In June, 2009, people were invited to bring their firearms without bullets during a service at the New Bethel Church Louisville, Ky.
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There is a long line of well-armed American preachers -- both real and fictional -- in US history and culture, confirming perhaps the view that true justice cannot be enforced by institutions alone.
Immigrant children play inside the Catholic Charities RGV in Texas.
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The US has a long history of separating families. Research shows the long-term effects of that trauma.
Hate crimes increased in many major cities in 2016 and 2017.
In 38 US cities, hate crimes rose 12 percent in 2017. There were 1,038 hate crimes in the nation’s 10 largest cities – the most in more than a decade.
Jeff Sessions is citing the Bible in defending the Trump administration’s immigration policy.
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Sessions ignored the many gospel teaching about love, and used a passagethat has been used historically to justify all manner of immoral behavior, including imperialism, slavery, Nazism and apartheid.
A mourner reads a sympathy card left for Anthony Bourdain at a makeshift memorial in New York.
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Most religions have a fundamental belief that all human life belongs to God.
A camp for displaced Rohingyas in the city of Sittwe in western Myanmar.
A scholar who visited Rohingya camps in Myanmar found little hope of a safe return home for refugees, who are currently living in camps in neighboring Bangladesh.
Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand partially collapsed after a 2011 earthquake.
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Can artificial intelligence accurately simulate people's religious tendencies in the face of disaster and tragedy?
President Donald Trump sits down for an iftar dinner, in the State Dining Room of the White House.
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As President Trump resumes an annual tradition of celebrating Ramadan, it provides a moment to remember that Islam has long been practiced in America.
Students march on the campus of the University of California, Santa Barbara to honor the six victims of a mass killing after a young man went on a rampage after being bitter over sexual rejection.
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Incels compare themselves to other men, before blaming women for withholding sex from, in their perception, deserving men.
Britain’s Queen Mother Elizabeth chats with Eric North, secretary of the American Bible Society, during a visit to the organization’s headquarters in New York City on Oct. 28, 1954.
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The American Bible Society, with an annual revenue of nearly $370 million, is one of the largest religious nonprofits, and a highly influential one.
The Mormon church is still grappling with a racial past.
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Forty years ago, the Mormon church reversed restrictions on its members of African-American descent. Today, the church wants to celebrate the value of its diversity.
Evangelical Christian educator, Paige Patterson.
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With controversial Christian educators like Paige Patterson who believe that the Bible teaches women to submit to men, it matters to know today that evangelicals encouraged women's education in the past.
Immigrants and inspectors in the registry room for legal inspections at Ellis Island.
Thousands of Jewish immigrants and their children changed their names in America – but not at Ellis Island. The reasons are complicated and part of the Jewish struggle with their identity in America.
A Muslim family breaks fast during the month of Ramadan.
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Food plays an integral role during the 30-day period of Ramadan. This Speed Read explains how Muslims determine what foods are 'halal,' an Arabic word that means 'permissible.'
A file photo of a girl picking up a cupcake as she breaks fast at King Fahad Mosque in Los Angeles, California during Ramadan.
Muslims observe a month-long fast for the holy month of Ramadan. A scholar explains the religious observance and its spiritual significance.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman at a news conference in New York in 2016.
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It's not shallow to be upset by the latest scandals. Learning about the bad behavior of people we admire can harm our very sense of self.
Frankenstein’s monster in the Hollywood Wax Museum. The fictional character first appeared in Mary Shelley’s novel in 1818.
By showing us a world from which mothers are largely absent, Mary Shelley reminds us that the genius of motherhood lies less in biological reproduction than in the capacity to love.
William Sloane Coffin Jr., followed by his sister, arrives at federal building in Boston on May 20, 1968.
The anti-Vietnam War efforts of Yale University chaplain William Sloane Coffin Jr. and other church leaders alienated many Protestant Americans – with lasting repercussions.
Mosaics by artist Chuck Close on the walls of the new 86th Street subway station on the Second Avenue line in New York.
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In his short play from 1830, 'Mozart and Salieri,'
Russian poet Alexander Pushkin proposed that genius and evil are incompatible. Here's why this argument is worth revisiting in light of #MeToo.
Father Patrick Conroy.
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Following the controversy over the resignation of House chaplain Patrick Conroy, in this speed read, scholars explain when the tradition of legislative prayer was started and how it has sustained.