“No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here.”
Last month, the Parliament of India adopted the discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act, which offers a path to citizenship for Hindu, Sikh, Zoroastrian, Buddhist, and Christian migrants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Notably, this act excludes Muslims. Additionally, the incumbent Government has promised to implement the nationwide National Register of Citizens and National Population Register, a citizenship and religion reporting exercise that will place vulnerable communities at risk of deportation and statelessness....
A few weeks ago, I received a large black envelope in the mail. I immediately knew what it was, and I giddily tore it open to find my sister’s name written inside in large red letters, perfectly replicating the Stranger Things font. It was the invitation to my sister’s Stranger Things-themed bat mitzvah....
The Nine of Wands, the Three of Wands, and the Two of Swords stare up at me from their place upon my comforter. I am offended. When I began shuffling, I asked about the energy of this column, not for my tarot deck to come for my ass. I could practically see it shrug its shoulders as it hit two birds with one stone in its answer. If you study tarot, know that the first thing you learn is that the cards cut through the crap, whether you like it or not. They’re your friend who can be overly harsh sometimes, but only out of love and worry for your well-being. They’re your Virgo friend....
One night, a guy I was sleeping with asked, “You know you’re really hot, right?” I hesitated as different narratives piped through my head and felt the slow rise of self-imposed shame within me....
Max McLean brings one-man show ‘C.S. Lewis Onstage’ to Columbia, intertwining Christianity and theater
“This must be a simply enormous auditorium!” thought an audience member.
I was both deeply touched and confused when one of my best friends pulled me aside after rowing practice to ask if I was alright.
Back in my self-proclaimed pantomath days—also known as high school—I placed myself into the AP Capstone program, which consisted of two full-year courses: Seminar and Research. I’m sure you’ve heard very little, if anything, about these courses, because I am almost certain that they are an American Community School myth, meaning they exclusively existed at my high school in Jordan. The second of the two courses was taught by a man either passionately loved or disliked by students, but nonetheless, never ignored....
When I tell people that I study religion the most common response I receive is: “What are you going to do with a religion degree?” For many people, studying religion sounds interesting, exotic even, but most see a religion degree as impractical. My degree does not have as clear a trajectory as that of a pre-med student, an economics major, or an engineering major. While this may be the case, the assumption that there is no practical use for a degree in religion is ill-conceived—particularly in our current world....