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Another Effort To Get Rid Of The 'Johnson Amendment' Fails

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:21:43 -0400

Conservatives wanted the Omnibus Spending Bill to repeal a provision in tax law that bars churches and other nonprofits from engaging in partisan political campaigns, but they lacked the votes.

A Chaplain Talks March Madness

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:11:00 -0400

NPR's Noel King talks to Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt, the 98-year-old chaplain of the Loyola University Chicago men's basketball team.

Author Traces Christianity's Path From 'Forbidden Religion' To A 'Triumph'

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:04:19 -0400

Religion scholar Bart Ehrman says that the early spread of Christianity transformed the entire history of the West — for better or worse. His new book is The Triumph Of Christianity.

Mosque Bombing Plot Rattles Immigrants In Kansas' 'Meat Triangle'

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:49:24 -0400

Militia members accused of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex in southwest Kansas go on trial Tuesday. The alleged plot laid bare tiny pockets of potentially violent racism in the region.

Attacked By Alt-Right Trolls, A Jewish Journalist Links Trump To The Rise Of Hate

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:47:57 -0400

Trump "has made nationalist policy into the policy of the executive branch," says New York Times editor Jonathan Weisman. His new book, (((Semitism))), is about being Jewish in the Trump era.

Salvadoran Evangelicals Work To Change Lives Of Gang Members

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:03:26 -0400

El Salvador has one of the highest murder rates in the world, driven by gangs. The Economist's Sarah Esther Maslin reported on how evangelical churches help gang members pull away from lives of crime.

After Documenting Nazi Crimes, A French Priest Exposes ISIS Attacks On Yazidis

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 07:00:41 -0400

Patrick Desbois has spent the last 15 years uncovering details of Nazi massacres in Eastern Europe and Russia. Using the same methods, the priest is now uncovering ISIS crimes against Yazidis.

Subway Line Could Threaten Sufi Shrine In Pakistan

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 08:13:00 -0400

Pakistan's government is building a much-needed 16-mile metro across Lahore to ease traffic. But it passes a little too close for comfort to many of the city's historic buildings.

Debate On Role Of Islam Divides German Government

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 18:06:27 -0400

Members of the Merkel government agree that Muslims belong in Germany but disagree on whether the religion itself does.

When Other Cultures' Holidays Become An Excuse To Party

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 08:00:10 -0400

From St. Patrick's Day to Cinco de Mayo, holidays from specific cultures and religions have been embraced by people looking for a reason to celebrate. What's gained and what's lost?

Staging Muslims: Identity Angst In American Theater

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:00:12 -0400

Hammaad Chaudry's new play An Ordinary Muslim pushes against limited perceptions of Muslim-Americans, but it may be pushing against too much all at once.

After Alignment With Trump, Some Evangelicals Are Questioning Movement's Leaders

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 16:14:00 -0400

NPR's Sarah McCammon speaks with evangelical writer Michael Gerson about how using evangelicalism as a political force has strayed from its origins.

After 5 Years As Pope, Francis' Charismatic Image Has Taken Some Hits

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 14:20:00 -0400

The pope has focused on the poor and boosting interfaith dialogue. But he has attracted criticism over his handling of issues including clerical sex abuse and the status of women in the church.

Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, Gunned Down In 1980, Will Become A Saint

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:08:06 -0500

The Vatican announced that Romero, who was closely associated with liberation theology and was killed by a right-wing death squad, will be canonized along with Pope Paul VI.

Mosques Consider Sanctuary For Immigrants

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 08:01:00 -0500

A year ago, a Cincinnati mosque said it would be a sanctuary for asylum seekers — and backed out three weeks later. Now, mosques continue to explore ways to be involved in the sanctuary movement.