IN NIGER: Catholic Churches, Schools, Agencies Shuttered Against Muslim Violence

Niger's Catholic bishops have called for Masses to be cancelled and Catholic organizations to be closed, in the wake of Muslim attacks against churches.More than 40 Catholic churches have been burned and at least eight people killed, as angry Muslims protest the depiction of the prophet Mohammad on the cover of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.  The violence has prompted Niger's three Catholic bishops to order the cancellation of Masses and the closure of Catholic churches, schools, health c … [Read more...]

Why Duke University Should Not Broadcast Islamic Prayer Via Its Chapel Loudspeakers

Duke University Chapel (Photo courtesy of Duke University)

A few days ago my fellow Patheos blogger over at the Muslim Channel, Dilshad Ali, criticized Duke University in Durham, North Carolina for rescinding its permission to broadcast the Islamic adhan (call to prayer) from its Chapel tower.  Dilshad wrote: For me, if Duke had decided this wasn’t a good thing to do from the very beginning, that would’ve been it. But to decide that the adhan would be called from the Bell Tower, then to withdraw that decision in 24 hours, well it’s just sad. I understan … [Read more...]

Charlie Hebdo Rejects Support from Catholics

The French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, darling of the media since the unfortunate attack on its offices in Paris, continues to offend.In Charlie Hebdo's latest issue featuring the Prophet Mohammed, which has already sold five million copies, the editors mocked Pope Francis in an editorial.  According to the Catholic Herald, the editorial in the new edition makes reference to protests by Femen, a radical feminist group that recently staged a topless protest in Notre Dame cathedral.  The ed … [Read more...]