Category Archives: faith

God and the Games (I was interviewed for this story)

The 2016 Rio Olympics begin today. The Religion News Service published a story on the historical association between the Olympics and religion. I was interviewed for the piece. “The Olympic Games is the international sports event because of the diversity … Continue reading

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Wheaton College suspends tenured faculty member for wearing a hijab

The Chronicle of Higher Education has the story. Larycia A. Hawkins, an associate professor of political science at the evangelical Christian college, announced her decision on Facebook last week. As a display of solidarity with Muslim women, she planned to … Continue reading

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University professor converts to Islam, gets the boot from her Christian university

Spectrum magazine has the story. She is nearing her tenth year as a teacher and researcher, and has worked as a clinical physical therapist for nineteen years.  In addition to membership in several professional associations, Walton provides pro-bono physical therapy … Continue reading

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LIverpool FC official: We will take action against fan who called two Muslims a disgrace

The Liverpool Echo has the details. Liverpool FC said they will take action against the man who called two Muslim men “a disgrace” for praying at Anfield. Stephen Dodds caused a Twitter storm when he tweeted a picture of solicitors … Continue reading

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Mormon Church threatens to excommunicate two activists

The New York Times reports that two Mormons — one a woman advocating for the ordination of women as priests, one a man advocating for the open acceptance of gays — are being threatened with excommunication for their actions. The … Continue reading

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Catholicism is expanding in the Muslim world. Wait. What?

You read that headline correctly, and the Boston Globe has the details of what is happening, and why. Yet the Arabian Peninsula today is also, improbably, seeing one of the most dramatic Catholic growth rates anywhere in the world. The … Continue reading

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A third amazing comment by a Republican politician

What is it about Republican politicians and ridiculous comments? On the heels of one Republican hinting at women being submissive to their men and another politician saying that Democrats believe women cannot control their libido comes Susanne Atanus. Atanus wants to … Continue reading

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