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Putting transphobia in a different biblical context

Right-wing and reactionary forces in the USA and UK are once again stoking panic about trans people and practices of gender and sexual variation. Their arguments, though, rely upon faulty assumptions about gender, particularly in relation to history and religion. Such assumptions can be challenged by understanding that gender has never been fixed in the way they argue—neither today nor in the ancient context of the biblical texts often enlisted in so-called religious objections to trans and quee...
Tags: Books, Usa, UK, England, Featured, Wales, Religion, Feminism, Christianity, The Bible, US Senate, Jesus, Transphobia, Gender Identity, Romans, PAUL

The invention of whiteness: the long history of a dangerous idea

Before the 17th century, people did not think of themselves as belonging to something called the white race. But once the idea was invented, it quickly began to reshape the modern world In 2008, a satirical blog called Stuff White People Like became a brief but boisterous sensation. The conceit was straightforward, coupling a list, eventually 136 items long, of stuff that white people liked to do or own, with faux-ethnographic descriptions that explained each item’s purported racial appeal. Whil...
Tags: Republicans, Race, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, New York Times, Wes Anderson, Christianity, Lander, Martin Luther King, Civil rights movement, Black Lives Matter Movement, Malcolm X, Tea Party movement, Christian Lander

How Should Christians Invest? 3 Barriers To Becoming A “Talented” Investor

How should Christians invest in the stock market, and what are some barriers to becoming a proficient investor as a follower of Christ? The post How Should Christians Invest? 3 Barriers To Becoming A “Talented” Investor appeared first on Bible Money Matters and was written by Contributing Author. Copyright © Bible Money Matters - please visit for more great content.
Tags: Marketing, Investing, Christianity, Christ, Bible Verse

"I cannot tolerate a school that not only judges my daughter by the color of her skin, but encourages and instructs her to prejudge others by theirs."

"By viewing every element of education, every aspect of history, and every facet of society through the lens of skin color and race, we are desecrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and utterly violating the movement for which such civil rights leaders believed, fought, and died. I object to the charge of systemic racism in this country, and at our school.... Furthermore, I call bullshit on Brearley's oft-stated assertion that the school welcomes and encourages the truly difficult ...
Tags: New York, Law, America, Christianity, Sydney, Manhattan, Naacp, Martin Luther King Jr, Chris, JAMA, Presbyterian Church USA, Brearley, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Gutmann, Bari Weiss

UK church leaders warn against ‘dangerous’ vaccine passport plans

Hundreds of Christian clergy say proposal could ‘bring about the end of liberal democracy’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHundreds of UK church leaders have told the prime minister that plans to use vaccine passports for entry into venues is “one of the most dangerous policy proposals ever to be made in the history of British politics” with the “potential to bring about the end of liberal democracy as we know it”.An open letter to Boris Johnson signed by more than 1,2...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Religion, Society, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Christianity, Boris Johnson, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus

Yoga can leave you injured, psychotic and a Hindu, Christian groups claim

Alabama lawmaker’s bid to overturn a 28-year yoga ban in public schools faces backlash from conservative Christian groups Jeremy Gray, a state lawmaker in Alabama, has been practicing yoga for years, initially as a workout after college football matches and later as a means of instilling in himself the virtues of focus and patience.Now the Democrat from Opelika needs all the patience he can get as he seeks to overturn a 28-year yoga ban in Alabama public schools. The ban, believed to be the only...
Tags: Alabama, America, US news, Christianity, Hinduism, Opelika, Jeremy Gray

Radical proposals to Church of England call for bishops to declare extra income

Lay member of synod says bishops should be ‘moved out of palaces’ and their salaries cut to match priestsChurch of England bishops should be forced to declare extra earnings and outside interests, according to radical proposals submitted to the church’s general assembly.The call for bishops to state any income on top of their salaries and membership of clubs, organisations and political parties on a register of interests comes amid growing concern over cronyism and conflicts of interest at the h...
Tags: England, Religion, UK News, World news, Christianity, Church Of England, Anglicanism

Catholic church says Haiti faces ‘descent into hell’ after clergy kidnappings

Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince condemns government inaction and says violence by ‘armed gangs’ is now ‘unprecedented’The Catholic church has warned that Haiti is facing a “descent into hell” and condemned government inaction after 10 people, including seven members of the clergy, were abducted by kidnappers demanding $1m ransom.“For some time now, we have been witnessing the descent into hell of Haitian society,” the archdiocese of the capital Port-au-Prince said in a statement, adding that “viol...
Tags: Europe, France, Religion, Americas, World news, Catholicism, Christianity, Haiti, Port Au Prince

Haiti kidnappers abduct seven Catholic clergy and demand $1m ransom

France activates crisis center after five priests and two nuns – five Haitian and two French – abducted Sunday in Croix-des-BouquetsFrance has activated its foreign ministry crisis center after seven Catholic clergy – five of them Haitian and two French – were abducted in Haiti and the kidnappers demanded a million-dollar ransom.The statement came as the French Bishops’ Conference and other French clergy expressed “their deep concern” and urged “the kidnappers to free the men and women of peace ...
Tags: Europe, France, Religion, Americas, World news, Catholicism, Christianity, Catholic, Haiti, Croix des BouquetsFrance

A cartoon before first communion: Susan Kandel’s best photograph

‘Left to her own devices, she’d be in a T-shirt and out in the dirt. But she’s been told to be good, stand still and not mess up her dress’This photo was easy because this is my niece, who’s getting ready for her first communion. Her normal state was to be very active, never stationary for more than a minute. Left to her own devices, she’d be wearing a T-shirt and probably out there in the dirt. What I see in this picture is that she’s been told to be good, stand still and not mess up her dress....
Tags: Family, Photography, Religion, Culture, Art and design, Catholicism, Christianity, Stoughton Massachusetts, Art and design books, Susan Kandel

Margaret Mead by the numbers

The life of anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978) spanned decades, continents, and academic conversations. Fellow anthropologist Clifford Geertz compared the task of summarizing her to “trying to inscribe the Bible—or perhaps the Odyssey—on the head of a pin. She escapes most categories and mocks the rest.” One way to sketch the outlines of this big picture is to highlight a few numbers: 11 At the age of 11, Margaret Mead, against the wishes of her non-religious parents, chose to be baptized ...
Tags: Books, England, Featured, Congress, Bali, Religion, Spock, Christianity, Anthropology, South Pacific, Gregory, James Baldwin, Episcopal Church, Freeman, Karl Barth, Samoa

'Allergic reaction to US religious right' fueling decline of religion, experts say

Percentage of churchgoing Americans is steadily falling, and the swirl of rightwing politics and Christianity is playing a key roleFewer than half of Americans belong to a house of worship, a new study shows, but religion – and Christianity in particular – continues to have an outsize influence in US politics, especially because it is declining faster among Democrats than Republicans.Just 47% of the US population are members of a church, mosque or synagogue, according to a survey by Gallup, down...
Tags: Religion, US, World news, US news, Christianity, Gallup

Easter on clam shell island off coast of Senegal – in pictures

The village of Fadiouth lies on an island of clam shells, with a footbridge connecting it to mainland Senegal. Senegal as a whole in majority Muslim, but on the island of Fadiouth the population is around 90% Christian Continue reading...
Tags: Africa, Religion, Senegal, World news, Christianity, SENEGAL Senegal, Fadiouth

Pope decries spending on arms during pandemic in Easter message

Francis also calls for distribution of Covid-19 vaccines to be sped up, particularly to the world’s poorCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePope Francis has urged countries in his Easter message to speed up the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines, particularly to the world’s poor, and called armed conflict and military spending during a pandemic “scandalous”.Coronavirus has meant this has been the second year in a row that Easter papal services have been attended by small g...
Tags: Religion, World news, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Christianity, The papacy, Pope, Francis, St Peter, Coronavirus

"There were a number of prominent theologians during the years that I was going through the seminary who watered down the Resurrection, arguing that it was a symbol..."

"... for the conviction that the cause of Jesus goes on, or a metaphor for the fact that his followers, even after his horrific death, felt forgiven by their Lord. But this is utterly incommensurate with the sheer excitement on display in the Resurrection narratives and in the preaching of the first Christians. Can one really imagine St. Paul tearing into Corinth and breathlessly proclaiming that the righteous cause of a crucified criminal endures? Can one credibly hold that the apostles of Jes...
Tags: Psychology, Law, Mythology, Christianity, Jesus, Easter, Mediterranean, St Paul, Corinth, Ann Althouse, Dionysus Osiris Adonis, Bishop Robert Barron Wall Street Journal

Far right puts brakes on a new law that aims to stamp out homophobia in Italy

Attacks on gay people continue unchecked as activists step up their 25-year battle to win LGBT rightsDaniela Lourdes Falanga has had her fair share of battles. The first was to survive a brutal upbringing as the firstborn son of a mafia boss in Naples. Falanga, 43, had been expected to follow in the footsteps of her father, currently serving a life sentence, into the powerful Camorra organised crime syndicate. Instead, she found the courage to break ranks, and in 2019 was elected the first trans...
Tags: Europe, Religion, European Union, Society, World news, Catholicism, Italy, Christianity, LGBT rights, The far right, Hate Crime, Naples, Camorra, Arcigay, Matteo Salvini, Falanga

Chocolate-free traditions: celebrating Easter with pickled fish, strong eggs and prayer

Traditions passed down through generations connect families to homelands and the past with present during the annual religious holidaySylvie Saab Continue reading...
Tags: Food, Religion, Life and style, Christianity, Easter, Saab Continue

Animation explains Martin Luther and the Reformation in under 5 minutes

I love these KIS KIS (Keep It Short) animated videos and other short-form content. This one looks at Martin Luther and the Christian Reformation. Bonus track: Image: Screengra
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Less than half of Britons expected to tick ‘Christian’ in UK census

Snapshot of Britain will see many reject church as immoral or irrelevant, academics predictThe “post-Christian era” in the UK will be cemented by data emerging from Sunday’s census which is expected to show further generational disengagement from organised religion, according to a leading academic.The once-a-decade snapshot of the country has included a voluntary question about religion since 2001. In 2011, returns across England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland showed 59.3% ticking Chr...
Tags: UK, England, Religion, Society, UK News, Britain, Christianity, Northern Ireland, Population, Atheism, Census, Wales Scotland, ` Christian

Pope Francis and Ayatollah Sistani talks: Balm for bruised souls

It might be something of a hyperbole that his meeting with Sistani, laden with peaceful intent, reversed the jihad or crusade launched in 1095 by one of his earlier predecessors Pope Urban II. Canary Trap is a platform for exclusive, well-researched, and objective information relating to intelligence, terrorism, corruption and politico-security matters.
Tags: Publishing, Iraq, World news, Iran, Pope Francis, Middle East, Christianity, Islam, Vatican, Ayatollah Khamenei, Ayatollah Khomeini, Sistani, Saddam Hussain, Ayatollah Sistani, Saeed Naqvi, Pope Urban

How the Atlanta shooting shows the dangers of American evangelicalism's trademark "purity culture"

Flowers adorn Gold Spa, where activists demonstrated against violence against women and Asians. Megan Varner/Getty Images Temptation and "sex addiction" feature heavily in evangelical rituals and beliefs around gender roles. A mythical "heroic masculinity" underpins evangelical ideas on men and sex. No evidence links impulsive sexual behaviors with mass murder, experts say. See more stories on Insider's business page. For four days, as the country tried to parse the latest mass shootin...
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Can you be scientific and spiritual?

While the anti-scientific bias of religious fundamentalism requires condemnation, if we take a broader view, does the human inclination towards spiritual practice still require the same antagonism? The answer, I think, is a definitive "No."Rather than ontological claims about what exists in the universe, the terms spiritual and sacred can describe the character of an experience. Instead of a "thing" they can refer to an attitude or an approach. One can be entirely faithful to the path of inqui...
Tags: Science, Religion, Nature, Judaism, Spirituality, Christianity, Islam, Innovation, Faith, Catholic Church, Atheism, Buddhism, Humanity, Darwin, William James, Adam Frank

Israeli archeologists find new Dead Sea scroll fragments

Judean Desert dig also finds six-millennia-old skeleton of child described as world’s oldestIsraeli archaeologists have unearthed two dozen Dead Sea scroll fragments from a remote cave in the Judean Desert, the first discovery of such Jewish religious texts in more than half a century.“For the first time in approximately 60 years, archaeological excavations have uncovered fragments of a biblical scroll,” the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said in a statement. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Israel, Religion, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Judaism, Christianity, Archaeology, Dead Sea, Israel Antiquities Authority IAA, Judean Desert

Dead Sea scroll fragments and 'world's oldest basket' found in desert cave

Six-millennia-old skeleton of child also unearthed during dig in Judean Desert by Israeli archeologists Israeli archaeologists have unearthed two dozen Dead Sea scroll fragments from a remote cave in the Judean Desert, the first discovery of such Jewish religious texts in more than half a century.“For the first time in approximately 60 years, archaeological excavations have uncovered fragments of a biblical scroll,” the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said in a statement. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Israel, Religion, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Judaism, Christianity, Archaeology, Israel Antiquities Authority IAA, Judean Desert

Catholic church cannot bless same-sex unions, Vatican decrees

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith rules that God ‘cannot bless sin’The Vatican has decreed that the Catholic church cannot bless same-sex unions since God “cannot bless sin”.The Vatican’s orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a formal response on Monday to a question about whether Catholic clergy can bless gay unions. Continue reading...
Tags: Religion, World news, Catholicism, Christianity, LGBT rights, Vatican, Catholic, Congregation

Somebody needs to be famous again.

I'm reading "Activist Milo Yiannopoulos is now ‘Ex-Gay,’ consecrating his life to St. Joseph/‘Secular attempts at recovery from sin are either temporary or completely ineffective. Salvation can only be achieved through devotion to Christ and the works of the Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church'" (LifeSite). Milo: When I used to kid that I only became gay to torment my mother, I wasn’t entirely joking. Of course, I was never wholly at home in the gay lifestyle — Who is? Who could be? — and only l...
Tags: Law, Transgender, Homosexuality, Christianity, Jesus, Christ, Milo, Carthage, Milo Yiannopoulos, Galli, Augustine, Apostolic Church, Ann Althouse, St Joseph ` Secular, Holy Catholic, Apostolic Church St Joseph

The Best Business Course I Ever Had

It was nothing you can take in business school. The most useful business course I have ever taken was not marketing, info tech, strategic management, or any of the courses you can get in business school. It was 1984 and I had just turned fifty years old when I went into the consulting business, having just finished a PhD in communications and rhetoric and left a university position. I had never taken a college business course, but a couple business executives who had observed me in differing sit...
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Pope Francis visits churches destroyed by Isis in northern Iraq

Pontiff travels to northern city of Mosul to pray for war victims on last day of historic visitPope Francis arrived in northern Iraq on Sunday, to pray in the ruins of churches damaged or destroyed by Islamic State extremists and celebrate an open-air mass on the last day of the first-ever papal visit to the country.The Vatican hopes that the landmark visit will rally the country’s Christian communities and encourage them to stay despite decades of war and instability. Francis has also delivered...
Tags: Isis, Islamic State, Iraq, Religion, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Christianity, Vatican, The papacy, Francis, Mosul, Grand Ayatollah Ali al Sistani

Protesters demand withdrawal of Cyprus' 'satanic' Eurovision entry

Orthodox Christians brandish crosses outside country’s state broadcaster over song called El Diablo Dozens of Orthodox Christian faithful held wooden crosses and sang hymns outside Cyprus’ state broadcaster on Saturday to demand the withdrawal of the country’s controversial entry for the Eurovision song contest – titled El Diablo – that they say promotes satanic worship.Some of the protesters, including families, held placards reading in Greek, “We’re protesting peacefully, no to El Diablo,” “Re...
Tags: Europe, Music, Protest, Religion, World news, Cyprus, Christianity, Christ, Eurovision

Pope Francis and Grand Ayatollah Sistani call for unity at Iraq meeting

Catholic and Shia leaders strengthen dialogue between their faiths on first ever papal visit to the countryTwo of the most influential faith leaders in the world reached across a religious divide on Saturday to promote peace and unity in a historic meeting.Pope Francis, 84, the head of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, and Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, 90, the spiritual leader of most of the world’s Shia Muslims, talked for almost an hour during the first ever papal visit to Iraq, the p...
Tags: Iraq, Religion, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Catholicism, Pope Francis, Christianity, Islam, The papacy, Catholic, Ayatollah Ali al Sistani, Ayatollah Sistani