The shooting massacre at a Connecticut grade school has shocked the nation and prompted a flood of reflections on the role of faith in providing consolation and understanding. But there is also an intense debate over how, or whether, religious groups should weigh in on the public policy debate about gun violence.
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New York City is often cast as a modern-day Babylon, but Tim Tebow’s trade to the Jets makes him another marquee Christian in the Big Apple’s sports circus, along with Knicks guard Jeremy Lin. The media buzz has revealed a deep evangelical presence in the city but raises questions about sports and faith.
Anxieties over Muslims in America have emerged in a spate of hate crimes as well as in high-profile controversies like the one over the construction of an Islamic center near Ground Zero. Now some politicians and activists say Islam’s legal code, known as shariah, is another threat to the United States that must be countered.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual civic and religious ritual that was established by Congress in 1952. Rarely has the observance been as controversial as it is this year, thanks to a recent court ruling.
Muslims in America today find themselves at the crossroads of many contentious issues — political, religious and cultural. So it is not surprising that controversies have again put Islam in the headlines, from a dispute over the show South Park to the cancellation of Franklin Graham’s appearance at a Pentagon prayer event.