September 10, 2019

The Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were designed to instill panic and fear. The vast majority of Americans have watched them replayed over and over again. How has this event impacted those individuals who are too young to remember a world before 9/11? Read more

August 27, 2019

President Trump said “Jewish people that vote for a Democrat” show “great disloyalty,” presumably to Israel. Since the 70s, Israelism has mapped American Jews’ relationships with Israel along the emerging liberal/conservative divide. Read more

August 26, 2019

Even though there were only a few convictions in Pennsylvania, the release of the grand jury report naming 300 sexually abusive Roman Catholic priests in the state was a watershed moment for survivors. It opened up space for new conversations and helped communities come to terms with the horror of their past. Read more

August 8, 2019

For the millions of Muslims planning to gather in Saudi Arabia on Aug. 9 for the hajj, online reviews may be misleading. Ratings for holy sites primarily reflect the contributor’s spiritual experience—not mundane, practical details like the crowds, the weather or souvenir sellers. Read more

August 6, 2019

To avoid arrest, thousands of Central Americans have taken shelter in churches, echoing the 1980s sanctuary movement involving migrants fleeing civil wars in El Salvador and Guatemala, denied political asylum by the Reagan Administration. Read more

August 6, 2019

The hajj is any individual Muslim’s single most symbolic ritual act that reflects the ideal of unity—performing the same rituals in the same places can connect Muslims across national and class boundaries, but only when politics do not divide them. Read more

August 5, 2019

Calls for reparations in the U.S. are generally met with skepticism, but South Africa paid victims of apartheid. The U.S. paid 82,000 Japanese Americans. Germany paid $4.9 billion to 1.7 million forced into slave labor by the Nazis, or their descendants. Read more

August 5, 2019

Emma Frances Bloomfield, University of Nevada, Las Vegas In their second round of debates, Democratic presidential candidates called for aggressive measures to slow climate change. As Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has said, “We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation that can do something about it.” Politicians realize that many voters care about this issue. A 2018 survey conducted by Yale and George Mason Universities categorizes 69% of Americans as… Read more

July 11, 2019

American evangelicalism may have inflicted a mortal wound on itself in the mid-2010s. With the election of Donald Trump as a symbol of a broader philosophical sickliness, many young evangelicals hastened a speedy exeunt from their past religious affiliation. These “post-evangelicals” are not so much a denominationas they are a nebula suspended in limbo between various traditions and schools of thought, both religious and political, while still retaining certain key sentiments of evangelicalism. On the whole, however, they have a… Read more

June 21, 2019

In a complex 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled “the Bladensburg Cross does not violate the Establishment Clause” and can stay on public land. Experts believed the case could have far-reaching ramifications. Read more

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