Freedom of worship? US encourages Ukraine to create independent Orthodox Church

Washington has voiced “strong support” for an autocephalous Orthodox community in Ukraine, while the Russian Orthodox Church has accused the Constantinople Patriarchate of betraying its faith to cater to US political interests. While the Russian government has refused to intervene in Church affairs, Washington, which has little to do with the Orthodox world, reiterated “its […]

‘War For the Planet of the Apes’ is a Brilliant Blockbuster Limited By Its Worship of Genre

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: why an otherwise very good movie like War For the Planet of the Apes suffers from being indebted to other movies.) War For the Planet of the Apes is a stunning capper to […]

Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus, Jews, And Christians Showed Us What They Wear When They Worship

“Whether people like my clothes or not, they’ve become a part of my identity,” says Iman Jeilani, 23. Jeilani is a Sunni Muslim and says her hijab makes her think of her mother, who made it for her. Five London-based couples of different faiths told BuzzFeed News what they wear when they worship or pray, […]

CIA director blames ‘Snowden worship phenomenon’ for rise in leaks of US secrets

The exploits of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has triggered a trend where a growing number of state and non-state actors are eager to leak top secret US documents to the media and the public in pursue of glory, money or “whatever,” the CIA director has said. “I think there is a phenomenon, the worship of […]

Decrypted: American Gods takes a shot at patriotism and gun worship

Starz In this very special episode, we go all out for you. First I discuss the gun-worship theme with Ars’ own senior tech editor and gun geek, Lee Hutchinson. Then our correspondent Genevieve Valentine sits down with actors Ricky Whittle (Shadow Moon) and Orlando Jones (Mr. Nancy) to talk about the series and getting into […]

WATCH: Rare tourist video from North Korea exposes THIS creepy Kim Jong-un worship ritual

A tourist has revealed an extremely rare insight into the highly secretive nation.  Video footage captured the creepy morning wakeup call for residents of North Korea.  Blaring through loudspeakers across the capital Pyongyang, the tune “Where Are You, Dear General” played for all to hear.  The eerie song was written by Kim Jong-un’s predecessor, Kim […]