(RNS) At the end of a summer characterized by unprecedented levels
of Islamophobia, Muslim Americans and their allies have found an
expected reason to smile: Jake Isom, a skateboarder with a rat-tail from
Marcelo Ebrard, mayor of Mexico City, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, archbishop of Guadalajara, for his claim that Ebrard bribed the country's Supreme Court into backing a gay marriage law approved by Mexico City's legislative assembly last December.
London, 17 September (ENI)--Pope Benedict XVI, on a visit to Britain, has reached out to leaders of other faiths, saying the Roman Catholic Church wants to build bridges of friendship but also insists on the freedom for converts to practise their new religion.
WASHINGTON (RNS) With its emphasis on lower taxes and smaller
government, the "tea party" movement hasn't spent a lot of time on the
social issues that animate social conservatives -- abortion, gay
marriage or stem cell research.
Mubarak Awad, a Greek Orthodox Catholic influenced by Quakers and Mennonites, could have become the Palestinian Gandhi. After his father was killed by Jewish freedom fighters in 1948, his mother taught her children to turn the other cheek. In 1983 Awad opened the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence in Jerusalem, with the aim of fomenting mass nonviolent resistance to Israeli occupation. His peaceful efforts got him kicked out of the country in 1988. He now teaches nonviolence at American University. He remains optimistic about the prospects of nonviolent resistance in the Middle East, but fears the current conflict between Israel and Gaza is driving more people into the extremist camp (Newsweek, August 11).