Throughout history, there has been no shortage of groups who have cloaked themselves in the mantle of religion to commit the most horrific acts of violence, sometimes even among people of their own faith. Today, al-Qaida and, most recently, the Islamic State group continue to misrepresent and manipulate a religion of peace and tolerance, Islam, for their own political and social ends.
Last week, I conducted interviews on the decision by Duke University in North Carolina to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer from the bell tower of the campus Christian chapel. It was a gesture of friendship toward Muslim students (who did not request it) and a statement of interfaith solidarity. Duke administrators reversed that decision, however, after pressure from outside forces, including Franklin Graham and some university donors.
The Atlantic's Derek Thompson paints an ugly picture of the modern Millennial reality:
NCR Today: TV drama criticized for portraying St. Thomas More as schemer; Remembering Merton; New LCWR president sits for interview.
Pope Francis has announced that he will be making a previously unscheduled day-trip in June to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched the season finale of “Parenthood” and want to, don’t read this yet!
As a busy mom who also works outside the home, most of my television viewing is escapist--trying to help me forget the busyness of my everyday life. Except for “Parenthood.”
I'm not a football fan, but I was fascinated by recent polling numbers published by the Public Religion Research Institute on religion and football.
Gay Catholic leaders have expressed their pleasure following reports that Pope Francis, in an unprecedented move, met last week with a transgender Spaniard at the Vatican.
While the Vatican has yet to confirm the meeting, it has been widely reported in the press, and there has been no Vatican denial.
On Thursday, the White House announced it would be requesting a “historic” $1 billion to promote equality and democracy in Central America.
Review: "American Sniper" is set up visually like a militarized, mythic Western reduced to good guys vs. bad guys.