LAPD modifies surveillance program of Muslims

LOS ANGELES (RNS) Muslim leaders have worked with the Los Angeles Police Department to modify its new surveillance program on suspicious activities, following recent disclosure that the New York Police Department had been spying on local Muslims. By David Finnigan.

Commentary: Morning in middle America

NEW YORK (RNS) In Topeka, Kan., I saw the future of America, and it worried me. I don't want to overstate. I also see much that is good, encouraging, and fresh. I just sense a balance shifting, like a herd that is getting restless and might signal a storm coming. By Tom Ehrich.

RNS photo by Bryan S. Berteau

Richard Land apologizes for comments on Trayvon Martin case

(RNS) The Southern Baptist Convention's top public policy official has apologized for controversial comments he made about the Trayvon Martin case, and the black New Orleans pastor who's widely expected to be named the Southern Baptists' first black president has accepted his apology. By Adelle M. Banks.

Richard Land accused of lifting Trayvon Martin comments

(RNS) Richard Land, the Southern Baptist Convention's top public policy ethicist, has been accused of plagiarism after he criticized Democrats and civil rights leaders for exploiting the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. By Greg Horton.

Religion News Service file photo courtesy Southern Baptist Convention.

Richard Land says Obama using Trayvon Martin case for politics

(RNS) The Southern Baptist Convention's top public policy official called activists Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton “racial ambulance chasers” who are fomenting a “mob mentality” over the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. By David Gibson.

Churches rally around Trayvon Martin on ‘hoodie Sunday’

Concern over the killing of unarmed Trayvon Martin was echoed in religious centers from Atlanta to New York and California, with many preachers and their congregations wearing hooded sweatshirts in Martin's memory.

N.J. leaders seek to ease anger over NYPD probe of Muslims

NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Amid concern over the New York Police Department's surveillance of Muslims beyond New York City, state and federal law enforcement officials plan to hold a summit Saturday to assure religious leaders that they are addressing the NYPD incursions into New Jersey. By James Queally and Christopher Baxter.