Muslim Extremists Increasingly Target Moderate Muslims

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Khaled Abou El Fadl had argued that nothing in democracy violates Shariah or Islamic law, but the conservative commentator whom he was debating on an Egyptian talk show in March equated that view with support for America’s invasion of Iraq. To some Muslims, that position is a betrayal of […]

Muslim Extremists Increasingly Target Moderate Muslims

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Khaled Abou El Fadl had argued that nothing in democracy violates Shariah or Islamic law, but the conservative commentator whom he was debating on an Egyptian talk show in March equated that view with support for America’s invasion of Iraq. To some Muslims, that position is a betrayal of […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Vatican Report on Condoms and AIDS Expected `Soon’ VATICAN CITY (RNS) Acting on a request by Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican is set to issue a document on condom use by people with AIDS and other “grave diseases.” In an interview published Sunday (April 23) in the leftist daily La […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Vatican Report on Condoms and AIDS Expected `Soon’ VATICAN CITY (RNS) Acting on a request by Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican is set to issue a document on condom use by people with AIDS and other “grave diseases.” In an interview published Sunday (April 23) in the leftist daily La […]

Muslim-on-muslim violence; lessons learned from a son’s suicide

In Monday’s RNS report Omar Sacirbey writes about Muslim-on-Muslim violence, in which extremists are targeting moderate Muslims: Muslim-on-Muslim violence has existed since Islam’s Prophet Muhammad died in 632. But now, some observers say, Islamic extremists are expanding their campaign of violence from non-Muslim targets to include moderate Muslims whom they view as obstacles to the […]

Who’s in charge at public schools?

Quote of the Day: Lexington, Mass., Schools Superintendent Paul Ash “We couldn’t run a public school system if every parent who feels some topic is objectionable to them for moral or religious reasons decides their child should be removed.” -Superintendent of Schools Paul Ash of Lexington, Mass., responding to complaints about a Lexington teacher who […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Eds.: Scot Sloan in the 9th graph below is cq. Minister, Activist William Sloane Coffin Eulogized at Riverside Church (RNS) Thirteen hundred people gathered at New York’s Riverside Church on Thursday (April 20) to celebrate the life of minister and activist the Rev. William Sloane Coffin Jr. Coffin was eulogized […]

Overnight Protest to Lift Cause of Exploited Children of Uganda

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) For one night, for one purpose, thousands of people intend to flood parks and streets across the country, armed with sleeping bags and pillows. Their goal: A very visible protest to highlight the plight of what they call the “Invisible Children” of Uganda. The campout, slated for April 29, […]

Lamott Sheds Light on Seeing the Light

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In an era when people so easily label themselves and others as conservatives or liberals, religious or secular, and so on, Anne Lamott remains a refreshing anomaly. She’s liberal, yes, a 50-ish single mother known for her dreadlocks, but she also writes about God and how she discovered faith. […]

COMMENTARY: Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, a Dazzling Scholar and Leader

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg’s death on Monday (April 17) at age 84 robs both America and the world Jewish community of a dynamic and gifted leader. He combined significant scholarship at prestigious academic institutions _ including Columbia, Dartmouth, Princeton, Rutgers and the Hebrew University _ with the presidency of the […]