WASHINGTON (RNS) -- When Switzerland recently voted to ban construction of minaret towers at mosques, some observers interpreted it as an expression of European xenophobia that never would find a home in multicultural America. But to say it couldn’t happen here would be wrong -- or at least premature.
Published in 2010 Archives

Calculus and chemistry are among the pressures awaiting Mesuka Akter, a senior this year at Long Island City High School in New York City. But unlike past school years, Akter, a Muslim, will not have to choose between missing school and missing the two holiest days on the Islamic calendar.

Published in 2009 Archives
Sunday, 19 July 2009 20:00

U.S. laws chill Muslim philanthropy

WASHINGTON (RNS) -- Laws meant to eliminate terror financing are targeting Muslims unjustly, interfering with their right to practice Islam and resulting in a decline in charitable giving, the American Civil Liberties Union has charged.

Published in 2009 Archives
WASHINGTON (RNS) -- In recent years, conservative Christians have emerged as some of the most vocal supporters of the state of Israel -- support many Jewish groups have welcomed at a time when they feel Israel is under siege.
Published in 2008 Archives
WASHINGTON (RNS)—George Bush and Osama bin Laden are both losing the battle for Muslim hearts and minds, a new report shows.
Published in 2007 Archives
WASHINGTON (RNS)—What if, Akbar Ahmed asks, America had limited its military response to 9/11 to liberating Afghanistan from the Taliban and al-Qaida? What if, instead of invading Iraq and waging a global war on terror, the United States had expanded diplomacy and exchange programs with Muslim nations, and tried to win Muslim hearts and minds with hospitals, schools and irrigation?
Published in 2007 Archives
WASHINGTON -- Liberty University is expected to release a report soon on whether Ergun Caner, president of the school’s Baptist Theological Seminary, fabricated or exaggerated his life story as a former Muslim extremist rescued by Jesus.
Published in 2010 Archives
WASHINGTON (RNS) -- What is it about nature’s fury that attracts theological interpretation? For many religious leaders, scholars say, it’s an opportunity to win new believers.
Published in 2010 Archives
WASHINGTON (RNS) -- Nearly a year after President Obama told an audience in Cairo that America wanted a “new beginning” with the Muslim world, evidence of that policy shift has, in recent weeks, become hard to ignore.
Published in 2010 Archives
WASHINGTON (RNS) -- When 19 Muslim men crashed two planes into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, it was widely labeled “Islamic terrorism,” even as many Muslims cringed at the term.
Published in 2010 Archives
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