Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Shirim in her field near Husan Village, taken by author Jenn Lindsay

“Just Tell Our Story” — Dispatch from Palestine

We met Shirim at her family’s olive grove plot. It falls just outside the Betar Illit settlement. More accurately, it falls on the entire hill but the settlement imposed itself right on top of the farmland that has belonged to her family for five generations. She is forbidden to access her land beyond the current […]

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The Lost Summer

Managing Editor’s note: all Contributing Scholars begin writing by answering the following question as their first post: Why are you committed to building relationships with those from different religious or ethical traditions? Their answer to this question is below. This year, the summer warmth never seemed to arrive in New England. Normally, I’m rather pleased; […]

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Feminism is For You, Whether You Want it or Not

A new tumblr recently caught a great deal of media attention by asking women to share why they do not need feminism. In the wake of recent SCOTUS decisions placing the religious preferences of CEOs over the healthcare of women, continued refusal to adequately address victims of sexual assault on college campuses, and so many […]

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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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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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An Open Letter to President Lindsay of Gordon College

This article was first published at “NEWSPEAK,” a blog for POLITICS, RELIGION, AND EDUCATION. The recent ruling from the Supreme Court pertaining to the Hobby Lobby challenge to specific forms of birth control has caused quite a stir. Therefore, I am compelled to write this after President Lindsay of Gordon College, my alma mater, provided his support to […]

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On Protest and Politics and Pride

In honor of Pride Month, I thought I would use this post to talk about and engage the ideas of Bayard Rustin, someone I consider to be a national gay icon as well as a personal hero. It would be hard to overstate Rustin’s contributions to the civil rights movement in the United States, yet […]

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Invoking the Unknown: Sectarian Invocations in Government Assemblies

As Esther Boyd discussed in her recent post, the Supreme Court’s Greece vs. Galloway decision upheld the constitutionality of sectarian prayers in legislative assemblies. Eric Rassbach, deputy general counsel of the Beckett Fund for Religious Liberty, referred to the decision as a “victory for religious liberty,” going on to explain that “such prayers showcase our […]

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Opting Out: The Separation of Difference and Religious Freedom

Last week, religious freedom in the United States was at the center of two major court decisions, and the results have left many religious minorities feeling out in the cold. I am referring to the Supreme Court decision ruling that opening a public meeting with sectarian prayer is constitutional, and the State of Massachusetts court […]

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Opening the Blinds and Saying “Never Again”

With each passing year, technology becomes faster, more intuitive, and more social. With ever-evolving technology, we like to think that large-scale atrocities simply cannot happen – we would be too quick to film and post and share, galvanizing the forces of justice. Petitions and hashtags spread like wildfire, movements go viral within hours, and the […]

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