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JERUSALEM (RNS) Israel’s chief rabbis are among the Jews in Israel and abroad who have strongly condemned an arson attack on a mosque in northern Israel. The rabbis made a solidarity visit to the Israeli Arab village of Tuba Zanghariya, near Galilee, on Monday (Oct. 3), soon after vandals torched the mosque. The U.S. State […] Read More

CNN has been broadcasting a “news” special titled “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door” recently.   With Soledad O’Brien as reporter, the program recounts the negative response on the part of some citizens to the building of a new Islamic center (mosque) in my town of Murfreesboro, Tenn. I am not a native of Murfreesboro, but […] Read More

WASHINGTON (RNS) As Congressional hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims get underway, a political science professor says research 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. Dana and colleague […] Read More

(RNS) Is sending a secret informant into a mosque in search of terrorists proactive policing, or a violation of worshippers’ civil rights? That’s the question a federal judge will have to answer after the American Civil Liberties Union and the Council of American-Islamic Relations filed a lawsuit Tuesday (Feb. 22) in Los Angeles against the […] Read More

(RNS) The proposed Park51 Islamic community center and mosque project near Ground Zero is again looking for a top imam after Sheik Abdallah Adhami resigned the post less than one month into the job. Adhami, 44, said in a statement he was leaving to devote more time to writing his book, “which assists English readers […] Read More

Prior to the Founding Fathers’ prohibition against the establishment of religion and support for the free exercise of religion, Baptists were speaking up for the right to worship.   Before John Locke elegantly wrote about religious liberty, Baptists were already defending the rights of other religious traditions to practice openly their faith.   Religious liberty […] Read More

Richard Land, head of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, recently quit a group that defends the religious liberty rights of Muslims.   Even as Land quit the group because of criticism from some Southern Baptists, he defended his decision to join the group and claimed he was still supporting religious liberty […] Read More

(RNS) A top leader of the Southern Baptist Convention has resigned from a new interfaith coalition, saying some fellow Southern Baptists felt it was inappropriate for him to support the building of mosques. Richard Land, who heads the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, told organizers at the Anti-Defamation League that “many Southern Baptists share […] Read More

(RNS) The protracted and contentious debate over plans to build an Islamic community center near Ground Zero in New York was the top religion story of 2010, according to a survey of religion journalists. The imam piloting the project, Feisal Abdul Rauf, was voted the Religion Newswriters Association’s top newsmaker of 2010, besting Pope Benedict […] Read More

CORVALLIS, Ore. (RNS) Rain didn’t stop the Corvallis community from showing up in swarms at a candlelight vigil Tuesday (Nov. 30) outside a mosque that was hit by arson after an occasional worshipper was charged in a terror plot. Residents came by the hundreds, sporting winter rain gear and umbrellas, holding their hands over their […] Read More