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Betrayed as a Marine and a Muslim

I’m a Muslim and a U.S. Marine. It’s unacceptable that four of my brothers were killed in Chattanooga.

‘12 Years a Slave’ prompts calls for racial reconciliation

WASHINGTON — The new movie “12 Years a Slave” may depict a bygone era in American history, but religious leaders … Continued

I believe in a God who created Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant to “have life, and have it abundantly.”

Martin Luther King Jr. seen during his “I Have a Dream” speech.AP Flashing lights caught my attention that night. I … Continued

Churches raised funds, encouraged crowds at ‘63 march

RNS () — For weeks leading up to the March on Washington, the Rev. Perry Smith urged his congregation to … Continued

Reformers want Congress to end ban on pulpit politicking

RNS () — A commission of religious leaders has called for clarity in churches’ ability to endorse candidates and issues … Continued

Trayvon Martin: A son of America, a child of God

Rallies took place in Sanford on Feb. 5, which would have been his 18th birthday. Here, Sybrina Fulton, third from … Continued

Southern Baptists push for more black missionaries

Fred Luter had a lot of firsts in the last year: first black president of the Southern Baptist Convention; first … Continued

What Martin Luther King, Jr. did in Birmingham Jail: The prophet unbound

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. was finishing up the “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” The “letter” was his answer … Continued

Former National Council of Churches leader Bob Edgar dead at 69

The Rev. Bob Edgar, a Democratic congressman and United Methodist minister who went on to lead the National Council of … Continued

Richard Dawkins goes to the Bible Belt

I had been trying to persuade bestselling author Richard Dawkins to give a talk in my hometown of Charleston, South … Continued

Making black history for gay rights

Manuel Balce Ceneta AP In this Sept. 12, 2012, photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the … Continued

Keeping the faith: 2012 in gay rights victories

AFP/GETTY IMAGES In May, President Obama became the first U.S. president to say publicly he was in favor of same-sex … Continued

At Christmas, the babe in the manger isn’t always white

When the Rev. Kip Banks’ family pulls out its nativity scene each Christmas, the African features of the baby Jesus … Continued

Judge: Billy Graham Evangelistic Association didn’t discriminate against black employee

A North Carolina judge has ruled the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association did not discriminate against a former black employee. Kimberly … Continued

The Black Church is accepting LGBT people

Prevailing wisdom has it that the Black church is overwhelmingly negative on issues of justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and … Continued

Paying the price for religious illiteracy

In Judge Joseph Sheeran’s courtroom, religious literacy is seen as an antidote to intolerance and hate. Last week, the Michigan … Continued

Prominent black clergy support Maryland same-sex marriage

Hamil R. Harris The Rev. Delman Coates, pastor of Mount Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, Md., talks about the campaign … Continued

Black pastors move to counter new voter ID laws

African-American clergy are joining forces with civil rights groups to push for increased voter registration ahead of the November election, … Continued

Filmmaker Spike Lee focuses on faith in “Red Hook Summer’’

WASHINGTON — Spike Lee is not about to give up filmmaking but — at least for a moment or two … Continued

Black churches split over gay marriage and Obama

At Charity Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, S.C., the Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III supports and follows his African-American … Continued