Beliefnet News

Beliefnet News

Beliefnet News Archives

Former Muslim Wants to See Change

posted by Corine Gatti

  Author and former Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali spoke at the National Press Club on April 7th and said there needs to be five amendments to Islam. She said “individuals” within Islam today are coming forth and admitting that Muhammad provides […]


ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour: Not your ordinary Christmases

posted by

Christmas has unique memories for international journalist Christiane Amanpour, the ABC News Global Affairs Anchor. As a small child, she remembers wonderful times, “my family with a Christmas tree and presents and a family gathering.” But her father was Muslim. Her mother […]


Is religion to blame for the world’s violence?

posted by Dave Halliday

Just a few days ago, a car loaded with explosives attempted to get access to the First Evangelical Church Winning All in Kaduna, Nigeria. However, the suicide bomber’s car with a military uniform folded on the back seat was turned away at […]


Challenges to faith, tradition swirl in Britain

posted by

Is political correctness running amuck in Great Britain? Officials have decided to forbid British schoolchildren from having best friends. The government says it will back a ban on employees wearing crucifixes or any other Christian symbol. A court says UK […]

Amid violence, Egypt’s Christians rely on Muslim friends, worry about future

posted by

Burned-out rubble is all that’s left of Christian shopkeeper Abskharon Suleiman’s appliance store in the northern Egyptian village of Sharbat. His home was destroyed as well as shops owned by his adult children – all targeted because they are Christians. […]

Internet spreading new accusations connecting Rick Warren with “Chrislam”

posted by

New accusations that mega-church pastor Rick Warren is promoting a new world religion that will usher in the Antichrist– are raging again, despite Warren’s adamant and frustrated denials. Fanning the flames on the Internet this time are none other than […]

PETA wants equal time for dogs on TLC’s reality TV show “All-American Muslim”

posted by

Irritated over an episode of the already controversial TLC cable TV reality program “All-American Muslim,” the animal advocacy group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is demanding equal time for canines. At issue is Islamic — or perhaps Arab […]

Muslim women to shun bananas, cucumbers?

posted by

Yes, he’s read the reports that a Muslim cleric announced women should not touch cucumbers, carrots or bananas lest they become sexually impure, admits Egyptian newspaper editor Muna Khan in the Cairo daily al-Arabiya. And Khan says he is just […]

Iran official says illegal churches harm youth

posted by

As the anniversary of Iran’s 2010 Christmas raids on Christian homes and house-based churches approaches, Iran’s minister of intelligence has announced that underground Evangelical churches pose a serious threat to the nation’s youth. Meanwhile a senior Iranian religious official said […]

Will “Mecca Time” replace Greenwich Mean Time?

posted by

The new tower on the skyline in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, looks incredibly like London’s Big Ben — and there’s a good reason. A number of Muslims are calling for Greenwich Mean Time — the standard by which the world sets its clocks […]

Complex disputes may close Mughrabi Bridge walkway giving Jews access to Temple Mount

posted by

Jewish access to their most holy site, Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, may be cut off after the city’s engineer, Shlomo Eshkol, ruled the temporary Mughrabi Bridge has become unsafe — and the Muslim fraternity that oversees the sensitive area forbade any repairs. The […]

Pakistani police tell family of kidnapped, raped 12-year-old girl to return her to captors

posted by

A 12-year-old Christian Pakistani girl was lured away from her home, kidnapped, then repeatedly raped by her captors for eight months — who now claim that she is married to one of the kidnappers. The girl escaped and returned home, however […]

Tear gas fired as mob protests TV station cartoon image of Allah

posted by

Crowds protesting a TV station’s broadcast of a cartoon of Allah were dispersed by tear gas Friday in Tunis, the capital of the African nation of Tunisia. The crowds were brought out by Friday sermons in mosques across the capital accusing […]

All women political candidates must be veiled and silent, says Egyptian politician

posted by

All Egyptian women seeking office in upcoming elections must be veiled and not speak to men, says a top Egyptian politician, adding to growing concerns that “Arab Spring” has been a setback for human rights in the Arab world’s most populous nation. […]

Iraq’s Kurds offer homes to refugee Christians

posted by

Iraq’s Kurdish minority is offering homes to refugee Christians who have been driven out of southern Iraq and Baghdad by Islamist extremists. Aboout 30 million Kurds inhabit a region historically known as Kurdistan which crosses the borders of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey. About 4 million […]

Peaceful protest sparks deadly riots, opportunity to point accusing fingers

posted by

At least 24 have died and 200 have been injured after street protests turned into violent clashes between the Egyptian army and unarmed protesters of Egypt’s Coptic Christian minority. The were protesting a lack of government response when mobs torched a number of churches. They were also calling […]

Arab nation needs Muslim law, says leader

posted by

Personal freedom would not be at risk if the north African nation of Tunisia were to embrace Islamic shari’ah law, says Islamist leader Rachid Ghannouchi. “Tunisia’s most important Islamist party would prefer to see a mild form of shari’a law […]

What is “Chrislam” and who preaches it?

posted by

Are Christianity and Islam about to merge in to a worldwide mega-religion called Chrislam? Popular TV preacher Jack Van Impe recently ended his decades-long run on Trinity Broadcasting Network after he publicly accused California megachurch founder Rick Warren of mixing […]

Muslim expert: Let the pastor go free!

posted by

“Here we go again: an Iranian Pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, faces execution if he does not recant his conversion to Christianity,” writes Beliefnet’s Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa. “Last year, Mr. Nadarkhani was found guilty of “apostasy” last year, which was upheld […]

Exiled Christian Iranians receive death threats

posted by

Eleven Iranian Christians who fled their homeland for fear of the government have received threatening emails calling on them to renounce Christianity and return to Shi’ite Islam — or be killed. The emails were from “the unknown soldiers of the […]

Is Indonesia in danger of becoming another Pakistan?

posted by

Islam’s most populous nation, Indonesia, is the most diverse nation imaginable — a far-flung archipelego of 13,466 islands where 238 million people speaking 742 languages live in everything from luxurious skyscraper penthouses to squalid cardboard slums, mountainside-hugging bamboo huts and rain-forest tree houses. The government […]

Does bestselling author Rick Warren want Christianity, Islam to merge into ‘Chrislam?’

posted by

CLICK HERE to find out more about “Chrislam”! If there’s any hope for America, radio talk show host Dr. Laurie Roth is having trouble seeing it. “Everywhere we look today politicians, media and global elite are severing the traditional and […]

Does bestselling author Rick Warren want Christianity, Islam to merge into ‘Chrislam’?

posted by

CLICK HERE to find out more about “Chrislam”! If there’s any hope for America, radio talk show host Dr. Laurie Roth is having trouble seeing it. “Everywhere we look today politicians, media and global elite are severing the traditional and […]

Muslim leader: Iran’s death penalty for Christian pastor violates treaties, Koran

posted by

Editor’s Note: With its plans to execute Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, Iran’s Shi’ite Muslim government is violating not only international treaties, but the very teachings of the Prophet Mohammed, says an American Muslim leader, Harris Zafar of the Ahmadiyya Muslim […]

Iran claims condemned Pastor actually a Zionist, extortionist, ran a brothel and guilty of “security-related crimes”

posted by

As his family prayed that a miracle will spare the life of Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, the Iranian state-controlled media has announced that he isn’t scheduled for execution for apostasy after all. “His crime is not, as some claim, converting […]

Will you ask Pakistan to release this mom sentenced to die for believing in Jesus?

posted by

Will you sign this petition for Asia Bibi? She’s been in jail for more than a year. What is her crime? The Christian mother of five said to a fellow Pakistani co-worker, “Jesus saved me. What has Mohammed ever done for you?” Speaking against Islam, the […]

Now that he’s out of Iran, synagogue dares to reveal hiker Josh Fattal is one of their own

posted by

When hiker Josh Fattal was finally released after being held for two years in Iran, his friends and family — and particularly his synagogue — could finally reveal a secret kept under wraps even by the news media. Iran — an Islamic […]

Washington Post: Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Faces Potential Execution Today

posted by Jordan Sekulow

From Jordan Sekulow’s blog Religious Right Now at The Washington Post’s “On Faith”: Just days after Iran released two Americans accused of spying, an Iranian court has upheld the apostasy conviction and executionsentence of Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Pastor Youcef will be […]

Saudi woman driver sentenced: 10 lashes

posted by

Today a Saudi Arabian woman who defied the local religious police was convicted and sentenced to 10 lashes for driving a car. Shaima Ghassaniya was found guilty of driving without the government’s permission. The ruling came just two days after […]

Bestselling lesbian Muslim author says her mission is to spark discussion, debate

posted by

If it’s debate she wanted to spark, Irshad Manji has been successful. Her first book, The Trouble With Islam, was called “Bin Laden’s worst nightmare” by one reviewer. In a controversial 2007 documentary, Faith Without Fear, the unabashed lesbian — who remains a devout Muslim […]

She wears the Islamic full-body veil and is running for President of France

posted by

Kenza Drider was one of the first to be arrested for appearing in public in a traditional Muslim robe that covers everything but her eyes and hands — and she’s running for president of France. The a mother of four wears a niqab — which […]

NY Times: Somali radio gives 10-year-old contest winners AK-47 assault rifles, grenades

posted by

A radio station run by Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamist group has awarded AK-47 assault rifles to children as young as 10 who won a Koran-reciting and general knowledge contest. Andulus radio, based near the Somali capital of Mogadishu, gave students who won top honors in the […]

Rifle-toting soldiers tag along, protecting Thai monks collecting traditional daily alms

posted by

With a Muslim insurgency threatening to destabilize Thailand’s south, armed soldiers have begun shadowing the area’s Buddhist monks as they make their daily rounds begging for alms. “With its barbed wire, sandbag bunker and armed guard, Wat Lak Muang in […]

Jews, Palestinians have close genetic ties, say researchers

posted by

As many as 90 percent of Palestinians in some areas have close genetic ties to Jews, according to researchers. Ariella Oppenheim Ph.D., a researcher at Hebrew University and the Hadassah Medical School labs, has published the result of DNA studies […]

Dutch consider $500 fine for wearing full-body veil in public

posted by

The Netherlands appears about to join France and Belgium in banning the public wearing of full-body veils. Violators wearing the Muslim burqa or niqab will be fined U.S. $500 if proposed legislation is approved by the Dutch cabinet. The need for […]

Muslims fill French streets, sidewalks, defying ban on public mass prayers

posted by

Hundreds of Muslims on Friday defied a new French ban on outdoor group prayer, filling the streets and sidewalks of  some neighborhoods to kneel on prayer rugs and observe the Islamic requirement for five-times-daily prayer while facing Mecca. The ban […]

High court orders Pakistan to let Hindus worship in historic temple

posted by

Pakistan’s Peshawar High Court on Thursday ordered the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to allow Hindus to worship in a temple closed after Pakistan’s independence 64 years ago. A two-member judicial panel comprised of Chief Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice […]

Iran will release U.S. hikers as Ahmadinejad prepares to speak at UN

posted by

Two American hikers imprisoned in Iran for more than two years are about to be released as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prepares for his annual trip to the United Nations. Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd were arrested and convicted of […]

CBN: Saudi-born Christian warns “the Koran tells you to hate Christians and Jews”

posted by

Al Fadi, a Saudi native now living in America, says the truth must be proclaimed about the religion in which he was raised. However, because he has been candid, his life is at risk, he says. Speaking on the Christian […]

Libyan rebels say they will impose Islamic law

posted by

Mustafa Abdul Jalil, the chairman of the National Transitional Council, has a message for Libyans: Fear not, Sharia law is on the way. In a broadcast on the Arabic cable channel al-Jazeera, he assured a cheering crowd that the new […]

Militants order Somali schools: ban English, teach Arabic

posted by

The militant group al-Shabab, one of several vying for control of Somalia, has ordered all schools to quit teaching English or face violent consequences. Since Somalia has had no government for more than 20 years, all schools are run by charitable groups. The militant group […]

Peace conference stirs up conflict between Muslim scholars

posted by

The Dalai Lama will join controversial Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan in Montreal on Wednesday for a conference on world religions and peace in the aftermath of 9/11. “But rather than promising inspiration in a world plagued by religious tumult, the […]

Arab officials monitor mosque sermons, ban some topics, OK others

posted by

“Whether as a conduit for government policy or the headquarters for insurgencies, mosques have always played an important political role in political events,” writes David E. Miller in the Jerusalem Post. “But the Arab Spring is playing havoc with the […]

Muslim protesters “will make as much noise as possible” during 9/11 moment of silence

posted by

Demonstrators from London’s “Muslims Against Crusades,” whose website shows a graphic of a plane heading towards New York’s World Trade Center, say they “will make as much noise as possible during the planned mark of respect for the dead.” Their disruption […]

Christian Pakistanis refuse to convert to Islam, are beaten, hospitalized

posted by

Two Christian men were attacked and beaten to unconsciousness in the Pakistani city of Karachi when they refused to convert to Islam, according to the Compass Direct news service. Liaqat Munawar, a resident of Essa Nagri in Karachi, told Compass […]

Tony Blair’s sister converts to Islam, calls for the destruction of Israel

posted by

Laura Booth, sister-in-law of former British prime minister Tony Blair, has called on Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt to invade Israel. No stranger to Middle Eastern politics, she sailed to Gaza in the flotilla protest. At a rally in London Trafalgar’s Square, she proclaimed […]

Wall Street Journal: Does Ramadan end Tuesday or Wednesday?

posted by

There’s confusion this year about Eid-ul-Fitr, the day Muslims break their month-long Ramadan fast. “Some Muslims in North America, Europe and the Middle East say the holy day falls Tuesday,” reports Tom Wright for the Wall Street Journal. “Others, including those in India, […]

Bikini under scrutiny in “new” Egypt; hardliners want ancients to cover up, too

posted by

Sunbathing in Alexandria may soon be a thing of the past, at least if some Egyptian Islamist politicians have their way. “Egypt’s tourism industry has suffered a severe blow since the outburst of anti-regime demonstrations in January,” reports journalist David […]

Canada’s National Post: Gaddafi’s eccentric philosophies even pushed Islam aside

posted by

Muammar Gaddafi was never your average dictator. Fueled by Libya’s oil billions, he “morphed into something more closely resembling a cult leader and quasi-mystic than a conventional Arab autocrat,” writes  Jonathan Kay in Canada’s National Post newspaper. “Dictatorships come in different flavors,” […]

Sydney Morning Herald: Muslim accused of sending hate mail seeks “free speech” protection

posted by

A Muslim man who sent letters to the families of Australian soldiers who died in Afghanistan telling them that their sons were war criminals is trying to have the indictment quashed on the grounds that it is unconstitutional, according to […]

Washington Post: Are U.S. inmates being turned into radical Muslims?

posted by

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, thinks Muslim Americans are being radicalized in U.S. prisons, and he’s promised a “deliberate and thoughtful examination of the issue” during a hearing on Wednesday. “To which detractors say: […]

NPR: Tennessee church lends sanctuary to local Muslims

posted by

A Tennessee pastor startled his neighborhood, his congregation and local Muslims when he invited the local Islamic community to celebrate Ramadan inside his church. Their own cultural center was under construction nearby. So, Pastor Steve Stone offered the main sanctuary at his 550-member Heartsong Church in […]

A British lesson in combatting extremism

posted by

By H.A. Hellyer of The Washington Post’s “On Faith” Learning lessons is always hard – especially when you’re in a higher position of power than everyone else. Paradoxically, its usually those in power that are in need of learning from […]

Nashville sheriff bows to ACLU, will allow Muslims to wear face veils for mugshots

posted by

A Muslim woman told to remove the veil covering her face to pose for a jail mugshot has prompted Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall in Nashville, Tennessee, to revise his policy regarding religious headwear. The woman complained to the American Civil Liberties Union, […]

Ramadan not always easy for Turkey’s non-Muslims

posted by

“Fasting, feasting and spiritual contemplation define Ramadan for Muslims, but some not-so-religious residents say it’s a time of traffic jams, late-night noise pollution and judgmental stares for them,” reports Özgur Ögret in Turkey’s Hürriyet Daily News. The social pressure goes both […]

After sunset, Istanbul district filling with festive Ramadan fast-breakers

posted by

The tradition of breaking the daily fast at sunset during Ramadan turns Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district into a festival, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. And the tradition is continuing this year, reports staffer Çagla Pinar Tunel, who describes “thousands of people […]

Ramadan fast longer for Muslims in world’s tallest building

posted by

Apartment residents in the upper floors of Dubai’s  Burj Khalifa tower will have to endure a longer daily Ramadan fast, according to the United Arab Emirates city’s top cleric. During the month of Ramadan, the faithful cannot eat or drink […]

So, it’s Ramadan, you’ve fasted all day, but now it’s sundown: What’s for dinner?!!!

posted by

After sunset each day during the Islamic month of Ramadan, faithful Muslims are allowed to break their day-long fast with festive meals to which family, friends and neighbors are often invited. If you’re not Muslim, don’t worry — the Koran does not require fasting of […]

Jerusalem Post: Norweigan madman’s endorsement of hardliners will temper their rhetoric

posted by

What does it mean that Anders Behring Breivik, confessed Norwegian mass murderer, endorses Israel throughout his rambling 1,518-page manifesto? “What does this mean for Israel,” writes the Jerusalem Post‘s Larry Derfner, “that this neo-Nazi monster repeatedly expressed his affinity for […]

Signs proclaiming Muslim “shariah” law zones go up in England

posted by

In Stratford, England, non-Muslim residents say they are feeling “threatened and intimidated” as posters declaring neighborhood under Islamic shariah law are showing up on walls and lampposts. The bright yellow signs read “Shariah Controlled Zone” with “Islamic rules enforced” in smaller text — and […]

Chuck Norris: Why are mosques being built with U.S. tax money?

posted by

“As the White House and Congress debate cuts in federal spending, millions of dollars are being funneled overseas to help build many Islamic mosques and structures,” alleges TV star Chuck Norris. He says a USAID official confirmed about $2.3 million […]

Canadian public school obeys Islamic law, girls sit in the back if they’re on their period

posted by

Valley Park Middle School in Toronto, already under fire for allowing Muslim students to use the cafeteria for Friday prayers, is following Islamic shari’a by having girls on their period sit on their in the back of the room, not partaking in the prayer. […]

USA Today: Muslim woman says feds should force mosques to “end gender apartheid”

posted by

“There it was, plain as day.” writes Southern Baptist leader and bestselling author Albert Mohler, ” Monday’s edition of USA Today included an opinion column by a Muslim woman that argued–quite straightforwardly–that the United States government should force a nondiscrimination policy on […]

Christian Post: Chrislam is the “spirit of the anti-Christ”

posted by

Chrislam, the popular acceptance of Islam by Christian, is “the spirit of the anti-Christ,” writes the Christian Post‘s David Dollins: “I want to address what is beginning to occur in the Church and why it must be rejected outright,” he […]

Egyptian Muslims torch 8 Christian homes on rumors of church construction

posted by

A mob of nearly 200 Muslims torched eight Christian homes on Saturday morning in the Egyptian village of Awlad Khalaf, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. The attack was initiated by a rumor that a house being built by a […]

Muslim Brotherhood Calls on Arab Youth to Launch Islamic Revolution in the West

posted by

From The Blaze: MEMRI (The Middle East Media Research Institute) reports that in an “interview with the Egyptian daily Al-Shorouq, Dr. Kamal Al-Helbawy, former Muslim Brotherhood spokesman in the West, called upon the Arab youth to launch a new revolution […]

Muslim group targets Ethiopian Christians

posted by

Churches in predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria, Africa, are now being fitted with metal detectors because of threats of bomb attacks. Worshippers in Christian churches are also having their bags and persons searched over fears of explosives being smuggled inside. The […]

Egypt’s new leaders issue troubling statements

posted by

“Lately, a slew of video clips have been leaking that expose radically terrifying and offensive words coming from the mouths of Egypt’s Islamic leaders,” writes Billy Hallowell of the internet news site The Blaze. “Recently, we had Ahmed Ezz El-Arab, […]

Iran Supreme Court to Christian convert: Return to Islam or die

posted by

Iran’s Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence of a Christian pastor for leaving Islam. He was reported to have been given a choice on Saturday, July 2, to repudiate his faith in Christ or be executed. Yousef Nadarkhani, 33, had appealed to the […]

Tweet of Mickey & Minnie in Muslim attire stirs Egyptian fury

posted by

Naguib Sawiris A Christian businessman who is one of Egypt’s richest entrepreneurs, has run afoul of the internet’s social media after sending out a message of Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed as conservative Muslims. The cartoon, which was already circulating by email and on […]

Dutch anti-immigration legislator found innocent of hate speech

posted by

(Reuters) – Dutch populist politician Geert Wilders was acquitted of inciting hatred of Muslims in a court ruling on Thursday. The case was seen by some as a test of free speech in a country which has a long tradition […]

Kidnapped 9-year-old Pakistani girl told to go kill policemen

posted by

Nine-year-old Sohana Jawed was snatched off the street, drugged, outfitted in a suicide vest and told to go kill Pakistani policemen. The third grader refused to cooperate, throwing off the vest as she ran toward police screaming for help, according […]

Van Impe leaves TBN over ‘Chrislam’ remarks

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Jack Van Impe, a popular End Times broadcaster, has ended his decades-long run on Trinity Broadcasting Network after a dispute over naming ministers that he accuses of mixing Christian and […]

Evangelicals wade into circumcision debate

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) The National Association of Evangelicals is siding with Jews and Muslims in opposition of a proposed ban on infant male circumcision in San Francisco. “Jews, Muslims, and Christians all trace […]

Muslim cabbie fights ticket over religious cap

By KEN LEISER c. 2011 St. Louis Post-Dispatch ST. LOUIS (RNS) Taxi driver Nabeel Langrial was chatting with another cabbie last summer when an enforcement agent for the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission stopped to tell him his hat did not conform […]

Egyptians want advice, not rule, of clerics

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Four months after the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a new Gallup survey says a majority of Egyptians want religious leaders to advise the nation’s officials but they […]

Muhammad Ali pleads for prisoners’ release

By LAUREN MARKOE c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali joined other prominent Muslim Americans on Tuesday (May 24) to plead for the release of two American hikers who have been imprisoned in Iran for nearly […]

Muslims Wait for Signs of Change from Obama

By OMAR SACIRBEY c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Officially, President Obama was talking to the Muslim world in his State Department speech on Thursday (May 19), but U.S. Muslims were equally interested in how their faith will be treated […]

Churches Asked to Share Pulpits with Muslims

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Religious and human rights activists are asking U.S. churches to invite Jewish and Muslim clergy to their sanctuaries to read from sacred texts next month in an initiative designed to […]

Muslims Battle to be Official Voice of U.S. Islam

By OMAR SACIRBEY c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) As president of the Phoenix-based American Islamic Forum for Democracy, an eight-year-old group that twins conservative and Islamic values, Zuhdi Jasser is no fan of the more visible Council on American-Islamic […]

Muslims Hope Bias Ends with bin Laden’s Death

By ALEXI FRIEDMAN and DAN GOLDBERG c. 2011 Religion News Service PATERSON, N.J. (RNS) Hours after Osama bin Laden’s death was announced, the American Arab Forum received a phone call. The person on the line was looking for Aref Assaf, […]

BBC Says Muslims Selling Tainted Holy Water from Mecca

By AL WEBB c. 2011 Religion News Service LONDON (RNS) A BBC investigation is claiming that holy drinking water from Mecca is contaminated with arsenic and is being sold illegally to Muslims at shops in Britain. The BBC report on […]

Muslims Confront Government over Travel Woes

By JAMES EWINGER c. 2011 Religion News Service PARMA, Ohio (RNS) Government officials told Arab-Americans and Muslims that some post-9/11 security measures are easing, and acknowledged that Muslims are often subject to a higher degree of discrimination in travel. The […]

Is It OK to Cheer Osama bin Laden’s Death?

By KEVIN ECKSTROM c. 2011 Religion News Service (This story was reported by Daniel Burke, Adelle M. Banks, Nicole Neroulias, Omar Sacirbey and Alessandro Speciale.) WASHINGTON (RNS) Jesus said “love your enemies.” If only he had said how we should […]

Transit Worker Fired for Burning Quran Gets Job Back

By GINGER GIBSON AND CHRIS MEGERIAN c. 2011 Religion News Service TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) The New Jersey Transit employee fired for burning pages of the Quran at the site of a proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero will get his […]

British Man Sentenced to 70 Days for Burning Quran

LONDON (RNS) A British former soldier has been jailed for burning a copy of the Quran in front of shoppers in England — an act the judge described as “theatrical bigotry.” Andrew Ryan was sentenced to 70 days for setting […]

Obama, Karzai Blast Florida Quran Burning

WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai blasted the recent burning of a Quran at a Florida church and the deadly riots that followed during a video teleconference meeting on Wednesday (April 6). Both leaders “deplored” the desecration […]

Deadly Afghan Riots Blamed on Quran Burning at Fla. Church

(RNS) The Florida pastor who presided over the recent burning of a Quran said the United Nations must protect Afghans from deadly riots, even as he denied responsibility for inspiring them. At least eight U.N. aid workers and four others […]

Hajj Suit Raises Host of Questions

WASHINGTON (RNS) In 2008, Safoorah Khan, a math teacher in Illinois, asked for 15 days of unpaid leave (19 days including weekends) to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, an obligation for all Muslims. The local school board refused, but the […]

In Senate Muslim Hearings, a Decided Change in Tone

(RNS) It was billed as the first-ever congressional hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims. But it played more like an Act II than a premiere. In many ways, the hearing led by Senate Democrats on Tuesday (March 29) […]

U.N. Passes Religious Freedom Resolution

WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. officials praised a United Nations council for a new statement on religious freedom that sidestepped a divisive debate sponsored by Islamic countries over the “defamation of religions.” The U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday (March 24) approved […]

Tennessee Amends Anti-Shariah Bill

(RNS) Tennessee lawmakers are rewriting a bill that described Islamic law as a threat to U.S. security and seemed to equate peaceful Muslim practices with terrorism. State Sen. Bill Ketron and House Speaker Pro Tempore Judd Matheny, both Republicans, offered […]

TSA, Airlines Tread Carefully on Religious Expression

(RNS) Air travelers want to feel safe, and federal security officials want to make sure they actually are safe. If only it were that simple. Misunderstandings over religious expression have led to recent incidents that prompted apologies from airlines. On […]

U.S. Embassy Condemns Quran Burning at Fla. Church

(RNS) The U.S. ambassador to Pakistan called the burning of a Quran at a small Florida church “abhorrent” as Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari condemned the act as a “serious setback” to world harmony. U.S. Ambassador Cameron P. Munter tried […]

Democrat Announces Alternate Hearings on U.S. Muslims

WASHINGTON (RNS) Barely two weeks after House Republicans held hearings on the threat posed by radicalized American Muslims, the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat announced his own hearings on threats to American Muslims’ civil rights. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., made no […]

Previous Posts

Former Muslim Wants to See Change   Author and former Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali spoke at the National Press Club on April 7th and said there needs to be five amendments to Islam. She said “individuals” within Islam today ...

posted 9:08:12am Apr. 10, 2015 | read full post »

Hispanics turning evangelical, Jews secular
Worship service attendance is up in New York City, but down among young adult Jews, according to recent studies. On the other hand, fewer Spanish-speaking teens are attending Catholic mass, but more are showing up at Evangelical ...

posted 3:10:30pm Nov. 05, 2013 | read full post »

Billy Graham: I know where I'm going
“Daddy thinks the Lord will allow him to live to 95,” said Franklin Graham recently. It was not a prophecy but a hope, Franklin explained, ...

posted 10:02:01am Oct. 24, 2013 | read full post »

Are All These Christians' Complaints of Persecution Just So Much Empty Whining?
The headlines are alarming: “Catholic-Owned Company Wins Religious Freedom Court Decision,” “Death Toll Rises to 65 in Boko Haram Attack on Students,” “Little Sisters Catholic Charity Victimized By Obamacare,” “Christians Sought ...

posted 2:41:26am Oct. 07, 2013 | read full post »

How can Christians defend themselves against today's random violence?
So, a crazed gunman opens fire and you’re caught in the middle. How can you survive? Heroes come in all sorts of packages. And they wield all sorts of defensive weapons. Such as guns and Jesus. Sometimes both at the same time. [caption ...

posted 2:53:48pm Sep. 27, 2013 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.