COMMENTARY: 10 years later, the failure of terrorism

Tom Ehrich |

NEW YORK (RNS) Last weekend, we were all about Hurricane Irene. Before that, it was the earthquake. Now starts the run-up to the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Is there a theme here? Well, yes three themes. Fear is one theme, or rather the determination of New Yorkers not to live in fear. Not that folks […]

Tuesday’s Religion News Roundup

Security forces killed at least seven people in Syria as they emerged from a mosque after prayers marking the end of Ramadan, according to activists. The sculptor of the controversial statue of the late Pope John Paul II that now stands at Rome’s main train station says he’s open to making minor changes in the […]

BachmannâÂ?Â?s prophecy, joke or not, has lots of company

Daniel Burke |

(RNS) Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is facing a flood of criticism for suggesting, perhaps in jest, that God sent Hurricane Irene and the East Coast earthquake to jolt Washington into changing its spendthrift ways. “I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians,” the Minnesota Republican said Sunday […]

Poll: N.Y. may be more spiritual, but not because of 9/11

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) New York-area residents are more spiritually active since 9/11, a new survey shows, but the uptick in faith may be a matter of coincidence rather than a religious response to the terrorist attacks. The Barna Group found that 46 percent of people living in or near New York City reported attending worship services in […]

Monday’s Religion News Roundup

So, Irene was kind of a bust, at least for those of us here in the mid-Atlantic. But BU’s Stephen Prothero makes an interesting point: If modern science allows us to know exactly when and where a hurricane is going to hit, does that diminish our view of God, or at least tame our view […]

Pastor probes `Where Was God?’ in Katrina

Richard Yeakley |

(RNS) When Hurricane Katrina roared ashore six years ago, it brought in its wake untold property damage and emotional distress to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, but also something deeper. “Where,” countless people asked, “was God?” Some conservative religious leaders warned that Katrina was a divine rebuke for abortion or perhaps a warning from […]

Religious leaders laud King in memorial service

Adelle M. Banks |

WASHINGTON (RNS) An earthquake and a hurricane may have interrupted plans to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the nation’s capital but religious leaders and civil rights veterans on Saturday (Aug. 27) said King’s legacy is unshakable. The interfaith service was the last official event to mark the dedication of the new King […]

Rabbis distribute special Shabbat guidelines for hurricane

Michele Chabin |

NEW YORK (RNS) Observant Jews are permitted to sidestep traditional Sabbath rules on electronics and listen to the radio as Hurricane Irene bears down on the East Coast, according to guidelines distributed to hundreds of Orthodox rabbis. Rabbi Kenneth Brander, dean of Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future, distributed special hurricane guidelines — which […]

Report details roots, funding of Islamophobia machine

Omar Sacirbey |

(RNS) A small number of conservative foundations are propelling a handful of anti-Islamic activists who are fueling rising levels of Islamophobia, according to a report issued Friday (Aug. 26) by the left-leaning Center for American Progress. The 130-page report identifies seven conservative funders who between 2001 and 2009 gave $42.6 million to eight anti-Islamic causes, […]