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The Gentle Fr. Hamel

Mark D. W. Edington | Posted 07.29.2016 | Religion
Mark D. W. Edington

When the news broke of the horrific murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel at the altar of his church in St.-Étienne-du-Rouvray, the lives--and the deaths--of t...

Ghoulish Martyrdom from Hell

Charles Redfern | Posted 11.18.2016 | Religion
Charles Redfern

It's now a macabre routine: As soon as the bodies of innocent mothers and daughters and fathers and sons are carted off the sidewalk, someone from a virulent theocracy hails the suicide bombers as "martyrs."

Actually, Kim Davis Is a Martyr. Here's Why.

Douglas Boin | Posted 09.08.2016 | Religion
Douglas Boin

How could the Kentucky clerk who refused to sign her name to same-sex marriage licenses possibly be equated with the men and women whose blood watered the seeds of the church? Well, Kim Davis is absolutely a "martyr" in one sense of the word.

Honoring Oscar Romero of El Salvador

John Dear | Posted 05.20.2016 | Religion
John Dear

Thirty-five years after his martyrdom, Romero greater than ever. He's a living icon, an inspiration to any thinking person to speak out for peace, disrupt the unjust status quo, and do what you can, like Jesus, to help end war, poverty and injustice, even unto your dying breath. That's the greatest thing we can do with our lives.

Internet Crimes

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 06.01.2014 | Technology
Jasmina Tesanovic

I don't believe Aaron Swartz ever wanted to become a martyr. He just wanted to live within a world that he believed he could fix, a world that was technically malleable and hackable, where he could be active and ingenious, even if that reform effort might involve a few false steps.

Martyrdom Complex

Greg Carey | Posted 06.08.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Historians have long known that early Christians wrote -- and wrote and wrote -- about martyrs, but evidence from outside the movement simply does not confirm this picture.

Gun Control: Should a Christian Carry?

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 05.08.2013 | Religion
David J. Dunn, PhD

Many of my fellow Christians are also vociferous defenders of so-called "gun rights." But sometimes our public debates can keep us from asking tough "in-house" questions.

Are Christian Martyrs A Myth?

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 04.25.2013 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

Martyrdom accounts are inspiring but we do those people who suffered and died a deep disservice when we extend their experience to claim that "all Christians are persecuted and always will be" because that's not true.

Jaweed Kaleem

After Israel-Gaza Ceasefire, Dead Continue To Be Mourned As Victims Struggle To Make Meaning Of Lost Lives | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion

From his apartment in Tel Aviv, Mathew Markman could feel his building shake as Gaza-born rockets were intercepted and exploded in the sky. He fou...

John Christopher Stevens, 1960-2012: A Northern California Hero

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 12.17.2012 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

As a Northern Californian myself for 50 years, I affirm that John Christopher Stevens was a distinct kind of hero, a special personality for Northern Californians as well as other Americans, Libyans and, in Mayor Lee's phrase, "citizens of the world."

Justice and Martyrdom

Michael Mungai | Posted 11.11.2011 | Home
Michael Mungai

The execution and assassination of suicidal murderers cannot be termed as justice.

Remembering Too Well

Nina Burleigh | Posted 01.23.2012 | New York
Nina Burleigh

The Italian city of Otranto's obsession with its 600-year-old victimization presents a cautionary tale about what New York might be in six centuries if tragedy -- and not our glorious, universal spirit -- became the city's binding legend.

Myth, Martyrdom And The American Civil War

Posted 06.27.2011 | Religion

By John Farmer Jr. Religion News Service (RNS) "Are you a Yankee or a rebel?" That question, asked of me at recess by a ring of third- and f...

See the Faces of the Egyptian Martyrs

Rudy Adler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rudy Adler

We've created a special online memorial to the Egyptian martyrs. A place to remember their sacrifices and know that these are not just numbers.

Of Madness and Muslim Martyrdom: The Ideal Age of Indoctrination

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Suicide martyrdom operations have now become so commonplace that as a viewership we are badly inured to them. Its worth remembering that the ideology supporting fanatical attacks may begin long before adulthood.

Manufactured Muslim Identities: From Nablus to Newham, Emblems of Islamist Sympathizers

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Many British Muslims fervently erase their ethnicity with ritualistic religiosity, deliberately choosing distinction from that of their parents'. They do so in a desperate search of politicized Muslim identity, with little understanding of either Islam, or politics.

Extremism, the Makeover, and Election 2010

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

Not long ago, a passing familiarity with Bible verses, a flair for rhetoric, and hunger for a following could be enough to land someone in a small-tow...

Ground Zero Mosque Leader's Speech Evades Main Cause of Suicide Bombing

Heather Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Heather Robinson

A 2005 lecture delivered in Australia by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the leader of the effort to build a mosque near Ground Zero, explains suicide bombing...

Feminist of Ancient Rome: Cecilia by Linda Ferri

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nina Sankovitch

Linda Ferri uses the story of Saint Cecilia of Rome to portray the universality -- across centuries, religions, and cultures -- of the search for meaning in life.

Neda, a Shahida (Martyr) for Freedom

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Yvonne R. Davis

Neda, I met you on video like the millions of people around the world this past weekend. In your silence, you have spoken to me louder than any voice ever has screaming for liberty and justice.

Post-Election Iran: What America Must Do Now

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Shirin Sadeghi

The Iranian Republic requires American antagonism to uphold its regional influence and its stranglehold on the Iranian people - the United States should deprive it of this gift.