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The planned “ISIS Downtown” condos in West Palm Beach are not going to be called that anymore. Now the development, which is under construction, will be known as “3 Thirty Three Downtown,” which is not a scary name.

It’s a confusing name, however, and the copyeditor in me wants to change it to “333 Downtown.” But maybe that’s not OK either, because it refers to half an Antichrist? Or do they just think it’s hip to write things in a weird way?

Here’s the religyeon nus:

Vatican: we are not protecting Wesolowski

You know Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, the former Vatican ambassador to the Dominican Republic who appeared on the front page of the New York Times on Sunday? The story informed of his sexual abuse of children during his time on the island nation and critics’ charges that the church should have allowed the wheels of DR justice to roll over him. The Vatican on Monday: that could still happen. David Gibson explains.

The prophecy of Michael Brown

USA Today reports from his funeral, Monday, where 2,500 mourners, and 1,300 in overflow venues heard the dead teenager’s cousin remember him. Said Eric Davis:

 . . . (Michael) stated to the family that one day the world would know his name. He did not know he was offering up a divine prophecy. But we are here today remembering the name of Michael Brown.

Here is Al Sharpton preaching at the funeral. He began with Micah, 6:8, asking “What does the Lord require of you?”


Peggy Fletcher Stack writes about Mormon feminist moderates: those who aren’t happy with the status quo, but don’t feel the need to demand the priesthood for the sisterhood.

Brigham Young University removes Hallmark same-sex marriage cards from its bookstore.

Six Jewish things you didn’t know about the Beehive State.

Muslim British women opting for a headscarf

Reuters reports that violence and threats against Muslims in Britain actually make Muslim women there more likely to wear a headscarf. Said Shanza Ali, a young woman from London who wears a headscarf though her mother does not:

It makes it easier for Muslim women to keep away from things that you don’t want to do that would impact your value system. If you don’t want to go clubbing, drink, or have relations outside marriage, it can help, but it can also just be a reminder to be a good person and treat others well.”

ISIS responds when one man says he won’t convert

Faced with the ISIS’s demand to either convert to Islam or be killed – the people of the Iraqi village of Kochi chose to live. But then their leader said he wouldn’t convert. ISIS exacted a bloody price for his bravery, Reuters reports.

Gay marriage bans get tested in the Midwest

The Indiana and Wisconsin state constitutions’ bans on gay marriage come under scrutiny in Chicago today as the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals considers couples’ challenges from both states. The Associated Press has the details, and profiles on the plaintiffs.

This is a little insider-y but look!

I was meandering around the Interblob last night, on the hunt for religion news for you roundup readers, and what do I find? A story about how 10-year-old Noah Cordle just found a 10,000-year-old arrowhead on a New Jersey beach. The religion angle? Tell me this kid is not the kid version of my boss, Religion News Service Editor-in-Chief Kevin Eckstrom.



By the way, Kevin is winging his way around the world with a group of journalists from the U.S. and the Muslim world. His first travelblog from the journey considers religion and hate speech.

Bonus Tracks

Norwegian Muslims rally against ISIS militants.

Mumbai’s Jewish center opens six years after it was attacked.

Jana Riess on Mormon anger management.

Happy Birthday, Mother Teresa

She would have been 104 today. To mark the day, USAToday has compiled 10 of her most inspiring quotes. Here’s one: “I see God in every human being. When I wash the leper’s wounds I feel I am nursing the Lord himself. Is it not a beautiful experience?”

– Lauren Markoe

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Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011. She previously was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.)


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