They were moved when the first Muslim elected to Congress shed tears
discussing a Muslim who died trying to save others on 9/11. They were
irked by accusations from House members and annoyed when fellow Muslims
maligned their faith.
At times they constituted an Amen corner. At other moments, they jeered and glared at the images beamed live from Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Days ahead of a controversial congressional hearing on
Islamic extremism, the Obama administration is highlighting the role
Muslim Americans play in combating radicalism in their communities.
WASHINGTON (RNS) House Speaker John Boehner said on Friday (March 4)
that he and fellow lawmakers will defend the Defense of Marriage Act
after the Obama administration dropped its support for the law last
After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-to-1 that the "Thank God for
Dead Soldiers" protesters from Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas have
First Amendment rights to protest military funerals, the question being
asked is: What's ahead?
More protests from religious groups? Or more efforts to limit them?
The way pastor Jonathan Wilkins sees it, members of his Baptist
church in Thomaston, Georgia, should have the right to carry guns into
worship services to protect the congregation. Wilkins's Baptist
Tabernacle and a Georgia gun-rights association are challenging a new
state law that prohibits weapons in houses of worship.
(RNS) A federal appeals court ruled Monday (Feb. 7) that a Puerto Rican
law intended to keep neighborhoods safe from crime has been used
unfairly to breach the free speech rights of Jehovah's Witnesses.
President Obama has named some top U.S. church leaders to an advisory
council on faith-based programs, but the list of appointments is
drawing questions about a lack of representatives from minority faiths.
(RNS) A top leader of the Southern Baptist Convention has resigned
from a new interfaith coalition, saying some fellow Southern Baptists
felt it was inappropriate for him to support the building of mosques.