Religion

Television

How ‘The O.C.’s Chrismukkah Became a Real Life Holiday

Seth Cohen made up the Christmas and Hanukkah holiday combo in season one of the teen drama. Now it's taken on a life of its own.
Daniel Spielberger
12.13.17
Photos

Learn to Fight with the Kung Fu-Trained Nuns of the Himalayas

Women at the Druk Gawa Khilwa nunnery on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal meditate and lead Buddhist prayers. They also train in combat.
Ahmer Khan
10.26.17
Weed

The Pot-Smoking Female Mystics of Bangladesh

The Bauls are a spiritual sect of troubadours who roam the countryside and sing for their supper. They also smoke a lot of weed.
Nathan Thompson
9.26.17
Sex

The Dangerous Business of Hymen Reconstruction Surgeries

In Germany and the Netherlands, the majority of women seeking hymenoplasty are young Muslim women. We speak to doctors about the rising demand for the controversial procedure.
Franziska Knupper
8.15.17
human trafficking

Evangelical Church Allegedly Trafficking 'Slaves' from Brazil

The Word of Faith Fellowship has been under scrutiny for more than 20 years. An investigation by the Associated Press has uncovered allegations of human trafficking, child abuse, and a former storage facility said to house the worst sinners.
Diana Tourjée
7.24.17
witchcraft

Sometimes Pop Culture Really Is the Gateway to the Occult

For decades, Christian groups have warned that beloved fantasy franchises like Dungeons & Dragons and Harry Potter can lead impressionable youths astray. We spoke to some witches who can confirm this is true, though by no means a bad thing.
Sarah Lyons
7.7.17
crime

Murder of Muslim Girl Near Mosque Not Motivated by Islamophobia, Police Say

While attacks against Muslims have been on the rise, the police are not currently investigating the murder of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen as a hate crime.
Gabby Bess
6.19.17
Health

Trump's Leaked Birth Control Rollback Plan Would Be a Disaster for Women

“Think about it: Under this rule, bosses will be able to impose their personal beliefs on their female employees’ private medical decisions."
Kimberly Lawson
5.31.17
uk

'Breatharians' Believe You Can Survive on Air Alone

Followers of the controversial diet believe that humans can survive on cosmic energy from air. Doctors and dietitians beg to differ.
Layla Haidrani
5.23.17
prison

Amanda Knox: How Prisons Use Cult Tactics to Brainwash Inmates Into Religion

When I was falsely imprisoned for murder, I experienced firsthand how vulnerable prisoners can become religious. And I'm not alone—across the US, prisons use religion to coerce and control their captive populations.
Amanda Knox
5.22.17
Features

Why Celebrities Stopped Following Kabbalah

Everyone from Madonna to President Donald Trump's ex-wife Marla Maples dabbled in the mystical religion, but over the last few years, the trend has fallen out of style.
Emalie Marthe
5.21.17
Dating

What Happens When You Date Someone with a Wildly Different Religion

For many modern couples, contrasting spiritual beliefs don't have to signal the end of a relationship.
Jessica Bateman
5.12.17