“In the past, most wars were motivated by the idea of nationhood. Today, however, wars are incited above all using religion as an excuse.” –Shimon Peres, former Israeli president, quoted in the Catholic magazine, Famiglia Cristiana, ahead of his meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday (Sept. 4).
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About Yonat Shimron
Yonat Shimron joined RNS in April, 2011 and became managing editor in 2013. She was the religion reporter for The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. from 1996 to 2011. During that time she won numerous awards. She is a past president of the Religion Newswriters Association.
“Like Jim Foley before him, Steve’s life stood in sharp contrast to those who murdered him so brutally. They make the absurd claim that they kill in the name of religion, but it was Steven, his friends say, who deeply loved the Islamic world. His killers try to claim that they defend the oppressed, but it […]
Above all we have to clarify that we are not misogynists, we don’t want to gobble up a woman a day! –Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, quoted in L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper, speaking about the investigation into the American nuns.
“I formally and humbly request to be made a citizen of the Islamic State. It would be an honor for any believer to be an obedient citizen soldier to a people and its leader who don’t compromise the religion of All-Mighty Allah to get along with the disbelievers.” –Nidal Hasan, convicted shooter in the 2009 Fort Hood […]
The West ponders what to do about wannabe jihadists. John Lennon’s killer says ‘All You Need is Jesus.’ Was the Bradgelina wedding ceremony theist-free?
“While the dire plight of Iraqi civilians should compel the international community to respond in some way, U.S. military action is not the answer … There are better, more effective, more healthy and more humanizing ways to protect civilians and to engage this conflict.” — Letter to President Obama signed by 53 religious leaders, academics and ministers urging […]
“Let’s hope it doesn’t come to the need to send American troops. But if it does, we’re going to have to stop them. We’re going to have to fight them somewhere. Do we want to fight them in New York? Or in Washington, D.C.? Terrorist attacks? Or should we fight them and defeat them in […]
“Religion should confirm what we’re doing, not be an escape. Some of us are so heavenly bound that we’re no earthly good. When Michael Brown was on the ground, what did you do?” –The Rev. Al Sharpton, speaking at the funeral for Michael Brown, an unarmed teen fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, […]
Pope Francis calls the parents of beheaded journalist James Foley. Missionary Kent Brantly is discharged from Atlanta hospital. A list of the countries with the highest per-capita alcohol consumption.