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🚨🚨🚨WEEKEND PLUG-IN🔌🔌🔌A few weeks ago, realizing how quickly 2021 was racing toward 2022, I made a mental note of the yea...
08/28/2021
Out Of Nowhere, Afghanistan Might Be The Biggest Religion Story Of The Year

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A few weeks ago, realizing how quickly 2021 was racing toward 2022, I made a mental note of the year’s top religion stories so far.

Nowhere in my mind: Afghanistan.

But now ... https://religionunplugged.com/news/2021/08/27/afghanistan-explosions-religion-isis-taliban

This week’s Weekend Plug-in starts with the deadly explosions that rocked the Kabul airport as the U.S. military attempts to evacuate thousands. Besides the Afghanistan news, catch up, as always, on all the best reads and top headlines in the world of faith.

One of the families at the gate of the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul Thursday had gone there with papers a...
08/27/2021
Breaking: Kabul airport attacks strand Afghan contacts of Christian humanitarians

One of the families at the gate of the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul Thursday had gone there with papers a retired Christian general helped them acquire and a letter he had written for them. As of late Thursday afternoon, the news from Afghanistan was not good. And not clear.

One of the families at the gate of the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul Thursday had gone there with papers John and Jan Bradley helped them acquire and a letter the retired Air Force general had written for them. As of late Thursday afternoon, the news from Afghanistan was not good. And

This week’s Weekend Plug-in starts with the deadly explosions that rocked the Kabul airport as the U.S. military attempt...
08/27/2021
Out Of Nowhere, Afghanistan Might Be The Biggest Religion Story Of The Year

This week’s Weekend Plug-in starts with the deadly explosions that rocked the Kabul airport as the U.S. military attempts to evacuate thousands. Besides the Afghanistan news, catch up, as always, on all the best reads and top headlines in the world of faith.

This week’s Weekend Plug-in starts with the deadly explosions that rocked the Kabul airport as the U.S. military attempts to evacuate thousands. Besides the Afghanistan news, catch up, as always, on all the best reads and top headlines in the world of faith.

After more than two decades struggling with a post-Soviet economic recession, destabilization brought on by the Second C...
08/27/2021
In Orthodox Georgia, Women Are Pioneering Tourism To A Muslim Valley Hit Hard By War, Poverty

After more than two decades struggling with a post-Soviet economic recession, destabilization brought on by the Second Chechen War and anti-terrorist operations, poverty and the Chechen independence movement, Georgia’s Pankisi Valley is rebuilding its reputation and attracting tourists — enough to secure a coveted spot in the world’s most popular guidebook, “Lonely Planet,” in 2020. Several local women opening guest houses are behind the effort to revive tourism.

After more than two decades struggling with a post-Soviet economic recession, destabilization brought on by the Second Chechen War and anti-terrorist operations, poverty and the Chechen independence movement, Georgia’s Pankisi Valley is rebuilding its reputation and attracting tourists — enough ...

A fake online auction targeted Muslim women in India with derogatory language, harassment and r**e threats. Muslim women...
08/26/2021
Female Muslim Activists Become Targets Of Online Harassment

A fake online auction targeted Muslim women in India with derogatory language, harassment and r**e threats. Muslim women activists who endure frequent cyber bullying from Hindu nationalist online trolls say it’s far from an isolated incident in India.

A fake online auction targeted Muslim women in India with derogatory language, harassment and r**e threats. Muslim women activists who endure frequent cyber bullying from Hindu nationalist online trolls say it’s far from an isolated incident in India.

“A place that was called a paradise witnessed a bloodbath,” Sanjay Kaw said.A displaced Kashmiri Hindu family talks to s...
08/24/2021
Docuseries: Kashmiri Hindus Talk Hindu-Muslim Peace After Fleeing Violence

“A place that was called a paradise witnessed a bloodbath,” Sanjay Kaw said.

A displaced Kashmiri Hindu family talks to show host Harsh*ta Rathore 30 years after fleeing anti-Hindu violence in India’s Muslim-majority Kashmir region, their ancestral home. This is the second episode in the docuseries “The Dinner Table” produced by Newsreel Asia in partnership with ReligionUnplugged.

A displaced Kashmiri Hindu family talks to show host Harsh*ta Rathore 30 years after fleeing anti-Hindu violence in India’s Muslim-majority Kashmir region, their ancestral home. This is the second episode in the docuseries “The Dinner Table” produced by Newsreel Asia in partnership with Religi...

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops announced their cooperation with the U.S. government to organize and pr...
08/23/2021
US Catholic Bishops, Church Charities Pledge To Help Afghan Refugees

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops announced their cooperation with the U.S. government to organize and process the tens of thousands of Afghan refugees entering the country as the U.S. withdraws troops and the Taliban assumes control over Afghanistan.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops announced their cooperation with the U.S. government to organize and process the tens of thousands of Afghan refugees entering the country as the U.S. withdraws troops and the Taliban assumes control over Afghanistan.

🚨🚨🚨WEEKEND PLUG-IN🔌🔌🔌What the Afghan government's collapse means for Christians, Muslims, refugeesBobby Ross Jr.'s lates...
08/20/2021
What the Afghan government's collapse means for Christians, Muslims, refugees

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What the Afghan government's collapse means for Christians, Muslims, refugees

Bobby Ross Jr.'s latest roundup of the week's top religion headlines and best reads https://religionunplugged.com/news/2021/08/20/religion-taliban-afghanistan-christians-refugees

This week’s Weekend Plug-in highlights religion headlines after the Taliban’s takeover of the government in Afghanistan. Plus, catch up on all the best reads and top headlines in the world of faith.

Abed, 24, told ReligionUnplugged he recently saw more than a dozen Taliban members beat a boy to death in his village in...
08/20/2021
Young Afghans speak out about rapidly changing life under the Taliban

Abed, 24, told ReligionUnplugged he recently saw more than a dozen Taliban members beat a boy to death in his village in Kandahar, the Taliban’s birthplace.

“People know— don’t try to step in,” he said.

Afghans in and outside the capital describe scenes of violence, deteriorating living conditions and shrinking personal freedoms amid the Taliban’s rise to power with the U.S. troop withdrawal set to complete on Aug. 31.

The three-time governor leaves behind a mixed legacy among Roman Catholics. Like his father Mario (who also served three...
08/17/2021
U.S. Catholics will look back at Cuomo’s tenure for decades to come

The three-time governor leaves behind a mixed legacy among Roman Catholics. Like his father Mario (who also served three terms as New York governor and was for years on the short-list of lawmakers who could be president), Cuomo represented a new generation of liberal Catholic politicians in this country.

(OPINION) The three-time governor leaves behind a mixed legacy among Roman Catholics. Like his father Mario (who also served three terms as New York governor and was for years on the short-list of lawmakers who could be president), Cuomo represented a new generation of liberal Catholic politicians i

John and Jan Bradley have spent years building schools and trying to improve life in war-torn Afghanistan. Amid the Tali...
08/16/2021
As Afghan government collapses, Christians work to help volunteers leave

John and Jan Bradley have spent years building schools and trying to improve life in war-torn Afghanistan. Amid the Taliban’s takeover after U.S. troops withdrew, they are helping other volunteers and colleagues evacuate the country.

John and Jan Bradley have spent years building schools and trying to improve life in war-torn Afghanistan. Amid the Taliban’s takeover after U.S. troops withdrew, they are helping other volunteers and colleagues evacuate the country. Anyone who helped the Bradleys is in danger.

Check out senior columnist Bobby Ross Jr.'s latest roundup of the week's top religion news.Click the link.https://religi...
08/13/2021
To vax or not: From mandates to respect for human life, religious response is complicated

Check out senior columnist Bobby Ross Jr.'s latest roundup of the week's top religion news.

Click the link.

https://religionunplugged.squarespace.com/news/2021/08/13/vaccine-hesitancy-skeptics-exemptions-religions

This week’s Weekend Plug-in summary starts with the latest, complicated news on the COVID-19 vaccines and religion. Plus, as always, catch up on all the best reads and top headlines in the world of faith news.

Fans are remembering the Florida State University coach this week after his death Sunday at age 91. Bobby Bowden, who co...
08/11/2021
Florida Coach Bobby Bowden Remembered as the Billy Graham of college football

Fans are remembering the Florida State University coach this week after his death Sunday at age 91. Bobby Bowden, who coached senior ReligionUnplugged contributor Hamil Harris and is the second most winningest college football coach in U.S. history, is remembered for fusing the principles of Jesus into his football career, forming a special bond with his players that lasted a lifetime.

(ANALYSIS) Fans are remembering the Florida State University coach this week after his death Sunday at age 91. Bobby Bowden, who coached senior ReligionUnplugged contributor Hamil Harris and is the second most winningest college football coach in U.S. history, is remembered for fusing the principl

Mitchell West goes by Street Hymns because “the streets need Him.” Listen to our latest podcast episode and read the sum...
08/10/2021
Hip Hop artist Street Hymns explains history of Christian battle rap

Mitchell West goes by Street Hymns because “the streets need Him.” Listen to our latest podcast episode and read the summary here:

ReligionUnplugged interviews Mitchell West, known as Street Hymns, one of the founding members of the Christian battle rap group Four Horsemen.

NBC’s “Manifest” has been a top trending show on Netflix for weeks. Its faith themes — including a primary focus on a Ne...
08/06/2021
5 Ways Faith Plays a Role in Netflix-Trending Show ‘Manifest’

NBC’s “Manifest” has been a top trending show on Netflix for weeks. Its faith themes — including a primary focus on a New Testament Bible verse — have enriched the show and focused on themes of redemption. Have you seen it yet?

NBC’s “Manifest” has been a top trending show on Netflix for weeks. It’s faith themes — including a primary focus on a New Testament Bible verse — have enriched the show and focused on themes of redemption. 

There's a bipartisan push to scale back US presidential war powers expanded for the Iraq War:
08/05/2021
An Iraq War Law Invites Presidential Overreach. Americans of Faith Are Rallying to Repeal It

There's a bipartisan push to scale back US presidential war powers expanded for the Iraq War:

(OPINION) Members of Congress have abdicated their war powers over the past 20 years, resulting in endless wars that have devastated millions of people’s lives. Now, lawmakers must rectify their mistakes – and those of their predecessors – by repealing the 2002 Iraq AUMF and reasserting their ...

According to surveys by Data for Progress, more young Americans with no religious affiliation (called “nones”) resisted ...
08/03/2021
The Young And Secular Are Least Vaccinated, Not Evangelicals

According to surveys by Data for Progress, more young Americans with no religious affiliation (called “nones”) resisted vaccines this summer than evangelicals, but the media has focused on vaccine hesitancy within evangelicals. Here’s what the data shows.

According to surveys by Data for Progress, more young Americans with no religious affiliation (called “nones”) resisted vaccines this summer than evangelicals, but the media has focused on vaccine hesitancy within evangelicals. Here’s what the data shows.

🚨🚨🚨WEEKEND PLUG-IN🔌🔌🔌Just when worship gatherings seemed safe again, delta variant raises renewed concerns https://relig...
07/30/2021
Just when worship gatherings seemed safe again, delta variant raises renewed concerns

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Just when worship gatherings seemed safe again, delta variant raises renewed concerns

https://religionunplugged.com/news/2021/07/30/coronavirus-worship-restrictions-delta-variant

What might concerns over COVID-19’s delta variant mean for houses of worship? This week’s Weekend Plug-in explores that question while rounding up the best reads and top headlines in the world of faith.

The company Big Ass Fans now sells their fans without their logo to cater to customers who find their signature graphic ...
07/30/2021
Marketing Dilemma: Why Some Churches Aren’t Cool With The Brand 'Big Ass Fans'

The company Big Ass Fans now sells their fans without their logo to cater to customers who find their signature graphic of a donkey's behind and the word "ass" to be too profane for a house of worship.

A spokesman for the company, Alex Risen, noted that other churches, high school gyms, grade school gyms and companies owned by people who don’t like profanity also find the brand and logo off-putting at times. A Polynesian cultural center in Hawaii, for example, covered the word “ass” on the f...

Olympians like Dominique Dawes and Rochelle Stevens talked to Religion Unplugged about their faith, wrestling with menta...
07/29/2021
Olympians talk faith, mental challenges of the Games

Olympians like Dominique Dawes and Rochelle Stevens talked to Religion Unplugged about their faith, wrestling with mental challenges in the Games and supporting U.S. gymnast Simone Biles who withdrew from competition this week over mental health concerns and vertigo-like symptoms. Biles and Dawes have both shared leaning on their Catholic faith in their gymnastics careers.

Olympians like Dominique Dawes and Rochelle Stevens talked to ReligionUnplugged about their faith, wrestling with mental challenges in the Games and supporting U.S. gymnast Simone Biles who withdrew from competition this week over mental health concerns and vertigo-like symptoms. Biles and Dawes

(REVIEW) Netflix’s latest reality series about a highly successful businesswoman who left a strict Orthodox Jewish commu...
07/28/2021
‘My Unorthodox Life’ is a microcosm of America’s divide

(REVIEW) Netflix’s latest reality series about a highly successful businesswoman who left a strict Orthodox Jewish community is hilarious at times and binge-worthy but adds to the narrative that religion is oppressive. Meanwhile, Orthodox Judaism is attracting young adherents in the U.S. despite religion’s overall decline. Have you seen the show yet?

(REVIEW) Netflix’s latest reality series about a highly successful businesswoman who left an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community is hilarious at times and binge-worthy but adds to the narrative that religion is oppressive.

Linda Byler, 63, is an Old Order Amish wordsmith who began writing out of financial desperation. With 39 published novel...
07/28/2021
This Humble Amish Novelist Has Quietly Sold More Than 350,000 Books And Just Dropped Another Title

Linda Byler, 63, is an Old Order Amish wordsmith who began writing out of financial desperation. With 39 published novels, she has captivated Amish and non-Amish audiences (called English)—readers from around the nation who sometimes drop by her farm just to meet the writer who captures the simple life of the Amish sect, more than 300,000 strong in the United States alone.

Linda Byler, 63, is an Old Order Amish wordsmith who began writing out of financial desperation. With 39 published novels, she has captivated Amish and non-Amish audiences (called English)—readers from around the nation who sometimes drop by her farm just to meet the writer who captures the simple...

Hindu nationalists recently came up with a new slogan that translates: “An India Liberated of Muslims and Christians.” T...
07/27/2021
New Data Shows Violence Against Christians Persists In Modi's India

Hindu nationalists recently came up with a new slogan that translates: “An India Liberated of Muslims and Christians.” That slogan reinforces new data finding incidents of hate and violence against the Christian minority in India is persisting and even increased during India’s deadly second wave of COVID-19.

Hindu nationalists recently came up with a new slogan that translates: “An India Liberated of Muslims and Christians.” That slogan reinforces new data finding incidents of hate and violence against the Christian minority in India is persisting and even increased during India’s deadly second wa...

The Florida-based suspect in the Haitian presidential assassination did not attend the evangelical seminary, Midwestern,...
07/23/2021
Fact check: Who is the pastor accused in Haiti’s presidential assassination?

The Florida-based suspect in the Haitian presidential assassination did not attend the evangelical seminary, Midwestern, that the media initially reported. Here's what ReligionUnplugged uncovered about him:

This week’s Weekend Plug-in features a fact check on an important religion angle related to Haiti’s presidential assassination. Plus, catch up on all the week’s best reads and top headlines in the world of faith.

Members of Congress have abdicated their war powers over the past 20 years, resulting in endless wars that have devastat...
07/23/2021
An Iraq War Law Invites Presidential Overreach. Americans of Faith Are Rallying to Repeal It

Members of Congress have abdicated their war powers over the past 20 years, resulting in endless wars that have devastated millions of people’s lives. Now, lawmakers must rectify their mistakes – and those of their predecessors – by repealing the 2002 Iraq AUMF and reasserting their constitutional war powers.

(OPINION) Members of Congress have abdicated their war powers over the past 20 years, resulting in endless wars that have devastated millions of people’s lives. Now, lawmakers must rectify their mistakes – and those of their predecessors – by repealing the 2002 Iraq AUMF and reasserting their ...

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