Katy Perry destroys “Allah” in a music video, then dissolves the incident completely amid backlash. Brunei bans non-Muslims from using “Allah” and 18 other holy words. And Tom DeLay tells us Allah, A.K.A. God, wrote the Constitution. S/he just never got around to signing it.
Big-name authors are protesting Russia’s blasphemy and anti-gay laws. More French Jews are migrating to Israel amid rising anti-Semitism. And an Aussie comic who resembles Jesus is stirring up controversy with his Come Heckle Christ show.
(RNS) Last year, a record 3,270 French Jews made aliyah -- or immigration to Israel -- a 63 percent hike from 2012. The Tibi family plans to leave Paris this summer -- for good.
The U.K. Home Office has banned French comedian Dieudonné, known for his anti-Semitic “quenelle” gesture, from entering Britain. France banned his show in January, prompting the comic to scrap a nationwide tour. What do we lose, and what do Dieudonné’s supporters gain, when hateful speech is suppressed?
Good news for jailed atheists in Tunisia and Indonesia. A high school football coach in South Carolina is ordered to stop baptizing players. And Mormons weren’t always the teetotalers they are today. Bottoms up!
Messianic Jew and author Sandra Teplinsky makes a Christian case for caring about the conflict in Israel-Palestine.
PARIS (RNS) French comedian Dieudonne is kicking up fresh controversy with a straight-armed gesture he has tagged the "quenelle." Dieudonne claims it's anti-establishment, not anti-Semitic; Jewish groups liken it to a Nazi salute.
(RNS) Francis Spufford’s defense of Christianity, "Unapologetic," is aimed primarily at what he calls "godless Europeans," the post-Enlightenment elites who tend to regard religion with bemusement as a silly fairy tale, if not with open hostility as a dangerous superstition.
(RNS) American Jews say they face discrimination in the U.S., but they see Muslims, gays and blacks facing far more.
(RNS) Canonizing the 300-pound cigar-chomping writer would delight his legion of fans but disappoint Jews who say Chesterton was anti-Semitic.
(RNS) The growth in online expressions of anti-Semitism may help explain a decrease in incidents of vandalism, where "bigots are more likely to take to the Internet to express themselves anonymously, rather than acting out in a public setting.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) A Wednesday hearing featured activists who fear that growing anti-Semitism in Europe threatens not only Jews, but other religious minorities and the ideal of tolerance in general.
(RNS) If God is missing from the hit television series “Downton Abbey” what about the other great religious oversight -- the fact that the show glosses over the anti-Semitism that was also commonplace in turn-of-the-century English, especially among the aristocracy?
(RNS) The third season of the megahit television series “Downton Abbey” wraps up on Sunday (Feb. 17), capping another must-see run of ruin and redemption at Lord Grantham’s stately English manor. Yet some are still left puzzling over the absence of what should be a leading player in this colorful cast: God.
(RNS) Joseph Ratzinger perhaps will be best remembered as a quiet theologian and intellectual. But he was not, as some critics charge, a ``transitional'' pope.