Religion

2:03am

Mon September 3, 2012
Around the Nation

Fears About Shariah Law Take Hold In Tennessee

Originally published on Mon September 3, 2012 6:53 am

It's getting tougher to be a Republican in some parts of the country while also fully accepting the practice of Islam.

In Tennessee, an incumbent in the U.S. House found herself on the defensive after being called soft on Shariah law, the code that guides Muslim beliefs and actions. And the state's governor has been forced to explain why he hired a Muslim.

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2:47pm

Sun September 2, 2012
Remembrances

Rev. Moon, A 'Savior' To Some, Lived A Big Dream

Originally published on Sun September 2, 2012 4:57 pm

Moon and his wife are introduced during the Affirmation of Vows part of the Interreligious and International Couple's Blessing and Rededication Ceremony, 2002, at New York's Manhattan Center. Some 500 to 600 couples participated in the New York ceremony, and an estimated 21 million couples participated worldwide via a simulcast to 185 countries.
Stephen Chernin AP

Rev. Sun Myung Moon died Sunday at age 92. The controversial founder of the Unification Church was known for attracting young converts in the 1970s and for conducting mass weddings.

Sun Myung Moon was born in 1920 to a poor family in what is now North Korea. His life took a dramatic turn on Easter Sunday, 1936, when, he says, Jesus appeared before him. As he told cartoonist and interviewer Al Capp, Moon recognized Jesus from a vision he had had at age 3. Moon said he spoke with Jesus in Korean.

"We carried conversation with mind-to-mind, heart-to-heart," Moon said.

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1:18am

Wed August 29, 2012
Presidential Race

The Risks And Rewards Of Romney's Faith Story

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 2:04 am

Mitt Romney rarely talks about his Mormon faith.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

Mitt Romney's speech to the Republican National Convention on Thursday will be his chance to tell his story to the world. Perhaps the most unique part of that story is his devout Mormon faith.

Romney comes from a prominent Mormon family. He's held important leadership positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But he rarely talks about his faith. When he does, he seems uncomfortable.

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1:45pm

Mon August 27, 2012
The Salt

What Does Mormon Food Culture Say About Mitt Romney?

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 8:38 am

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney eats ice cream from Millie's on the run before a fundraising event earlier this month in Nantucket, Mass.
Evan Vucci AP

As the Republican convention gets under way in Tampa tomorrow, we can expect to hear more about the personal life of presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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2:01am

Mon August 27, 2012
Law

John Walker Lindh Sues For Prison Prayer Group

Originally published on Mon August 27, 2012 11:34 am

John Walker Lindh was captured in Afghanistan in 2002 after fighting with the Taliban.
File Photo AP

John Walker Lindh was a middle-class kid in Northern California who converted to Islam and went to travel the world. U.S. authorities eventually captured him in Afghanistan after Sept. 11, when he was allegedly fighting alongside the Taliban.

His story was the focus of a Law and Order episode, and a song called "John Walker's Blues" by Steve Earle.

For the past five years, Lindh has been living in a secret prison facility in Indiana with convicted terrorists, neo-Nazis and other inmates who get special monitoring.

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