The city of Belle Plaine tried just about everything it could short of understanding every U.S. Supreme Court ruling on religious displays in the country’s history, but on Tuesday it threw in the towel and banned privately-owned displays in a city park. Read more →
In 2012, Greg Thomas, of Montgomery, Minn., got plenty of national attention because he started fixing up a decayed country church while undergoing treatment for cancer. Read more →
In a New York Times op-ed today, a black member of the Southern Baptist Convention says he’s done with the largest Protestant body in the nation. Read more →
Oskaloosa, Iowa, like many government institutions, begins its City Council meetings with an invocation.
It’s usually given by a member of the clergy but when the Eastern Iowa Atheists group asked to give last night’s opening message, the city said “sure”, the Oskaloosa Herald says. Read more →
Shoshana and Ari Simones of Phoenix were on vacation when someone spray-painted a swastika and the word “Jew” outside their home. Their neighbors covered it with paper but when they got home, the couple took it down and let everyone see what we’re becoming.
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Ayaz Virji could be forgiven if he’d followed his instinct and moved his family out of Dawson, Minn. Virgji, the medical director of a local hospital, was upset that his community had voted for Donald Trump, spurred on by the candidate’s portrayal of Muslims as terrorists. Virji was the first Muslim to move to Dawson Read more →
Is there a language that’s too strong to use when condemning white supremacy?
The Southern Baptists thought so this week until yesterday when they formally condemned ‘”every form of racism, including alt-right white supremacy and every form of racial and ethnic hatred as of the devil.’ Read more →
As documented here a few years ago, local TV meteorologists historically have been reluctant to take a position on — or even discuss –climate change. Too many viewers were quick to pounce. Paul Douglas has never been a coward on the subject, however, as he showed again yesterday with a single tweet. Read more →
A week or so after USA Boxing decided it would allow Oakdale boxer Amaiya Zafar to box in a sanctioned bout wearing a hijab, basketball’s governing authority has seen the light, too.
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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 →
President Trump reportedly suggests Jews and Democrats are responsible for a wave of anti-Semitism in the United States. Read more →
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 →
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 →