• Laughing Through Tears: The Tragicomedy of American Muslim Life by Elisabeth Becker July 23, 2018 July 23, 2018 Over the past two decades, American Muslims have been profiled, surveilled and even detained without cause. With the “Muslim Ban” recently upheld by the Supreme Court and significantly heightened levels of discrimination against Muslims following the 2016 election of President Donald Trump, life as an American Muslim is no laughing matter. Except when it is. ... Read more »
  • Religion and Populism: A Blind Spot for Social Sciences by Slavica Jakelić July 9, 2018 July 9, 2018 The Trump phenomenon has scholars feverishly adding to the already burgeoning literature on populism. Yet, the relationship between populism and religion has not yet garnered the attention it deserves. If only for that reason, the new volume Saving the People: How Populists Hijack Religion, contributes significantly to populism studies and is likely to ... Read more »
  • In Defense of Economic Knowledge: A Review of Jean Tirole’s Economics for the Common Good by Christina McRorie June 28, 2018 June 28, 2018 Like many of us today, Nobel Prize winning economist Jean Tirole is worried about the increasingly ‘post-factual’ nature of public discourse. He’s especially concerned by the way that nationalistic and populist rhetoric that pits “us” versus “them” threatens to displace the more measured analysis of particulars that is necessary for the good governance ... Read more »
  • Jeff Sessions, Methodist on Trial by Rev. Isaac Collins June 20, 2018 June 20, 2018 The United Methodist Church doesn’t often hit the headlines but it has after more than 600 of my fellow members filed charges against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a professing member, for breaking church law with his implementation of the new “zero tolerance” policy on immigration. The formal complaint claims that Sessions has repeatedly ... Read more »
  • Pluralizing Nationalism, Or Why ‘New Patriotism’ Might Not Be an Answer by Slavica Jakelić June 19, 2018 June 20, 2018 In his conversation with Religion & Its Publics Senior Fellows, E. J. Dionne argues that America needs a new patriotism. This is a patriotism grounded in ideals: it begins with the “pride in our ability to absorb newcomers…the pride in their intense desire to become Americans” and, together with empathy, it can rejuvenate ... Read more »
  • The Cake, The Court, Gay Rights – and Religion Polling Data June 6, 2018 The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Christian baker in Colorado who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. The 7-2 ruling said that Jack Phillips’ First Amendment Rights to free speech and religious expression had been violated by a Colorado State court that found his decision to turn away ... Read more »