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How Evangelicals Support White Supremacy—Even Though They Reject Racism

I spent most of my life inside the Evangelical Christian community. I’ve watched society puzzle over its relationship to white supremacy. Evangelical leaders seem oddly removed from the discussion, condemning racism but doing nothing pro-active about the problem. There’s a reason for this phenomenon.

August 21, 2017
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Why Did ISIS Target Spain? The Answer May Lie In History

One, could be Spain’s involvement in the fight against the group in Syria and Iraq. Although Spain is not involved militarily in the fight against ISIS, it has provided logistical help and training for the Iraqi forces. Another reason goes further back in history, according to Mia Bloom, professor of communication at Georgia State University and author of “Dying to kill: The allure of suicide terror.”

August 20, 2017
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Charlottesville Cops Refused To Protect Synagogue

The Jewish community in Charlottesville hired armed security to protect its synagogue for the first time after local police declined to provide a guard for the site despite hundreds of white supremacists congregating on the town over the weekend for a rally that resulted in the murder of counter-protester Heather Heyer.

August 17, 2017
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Sikhs In America: A History Of Hate

At the time, the U.S. was suffering through deep economic distress, a panic-filled recession that had begun the year before. Angry anti-immigrant sentiment was ascendant. And hundreds of Sikh men who had traveled from India to Bellingham to toil in the lumber mills paid the price.

August 6, 2017
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The Dangerous Delusions Of Richard Dawkins

The recent cancellation of a book event with Richard Dawkins by the radio station KPFA has caused reverberations around the world. KPFA cited offensive remarks Dawkins has made about Islam. Dawkins and his followers have claimed these were taken out of context and that he’s been equally critical of Christianity.

August 6, 2017
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Trump’s Cabinet Seeks Spiritual Guidance From Misogynist Minister

That teacher, Pastor Ralph Drollinger, is well known to some members in the California congressional delegation. He is the evangelical spiritual leader who once counseled a group of Sacramento lawmakers that female politicians with young children have no business serving in the Legislature. In fact, he called them sinners

August 4, 2017
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First LGBT Unit Created To Fight ISIS In Syria

LGBT supporters are fighting back against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) on the Syrian battlefield after three years of persecution in which their community suffered stonings, executions from rooftops and a deadly shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

July 26, 2017
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Amid Blaring Headlines, Routine Reports Of Hate-Fueled Violence

Last Wednesday, July 19, was something of a busy news day. There was word North Korea was making preparations for yet another provocative missile test. The Supreme Court, in its latest ruling in the controversial travel ban case, said that people from the six largely Muslim countries…

July 26, 2017
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Trump’s Next Interviewer Thinks His Critics Are Serving Satan

After two months of cozy Fox News interviews, President Donald Trump finally plans to sit down with another network’s host tomorrow. But don’t expect the interview to shed much light on the numerous scandals currently drowning the Trump administration. The president will be questioned by the Christian Broadcasting Network’s Pat Robertson, who has said that Trump’s critics are defying God’s will and serving Satan.

July 13, 2017
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Trump Ditches White House Tradition Of Celebrating End Of Ramadan

It is the first Iftar — the celebratory meal Muslims eat to break their fast — dinner not to be held at the White House since 1999 when former president Bill Clinton made it an annual tradition. Instead, Trump limited his marking of Eid to a statement sending “warm greetings” to Muslims observing it around the world.

June 27, 2017
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Creationists Who Built Failing Noah’s Ark Park Blame Media

A Noah’s ark-themed museum in Williamstown, Kentucky was supposed to bring in a deluge of tourists to flood local businesses and leave owners awash in profits. Instead, a local news outlet reports business proprietors overwhelming say their bottom lines have remained unchanged.

June 24, 2017
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Virginia Police Arrest Suspect In Abduction, Beating And Murder Of 17-Year-Old Muslim Girl

According to witness, 17-year-old Nabra Hussein was with a group of teens from their mosque when they were accosted by a man in a red car who shouted insults at them. The man stopped his car and got out wielding a baseball bat and attacked Hussein, then disappeared with her.

June 20, 2017
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Senior Military Intelligence Officer Schools Fox News On The Media’s Complicity In Anti-Muslim Terrorist Attacks

“I’m not surprised that this happened, but I will tell you, one of the highlights that I’m glad that you all have placed some attention on, are the Muslim men who came out and captured this guy and held him for the police to come and take custody of him,” Steve Rogers told the cast of “Fox and Friends” Monday.

June 20, 2017

Muslim Teenager Murdered Close To Virginia Mosque

Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, has been arrested and charged with the murder, according to a statement from Fairfax County Police Department. Hassanen had gone to a local pancake house with friends to break their Ramadan fast and got into a dispute with Torres close to the All Dules Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Center, one of the biggest mosques in the United States.

June 19, 2017
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Why Haven’t Southern Baptists Condemned The Alt-right?

A resolution condemning white supremacy and the growing white nationalist alt-right movement was initially rejected at the annual Southern Baptist Convention this week, raising outrage from black members of the faith. The controversy illustrates the continued clash among evangelicals over President Donald Trump and the more radical, white nationalistic branch of his supporters.

June 15, 2017

Trump Brings Out The Bible For Faith And Freedom

As Washington sat transfixed before the image of former FBI Director James Comey spilling some beans on the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump went to work. An expert in creating crises, Trump is not the kind to let his handiwork go to waste.

June 10, 2017
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Atheist Surge Confounds Right-Wing Evangelicals

Religion was a major backdrop in the 2016 election. Donald Trump campaigned hard in white Christian America, promising voters that he would essentially turn back the clock to an America when religion and Christians overall were more influential in the country.

June 4, 2017
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Leading Right-Wing Christian Figure Calls For A ‘More Violent Christianity’

Religious Right activist “Coach” Dave Daubenmire declared on his “Pass The Salt Live” webcast this morning that America needs “a more violent Christianity.” He cited President Trump and Greg Gianforte as examples of violent men who are properly “walking in authority.”

May 31, 2017
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Muslim, Jewish, Christian: The Problem Is That Trump ‘Tolerance’ Treats Every Belief As Equally Meaningless

Even if it were someone else, not Donald Trump, pulling the planet’s attention to the world’s three Abrahamic religions; if it were Barack Obama or George W. Bush, say, or even Eleanor Roosevelt, making an ecumenical pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia…

May 28, 2017
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President Trump Meets Pope Francis At Vatican

U.S. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis held a 30-minute meeting at the Vatican on Wednesday, underscoring the emphasis during the first presidential foreign trip on the three Abrahamic (monotheistic) faiths.

May 24, 2017
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3 Insane Evangelical Theories About Why The Trump White House Is Imploding

But with support for impeachment steadily increasing, many of the president’s die-hard supporters are struggling to explain the chaos that has engulfed Washington. And few are quite as unhinged as the evangelicals in his base.

May 21, 2017

Why Is Trump’s Vatican Ambassador Pick Controversial?

President Donald Trump has reportedly chosen Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, as the United States ambassador to the Vatican, the seat of the Catholic faith. According to CNN, which first reported the development, the White House plans to announce the nomination before Trump’s visit to the city state on May 24.

May 15, 2017
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On Churches In Politics, Trump Does … Nothing

In the executive order he signed Thursday titled “Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty,” Donald Trump had a rare opportunity to pursue a small yet significant change that would have accomplished both of his stated purposes. Instead, he ceremoniously unveiled a heaping platter of nothingburgers.

May 8, 2017

Pope Francis Delivers Message Of Peace During Egypt Visit

Pope Francis concluded a 27 hour visit to Egypt Saturday, after delivering mass to a crowd of 25,000 Catholics and visiting a seminary. Preaching a message of “peace,” the pontiff tried to reach out to both Christians and Muslims, denouncing those who preach violence in the name of God. Pope Francis said mass in Latin to a vast throng of worshipers gathered at Egypt’s Air Force Stadium Saturday, amid strict security.

May 2, 2017

Pope Francis: The World’s Most Powerful Advocate For Climate Stability

Pope Francis’ Encyclical “On Care for Our Common Home” recognizes the increasing damage being done to the planet and biodiversity by climate change. Few realize how strong his beliefs are and the power of persuasion he has. Here are 10 ways he could use his power.

April 26, 2017