If not for people like Joe Crowley, the Catholic Church’s chronic problem of sexual abuse might never have found its believers.
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Steve Inskeep tried mightily again to get an answer to the question, ‘Does Donald Trump believe Islam is a religion?’ when Sebastian Gorka, the deputy assistant to the president appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition for the second time in a month and got the question again. Read more →
In Hartford, Conn., the archdiocese is urging people to abstain from their phones on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, the Hartford Courant reports. Read more →
‘For good men to do nothing’
President Trump reportedly suggests Jews and Democrats are responsible for a wave of anti-Semitism in the United States. Read more →
Muslim organizations’ ad offers sympathy, support to Jewish community
A prominent ad on the back page of the Star Tribune this morning following bomb scares at two Jewish centers in the Twin Cities and anti-Semitic attacks around the nation. Read more →
Catholics OK’d to eat corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day
However, if you eat corned beef on St. Patrick’s Day, you’re required to ‘undertake a work of charity, an exercise of piety, or an act of comparable penance on some other occasion during the Second Week of Lent,’ according to Susan Mulheron, chancellor of canonical affairs for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Read more →
Stephen Jones, the school superintendent in Little Falls, Minn., pushed back and pushed back hard this week against criticism that his school system is making accommodations for Muslim students. Read more →
The lesson of the Four Chaplains
Flags in Minnesota are flying at half-staff today, under orders from Gov. Mark Dayton, who knows a timely lesson when he sees it.
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Survey: What makes a ‘true’ American?
A new survey says language, not birthplace, is the core of national identity.
The survey, from Pew Research, finds only 13% of Australians, 21% of Canadians, 32% of Americans and a median of 33% of Europeans believe that it is very important for a person to be born in their country in order to be considered a true national — a true American, for example.
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When a mosque burns, a Texas town defies national divisions
Victoria Islamic Center in Victoria, Texas burned nearly to the ground on Saturday night. The cause of the fire isn’t known yet and it could be months before it is. But the people of Texas aren’t waiting. They’re pulling together to get it rebuilt. Read more →
Arabs, Jews gather at Hanukkah celebration
As 2016 exits, we’ll take hope anywhere we can find it.
Today we find it in Bahrain, a Muslim-majority monarchy.
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It was such a sweet story when KARE 11’s Boyd Huppert, who has a habit of finding them, told the tale of Greg Thomas, who restored a declining church in Montgomery, Minn. He was fighting cancer and, the story goes, he wanted to fix up St. John’s church when he stopped to pray. Read more →
Muslim NPR reporter reveals what it was like covering the campaign
The must-read story of the day is NPR reporter Asma Khalid’s, an Indiana native who signed on to cover the presidential campaign. Read more →
St. Cloud couple sues for right to deny business to gays
In the aftermath of the election, the time appears to be right to try to roll back perceived gains of the last few decades and now Minnesota’s Human Rights Act is in the crosshairs. Read more →
On ‘The Secret Life of Muslims’
Filmmaker Joshua Seftel told a CBS Sunday Morning audience today that when he was young, the other kids threw pennies at him because he was Jewish.
That’s one of the reasons he created the documentary series, ‘The Secret Life of Muslims’, he says. Read more →