(RNS) If Gov. Pat McCrory signs the bill, North Carolina would become the seventh state to have an anti-Shariah law, joining Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. In May, Alabama lawmakers approved a like-minded constitutional amendment that state voters will consider in 2014.
Archives: July 2013
(RNS) Maria da Penha dos Santos was waiting outside with her husband, daughter and granddaughter when the pope stopped in. She introduced him to 20 of her family members who squeezed inside the tiny shanty for about 10 minutes. “I said, welcome Pope Francisco,” Santos said. “The house is yours.”
(RNS) In a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the 140 signatories — including former Sen. Joseph Lieberman; professor Alan Dershowitz; philanthropist Charles Bronfman; and Republican Jewish Coalition board member Morris W. Offit — said they appreciated the risks the government is taking to achieve peace.
(RNS) Archbishop Justin Welby has offered to open credit unions, which charge much lower annual percentage rates than Wonga, in as many as 16,000 churches.
“From a religious standpoint, I’d like to say that God has something in store for me and that there’s a reason I’m still here,” Stephen Ward said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. “I count myself very lucky and very blessed to have been able to survive so many things.” –Stephen Ward, a […]
(RNS) George Alexander Louis’ parents presented him with a name, but also with an identity. In selecting the name George, the young royals showed continuity with the British monarchy. Yet they also did something far greater than that: They offered a blessing to their son.
FEMA is still denying aid to religious groups hit by Hurricane Sandy, even though the House voted in February to approve a bill that would allow faith-based groups to follow the same reimbursement process as private nonprofit organizations. A Senate version awaits review by a subcommittee, according to the Asbury Park Press. An 18-year-old Mormon missionary […]
“I still have to be her friend if I’m God’s child. I might feed her with a long-handled spoon, but, yeah, I’m still her friend.” — Dora Charles, a former assistant to Paula Deen, about her strained relationship with the celebrity cook. She was quoted by The New York Times.
(RNS) Muslims around the world have varying views about what Shariah entails, and its role in personal and public life. So what exactly is Shariah? Here are five facts that might help make sense of this complex and often misunderstood term.