The U.S. House approval of a bill that would prevent courts from ruling on whether “under God” belongs in the Pledge of Allegiance has prompted a quick response from groups concerned about religious freedom and what critics called a series of “court-stripping” bills.
Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, denied entry to U.S.
Oct 19, 2004
British and American Muslims say they remain bewildered by U.S. authorities’ decision to refuse entry to the former singer Cat Stevens, a British citizen who became a Muslim in 1977 and is now known as Yusuf Islam.
For Sheik Mohammad Ali Mohammad al-Ghereri, a Sunni Muslim cleric in Baghdad, the question is no longer whether to tell his followers to fight the Americans, but how to assure that they wage war properly.
In the face of public backlash throughout North America, Louis-iana-based televangelist JimmySwaggart said he regrets telling his congregation at a televised worship service that if a gay man ever looks at him romantically, “I’m going to kill him and tell God he died.” In an interview September 21, Swaggart said, “It was a tongue-in-cheek statement best left unsaid.
The Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs is renaming itself the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, following a decision by the agency’s directors at their annual meeting in Washington, D.C.