“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 […]
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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.
“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.
Calm returns to Ferguson. Christian Iraq faces a linguistic emergency. Pope Francis rides a compact Kia.
Christians are fleeing Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region. A N.C. restaurant cancels a discount for patrons who pray in public before digging in. God hates shrimp.
Muslims and Jews try to talk above the din of war. An Ebola patient may be headed for an Atlanta hospital isolation unit. Religious leaders engage in civil disobedience.
Christians adopt the Arabic letter ‘N’ in solidarity with their co-religionists expelled from Mosul. Humanists want an Army chaplain to call their own. Fact and fiction.
Religious extremists in Israel are becoming more brazen. Sunday’s World Cup final is a battle of papal allegiance. Calvary Baptist Church in Washington ordains a transgender pastor.