How Covid-19 is causing a crisis in faith

In times of crisis, humans often turn to faith for reassurance. Oddly, the COVID-19 pandemic might go down in history as an exception — when, according to some research, many people actually turned away from faith, and became less religious.
According to a study published earlier this month in the Journal of Religion and Health, the two largest religious groups in Germany both saw significant drops in religious faith during the COVID-19 pandemic — particularly during the more stringent lockdowns which followed the second wave.

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How Covid-19 is causing a crisis in faith

In times of crisis, humans often turn to faith for reassurance. Oddly, the COVID-19 pandemic might go down in history as an exception — when, according to some research, many people actually turned away from faith, and became less religious.
According to a study published earlier this month in the Journal of Religion and Health, the two largest religious groups in Germany both saw significant drops in religious faith during the COVID-19 pandemic — particularly during the more stringent lockdowns which followed the second wave.

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Peter Dinklage pushes Disney’s ‘Snow White’ remake to rethink ‘f**king backward’ dwarf depictions

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 20, 2015: “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theatre LA Live.

Another day, another Disney animated film is up for a lesser live-action remake. The latest film dusted off from the vault, however, has created a stir with Peter Dinklage.
In a recent episode of Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast, the “Game of Thrones” actor Peter Dinklage criticized the upcoming “Snow White” remake for its portrayal of the title character’s mentors and saviors.

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The Republicans have a plan for their judges — and it goes way beyond Roe v. Wade

The entire edifice of Donald Trump’s Big Lie about the 2020 election — that it was stolen from him through illegal votes cast by Democrats — now seems to rest on the unprepossessing business-suit-clad shoulders of one man: Jeffrey Clark, a former official in the Trump Department of Justice. He has informed the HouseSelect Committee on the Jan. 6 uprising that he is willing to be interviewed by investigators and if called upon, to testify with one condition. He intends to invoke his right against self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution.
“The Fifth.

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The red flags of a religious cult — and what it’s like to escape one

“I own me.” This sentence, comprised of three short words, seems inarguable. But when attorney and author Faith Jones says them aloud, as she does in her 2019 TED Talk and in her new book, “Sex Cult Nun: Breaking Away from the Children of God, a Wild, Radical Religious Cult,” they symbolize a lifetime of experience, learning and healing.
Jones was born into and raised within the powerful Children of God, later known as the Family, a religious group founded by her grandfather David Berg.

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The Revolution of 2020: How Trump’s Big Lie reshaped history after 220 years

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There are few words as overused as “revolution,” which has many Merriam-Webster definitions and here means “a fundamental change in political organization.” While people who discuss politics are prone to dramatic talk of “revolutions,” few of the American presidential elections described that way really merit the term. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “revolution” of 1932 changed the nature and role of government in American life, and Ronald Reagan’s election in 1980 undid at least some of those changes.

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‘Let’s go Brandon’: Here’s a short history of insulting presidential nicknames

Vice President Joe Biden speaks with U.S. and coalition personnel during a visit to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, March 7, 2016. Biden’s visit is part of his tour of the Middle East, which began March 7. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kentavist P. Brackin)

For those of you who have been mercifully spared this information, supporters of Donald Trump have started using the phrase “Let’s Go Brandon” as a code for “Fuck Joe Biden.

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‘Lost sheep’: Conspiracy theory expert says QAnon believers are being swallowed by ‘mass radicalization’

America’s mainstream news media has a short attention span, which has certainly played to the advantage of the long-running Republican-fascist assault on democracy (and on reality). Of late, the media has grown bored with QAnon, the antisemitic and racist conspiracy cult which claims to believes that a secret cabal of pedophile Democrats and other members of the “deep state” run the world — and gain superpowers from kidnapping and killing children and then ingesting their vital essence.

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What if we learn the full details of Trump’s coup plot — but the American people don’t care?

Supporters of President Donald Trump near the U.S. Capitol Building, Jan. 6, 2021, Tyler Merbler

Reality is being rewritten before our eyes. Some Americans can see this, and understand it. The results include an inescapable feeling of dread and doom. The frustration mounts because as a group those who see the truth and are ready to speak it do not yet have the full vocabulary required to make sense of it all.
Too many other Americans appear not to care about the blatant effort by the Republican fascists and others to rewrite reality.

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An ‘alarming finding’: Many Republicans now ready to support violence

Supporters out Donald Trump outside the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021, Wikimedia Commons

New public opinion research from the nonprofit Public Religion Research Institute, part of its 12th annual American Values Survey, has returned alarming findings.
Close to one-third of Republicans in the survey, or 30%, agreed with the statement that “true American patriots may have to resort to violence in order to save our country.” That was more than the combined total of Democrats and independents who say the same thing (at 11% and 17%, respectively).

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