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Religion Archives - Institute of the Black World 21st Century

An open letter to White Evangelical leaders

By Editors' Choice

White Privilege is “White Blessing” and the Horrifying Legacy of Black Oppression. By Rev. Dennis Dillon, The Christian Times — I write this letter to Louie Giglio, Rick Warren, Charles Stanley, James Dobson, Paula White, Tony Perkins, Luke Barnett, William Donohue, J. D. Greear, Doug Clay, John Hagee, Steve Pettit, Rod Parsley, Kenneth Copeland, and the thousands of White evangelical pastors and faith leaders across the United States of America….

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Muslims of all backgrounds pray during the 2019 Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

Islam’s anti-racist message from the 7th century still resonates today

By Commentaries/Opinions

The Quran recognizes ‘no superiority of a white person over a black person.’ That notion, radical in 7th-century Arab society of slavery and tribal divides – remains unrealized 1,400 years later. By Asma Afsaruddin — One day, in Mecca, the Prophet Muhammad dropped a bombshell on his followers: He told them that all people are created equal. “All humans are descended from Adam and Eve,” said Muhammad in his last known…

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An American President & His Pulpit of Hypocrites

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Rev. Dennis Dillon, NY Christian Times — There is a man in Washington who behaves just like a troubled kid with a mild mental disability – a brash, bombastic brat who bullies his way as far as he can go until his parents tell him to stop. He ceases reluctantly, and the moment they turn their backs, he continues his antics and escalates to a heightened level in anticipation…

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atricia Stephens Due (L) with her siblings Easter Sunday, c.1940s

Easter’s Black Roots

By Commentaries/Opinions

By The History Makers — Easter, also referred to as Resurrection Sunday, is the oldest and arguably the most important of all Christian holidays. Like most holidays, its origins extend beyond Christianity. Easter was “derived from a combination of Jewish lore and pre-Christian and pagan practices. It is named after Eostre, the goddess of fertility and birth, worshiped by first-century pagans at the vernal equinox… Christian missionaries saw that this…

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Preparing Our Immune Systems

Preparing Our Immune Systems

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Editors' Choice

By Sister Dr. Patrice — As one of the health care professionals in the Nation of Islam for 26 years (Alhamdulilah!), I would like to offer a few recommendations to my family at this time. I’m pretty sure that everyone is spiritually, mentally and emotionally prepared for this time because of the overwhelming information and reminders that we’ve been given for more than 60 years! Therefore, I’d like to offer…

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, addresses the General Synod at Church House in London.

Church of England to apologize for being ‘deeply institutionally racist’

By News & Current Affairs

By Ivana Kottasová, CNN — The Church of England has decided to apologize for racism experienced by “countless black, Asian and minority ethnic people” over the past 70 years. The Church said in a statement that the General Synod, its legislative body, voted on last Tuesday to issue an official apology and commission an outside expert to prepare a report on racism, race and ethnicity in the church. Speaking at the synod,…

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Slavery

Black Christian leaders push for slavery reparations, call on Christian colleges to hire more faculty of color

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Jeremiah Poff, The College Fix — Panelist says institutions should get used to losing money. Though most were founded long after the transatlantic slave trade ended, Christian colleges have a role to play in remedying the effects of the practice, black scholars and activists told a conference Thursday. Namely, they can hire two to three faculty or staff of color at a time and require all courses to include…

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Protesters hold a banner during a Jewish solidarity march across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City on January 5, 2020.

As Jews, We Must Reject White Supremacy’s Efforts to Pit Us Against Other Groups

By Commentaries/Opinions

Amid fear and mourning, many Jewish groups are turning toward anti-racist solidarity to create real safety. By Jay Saper — I was proud to march against anti-Semitism with tens of thousands of New Yorkers on Sunday in the wake of the heartbreaking attacks on Orthodox Jewish communities from Monsey to Jersey City to Brooklyn. While Sunday’s march displayed powerful unity in our rejection of anti-Semitism, it also underscored a central…

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VP Radio: Haitian Revolution, Future of Pan Africanism, 2020 Presidential Election

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio January 6, 2020 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Dr. Patrick Delices, Dr. Leonard Jeffries, Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Bill Fletcher and callers. Topic The Role of Religion/Spirituality and Women in the Haitian Revolution The Future of Pan Africanism Status of the 2020 Presidential Election Guests Dr. Patrick Delices, Scholar/Activist, Bronx, NY Dr. Leonard Jeffries, President,World African…

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Riverside Church in New York

Reparations and Religion: 50 years after ‘Black Manifesto’

By Reparations

By The Associated Press This content is written and produced by Religion News Service and distributed by The Associated Press. RNS and AP partner on some religion news content. RNS is solely responsible for this story. (RNS) — On a Sunday morning in May of 1969, as clergy processed into the sanctuary of New York’s august Riverside Church, civil rights activist James Forman vaulted into the pulpit to demand $500…

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