Jerome Socolovsky is an author at Religion News Service.
Why did former sheriff’s deputy allegedly try to bomb a Minnesota mosque?
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
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
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.
Pat Robertson is recovering after suffering a stroke
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Poland, which is largely Roman Catholic, is considering legislation that would outlaw blaming Poles for the crimes of the Holocaust.