(RNS) The biggest worry for “American Idol” contestants is whether the judges will let them sing on the next show. For some singers on Idol-type programs abroad, it’s that religious extremists will kill them.
LONDON (RNS) The increasing isolation of Britain’s Muslim community is leading to stepped-up attacks against Muslims and a sense that Muslims can act like “idiots” against outsiders in some parts of the city, British government and Muslim leaders say.
WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama started his second term with a traditional worship service and a challenge to work towards healing the nation’s divides.
WASHINGTON (RNS) From the nuns to the nones, religion dominated the headlines throughout 2012. Questions of religious faith took center stage in the presidential race, and deep questions of morality and ethics played out in budget debates, mass killings and an unexpected focus on “religious freedom.” Here are 10 ways religion played out in the news in 2012. By Kevin Eckstrom.
LONDON (RNS) As Britain waits for Queen Elizabeth II to appoint a new archbishop of Canterbury, there's renewed attention on her title of “Defender of the Faith.” By Trevor Grundy.
TORONTO (RNS) The Canadian government is canceling the contracts of all non-Christian chaplains at federal prisons as a cost-cutting measure, saying non-Christians inmates will be expected to turn to Christian prison chaplains for religious counsel. By Ron Csillag.
(RNS) U.S. Sikhs are taking heart in a widely publicized hearing on hate crimes that they see as a first step toward better understanding of the community and increased legal protections. By Jeanie Groh.
(RNS) Funeral services will be held on Friday for the six Sikhs killed at Wisconsin temple. The bodies of the deceased will be cremated, but, according to Sikh theology, their souls will live on. By Daniel Burke.
Nationwide, candlelight vigils for the victims of the August 5 shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. are responding to violence with peace – and symbolic meals.
(RNS) The six Sikhs killed Sunday at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin died as they lived, shot down amid acts of prayer and kindness.