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Construction of Noah's Ark by Memberger

The Ark’s Physical Resurgence

In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the construction of Ark Encounter, or “Ark Park” as it has become informally known, has commenced.  Marketed as “edu-tainment,” the theme park, based on the Noah narrative in the Hebrew scriptures, will be, according to the website, “the largest timber-frame structure in the USA.”  The first phase of the construction […]

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James Harden of the NBA isn't Sikh, but wears a headband in accordance with NBA rules.

Sikh’ing Equal Treatment: Why FIBA’s rules are discriminatory, unfair and have no place in international sports competition.

Originally Published on The Cauldron of medium.com International basketball’s governing body, the Federation Interenationale de Basket-ball (“FIBA”), will meet in Spain next week to determine the fate of religious freedom in the sport. Presently, FIBA rules do not allow its players to wear religious articles of faith, including the traditional Sikh turban or the Muslim […]

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“You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me”: On Robin Williams, Suicide, Ultimate Concern, and Actual Hope for the Rest of Us, Part II

In reflecting on Robin Williams’s death, a conversation I had with a friend came to mind from a couple of weeks ago. I was having a conversation with a good friend of mine at work, when he mentioned that he didn’t think it would be a bad thing, necessarily, if he died at 42, or […]

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“You Ain’t Never Had a Friend Like Me”: On Robin Williams, Suicide, Ultimate Concern, and Actual Hope for the Rest of Us, Part I

*TRIGGER WARNINGS* suicide, self-harm, depression Over this past month, prompted by Ramadan, I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a good person in the world.  It’s way harder than it seems, and I’m still trying to sort out how to do that.  I imagine that this will be an ongoing process throughout my […]

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Pluralism and Social Media: Cultivating a New Outlook?

Social media has been gaining traction as a tool to promote and foster pluralistic values. From bringing the world closer to our fingertips to individuals and universities using social media tools to raise awareness around diversity and pluralism, social media is a great marketing tool. Often media cynics and critics point to the apathy, cynicism and […]

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Attribution: By Guillaume Paumier (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

We Have No Water

Israelis control Palestinian water resources, directing two-thirds of it to Israeli settlers who use three times the amount of water Palestinian homes do. Palestinians must buy their own water back from Israel. Israel also controls the flow to the private family cisterns, and families receive a refill once every five days. My host family corrected […]

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Permesso di Soggiorno appointment sheet, photo by Jenn Lindsay

The Immigration Office

The Ufficio di Immigrazione of Rome is in a remote location, so remote that it feels like a final test of the long journey of immigrants to Italy. One has to make their way to Termini, Rome’s central train station, then find a commuter rail out to Tor Sapienza, a dusty suburb on the outskirts […]

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Taken by Jenn Lindsay in Rome on July 17, 2014.

The Roman Jewish Vigil for Israel

In the Piazza della Rotunda of the Pantheon, at the heart of Rome, there was a rally in support of Israel held by the historic Roman Jewish community. Traces of trauma from World War II are here, scattered throughout the cobblestone streets in gold plaques marking former homes of Jews murdered over the tortuous last years […]

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Michael Scott May NOT Speak for Me: Why the White House’s Anti-Sexual Assault PSA Is Problematic

A couple of months ago, President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden, joined by a legion of well-known and well-meaning male celebrities, spoke out against sexual assault in a public service announcement played in movie theaters before films. I had heard that there was a new anti-gendered violence PSA starring some recognizable faces from politics […]

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Leaving Home: A Reflection on Israel

It wasn’t hard to leave home when I left for college at 18. There were very few things to keep me there and very many things to draw me away from it. In fact, until two weeks ago, I never understood the complex emotions that I saw on others’ faces when they described their own […]

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