Religion News on the Web
Selected religion-related news from around the Web
April 21, 2013
- National Public Radio
NPR: Danger in conflation: separating Islam from acts of terror
Host Jacki Lyden talks to Omid Safi, professor of religious studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Safi has blogged about the Tsarnaev brothers, the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, and what it means to the American Islamic community that the brothers are Muslim.
April 13, 2013
- The New York Times
NYT: For Evangelicals, a shift in views on immigration
In the pews of the First Baptist Church of Orlando, where thousands of evangelical Christians gather on Sundays to worship and sing, a change of heart is happening on the once toxic issue of immigration.
April 11, 2013
- The Economist
Economist: High office, low church
It is hard to imagine a prime minister doing such a thing now, and even then it seemed rather surprising. In May 1988 Margaret Thatcher went to the General Assembly of the (Presbyterian) Church of Scotland and gave what would soon be called the Sermon on the Mound.
April 11, 2013
- The Washington Post
Wash. Post: Women challenge Orthodox practice at Israel’s Western Wall
A long-running battle over worship at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest shrine , was rejoined Thursday as Israeli police arrested five Jewish women who wore prayer shawls at a morning service, contrary to Orthodox practice enforced at the site.
April 09, 2013
- The Associated Press
AP: Al-Qaida Iraq branch announces merger with Syrian militant group
Al-Qaida’s branch in Iraq said it has merged with Syria’s extremist Jabhat al-Nusra, a move that shows the rising confidence of radicals within the Syrian rebel movement and is likely to trigger renewed fears among its international backers.
April 08, 2013
- The Wall Street Journal
WSJ: Evangelicals push immigration path
Senior pastor Kenton Beshore said the first sermons on the plight of illegal immigrants didn't go over well with many members of his evangelical church, which sits on a 50-acre campus in Orange County and has a 3,400-seat sanctuary, sports facilities, restaurant and a man-made lake.
April 06, 2013
Reuters: Kosovo too high a price to pay for EU, Serbian church says
Serbia's Orthodox Church warned on Saturday against a 'betrayal' of Kosovo, piling pressure on the ruling coalition as it weighs whether to cede the country's last foothold in its former province in exchange for talks on joining the European Union.