Editorial: Of prayers and plagues: What the Supreme Court got wrong about Gov. Cuomo's COVID restrictions
The unsigned opinion by the nation’s highest court got it wrong, insisting that restrictions placed on religious gatherings imposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York’s COVID hot spots must be nullified, for they violate the First Amendment.The dissent by the Bronx’s Sonia Sotomayor got it right. The rules, capping gatherings at 10 people or less, are actually more generous for faith-based institutions than for any other type: “New York treats houses of worship far more favorably than their secular comparators.” How on Earth can that be an offense to the guaranteed freedom to exercise religion? ...
New York Daily News
Biden's faith made history without much fanfare. His Catholic supporters say that's a good thing.
PHILADELPHIA — When Joe Biden takes the oath of office in January, he will be only the second Catholic president of the United States since John F. Kennedy was elected 60 years ago.Kennedy’s victory in 1960 was a historic moment for Catholics, partly because his religion was at the forefront of the political conversation. Kennedy had to dispel fears he would have divided loyalties, famously telling a group of Southern ministers in a speech three months before the general election, “I am not the Catholic candidate for president. I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for president, who happens a...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Can secularism be compatible with Islam?
Anti-terror demonstration in Vienna, Austria, on November 6, 2020. Photo by Michael Gubi/Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)This article by Samee Alhwash was originally published on The Battleground and is republished on Global Voices as part of a content-sharing agreement.Whether in the boycott-French-products campaign on social media or through conversations with friends, Muslims I know feel conflicted about the recent terrorist attacks in Vienna and Nice.While they condemn violence, there is also a sense that it is to be expected. Their conflict gets expressed like this:“We don't condone killing, and tho...
Jewish leaders defend Raphael Warnock after Loeffler attacks
ATLANTA — In the hours after a gunman in Pittsburgh opened fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in 2018, the phone rang in Atlanta for Rabbi Peter Berg, the leader of The Temple, Atlanta’s oldest Jewish congregation.It was the Rev. Raphael Warnock, the senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church.“Raphael was the first to call,” Berg said. “(He said that) during this horrific moment of anti-Semitism in our country, he and the Ebenezer family are with us.”The pastor offering Berg comfort in 2018 is now running as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler in an increasingly ugly figh...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Fabiola Santiago: There's poetic justice in Biden appointing a Cuban American to lead Homeland Security
The rise of Alejandro Mayorkas may be just the feel-good story Miami needs post-election.After his Jewish parents fled Fidel Castro’s Communist takeover of Cuba in 1960, Mayorkas lived in Miami as a child. They eventually left the capital of Cuban exiles for a life in Los Angeles, but the 61-year-old hasn’t forgotten his immigrant beginnings.It was the first thing on his mind after President-elect Joe Biden announced he will nominate the Cuban American to lead the Department of Homeland Security.“When I was very young, the United States provided my family and me a place of refuge,” Mayorkas tw...
Cynthia M. Allen: Biden policies threaten Catholic teachings. Texas priest was right to call it out
Parishioners of St. Andrews Catholic Church in Fort Worth, Texas, know that the Rev. Jim Gigliotti does not water down Catholic teaching for the sake of his flock’s comfort. He doesn’t mince words when explaining it, either.So it should have surprised exactly no one when he admonished faculty at his parish’s affiliated school for posting messages that extolled the apparent election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on the institution’s Facebook page.“You are not to celebrate the fact that this pro-abortionist is close to being elected president,” he declared during a weekday mass for faculty and ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Detroit archbishop to lead national Catholic group on Joe Biden and abortion
DETROIT — The head of the Catholic Church in Detroit has been chosen to lead a new national group that seeks to guide how Catholics should respond to President-elect Joe Biden and the contentious issue of abortion.Archbishop Allen Vigneron, who leads the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, was named this week the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), on the last day of their annual fall meeting.Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, who named Vigneron, struck a conservative tone in his remarks in emphasizing abortion and by saying Biden supports policies that “atta...
Detroit Free Press
Dahleen Glanton: I'm all for post-Trump healing. But if you called me the N-word, I'll never forgive you.
Since Donald Trump’s defeat, there has been lots of talk about healing. But it is nothing more than talk. For many, healing is not on the immediate horizon.That doesn’t mean that we might not one day be able to put the past behind us. But we won’t suddenly wake up one morning soon feeling as though the last four years never happened. Our nation is too badly bruised, and its wounds are still gushing.Some of the animosity has been personal and unnecessarily cruel. Some incidents have been more serious than others, but all of it is hurtful. Forgiving requires an overwhelming amount of grace that ...
Somali chef Hawa Hassan tells stories of East African cuisine through the experts: grandmothers
MINNEAPOLIS — Hawa Hassan clears something up right away in her first cookbook, “In Bibi’s Kitchen.”The book is “not about what is new and next,” she writes in the introduction, a daring departure for a food entrepreneur and recipe developer whose YouTube videos garner hundreds of thousands of views.Instead, Hassan decided to go back, way back, to the kitchen wisdom of grandmothers.“In Bibi’s Kitchen,” which Hassan co-authored with Julia Turshen, is a primer on the dishes that originate in the African countries bordering the Indian Ocean, from Eritrea to South Africa, as seen through the lens ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
The history of the Sarajevo Haggadah, the medieval Jewish book that survived the Inquisition, the Holocaust, and the Yugoslav Wars
Lea Maestro, a young Bosnian Jewish woman standing behind the Haggadah in the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photograph by Midhat Poturović/Transitions, used with permission.This story by Adelisa Mašić was originally published on Balkan Diskurs, a project of the Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC). An edited version is republished by Global Voices as part of a content-sharing agreement.For more than 100 years, and throughout Bosnia's turbulent history, the people of Sarajevo have protected the Sarajevo Haggadah, a written collection of Jewish regulations and traditions. Its home i...