MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (RNS) No president has made such an appeal to humility and mystery since Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address.
(Reuters) The police have offered no motive for the killings as the hashtag #MuslimLivesMatter trended nationally on Twitter.
NEW YORK (RNS) No one is suggesting that Christians are just like the Islamic State. But Obama did suggest that Christianity is like Islam; both faiths have the capacity to be exploited by extremists.
(RNS) Coverage of the execution videos was fading after the initial outrage last summer. Perhaps the Islamic State leadership thought that the world was tuning out. So they kicked it up to a new level of dreadfulness.
WASHINGTON (RNS) “As people of faith we are summoned to push back against those who try to distort our religion — any religion — for their own nihilistic ends,” Obama said.
MINNEAPOLIS (RNS) A Minneapolis gas station manager has poured thousands of dollars of his own money into producing a series of animated cartoon messages to rebut the extremist group’s messaging.
DUBAI/AMMAN (RNS) The Islamic State posted a religious edict on Twitter, which ruled that it is permissible in Islam to burn an infidel to death. However, senior clerics across the Islamic world argued that inflicting death by fire was always banned under Islam.
(RNS) “It’s meant to be a space for women to come together and talk about the female perspective,” said Sana Muttalib, the co-founder of the Women’s Mosque of America.
(RNS) Here at last is bipartisanship — on the question of Islam being part of the problem. But the critique is not being paired with serious acknowledgement, much less practical encouragement, of those working to make Islam part of the solution.