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Orlando: A Lament

June 14, 2016

Harvard Divinity School's own Mark D. Jordan reflects on society's control of queer bodies, the power of dancing, and the religious rite of lamentation in Religion and Politics.

Why do Americans Know So Little about the Religious History of the United States?

Why do Americans Know So Little about the Religious History of the United States?

May 22, 2015

Catherine A. Brekus, Charles Warren Professor of the History of Religion in America, Harvard Divinity School

A surprising story about the Constitutional Convention is often included in Christian books about the founding of the nation. The story is so popular—and so controversial—that a Google search of the words “Benjamin Franklin, prayer, and Constitutional Convention” gets 294,000 results.

Diane L. Moore on Muslim holidays in NYC

Diane L. Moore on Muslim holidays in NYC

March 9, 2015

Religious Literacy Project director Diane Moore appeared on New York's The Takeaway, with John Hockenberry, discussing NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio's decision to include the Muslim holidays on the public school calendar. Students will now take off for Eid al-Fitr--the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan--and Eid al-Adha, which commemorates the Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son. An estimated 10% of New York City students are Muslim.

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