Jerome Socolovsky

Jerome Socolovsky is an author at Religion News Service.

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Why did former sheriff’s deputy allegedly try to bomb a Minnesota mosque?

March 15, 2018

CLARENCE, Ill. (AP) — A former sheriff’s deputy and purported ringleader in the bombing of a Minnesota mosque emerges in court documents as a sometimes-threatening figure with anti-government views who also wrote books and attracted others into his shadowy group.

Attention turns to affiliations of mosque-bombing suspects

March 14, 2018

CHICAGO (AP) — Last year, three men allegedly chose to travel some 500 miles (805 kilometers) from a rural farming town in central Illinois to bomb a mosque in suburban Minneapolis. Why? One suspect reportedly said they hoped to scare Muslims into leaving the U.S.

Jerusalem tax spat pits heaven against earth

March 12, 2018

JERUSALEM (RNS) — An ethereal city graced with sunlight so bright it turns the white stone skyline gold at sunset, Jerusalem is also an earthbound city whose teachers must be paid and whose garbage must be collected.

My real-life Da Vinci Code moment

March 9, 2018

(RNS) — Three years ago I discovered a strange diagram written into an ancient monastic book. (Commentary)

Pat Robertson is recovering after suffering a stroke

February 4, 2018

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — In an online news release, The Christian Broadcasting Network, which Robertson founded, says he was rushed to the nearest stroke center Friday after a family member recognized the onset of symptoms.

Judge temporarily halts deportation of Indonesian Christians

February 3, 2018

HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. (AP) — The order affects roughly 50 people from a community in New Jersey that includes many who left Indonesia years ago to escape religious persecution.

Gay marriage ruling boosts evangelical in Costa Rica vote

February 3, 2018

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — After last month’s decision by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Fabricio Alvarado, a 43-year-old journalist with a prominent career as a preacher and Christian singer, suddenly became the leading contender in Sunday’s vote.

Islam scholar Tariq Ramadan charged with suspected rape

February 2, 2018

PARIS (AP) — He was placed under investigation for alleged rape in a 2009 encounter and the rape of a vulnerable person in a 2012 case.

Judge grants Christian Indonesians time to fight deportation

February 2, 2018

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge says 50 Indonesians living illegally in New Hampshire must be given time to reopen their immigration cases and argue that the conditions in their home country have changed.

Man who drove van into Muslims in London convicted of murder

February 1, 2018

LONDON (AP) — A jury at London’s Woolwich Crown Court deliberated for just an hour before finding 48-year-old Darren Osborne guilty of the June 2017 attack in the city’s Finsbury Park neighborhood.

Massacre of Rohingya Muslims and mass graves in Myanmar

February 1, 2018

BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (AP) — The graves are the newest piece of evidence for what looks increasingly like a genocide in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state against the Rohingya, a long-persecuted ethnic Muslim minority in the predominantly Buddhist country.

Polish Senate backs controversial Holocaust speech law

February 1, 2018

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The bill has already sparked a diplomatic dispute with Israel and drawn calls from the United States for a reconsideration.

Iran sentences American art dealer, wife to prison

January 31, 2018

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A New York-based rights group alleges their Zoroastrian faith and Western ties made them the target of hard-liners.

Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan in custody in France amid rape claims

January 31, 2018

PARIS (AP) — Le Monde and Le Parisien newspapers reported last year that two women recently filed complaints in France against Ramadan for an alleged rape in 2009 and an assault in 2012.

Pope denounces Holocaust ‘indifference’ amid Polish uproar

January 29, 2018

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Poland, which is largely Roman Catholic, is considering legislation that would outlaw blaming Poles for the crimes of the Holocaust.

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