U.S. Muslim Groups Issue Statements to Repudiate Terrorism

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) U.S. Muslim organizations increasingly disagree about the effectiveness of written statements in combating the perception that they are soft on terrorism. But the flurry of statements that emerged after the July 7 London bombings shows that the groups are not abandoning the technique. Here are excerpts from those statements. […]

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U.S. Muslim Groups Denounce Terrorism, but Is the Message Connecting?

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) “Why haven’t Muslim leaders condemned terrorism?” This is the most common question that Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), gets on a daily basis from media and other inquirers. Nearly four years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 Muslim organizations disagree […]

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In Protest of Catholic Policy, Women Ordained Priests, Risking Excommunication

c. 2005 Religion News Service GANANOQUE, Ontario _ Four women were ordained priests and five women ordained deacons in a ceremony on the St. Lawrence River Monday (July 25) that the official Roman Catholic Church considers invalid. Three female bishops _ two of whom have been excommunicated _ presided at the nearly three-hour service that […]

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COMMENTARY: Religion Must Go Beyond Sound Bites to Tell the Fuller Story

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) “How was your trip?” asks a friend. I doubt that he wants the long answer, the full account of two days on the highway and three days visiting family. And yet a simple “Great trip!” seems not enough. So I tell about lunches at my father’s retirement center and […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Radio Talk Show Host Draws Ire for Calling Islam `Terror Organization’ (RNS) A national Islamic civil liberties organization and a conservative radio talk show host are squaring off over the host’s on-air reference to Islam as “a terrorist organization.” Michael Graham made his remarks on his Monday (July 25) show, […]

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World’s second-largest religion considers PR strategy

Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for theWashington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), faces this questions daily: “Why haven’t Muslim leaders condemned terrorism?” Tuesday’s top RNS offering is about U.S. Muslim groups working to battle the perception that they’re soft on terrorists who attack in their religion’s name.

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World’s second-largest religion considers PR strategy

Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for theWashington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), faces this questions daily: “Why haven’t Muslim leaders condemned terrorism?” Tuesday’s top RNS offering is about U.S. Muslim groups working to battle the perception that they’re soft on terrorists who attack in their religion’s name.

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Debate over roadside shrines

Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation “There’s this tendency to litter our landscape with crosses without considering whether this is the best way to memorialize your loved one. We can all feel sorrow about a roadside accident, but do we have to be preached at every time we drive by?” -Annie Laurie […]

Debate over roadside shrines

Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation “There’s this tendency to litter our landscape with crosses without considering whether this is the best way to memorialize your loved one. We can all feel sorrow about a roadside accident, but do we have to be preached at every time we drive by?” -Annie Laurie […]

The `Govenor’ Raps for Christ

c. 2005 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ For the first few moments on stage, young Govenor Reiss _ his stage identity is simply “Govenor” _ looks like many a rapper grown too hard, too fast on New Orleans’ streets. Both arms are heavily tattooed, wrist to shoulder. An Asian symbol for “soldier” peeks over […]

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