Blasphemy cases have increased sharply in Egypt. The pope’s Twitter account in Latin has surpassed followers in Polish. A Japanese company is developing a sign language Bible.
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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.
Southern Baptists did not urge churches to cut ties to the Boy Scouts. An Arizona Congressman says incidents of pregnancy from rape are “very low.” A new smartphone app allows users to report anti-Semitic and racist incidents.
America’s largest Protestant denomination is in decline. The FBI will track hate crimes against religious groups. Humanists in the Army’s chaplaincy corps?
A secular-religious divide may underlie the demonstrations in Turkey. Muslims who use the Internet have more favorable views of the West. People have forgotten what it means to be church members.
Michele Bachmann will protect “innocent human life, traditional marriage…and religious liberty,” but won’t run for reelection. The pope gets soaked. Russell Moore, the Southern Baptist ethics czar, tweets.
A man was hacked with cleavers by men claiming to be Muslims. An atheist lawmaker delivers a prayer. A Brooklyn Hasidic group thinks men’s beards are hipster-ish.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal orders Bibles returned to state park resorts. The American Family Association says the AARP has a “homosexual agenda.” The anti-Shariah movement is changing.
A new spire tops the One World Trade Center. Anglican church attendance is stabilizing. Psychics’ predictions? A history of failure.
Pope Francis equates wages of Bangladeshi workers to “slave labor.” Nuns on the Bus rev up engines for immigration reform. On National Day of Prayer, T. M. Luhrmann says when God talks, it’s not schizophrenia, but intense prayer.