Hundreds of Duke students rally with Muslims at Friday’s call to prayer

DURHAM, N.C. In the end, the Muslim call to prayer was broadcast from a small black speaker perched on the steps of the Duke Chapel Friday (Jan 16), as hundreds of students, some Muslim but mostly non-Muslim, gathered in solidarity for the right of all students to pray publicly. The gathering, replete with signs reading […]

Duke cancels Muslims’ call to prayer after Franklin Graham leads revolt

Officials at Duke University abruptly dropped plans to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer from the iconic bell tower of Duke Chapel after online protests led by evangelist Franklin Graham and unspecified security threats. The decision on Thursday (Jan. 15) came one day before the “adhan,” or traditional call to prayer, was to be broadcast […]

Pope Francis on free speech: ‘You cannot insult the faith of others’

Pope Francis on Thursday (Jan. 15) condemned last week’s terrorist attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo but warned there were limits on freedom of expression.

Ralph Abernathy: Martin Luther King Jr.’s overlooked ‘civil rights twin’

“Martin didn’t do anything that Ralph David Abernathy didn’t do except he took a bullet,” Juanita Abernathy recalled in an interview. “Martin never made a decision that Ralph Abernathy was not a part of. And it trickled down from the two of them to everybody else.”

Christian writer Margaret Feinberg shares breast cancer struggles, lessons on joy

Chandler said she had two options: Round up the wagons and tell no one, or invite her readers into the journey. She decided to test the waters of the second option, but the results were not what she’d hoped for.

Nigerian archbishop calls for unity marches following Boko Haram massacres

Nigerian Roman Catholic Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama says his country needs a similar march to the one held in Paris on Sunday (Jan. 11) to pay tribute to victims of Islamist militant attacks.

Why the Charlie Hebdo attack is not about images or free speech (COMMENTARY)

To view the assault as simply about images of Muhammad is to accept a long-standing narrative about Muslim sensitivity to portrayals of Muhammad, which plays into conceptions of Muslims as superstitious savages.

Persecution of Christians reached historic levels in 2014. Will 2015 be worse?

From imprisonment to torture to beheadings, more Christians worldwide live in fear for their lives than at any time in the modern era.

If the Supreme Court legalizes gay marriage in 2015, how will evangelicals respond?

Conservative Christians have been among the most ardent opponents of gay marriage and rights for decades. How will they respond if the Supreme Court makes gay marriage legal nationwide?

After living without God for a year, former pastor Ryan Bell no longer believes

After chronicling the last 12 months on his blog Year Without God, Bell — who now works as director of community engagement at People Assisting the Homeless in Southern California — announced in an interview with NPR that he no longer believes in God.

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