is […]

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Biden Is Now an Uneasy Champion on Abortion. Activists Are Still Wary.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s decision to end the constitutional right to an abortion in the United States after nearly 50 years has set in motion a generational struggle over Republican efforts to ban the procedure in states across the country. But inside the West Wing, President Biden has made it clear that he is […]

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ID Theft, Fraud, Prison: The Wild Life of a Bishop Robbed at the Pulpit

He was still working as a mortgage broker out of an office in the Empire State Building around 2005, when a symphony conductor named Maximo Bragado-Darman and his son, Julio Bragado-Young, entered his office and hired him to help them close on a brownstone in Harlem. The deal was completed. Later, Mr. Whitehead reached out […]

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The Bad Faith of the New Religious Right

Produced by ‘The Argument’ The sweeping rise of Christian nationalism on the right has taken extreme forms since the election of Donald Trump in 2016. From “Stop the Steal” to the storming of the U.S. Capitol and now, the overturn of Roe v. Wade — Christian nationalist rhetoric has undergirded it all. But given that […]

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Killed at 71, Ayman al-Zawahri Led a Life of Secrecy and Violence

Ayman al-Zawahri, the Egyptian-born surgeon-turned-jihadist who assumed the leadership of Al Qaeda after the killing of Osama bin Laden and who died at 71 in a drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan, over the weekend, according to U.S. officials, led a life steeped in secrecy, betrayal, conspiracy and violence, most murderously in the Sept. 11 attacks […]

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Older Generations Are Reclaiming Rites of Passage

Nancy Rhine, a gerontologist and marriage and family therapist in Mill Valley, Calif., has helped about 40 older adults prepare for and process late-life rituals involving hours of retrospection and introspection, art and music. “They’re looking at legacy, life review, taking stock,” she said. “It’s that searching, a contemplative practice.” Her oldest such client was […]

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Religious Doctrine, Not the Constitution, Drove the Dobbs Decision

Indeed, the fetus is the indisputable star of the Dobbs opinion. That is not necessarily obvious at first reading: The opinion’s 79 pages are larded with lengthy and, according to knowledgeable historians, highly partial and substantially irrelevant accounts of the history of abortion’s criminalization. In all those pages, there is surprisingly little actual law. And […]

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A Pastor Ripped Apart by Our Divided Country

[MUSIC] lulu garcia-navarro We’re all feeling exhausted. Between the stress of the pandemic, growing political divides and declining trust in institutions, burnout is at an all-time high, especially among those who have traditionally been society’s bridge-builders. Teachers and health care workers are quitting in droves. It’s the kind of moment when you might turn to […]

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