June 18, 2019

June 19 marks Juneteenth, a celebration of the de facto end of slavery in the United States. For hundreds of thousands of African-Americans stuck in pretrial detention – accused but not convicted of a crime, and unable to leave because of bail – that promise remains unfulfilled. And coming immediately after Father’s Day, it’s also a reminder of the loss associated with the forced separation of families. Read more

June 18, 2019

At different times throughout the 20th century, the federal government kept groups of people from Hungary, Vietnam, Cuba and Haiti on U.S. military bases. The result can be either efficient immigration processing or a prolonged, confined and traumatic experience. It all hinges on the federal government’s refugee policy, its commitment to resettlement and on broader American views of the migrant population housed at the base. Read more

June 12, 2019

In our contemporary world, noise pollution has reached dangerous levels, leading to hearing loss but also heart disease, poor sleep and hypertension. Monasticism developed in part because people were seeking the solace of silence, of quiet places. But for them, like us, it was a struggle. Read more

June 8, 2019

In contemporary Jewish debate, stringent opinions hold abortion is homicide—thus permissible only to save the mother’s life. Lenient interpretations broadly expand justifications based on women’s well-being. Yet the former usually cite opinions, while the latter still emphasize Judaism’s profound reverence for life. Read more

June 6, 2019

There is a new post-game ritual taking place in the National Basketball Association. Star players are giving away the shoes that they wore for the game, mostly to kids. These transactions are usually caught on camera and put online where the videos have gone viral. Players such as Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Donovan Mitchell and Stephen Curry–all who have their own individualized shoes–have performed this ritual regularly leaving lucky and shocked fans holding this prized artifact. I want to suggest… Read more

June 6, 2019

Gov. Kay Ivey signed Alabama’s abortion restrictions into law, but the focus is on white male state senators. Since the 1970s, conservative women have helped shape the religious right’s rhetoric of “family values,” opposing abortion, feminism and same-sex marriage, but their contributions are often overlooked. Read more

June 4, 2019

I know prison education can transform lives because I see it constantly in the incarcerated – and formerly incarcerated – people I’ve met. I see it every week when I enter prison to direct the University of Baltimore’s Second Chance College Program, which in the last 3 years has served 63 students. Read more

June 4, 2019

Muslims all over the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, one of the religion’s principal festivals. There are two major eids in the Islamic calendar per year — in August, Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Fitr is a three-day-long festival and is known as the “Lesser” or “Smaller Eid.” Ken Chitwood, a scholar of global Islam, explains the Islamic festivals. Read more

May 30, 2019

Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a governing coalition and dissolved parliament on May 29. In a struggle over what it means to be Jewish, secular Israelis complain ultra-Orthodox use social welfare but don’t serve in the military. A bill to draft Haredim played a key role in Netanyahu’s failure. Read more

May 6, 2019

Mohammad Hassan Khalil, associate professor of religious studies and director of the Muslim Studies Program at Michigan State University, answers six questions about the significance of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. Read more

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