Muslims call new religious freedom appointee a ‘puppet’ for Islam foes

Lauren Markoe |

WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Commission for Religious Freedom just got two new members, both darlings of conservatives: Princeton University philosopher Robert P. George and Zuhdi Jasser, who describes himself as an alternative voice to established Muslim civil rights groups. By Lauren Markoe.

Churches rally around Trayvon Martin on ‘hoodie Sunday’

William M. Welch / USA Today |

Concern over the killing of unarmed Trayvon Martin was echoed in religious centers from Atlanta to New York and California, with many preachers and their congregations wearing hooded sweatshirts in Martin's memory.

Louis Farrakhan blasts Jews, Obama

Omar Sacirbey |

(RNS) Saying “I'm not anti-Semitic, I'm just telling the truth,” Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan told followers that Jews control the media and entertainment industries, and said President Obama could be assassinated in an inside plot that could be blamed on Muslims. By Omar Sacirbey

N.J. governor defends remarks on civil rights

Matt Friedman and Jenna Portnoy |

TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) In the midst of a heated battle over gay rights, Gov. Chris Christie defended his recent remarks on civil rights, calling one his New Jersey critics “numbnuts.” By Matt Friedman and Jenna Portnoy. 250.