By: Philip Jenkins
Some violence we can comprehend, some we can't. Massive numbers become faceless victims. In Third World nations, it's what we expect to happen there. Sadly, we only seem to relate when they're "people like us."
By: EthicsDaily Staff
Following attacks killing hundreds of Nigerian Christians, the nation's Christian leaders called for prayer and Islamic leaders condemned the attacks.
By: Stuart Blythe
A few days before Christmas, a terrorist attack rocked a Christmas market in Berlin. When Christians gather on Christmas to seek peace on earth, will we remember that we cannot wish for peace? We must work for it.
By: Colin Harris
Purity and wholeness are good things, but as guides for ethical perspective, they can lead in different directions. One defends an image of perfection; the other affirms the interrelatedness of all of life.
By: Rick Love
Nearly six out of 10 evangelical pastors believe Islam is dangerous and promotes violence, research found. To counter that false narrative, here are three ways you can help congregants see the truth.
By: Robert Parham
The blame-game started soon after news broke about the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Rather than finger pointing, one Christian path forward is looking for the fingerprint of God in others.
By: Rick Love
U.S. mainstream media, and all too often Christians, view Muslims - all Muslims - as evil extremists who want to harm us. Are Muslims really security threats? No.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
The strength of civil society has increased globally, giving "ordinary citizens more power and responsibility" and threatening "governments that wish to monopolize power and evade responsibility," a government report says.
By: Steve Hucklesby
Whether to intervene with military force to prevent war crimes often requires a judgment regarding the lesser of two evils. What role can the church play to resolve violent conflict and build peace?
By: Elijah Brown
Recent rhetoric by Donald Trump and other political leaders about halting Muslim immigration to the U.S. is grounded in political expediency and eschews biblical convictions.
By: Matt Sapp
What do we do following yet another mass shooting? Christian political engagement is no substitute for personal, individual action. One thing's clear: We can't match hatred for hatred.
By: EthicsDaily Staff
As they have done many times before over similar violence linked to terrorism, Muslim leaders and organizations were among the first to condemn the shooting in California.
By: Martin Accad
When a Muslim commits a terrorist act, some complain Muslim leaders aren't doing enough to condemn them. But Muslim groups have condemned them many times - with little, if any, media coverage.
By: Joe LaGuardia
The Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar are one of the most persecuted minority groups in the world. A reported 6,000 are stranded at sea, and they're prime candidates for terrorist recruitment.
By: Zach Dawes
Nearly six out of 10 people approve of the use of drone strikes while more than a third express disapproval, a Pew Research Center survey says.
By: Mike Kuhn
ISIS leaders are not religiously inspired but are using the power of religion to mobilize fighters, a report says. If true, will some Christians continue to castigate Islam as the culprit for this senseless perversion?
By: Arthur Brown
Rather than labeling young recruits of ISIS as crazy or evil, we should try to understand the conditions that made them willing to join. How can peace-loving churches and mosques work together to respond?
By: Arthur Brown
Young people are joining ISIS in ever increasing numbers and greater diversity. While some educated youth are keen to join, many others face lives of emptiness and violence, leaving them with not much to lose.
By: Jon Kuhrt
History shows us that religion often leads to violence, no matter how much we might want to deny it. And however twisted and warped, it is theology that has helped form the worldview of these killers.
Practice resurrection. That’s our gospel today … to go from here to practice resurrection! There’s nothing shy at all about this response. We are to live fully in God’s thunderous YES! We are to live God’s resounding affirmation of the world and all God’s children who need God’s offer of love and reconciliation.
By: Rick Love
When Christians and Muslims unite to promote peacekeeping in nations like Pakistan and Somalia, their work helps to undermine terrorism.
In place of a rigorous engagement with the best of the Christian tradition on the limits of war, we fall prey to a love-it-or-leave-it nationalism and an unthinking flag-waving patriotism.
A Tennessee audience jeered when a Muslim requested an extension to build a mosque that had burned. Sadly, such hatred and inhospitable behavior are not shocking.
When we fail to consider the ethical ramifications of employing new military hardware, we risk setting a precedent that may create a less stable world as other nations acquire similar technology.
(RNS) FBI officials say they are willing to consider a proposal to establish a committee of experts to review materials used in FBI anti-terrorism training.
(RNS) The threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism is "tiny" and often exaggerated by government officials, a leading anti-terrorism expert said in a new report.
(RNS) Muslim American groups are calling for the resignation of New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.
No president should be allowed to order citizens held indefinitely without an objective judicial finding that they've done something unlawful. And yet that's what President Obama signed into law.
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) A year ago, a tall, skinny teen named Mohamed Mohamud stepped out of an SUV just north of Portland’s Union Station.
(RNS) Radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki may be dead, but the power of the Internet means he won’t soon be forgotten.
While it's incumbent on governments to provide security for their citizens, should we forego that security when it's obtained at the cost of harming, degrading or endangering the lives of innocent others?
Before 9/11, most Americans lived with the false impression that economic might and military strength could insulate the country from external aggression and assault. Some folks knew better.
(RNS) Sean Tallon was nearing the end of his probationary training as a New York City firefighter when the two hijacked planes hit the twin towers.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious leaders gathered to remember the victims, foster interreligious unity and speak out in defense of religious freedom.
NEW YORK (RNS) Critics hope enough pressure will convince Bloomberg to allow clergy to speak Sunday at ceremonies to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
In the days after 9/11, our country came together with a sense of communal grief followed by a huge spirit of neighbor helping neighbor. That unity gave way to today's frustration and rage.
TRONDHEIM (RNS/ENInews) A Norwegian bishop said his country has “countered this insane terrorism by demonstrating love and solidarity.”
(RNS) For years, many religious and political conservatives in the U.S. have sought to connect Islam to violence carried out by Muslims.
NEW YORK (RNS) Parishioners and supporters of a Greek Orthodox church rallied at Ground Zero in hopes of resuming negotiations to rebuild the church.
As patriotic triumphalism swept the country, ordinary Americans shot off fireworks, political leaders issued victory statements and newspaper headlines announced pride in national success. (White House photo by Pete Souza)
SEATTLE (RNS) Alaska Airlines has issued an apology for misinterpreting the devotional behavior of three Orthodox Jews.
(RNS) A former FBI counter terrorism director rejected allegations that Muslim Americans don’t cooperate with law enforcement in terror investigations.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Obama administration is highlighting the role Muslim Americans play in combating radicalism in their communities.
MOSCOW (RNS/ENInews) The head of the Russian Orthodox Church denounced a terrorist attack at Moscow’s busiest airport.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI denounced the “vile and murderous” New Year’s Day killing of 21 Egyptian Christians.
LOS ANGELES (RNS) Muslim leaders are admitting disaffected Muslim youth are ripe for online recruitment by extremists.
(RNS) American Muslims reentering the United States from abroad are alleging U.S. Customs Agents violate their constitutional rights.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Holder defended the FBI’s recent undercover investigation of an Oregon Muslim terror suspect.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Relatives of 9/11 victims are “shocked” that the Supreme Court refused to hear their appeal.
EDINBURGH, Scotland (RNS/ENInews) It was right to release the Libyan man convicted of the bombing of PanAm flight 103, church officials said.
A Somali militant group, Al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for three bombings in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, which killed more than 70 people. So what should happen with respect to U.S. policy in Somalia?
Acts of violence in the name of creed, or deeply held theological positions, are not monopolized by the Islamic faith. Our own Judeo-Christian tradition has its share of violence in the name of God.
Why do so many Christians support violence when our Savior seems to have done otherwise? Do we support war in order to forget that we were once victims?
President Obama told the nation last night that his strategy in Afghanistan is to make more war in order to end the war. But he never satisfactorily assured the nation of the probability of such success.
Terrorism, as a political tool, is abhorrent to all people of good will. Civilized nations have a moral obligation to eliminate the use of terror. We as a nation, due to our rhetoric of expounding the virtues of democracy, are held to a higher standard in ending the terrorism that is imported and exported.
Not to sound trite, but 9/11 is indeed a day that will live in infamy. On this day a sovereign democracy was savagely attacked by a terrorist organization.
For the first time, this year's anniversary of terrorist attacks against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, falls on Sunday. Acacia Resources is offering, free-of-charge, a resource designed to help congregations thoughtfully observe this, the fourth, anniversary of 9/11.
Two years after allegedly masterminding terrorist attacks in the United States, Osama bin Laden appears no closer to being brought to justice.
Former President Jimmy Carter said last week that the Bush administration has not made the case for war and was obsessed with Iraq.
A year after the events of 9/11, it is still the extremist Muslim most often pictured in American media. Terrorist groups like Hamas and al Qaeda are on center stage, while the peaceful, hard-working, community-oriented Muslims in places like Kansas City are largely ignored.
The world's most recognizable rock star, an outspoken advocate for third world debt relief, and a self-described egomaniac, Bono is also America's new ally in the War on Terrorism.