COMMENTARY: The real message of Easter

(RNS) In Christianity’s passage through Holy Week and Easter Day, a moment of truth will arrive. Some will get it, and it will be profoundly good news. Others still won’t get it.

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Victims raise profile of ‘spiritual abuse’

SPOKANE, Wash. (RNS) Spiritual abuse is when authoritarian religious groups use power and control to instill fear and guilt into worshippers. Similar to domestic abuse, if victims don’t deal with the trauma, survivor Karen Wanjico said, it can damage one’s mental health, relationships and worldview.

Quote of the Day: Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage

“If we were to lose, would it be more difficult? Of course it would be more difficult. But we’re never going away.” — Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, talking to the The New York Times about his battle against gay marriage at the U.S. Supreme Court

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GUEST COMMENTARY: Passover discomfort over slavery

(RNS) Jewish tradition commands us to see ourselves as though we were slaves in Egypt. As I sit at my Passover Seder this year, I will wonder about my dining room chairs, and my tablecloth, both of which seem too inexpensive for the labor that must have gone into producing them.

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