The U.S. would seem to be prime ground for deep and chronic social conflict. Yet the evidence indicates that Americans get along fairly well in spite of having many different religions, including the growing number who subscribe to "no religion."
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (ABP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's top
spokesman for moral concerns added his voice to a chorus of conservative
bloggers and commentators criticizing President Obama for telling
Hispanic voters to "punish your enemies" by getting out to vote.
SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) For a man who evangelized foreign leaders and
taught Sunday school while U.S. president, Jimmy Carter has some strong
words for what he sees as an "excessive melding of religion and
And it began, he said, with the denomination he called home for more
than seven decades: the Southern Baptist Convention.
Bishops from the Middle East, summoned by the pope to the Vatican, ended their two-week meeting with a statement that called on Israel to end its "occupation" of Arab lands and to stop using the Bible to defend injustices.
Arabic is an official Israeli language. About half of Israeli Jews have heritages stemming from Arabic-speaking countries. Despite this, only about 10 percent of Israeli Jews understand Arabic well, even though one poll indicated 58 percent of Israelis think it is important to learn the language. The Israeli school system teaches a formal version of the language, not the dialect used on the streets. Gilad Sevitt has attempted to rectify this gap with a series of free YouTube videos teaching Arabic with the name Madrasa (school in Arabic). The language instruction videos have become popular, especially with 18- to 34-year-olds. Palestinians, Jordanians, and Saudis have also used it in reverse, to teach Hebrew. Groups have formed on Facebook and in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to study the videos together (The Christian Science Monitor, July 17).