Cynthia M. Allen: Attacks on possible Trump court pick Barrett's Catholicism smack of bigotry, ignorance
In this era of heightened sensitivity to most forms of bigotry, it should be extraordinary, if not unthinkable, that a person’s faith be cause for their pillory.But it appears that some of the loudest voices in woke America will make exceptions, for Christians specifically and Catholics in particular.Nowhere is this more obvious than the anachronistic and vicious attacks on probable Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.Since 2017, when she was nominated and confirmed to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Barrett’s Catholic beliefs have been the source of ridicule by lawmakers and politi...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
In Salem County, farming links Black and Jewish families — and history
The 37 varieties of soil in Pittsgrove Township are excellent for the vegetable farming that has long defined the landscape of Salem County, New Jersey.Also growing nicely there is a business and personal partnership between a Jewish family and a Black family, each with deep local roots. The organic farming operation the partners envision is an echo of the past, when Quakers and other Gentile neighbors helped urban Jewish refugees from Russia learn how to make a living from the land in South Jersey.“We’ve been drawn back here,” said William Levin, a Vineland native and animation instructor. In...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unravelled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East &#8211; Book Review
(Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unravelled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East. Kim Ghattas. Henry Holt & Company, NewYork, 2020.)Among the many books analyzing the Middle East, Kim Ghattas’ Black Wave is outstanding – that not necessarily being a good thing. It is very good as it presents what the subtitle says it is all about, the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran. She uses a wide range of sources including personal interviews with some of the main characters and writes a history not based as usual on the big players on the scene b...
The Palestine Chronicle
Television Q&A: Will 'Unorthodox' return?
You have questions. I have some answers.Q: Will the show “Unorthodox” be back? Enjoyed the four episodes.A: The Netflix series about “a Hasidic Jewish woman in Brooklyn who flees to Berlin from an arranged marriage” is not going to continue. Producer Anna Winger told Metro.co.uk that “we’re not doing a sequel to this because we feel that we really told this story. It was always designed as a mini-series. I suspect that I will work with these actors again, and with many of my collaborators from this project. We have a lot of new things in development. So it’s not the end of the road for this co...
Tribune News Service
LGBTQ Hispanics in Miami suffer homophobic and transphobic violence in silence
MIAMI — She was walking to her apartment in Little Havana when a stream of verbal insults, threats and harassment made her feel like she was back in her native Colombia.“Faggot, whore, AIDS carrier people like you must be six feet under,” the four men following her shouted at Irlanda, a transgender immigrant. She quickly managed to get into her home as beer bottles were thrown her way. One smashed through the kitchen window.A neighbor called the police. The suspects were detained. But ultimately no charges were filed because Irlanda could not identify which one had damaged the property, said t...
China's persecution of Muslim minorities: One Uyghur student living in Turkey shares her story
Screenshot from a YouTube video shot in one of the Miraj restaurants in Urumqi.The identity of the author of this story has been kept anonymous for safety reasons.Since 2017, China's northwestern region of Xinjiang has seen a drastic rise in the incarceration of its ethnic minority citizens, including Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and Hui.The United Nations, along with international human rights organizations, estimates that over 1 million ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities have been detained in internment camps, which the Chinese government calls “vocation training centers.”The Chinese go...
The story of how 'Touched by an Angel' got its wings and became one of TV's biggest shows
Twenty-six years ago this month, Martha Williamson smashed a hole in the stained-glass ceiling of prime-time television when she debuted a God-infused drama series starring a white angel who spoke with an Irish lilt and her Black supervisor, who spoke with equal measure sass and reverence, sang like a heavenly host and drove a red Cadillac convertible.Over its nine-year run, “Touched by an Angel” would reach upwards of 25 million viewers a week, becoming one of the top shows in the CBS stable.As its head writer and executive producer, Williamson asked the tough questions, like where was God wh...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Brother of ex-Poway synagogue leader pleads guilty in fraud scheme
SAN DIEGO — The brother of former Chabad of Poway Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to evading taxes by hiding $700,000 in a bank account controlled by the organization, a sign that the stunning fraud case unveiled in July against the religious leader is not over.Mendel Goldstein, 63, owner of a videography business in Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges. He entered his plea in front of U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant in San Diego Monday afternoon.Prosecutors said he worked with his brother from 2012 to 2018 to conceal more than $700,000 in income f...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
COVID took a harsh toll on South Florida houses of worship. A priest and 2 pastors died
MIAMI — Like many things since the coronavirus pandemic took hold, South Florida houses of worship have had to make dramatic changes. In the Miami Archdiocese, parishioners don’t hold hands as they recite the Lord’s Prayer, pews are emptier and the holy water has been put away.The archdiocese also says that in the earlier days of the pandemic six out of 253 priests tested positive. One of them, Father William Muñiz of St. Henry Catholic Church in Pompano Beach, died of COVID-related complications in late July. He was 85.All but one of the cases, the archdiocese said, occurred after it suspende...
New Age communities are driving QAnon conspiracies in Brazil
A popular image of Ashtar Sheran, an alien according to some New Age beliefs. Image by www.angels-light.org. The owners of the website encourage the dissemination of their library of illustrations.Some two dozen people dressed in yellow and green gathered at Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach on August 23, in what seemed like yet another pro-Bolsonaro protest, commonly held to praise Brazil’s president since the COVID-19 pandemic began.But when a young man wearing a T-shirt with a skull-shaped image of the US flag began to speak, it became clear that there was something different — and slightly...