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A Professor's Killing Sends a Chill Through a Campus in Pakistan - The New York Times
A student said he killed Prof. Khalid Hameed, a well-liked teacher, because he insulted Islam. Now his colleagues are being very careful about what they say.
religion  college 
11 hours ago by noiseguy
The Global Catholic Climate Movement : hear the cry of the Erth and the cry of the Poor
Pope Francis urges the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and all people of good will to take urgent action against the injustice of climate change and the ecological crisis, to protect the poor and future generations. His encyclical letter Laudato Si’ is a compelling call to care for our common home, Earth, building on a long history of Catholic teaching. We are building a vibrant movement to respond to Pope Francis’ call.
climatechange  climate  activism  religion  catholic  politics  environment  environmental 
22 hours ago by cyberchucktx
Laudato Si' Generation
Laudato Si’ Generation is the youth branch of the Global Catholic Climate Movement, an international network of over 800 Catholic organizations.

We’re mobilizing for climate justice to call the Church and the world to action. Pope Francis says that “the environment is on loan to each generation, which must then hand it on to the next.” (Laudato Si’ 159)
activism  catholics  climatechange  politics  religion  environment  environmental 
22 hours ago by cyberchucktx
Whose Life? | Public Books
"This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom Martin Hägglund Pantheon, 2019"
book  review  religion  secularism  philosophy  ethics 
yesterday by tsuomela
The End of the Netanyahu Era
The Israeli prime minister may be fighting to stay in power. But the dynamics that kept him there for a decade have shifted under his feet.

Back in the old days of Israeli politics, when Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, was in power, the boundary of the political mainstream was marked by his famous saying: “Without Herut and without Maki.” This phrase put the right-wing predecessor of Likud — Herut — and the Communist Party — Maki — beyond the pale of political acceptability. Today, Herut and Maki no longer exist in the same way. And yet, we can see echoes of this sentiment in Israeli politics: There is a mainstream, and a periphery that most Israelis find objectionable.
My new book, “#IsraeliJudaism, Portrait of a Cultural Revolution,” co-authored with the pollster Camil Fuchs, contains the data that best explains what this periphery looks like. Ask Israelis to rank the groups that contribute to the success of the country, and year after year they say the same thing: At the bottom of the list of perceived contribution to Israel’s success, one finds Muslim Arab Israelis, and just a notch above them, ultra-Orthodox Jews, or Haredim. ...
Mr. [Defense Minister Avigdor] Lieberman forced the second round of elections and ran a masterful campaign based on a simple strategy: He was the only one representing the mainstream, by tapping into both anti-Arab and anti-ultra-Orthodox sentiments. ...
This looks like a realignment of the political map that sends a simple and important message to Israel’s leaders: The mainstream wants to regain its dominance; the mainstream refuses to let minorities govern its future. The mainstream has a message for Haredim and Arabs: influence will only come with the acceptance of certain norms.
israel  op-ed  election  politics  religion  race 
yesterday by jimmykduong
The Christian Right Is Helping Drive Liberals Away From Religion | FiveThirtyEight
Other research showed that the blend of religious activism and Republican politics likely played a significant role in increasing the number of religiously unaffiliated people. One study, for instance, found that something as simple as reading a news story about a Republican who spoke in a church could actually prompt some Democrats to say they were nonreligious. “It’s like an allergic reaction to the mixture of Republican politics and religion,” said David Campbell, a political scientist at the University of Notre Dame and one of the study’s co-authors.

Granted, the people who were leaving weren’t necessarily at the center of their religious community — they didn’t attend religious services often, perhaps dropping in once or twice a year. But the numbers began to add up, opening a rift between conservatives and liberals. According to Margolis’s research, while young people across the political spectrum tend to drift away from religion, liberals are increasingly unlikely to return.
politics  religion 
yesterday by ayjay
'Plant A Vision Of Hope': How This Alabama Pastor Addresses Climate Change From The Pulpit | Here & Now
elevating the climate conversation because “the way we treat the land and the way we treat people is our relationship with God,”

Look at the way we treat the world: we are consumers

“We see everything as commodities. And we look at people as a commodity. We look at land as commodity,” Malcom says. “We also look at our relationship with God as a commodity. We treat God just like we treat the land and that we just take, take, take.” And there is NEVER reciprocal where we have a GIVING.

Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church, has also criticized consumerism in “Laudato Si: On Care for our Common Home” — a book where he calls people to environmental action.
climatechange  environment  globalwarming  religion  npr 
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