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-First Lady Bethelyn Henderson Abundant Life Fellowship Church Memphis, Tennessee
Trump's election has reopened questions that have long seemed settled in America—including the acceptability of open discrimination against minority groups.
WE WANT TO BELIEVE WE’RE ALL BASICALLY the same and want the same things, but what if we’re not? Islam, in both theory and practice, is exceptional in how it relates to politics. Because of its outsize role in law and governance, Islam has been—and
Audrey Shi YOU’LL BE hard-pressed to find a churchgoer who carries a Bible to Church at the Springs on Sundays—and lead pastor Ron Sylvia doesn’t mind. At “the Springs,” as it’s known—a multisite church based in Ocala, Fla.—most of its 3,000 or so
His paranoid style paved the road for Trumpism. Now he fears what’s been unleashed.
ACCORDING TO ESTIMATES FROM FEDERAL agencies, there are tens of thousands of prisoners in solitary confinement—put there not by judges or juries but at the discretion of prison administrators. Often the conditions are extreme: one California prisoner
DONALD TRUMP’S SON ERIC WAS GLOWING when he sat down at a Cleveland restaurant next to Orlando pastor Paula White. “Your prayer did it, Paula,” Eric told her. The younger Trump’s teleprompter had broken the night before as he prepared to address the
LILY ROTHMAN A FEW DAYS AFTER BEING KIDNAPPED, IN February 1974, Patricia Hearst recorded a message to her family from the closet where she was held. “Today is Friday the eighth,” she said, “and in Kuwait, the commandos negotiated the release of the
WE LIVE IN A TIME of moral outrage. If you listened to partisans on either side of Election 2016, it was a contest between—or a protest of—a criminally corrupt politician and a serial sex offender, even though neither candidate had been formally char
An exercise for his supporters and critics
The editor of First Things on Donald Trump and the limits of multi-cultural democracy
Racism should be a core concern for all Americans, in every area of our lives. Implicit bias—our subconscious associations of race—permeates everything that we do. And we must pursue systemic accountability to fix it. The next President must apply th
The Trump strategy was deny, impede and delay, while destroying documents the court had ordered them to hand over.
In two high-profile trials—those of Officers Michael Slager and Ray Tensing—juries declined to hold cops accountable for taking the lives of civilians.
Will the homeless kids of the Central African Republic be pulled back into the country’s simmering conflict?
A conversation with Michael Wear, a former Obama White House staffer, about the party’s illiteracy on and hostility toward faith
Pope Francis will address the Global Forum on Dec. 3. The Archbishop of Washington talked to TIME’s Elizabeth Dias about the Holy Father’s vision for the global economy
QASIM RASHID One of the high marks of Islam that the Prophet Muhammad taught is that loyalty to your country is part of your faith. I can sympathize with the anger and fear that many have: I’m a person of color; I’m a Muslim; I have young children.
Some mainline congregations have seen a bump in attendance since the election. But the most powerful changes to come may be theological.
ON AUG. 13, A POLICE BODY camera in Milwaukee captured the fatal shooting of Sylville Smith, 23, a black man who officials say was fleeing police while armed—something they say is clear in the video. In the immediate aftermath, the public had to take
Rarely do mainstream films treat religious questions with seriousness and specificity. Silence, a movie about 17th-century Jesuit missionaries, shows what that can look like.
Psychological research helps explain why conflicts are so intractable when morality is involved.
THE CALL TO GATHER WENT OUT SUNDAY MORNING, arriving on cell phones before many of the pastors had left their congregations. These 23 men and three women, all members of Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory council, had long ago signed on to pray for
ANDREW RICE THE MORNING AFTER Trump was elected president, Anthony Romero, the executive director of the ACLU, made a defiant promise: “We’ll see him in court.” Bolstered by what Romero calls “the greatest outpouring of support” in the organization’
A new study offers data on the continued use of solitary confinement, and a corrections leader weighs in on the practice’s future.
Facebook, Google to tackle ‘fake news’ Following backlash over the dissemination of “fake news” shared on the Internet during the U.S. election cycle, Facebook and Google have moved to adjust their advertising policies, targeting the revenue sources
Power couples are a rarity. Instead, many high achieving women have husbands who do their own opting out.
RICHARD AND MILDRED LOVING FOUGHT TO LEGALIZE INTERRACIAL MARRIAGE. NOW HOLLYWOOD IS FINALLY TELLING THEIR STORY
The Hollywood left is flawed and eminently mockable, but the backlash against Meryl Streep is misplaced.
In his farewell address, the president highlighted his legacy on national-security issues, but his actions may have opened the way for future abuses.
Defenders of Trump’s choice for attorney general have cited an Alabama lynching case as evidence of his commitment to racial equality. The real story is more complicated.
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