Toronto, Canada, March 11 (ENInews)--Busy commuters in some cities in the United States had the church come to them on Ash Wednesday. In the second year of "Ashes to Go", priests and ministers of various Christian denominations distributed ashes to surprised passersby on urban streets and at train stations and bus stops on 9 March.
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.
Cambridge, England, March 9 (ENInews)--The sudden spread of "democratic liberation" in the Middle East means that a discussion needs to begin on whether secularism has a future in Middle East democracies, said historian Simon Schama in an 8 March lecture at Cambridge University.
(RNS) When Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca asked Sgt. Muawiya
"Mike" Abdeen to set up a liaison unit to local Muslims in 2008, the
idea was to build bridges to a community that is often fearful of, or
unknown to, law enforcement.
It was tough going at first, said Abdeen, a 23-year veteran of the
Research by a political science professor shows that affiliation with
a mosque increases Muslims' civic engagement. "The more religious
American Muslims happen to be, the more they participate in American
politics," said Karam Dana, who teaches at Tufts University.
ARLINGTON, Texas (ABP) -- Mourners filled First Baptist Church in
Arlington, Texas, March 9 to celebrate the life of a young mission
pastor cut short by murder, while more than 500 others watched live on
(RNS) A former FBI counterterrorism director on Tuesday (March 8)
rejected allegations by the chairman of the House Homeland Security
Committee that Muslim Americans don't cooperate with law enforcement in
Rep. Peter King, a Long Island Republican, will open hearings on
Thursday about Muslim radicalization that critics say unfairly singles
WASHINGTON (ABP) -- A Baptist advocate for religious liberty and the
separation of church and state said March 8 that House committee
hearings scheduled later this week on radical Islam should be broadened
to other faiths.
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.