(RNS) The forgiveness in Charleston and Boston has startled and moved people. But it has also provoked skeptics who wonder why — in the face of little, late or no remorse — victims have pronounced these violent young men “forgiven.”
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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) A tiny Arizona church with no permanent home won 9-0 at the Supreme Court in a free speech case.
(RNS) As the proportion of Americans who are Christian declines, the share who are Jewish is holding firm. But some Jewish scholars say the data are nothing to celebrate.
(RNS) “I have lived thirty years in these thirty days,” wrote Sheryl Sandberg after the end of the monthlong period of Jewish mourning. “I am thirty years sadder. I feel like I am thirty years wiser.”
(RNS) An interfaith group is pushing the Obama administration to allow U.S. aid to pay for abortions for women raped by Boko Haram and other militants.
(RNS) Pataki is Roman Catholic but has frequently taken stances that conflict with Catholic teaching.
(RNS) Sandra Lawson was a personal trainer and religious about nothing but fitness. Now she’s religious about Judaism.
(RNS) Franklin Graham is using social media to prompt prayers for a gay marriage ruling that follows “God’s law.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) Prosecutors wanted him behind bars for 17 years. His lawyer asked for community service. The judge did neither.