Throngs of anti-abortion activists gathered on the National Mall Friday (Jan. 25) for a rally marking the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion. After speeches by new March for Life President Jeanne Monahan and political and religious leaders, they marched to the steps of the high court.
(RNS) “The terrorist Jabba the Hutt likes to smoke a hookah and have his victims killed. It is clear that the ugly figure of Jabba and the whole scene smacks of racial prejudice and vulgar insinuations against Asians and Orientals as people with deceitful and criminal personalities.”
– The Turkish Cultural Community of Austria, in a statement quoted by The Telegraph, about a Lego toy set of Jabba the Hutt’s palace that the Muslims say looks too much like the revered Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul.
LONDON (RNS) The increasing isolation of Britain’s Muslim community is leading to stepped-up attacks against Muslims and a sense that Muslims can act like “idiots” against outsiders in some parts of the city, British government and Muslim leaders say.
TORONTO (RNS) It’s an unlikely setting for an unlikely class. The chapel at Jesuit-run Regis College is adorned with stained glass, icons of Mary and Joseph, and the Stations of the Cross. The eight-week course being taught here is on atheism. More properly, “Responding to 21st-Century Atheism.”
Turkish Muslims say Lego’s Jabba the Hutt’s palace looks too much like a mosque. An independent Catholic newspapers stands up for its, well, independence. TLC takes the idea of Real Housewives into the parsonage.
(RNS) “He’s like the Joe Biden of the Episcopal Church. He has the personality and respect that can bring people together.”
– The Rev. Susan Russell, an Episcopal priest at All Saint’s Church in Pasadena, Calif., Pasadena, describing the Very Rev. Gary Hall, the new dean of Washington National Cathedral, who previously worked at her church. She was quoted by The Washington Post.
Somewhere Roger Williams is shaking his head. The California-based Barna Group and the American Bible Society say Providence, R.I., is America’s least biblical city, at least based on regular Bible reading and belief in the “accuracy” of the Good Book.
(RNS) Heaven is hot — just ask any bookseller in America. Folks have been going to heaven with amazing regularity lately. They look around then come back to report on the trip. For publishers, it’s a lucrative journey.
(RNS) Episcopal conservatives in South Carolina have won the latest round in their effort to secede from the national church after a judge said only the breakaway group can use the name and seal of the Diocese of South Carolina.