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Those who are worried about the future of religion in America (that is, whether religion has any future) need to read Frank Newport’s new book, “God Is Alive and Well.” According to this editor-in-chief of the Gallup poll, there is no reason to be concerned, and plenty of reasons to be encouraged.  Americans become more […] Read More

ST. LOUIS (RNS) At just 27 years old, Asif Umar is the new imam of Daar-ul-Islam mosque, the largest mosque in the metro area. The son of Indian immigrants is devoted to the city’s sports teams, marking the end of Ramadan with a St. Louis Blues hockey game. He also represents the ascendance of a […] Read More

(RNS) Almost half the nation’s estimated 2.8 million Muslims fault their leaders for not speaking out against Islamic extremists, but a vast majority are far more satisfied than Americans overall with the way things are going in this country, according to a major survey of U.S. Muslims released Tuesday (Aug. 30). The Pew Research Center […] Read More

(RNS) Under a cloud of suspicion and distrust after the 9/11 attacks, there were stories of men named Muhammad who started going by “Mo,” mosque leaders telling their flocks to lie low and women leaving their headscarves at home. And then there was Asma Mangrio. “My husband was nervous with me driving alone with my […] Read More

(RNS) Ten years after the 9/11 attacks, an extensive new survey of Muslims finds them as optimistic as other Americans, even as large minorities of Christian Americans question Muslims’ loyalty to the United States. The survey, released Tuesday (Aug. 2) by the Gallup organization’s center in the Middle East, presented a community less than fully […] Read More

NEW YORK (RNS) When Anam Chaudhry, 17, sang the national anthem to several hundred protesters in Times Square on Sunday afternoon, she wore a Muslim headscarf, and around her shoulders, another garment: the American flag. “We love this country,” said Imam Shamsi Ali, head of the Islamic Cultural Center here, after Chaudhry opened the interfaith […] Read More

(RNS) Seven in 10 Americans say religion’s influence on the country is waning, and 61 percent say they belong to a church or synagogue, equaling the lowest number since Gallup began asking the question in the 1930s. Opinions about religion’s influence have fluctuated in the last 50 years, according to Gallup, loosely following partisan politics: […] Read More

What if the leaders of nine major black denominations came together to work for the betterment of their collective churches and the African-American community? What if their 50,000 congregations ramped up advocacy efforts in their communities in the areas of economic empowerment, social justice and public policy, education and health? What if this combined, coordinated […] Read More

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told thousands of American Jewish leaders that Israel will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, and stands ready to negotiate a meaningful peace with Palestinians, but only if they guarantee Israeli security. Appearing before most of the 4,000 delegates at a meeting of the Jewish […] Read More

(RNS) Robert Aitken Roshi, a prolific author, social justice activist and pioneer in bringing Zen Buddhism to the West, died last Thursday (Aug. 5) at age 93. Born in Philadelphia, Aitken was introduced to Buddhism while imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Aitken had been working as a civilian in Guam […] Read More