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(RNS) — Days after the Supreme Court ruled that Boston had violated a Christian group’s rights by denying a request to fly its flag over Boston’s City Hall Plaza, the Satanic Temple, a religious freedom advocacy group, has applied...
(RNS) — On Sunday (May 1), some localities put up a traditional Maypole, named a May Queen and made flower crowns. Many modern pagans also celebrated the height of spring.  But one community’s vernal romp is another’s religious rite. “The...
(RNS) — After celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2021, American band Weezer announced the release of a new four-part EP series with a seasonal theme — the alt-rock group’s tribute perhaps to Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.” The first of...
(The Conversation) — The Easter Bunny is a much celebrated character in American Easter celebrations. On Easter Sunday, children look for hidden special treats, often chocolate Easter eggs, that the Easter Bunny might have left behind. As a folklorist, I’m...
(RNS) — Slightly delayed by labor negotiations, another Major League Baseball season opens on Thursday (April 7). While in the academy it’s common to hear theses about sports as a folk religion, the most salient connection between religion and...
(RNS) — Every other weekend, Scott Stanley, founder of the Arizona Yagé Assembly, facilitates sacred ceremonies where congregants share ayahuasca, a plant-based psychedelic they say “has the capacity to heal the entire human being.” This January, the congregation held its...
(The Conversation) — Over the last decade the numbers of those identifying as “Spiritual But Not Religious,” or SBNR, have continued to increase. In 2017, Pew Research Center found that a quarter of Americans identified as SBNR. Sociologist Wade...
(RNS) — Stormy Daniels makes no apologies about who she is, whether a former adult film star, a paranormal investigator or a witch. But testifying about her life with her erstwhile lawyer doing the cross-examining, she said, put her...
(RNS) — “We stand here helpless under this crescent Moon. We stand here helpless as the inevitable happens,” reads the beginning of a pagan prayer for Ukraine and its people, written H. Byron Ballard.  After news of Russia’s invasion of...
(RNS) — Dr. Mehmet Oz, the celebrity surgeon and host of “The Dr. Oz Show,” has launched a campaign for Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senate seat now held by Pat Toomey, who is retiring. If Oz wins the Republican nomination, he...