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John Bacon

John Bacon is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by John Bacon

Brits call Donald Trump ‘divisive, stupid and wrong.’ But will he be banned?

By John Bacon — January 18, 2016
Parliament made plenty of noise about shutting the door on The Donald but only the home secretary could actually do it.

Muslim student’s creative clock draws police — and White House invitation

By John Bacon — September 17, 2015
IRVING, Texas – The Dallas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Ahmed was targeted because of his religious and racial identity.

Boston bomber prayerfully apologizes to victims; judge orders death penalty

By John Bacon — June 24, 2015
"I am sorry for the lives that I've taken, for the suffering that I've caused you, for the damage that I've done — irreparable damage."

Boy Scouts chief says ban on gay Scout leaders should be lifted nationwide

By John Bacon — May 21, 2015
Robert Gates indicated that churches and other religious groups -- which currently sponsor 70 percent of all Scout troops -- would be able to "establish leadership standards consistent with their faith."

Days after ‘rabbits’ remark, pope praises big families

By John Bacon — January 21, 2015
(RNS) "It provides us with consolation and hope to see so many large families who welcome children as a gift from God," the pope said.

NYPD shoots, kills man who stabbed student in synagogue

By John Bacon — December 9, 2014
(RNS) A man who burst into a Brooklyn synagogue yelling "Kill the Jews!" before stabbing a man in the head was fatally shot Tuesday (Dec. 9) by police, said authorities and witnesses.

American dies fighting for Islamic State

By John Bacon — August 27, 2014
"I know that he had strong Muslim beliefs," said a cousin of Douglas McCain, "but I didn't know that he was in support of ISIS. I didn't think he would be."

Satanist dismisses claims of accused Craigslist killer

By John Bacon — February 19, 2014
(RNS) "There is a secular idea that 'the devil made me do it' that has turned into 'satanism made me do it,'" says Lucien Greaves, spokesman for The Satanic Temple, which has a few hundred members. Accused killer Miranda Barbour is not among them

Pope Francis shrugs off Marxist label

By John Bacon — December 16, 2013
(RNS) Pope Francis, who made headlines in recent weeks by lambasting 'trickle down" economic theories as unfair to the poor, is shrugging off criticism from political conservatives who dubbed him a Marxist.

Boston College, ACLU clash over condom giveaway

By John Bacon — March 28, 2013
(RNS) "As a Jesuit, Catholic university, there are certain Catholic commitments that Boston College is called to uphold," Boston College spokesman Jack Dunn said about efforts to shut down an undercover student group that distributes free condoms.
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