BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (RNS) The reality is that the imposition of Shariah law in this corner of the world’s most populous Muslim nation was a cynical political ploy — and it worked.
Author Archives: Kevin Eckstrom
About Kevin Eckstrom
Kevin Eckstrom joined the RNS staff in February, 2000 and became editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to coming to RNS, he worked as religion editor at the Stuart/Port St. Lucie News in Florida. He was the winner of the 2000 Cassels Award for small newspapers from the Religion Newswriters Association. Under his leadership, RNS was named Best Wire Service by the Associated Church Press for six of the past eight years.
Eckstrom holds a M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from The George Washington University. Eckstrom was the president of the Religion Newswriters Association from 2007-2009 and was the inaugural Dewitt Wallace Fellow in Islamic Studies at Duke University in 2009. In 2014, he was awarded a Senior Journalist Seminar fellowship in Islam from the East-West Center.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (RNS) For many people, the hijab is a kind of Rorschach test — we use it, unconsciously or not, as a barometer about our feelings on Muslims or Islam.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (RNS) Seeing reports of yet another gruesome murder in the name of Islam is enough to make you turn away. But the Islam you see here might just be enough to deserve another look.
HONOLULU (RNS) When people ask “Are you a Christian?”, is that all they mean, or is there more to it?
WASHINGTON (RNS) “Everybody knows what hate speech is,” my new Pakistani colleague told me. But do we?
“No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day. … Their ideology is bankrupt.” – President Obama, speaking after militants from the Islamic State beheaded freelance journalist James Foley.
(RNS) There’s nothing better than a little sacreligious art and pig wrestling to get you ready for the weekend. All that and more in today’s Roundup.
(RNS) Pope Francis is the latest victim of Washington’s political dysfunction. New York City can’t seem to get it together (maybe that explains Mika’s misstep), and St. Marianne is back in Hawaii. All that and more in today’s Roundup.
(RNS) Trolling for souls in God’s waiting room. Insult to injury in another botched execution. Pope Francis’ evangelical BFFs. All that and more in today’s Roundup.