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The Atlantic
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Bernie Sanders's Religious Test for Christians in Public Office

Updated on June 8 at 11:40 a.m. Article VI of the U.S. Constitution states that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.” On Wednesday, Senator Bernie Sanders flirted with the boundaries of this rule during a confirmation hearing for Russell Vought, President Trump’s nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget. Sanders took issue with a piece Vought wrote in January 2016 about a fight at the nominee’s alma mater, Wheaton College. The Christian school had fired a political-science professor, Laryc
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Religion & Spirituality

Is It Hateful To Believe In Hell? Bernie Sanders' Questions Prompt Backlash

A low-profile confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill this week raised eyebrows when the questioning turned to theology — specifically, damnation. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont pressed Russell Vought, nominated by President Trump to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, about his beliefs. "Do you think that people who are not Christians are condemned?" Sanders repeatedly asked, challenging that belief as Islamophobic. Christian organizations have denounced Sanders' questioning as amounting to a religious test for public office — one that would disqualify millions of people.
The New York Times
3 min read
Religion & Spirituality

Yoga Teachers Need a Code of Ethics

TOO OFTEN, GURUS AND INSTRUCTORS USE THEIR AURA OF SPIRITUAL GOODNESS TO EXPLOIT VULNERABLE STUDENTS. I was relieved when Bikram Choudhury, the 73-year-old founder of Bikram yoga, was finally served a warrant for his arrest late last month, after failing to pay nearly $7 million in legal fees he owes for a sexual harassment lawsuit. Many in the yoga world had been waiting for that moment, after years of rape and assault claims against Choudhury, the millionaire creator of a 26-posture “hot yoga” sequence and studio system. But the news brought only a grim satisfaction; many of us wish he’d bee
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A journey to the afterlife…

With a fair balance of a scientist’s skepticism and curiosity, Roach seeks answers to questions about the afterlife from a variety of respected and quirky sources. The answer may be no more concrete than ghosts, but they’re just as thought-provoking and fun.