Religion

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The Ethics of Vaccination Exemptions

The recent measles outbreak in Washington should prompt us to reexamine how we balance public health and individual religious conviction.
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The Resurgence of Tarot

What does the newfound popularity of tarot tell us about society?
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The Pittsburgh Shooting and Secondary Anti-Semitism

In the wake of the mass murder at a Pittsburgh synagogue, this article explores Secondary Antisemitism as a form of erasure of the struggles of jewish people and its connection to this attack.
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Church Names and the Ethics of Reference

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is no longer accepting other titles or nicknames for the church -- a decision that leaves many confused.
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Opinion: The Pope, Fake News, and the Gospels

Examining the religious context of Pope Francis' recent condemnation of "fake news."
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Thomas S. Monson and the Politics of Obituaries

The New York Times' obituary of the late Mormon leader Thomas S. Monson has raised questions about how obituaries should memorialize controversial figures.
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Let Them Eat Cake: Public Accommodations and Religious Liberty in Colorado

The Supreme Court will soon decide whether products like wedding cakes count as speech, and whether their makers can refuse to serve LGBTQ couples.
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The Political Manipulation of the Fatima Cult

In 1917, three Portuguese children claimed to have received prophecies from the Virgin Mary. The way the world reacted underscores how religion is sometimes used to further political goals.
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Will Chief Black Elk’s Canonization Address Native American Oppression?

Credited with bridging Christianity and Native American culture, Chief Black Elk's legacy remains controversial.
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Untangling the “Sincerely Held Moral or Religious Belief”

As the Trump administration opens up contraceptive exemptions for "sincerely held moral and religious beliefs," it is worth examining what exactly qualifies as "sincerely held," in the first place.