The Proposed Mosque Near Ground Zero
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Developers of the so-called " Ground Zero Mosque ", also known as "Park 51", are seeking federal funds designated for the redevelopment of lower Manhattan. And like most issues in the ongoing controversy around this project, the loudest voices on both sides are getting it wrong. Such funding would not necessarily be either a "disgrace" or "an affront to the memory of those murdered on 9/11", as ...
Michele Bachmann is such a fan of faith-based initiatives that Bachmann and Associates, the Christian counseling center she co-owns with her husband, has received $30,000 in Minnesota state funds over the past three years. It's a place where, according to Dr. Marcus Bachmann, Jesus Christ is the "Almighty Counselor." Comes now the Park51 Islamic cultural center with an application to the Lowe ...
Like Josh Marshall , I've been pondering the Gallup finding that Catholics are significantly more likely than "Protestants/Other Christians" to favor finding another location for the Park51 Islamic Center. Given that Protestants in the aggregate are, on most public issues, more conservative than Catholics--and given that American Catholics tend to recollect their own disfavored religious s ...
The president's Gandhian pilgrimage to India has got me thinking about the way prominent Indian-Americans tend to efface their religious past. OK, so maybe there was no way Bobby Jindal could have gotten elected governor of Louisiana as a Hindu or Nikki Haley governor of South Carolina as a Sikh. But what about comedian Aziz Ansari, who has half a million people following his Twitter feed ...
By Omar Sacirbey c. 2010 Religion News Service (RNS) Born and raised in Oklahoma, Sarah Albahadily will wear her headscarf to a Brad Paisley concert and her cowboy boots to mosque. There are two things she says she never misses: Friday prayers or a University of Oklahoma football games. But after seven in 10 Oklahoma voters on Tuesday (Nov. 2) approved State Question 755, a constitutional a ...
The erosion of Barack Obama's popularity has lessons in it for every American who wishes to remain interesting and current, both professionally and personally. The real story in this election is not that America has no jobs, that the economy continues to falter, or that the national debt continues to balloon. While all three are true and, more importantly, Obama has failed to fix them, ...
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