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In Theory: Examining the issue of covering nude statues

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's trip to Italy last month sparked controversy after officials in Rome decided to cover nude statues during his visit. Rouhani has denied that he requested the statues at Rome's Capitoline Museums, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Culture Minister Dario...

  • In Theory: Reviewing the Czech leader's anti-migrant stance

    In Theory: Reviewing the Czech leader's anti-migrant stance

    Czech President Milos Zeman said this month that it was "practically impossible" to integrate Muslims into European society. "Let them have their culture in their countries and not take it to Europe," said Zeman, who went on to say that Europe would "end up like Cologne," referring to the large...

  • In Theory: Should religion hold sway over medical treatments?

    A San Francisco judge's recent ruling has led to new discussions about religion's place in medical treatment. Earlier this month Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith said Mercy Medical Center — a Catholic hospital in Redding — was not sexually discriminating against Rebecca Chamorro, who had requested...

  • In Theory: Is Charlie Hebdo's latest cover blasphemous?

    In Theory: Is Charlie Hebdo's latest cover blasphemous?

    The Vatican has responded to the latest cover of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, calling it blasphemous. "One year later, the assassin is still on the run," reads the black and white front page, along with a cartoon depicting a bloodied God armed with an AK-47. The edition commemorates a year...

  • In Theory: Justice Scalia questions religious neutrality

    In Theory: Justice Scalia questions religious neutrality

    Speaking at a Catholic high school in Louisiana earlier this month, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said there is "no place" for religious neutrality in the country's constitutional tradition and that God has been good to America because its citizens honor him, the Associated Press reports...

  • In Theory: Researchers project changing religious demographics

    In Theory: Researchers project changing religious demographics

    The Pew Research Center created a projection of what world religion will look like through 2050, based on current trends and "using data on age, fertility, mortality, migration and religious switching for multiple religious groups around the world." According to researchers, in 2010 Christians...

  • In Theory: How faith factors into end-of-life services

    In Theory: How faith factors into end-of-life services

    More people are foregoing traditional burials in favor of cremation, and a major factor behind this trend is decreased religiosity, the Religion News Service's Simon Davis reports. This year, cremation is on track to surpass traditional burials for the first time, according to the funeral industry's...

  • In Theory: Is a zombie Nativity art or blasphemy?

    In Theory: Is a zombie Nativity art or blasphemy?

    A Nativity scene in Cincinnati, Ohio has caused a stir in the community and led to objections from religious groups. Jasen and Amanda Dixon built a display featuring a stable of zombies — undead Mary, Joseph, wise men and a sharp-toothed baby Jesus with glowing eyes. A spooky rendition of "Silent...

  • In Theory: What is your stance on in vitro fertilization?

    In Theory: What is your stance on in vitro fertilization?

    What should be done with the thousands of embryos "stuck in a frozen limbo?" That's the question posed by Michael O'Loughlin, a reporter for the Catholic publication Crux. In vitro fertilization is condemned by the Catholic Church, but for many Catholic couples, it's the last chance to have children....

  • In Theory: What is our obligation to Syrian refugees?

    In Theory: What is our obligation to Syrian refugees?

    As war wages on in Syria, hundreds of thousands have fled their homes to escape the death and violence. Stories and images of these desperate escapes have been widespread. In September, President Obama directed his administration to prepare to accept 10,000 Syrian refugees into the U.S. in the...

  • In Theory: Does the right to wear a colander strain credulity?

    In Theory: Does the right to wear a colander strain credulity?

    A woman from Lowell, Mass. has won the right to wear a colander on her head in her driver's license photo, following an appeal citing her membership with the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Last month, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles overturned its previous decision denying...

  • In Theory: Is the coffee-cup controversy a serious one?

    In Theory: Is the coffee-cup controversy a serious one?

    Some Christians are steaming over Starbucks' Christmas cup design — a simple red coupled with the coffee company's green and white mermaid logo. A video of a self-proclaimed American evangelist and social media personality criticizing the cup design as evidence of Starbucks' "War on Christmas"...

  • In Theory: Recent study questions religion's role in altruism

    In Theory: Recent study questions religion's role in altruism

    Children raised in nonreligious households are more generous than those from religious families, according to a study published this month in the journal Current Biology. In a test involving 1,170 children from various religious backgrounds and from seven cities around the world, nonreligious children...

  • In Theory: Should police be involved in student discipline?

    In Theory: Should police be involved in student discipline?

    Footage of a South Carolina sheriff's deputy pulling a student out of her desk and throwing her across a classroom floor went viral in late October, prompting discussions about the role of law enforcement in schools. Deputy Ben Fields, who is white, is seen on video confronting a black female student...

  • Interfaith group to meet for holiday

    On Thursday, Nov. 19, the Glendale Religious Leaders Assn. is sponsoring its annual community interfaith Thanksgiving celebration, titled “Gathering in Gratitude.” The service will be held at 7 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 1212 N. Pacific Ave., Glendale. The celebration will include music, readings from...

  • In Theory: Is there a divide between religion and science?

    In Theory: Is there a divide between religion and science?

    The majority of Americans see science and religion in conflict, according to a Pew Research Center report. But as it turns out, when people are asked about their specific beliefs, they're less likely to see conflict. Nearly 60% of the 2,002 adults surveyed found conflict in 20 issues of science...

  • In Theory: The role of religion and morality in the economy

    In Theory: The role of religion and morality in the economy

    In the recent Democratic presidential candidate debate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., who calls himself a democratic socialist, explained what that socioeconomic worldview means to him. In short, Sanders wants to fix a “rigged economy” where a fraction of the top one percent of America's wealthy...

  • In Theory: Parent, student question a Christmas concert

    In Theory: Parent, student question a Christmas concert

    A live Nativity scene that serves as the grand finale for the traditional "Christmas Spectacular" winter concert at Concord High School in Elkhart, Ind. is now in jeopardy. A Concord High student and his father — represented by the Freedom From Religion Foundation and the American Civil Liberties...

  • In Theory: How should the media handle coverage of mass murders?

    In Theory: How should the media handle coverage of mass murders?

    On Thursday, Oct. 1, a 26-year-old man walked into an Oregon community college classroom armed with guns, killed nine people and wounded 10 others. Soon afterward he exchanged fire with local police and was killed as well. As always happens, the killer’s identity was soon known and his name and...

  • In Theory: How important were the words of the pope?

    In Theory: How important were the words of the pope?

    During his trip to the United States, Pope Francis delivered a historic speech to Congress, urging politicians to come together to pursue "the common good." But as Francis became more specific in his concerns, "the pattern of applause in the House chamber made clear that papal calls to abolish...

  • In Theory: Who's to blame for Ahmed Mohamed's arrest?

    In Theory: Who's to blame for Ahmed Mohamed's arrest?

    This past month's big viral moment was undoubtedly the story of Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old boy in Texas who brought a clock he built to his high school, which led to him being questioned by police — who viewed the clock as a possible bomb — and arrested. The backlash against the school and police...

  • In Theory: Did a teen help another commit suicide?

    In Theory: Did a teen help another commit suicide?

    Michelle Carter, 18, is facing an involuntary manslaughter charge in Bristol County, Mass. for allegedly encouraging her friend, Conrad Roy, to kill himself last summer. Prosecutors say Roy, 18, was vulnerable, having expressed a desire to kill himself several times. The two had developed a romantic...

  • In Theory: A county clerk takes religious exception to the law

    In Theory: A county clerk takes religious exception to the law

    One of the most-covered people in the media the past couple weeks has been Kim Davis, the elected county clerk in Rowan County, Ky., who continues to refuse to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, saying that doing so violates her religious beliefs, despite the U.S. Supreme Court's nationwide...

  • In Theory: The ethics of watching violent footage on TV

    In Theory: The ethics of watching violent footage on TV

    Following the Wednesday, Aug. 26 shooting deaths of WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, news organizations had to make the choice of whether or not to rebroadcast the violent footage — both the live broadcast version and the point-of-view video uploaded online by the shooter,...

  • In Theory: Do Ashley Madison hackers have the moral high ground?

    In Theory: Do Ashley Madison hackers have the moral high ground?

    Computer hackers calling themselves the Impact Team made news in recent weeks after hacking into the affair-enabling website AshleyMadison.com and threatening to release the information of millions of users if the site’s parent company didn’t cease operations. This week, the group appears to have...

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