(RNS) The result was a split-the-baby solution that largely pleased Obama’s gay rights supporters while mollifying some religious critics and leaving enough ambiguity to blunt the opposition of more hard-line foes.
(RNS) Though largely forgotten now, in the 1800s if you wanted scapegoats in America, you went looking not for Muslims, but for Catholics.
Life (endangered), liberty (maybe enhanced or endangered, depending on your LGBT views) and the pursuit of happiness — all in today’s religion news round up.
(RNS) “If you do not understand the messianic and apocalyptic imagery used by all sides, and how wide-ranging those images were among all classes, all groups, all nations, you cannot hope to understand the war,” scholar Philip Jenkins says.
(RNS) As a young Jew, I can’t help but see expressions of evangelical philo-Semitism as an attempt to keep Jewishness in its New Testament box, and to continue the old fallacy of conflating the Jewish people (of Bible fame) with living Jewish people.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican said the pope considers the two men to be “men of peace” and Francis reminded the two leaders of the need for both sides and those who hold political office to work to end the hostilities and promote peace.
(RNS) If you’re going to knit a brick in protest, don’t throw it at the cobras in India (they’re protected). ‘Cuz that just won’t end well. All that and more in today’s Roundup.
(RNS) Ten years after designer Roberto Cavalli received harsh criticism for putting Hindu gods on an underwear and swimsuit line, he is at it again. This time the backlash is for the use of a Sufi school’s sacred symbol on the “Just Cavalli” clothing line.
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) Waumini House is about one kilometer from the Westgate Shopping Mall, where a terrorist attack in September 2013 left 67 people dead. That attack and others in Kenya are blamed on the Somali Islamist group al-Shabaab.