Menachem Wecker is a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. He holds a master's degree in art history from George Washington University, is a former education reporter at U.S. News & World Report, and is co-author of Consider No Evil: Two Faith Traditions and the Problem of Academic Freedom in Religious Higher Education (2014). His website is

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AOC's favorite biblical story is mired in a dark, anti-Jewish past

Commentary: Using the Temple-cleansing story to illustrate annexation of a sacred place, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls contemporary attention, perhaps inadvertently, to a narrative with a sinister past.


Amid pandemic, Holland's 'hidden' churches have an especially poignant message

Perspective: In the Netherlands in the 16th century, public Catholic celebrations were banned and worship was restricted to churches sans identifiable façades. One such place was constructed in three adjoining attics in Amsterdam.


Marketing overshadows scholarship in museum display of alleged 'St. Francis Missal'

Commentary: The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore is not referencing its own exhibition history in marketing the restored "St. Francis Missal," nor is it letting the viewing public know about the complications in the manuscript that make it suspect.

Smithsonian exhibit connects spirituality and ecology of the American buffalo

A new exhibit of the paintings of George Caitlin shows his particular interest in indigenous spiritual practices that often centered on buffalo. Human beings have hunted buffalo for many centuries with an appropriate balance. In hindsight, Caitlin was depicting a conservation-conscious form of hunting.