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Muslim Groups Respond To Gov. Pence Refugee Decision

Governor Mike Pence has joined at least 23 other governors saying they will no longer accept Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. The backlash comes after French authorities discovered one of the Paris attackers was a Syrian refugee. Governor Pence said Monday he needs to be assured…

ISIS, ISIL, Daesh — explaining the many names for terrorists

The ‘Splainer is an occasional feature in which RNS staff offers facts and background on a religion-related event, person or group in the news. (RNS) The terrorist organization murdering people across the Middle East and now — with the massacres Friday (Nov. 13) in Paris — in Europe is known by several names and acronyms. What […]

Muslim groups respond to Pence’s refugee decision

Governor Mike Pence has joined at least 23 other governors saying they will no longer accept Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris terror attacks. The vast majority of the governors are republican, but one democrat has also joined them. The backlash comes after French authorities discovered one of the Paris attackers was a Syrian..

Sean Hannity Falsely Claims Muslims “Don’t Speak Out Enough” Against Extremism

In the wake of the November 13 Paris attacks, Radio and Fox News host Sean Hannity claimed “moderate Muslims don’t speak out enough against the hijacking of their religion,” ignoring condemnations from Muslim world leaders, organizations, and scholars. Sean Hannity: “Moderate Muslims Don’t Speak Out Enough Against The…

We must stand together and not make all Muslims scapegoats over Paris attacks

The terrorist attacks in Paris have, in an understatement, rocked the world. While there have been some devastating terrorist attacks in recent months, the nature and planning seem on the same level as the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008. At least eight gunmen hit several sights during a popular time of the evening. It was a typical…

Papal document’s aim lives on 50 years later

“The aim is friendship.” Cristina Butler, president of the Interfaith Association of Central Ohio, turned to those words of the German Cardinal Walter Kasper to explain the importance of encouraging people of different faiths to try to understand and accept one another. Kasper, she said, included the phrase in a reflection on…

FBI’s “Puppet” Game Gets Poor Grade from Nonprofit Muslim Leaders

It isn’t hard to read numerous reports about the skill of Islamic extremists in using technology and social media—and American attempts to play the same game. Game may be the operative word at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has concocted a program called “Don’t Be a Puppet,” which uses a website and a game […]

Next refugee crisis: United States plays leadership role it cannot ignore

This past week, many Latter-day Saints worshipping in sacrament meeting heard a letter from the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that expressed concern for “the plight of the millions of people around the world who have fled their homes seeking relief from civil conflict and other…