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America welcomes Christians, Jews; atheists, Muslims not so much

By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN c. 2015 Religion News Service (RNS) Americans are all for religious freedom — but disagree on who can claim it. Diverse religious groups are recognized — but Christians and Jews are significantly more welcome than atheists, and many don’t see a welcome mat for Muslims. And not everyone means the same thing when […]

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.

With Mosul’s Christians gone, Islamic State troops take over 4th-century monastery

ERBIL, Iraq: (RNS) A day after most of Mosul’s Christians fled, Islamic State fighters stormed the fourth-century Mar Behnam Monastery near the city. They forced two priests, a monk, a guard and a few families taking refuge there to leave the Syriac Catholic compound. Like many Christians from Mosul, which lies in the province of Nineveh, […]

A UM pastor tells why he’s observing Ramadan

Editor’s note: The Rev. Wes Magruder wrote the piece below on the first day of Ramadan. He continues to post to his blog about observing the Muslim holiday. By Wes Magruder, Special Contributor, … I woke up at 4:20 this morning, ate four hard-boiled eggs and a blueberry bagel, swallowed down a cup of coffee, and […]

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