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Omar Mateen committed a hate crime. It’s unclear if he was an Islamist, too
(RNS) After Sunday’s violent incident, many have again reverted to the familiar but false dichotomy regarding Muslims in America: that because a gunman is Muslim, he must be a radical, bent on destroying America.
How Southern delusions lie at the heart of the Charleston killings
(RNS) Hypnotized by the lost cause of the Civil War, those under its spell could not awaken without the shock of wanton cruelty. The murders at Emanuel AME Church provided that shock
Pope John Paul II relic stolen from Cologne Cathedral
BERLIN – A cloth with a drop of blood from former Pope John Paul II has been stolen from Cologne Cathedral, German police said.
Anti-Semitism among refugees a quandary for Germany
(RNS) Anti-Semitism among refugees from Arab Middle Eastern countries is growing, in a nation that is acutely aware of the memory of the Holocaust.
Why civil rights and LGBT equality are joined at the hip
(RNS) The black community and the LGBT community are not mutually exclusive and neither “community” is monolithic. We are interconnected by our humanity.
40 dead tiger cubs found in freezer at Thai Buddhist temple
A raid to remove live animals from the temple began Monday (May 30) amid an investigation into suspected wildlife trafficking and abuse.
A Mennonite pastor is suspended and a denomination is splintered (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) What a waste of effort, to put a good pastor on trial. What an absurd tragedy that a historic peace church would reprimand those who want to bless loving, committed relationships.
United Methodism’s global evangelical transformation
(RNS) Decades ago it never occurred to me nor to many evangelicals in United Methodism that our church’s membership decline and theological liberalism in America would be reversed by dramatic growth in Africa.
Fewer churches are involved in politics, and that’s not good
(RNS) Among most types of churches, participation in service-related activities is increasing while political participation is decreasing.
Missouri Synod set for fight over who should preach to Lutherans
HAMEL, Ill. — While the pool of men answering the call to enter seminary has shrunk in recent decades, some want to enforce higher standards on ministers who aren’t ordained.
Catholic church audit shows spike in sex abuse reports
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops attributes much of the 35 percent jump to six dioceses filing for bankruptcy and some states allowing victims to sue over old cases.