World media have reported on the blasphemy conviction of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the Christian governor of Jakarta known as Ahok, with familiar oppositions of liberal-democratic norms and hardline Islam.
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June 5, 2017
David Levithan, author of Boy Meets Boy (2003) and Two Boys Kissing (2013), will be awarded with the 2017 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Prize at next weekend’s Printer’s Row Lit Fest in Chicago.
June 1, 2017
Editor's Note: It was 50 years ago today... the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of their most important and influential albums. This issue of Sightings—the third part in our continuing series on religion and popular music—explores connections between the Beatles' work and religion as a socio-cultural phenomenon.
May 29, 2017
Recommended homework for Americans on Memorial Day: read, don’t simply read about, the talk Mayor Mitch Landrieu delivered in New Orleans last week.
May 25, 2017
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos favors the injection of a conservatively religious, most likely also corporate, evangelical influence into American educational politics.
May 22, 2017
The commencement season has commenced, and in some places ended, for this spring. Having read reports of or seen televised ceremonies, we in the public could find inspiration or reasons for despairing.
May 18, 2017
In recent months, there has been a notable uptick in public positions against prejudice being declared by academics.
May 15, 2017
How did the Unitarian Universalist Association, a merger of two most liberal church bodies, escape notice in this column for two decades or so?
May 11, 2017
Governmental recognition of religious liberty is a pressing issue in our current politics.
May 8, 2017
It was not hard for Sightings to spot a topic of importance this week. “How life ends: Death is inevitable. A bad death is not” was on the cover of The Economist (April 29th).
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