(RNS) Religious groups are pushing back against a wave of opposition toward Syrian refugees and are working to preserve the U.S. as a haven for them.
Author Archives: Lauren Markoe
About Lauren Markoe
Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff in 2011. She was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.), where she won a 2004 first prize for feature writing from the National Association of Black Journalists. She also covered government for the Charlotte Observer and the Massachusetts statehouse for the Patriot Ledger. Markoe holds B.A. in history from Yale University and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
(RNS) The terrorist organization murdering people across the Middle East and now Europe is known by several names and acronyms. What do they mean, and why use one over another?
(RNS) But Democrats say the Iran nuclear deal is no litmus test on support for Israel, and that they will continue to reap the lion’s share of Jewish votes.
(RNS) Americans as a whole are growing less religious, but those who still consider themselves to belong to a religion are, on average, just as committed to their faiths as they were in the past.
(RNS) The former chief rabbi of Great Britain says religious violence is the world’s greatest threat to freedom. But religion, he writes, can respond to the zealots.
(RNS) Jewish experiences in college were found to boost attachment to Jewish life for those whose Judaism comes from one side of the family.
(RNS) The issue is fraught within Judaism, as more than half of all American Jews marry outside their religion, and the community worries that its small numbers — about 2 percent of the U.S. population — may further dwindle.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The resolution reflects a larger societal shift away from the practice, though it does not reverse the earlier support for the death penalty.