Charlie Van Dyke
The Pope Said What?
Posted January 23, 2015 by Charlie Van Dyke in In The News
(CNN) In politics, they call it going "off message." In acting, they call it going "off script." In the Catholic Church under Pope Francis, it has become business as usual.

Put the 77-year-old pontiff in front of a microphone, and he will make news.

Case in point, a brief press conference on Monday aboard the papal plane from the Philippines to R... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
(CNN)The first Muslim lawmaker to serve on the House Intelligence Committee said Friday that the violence perpetrated by Islamic radicals in the name of their religion "certainly doesn't represent the <Muslim> religion" and encouraged those of all faiths to come together to stop it.

"It's not any different than those who claim to be Christians or ... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Blessing Same Sex Unions
Posted January 16, 2015 by Charlie Van Dyke in GLBTQ
By David Gibson | Religion News Service January 8

A Belgian bishop who has been touted as a future leader of that country’s Catholic hierarchy is making waves by urging the church to find ways to recognize gay relationships in which “exclusivity, loyalty, and care are central to each other.”

“There should be recognition of a diversity of forms,” ... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
PARIS — Muslim groups and scholars in France and elsewhere voiced concerns on Tuesday that a satirical newspaper’s first cover since the attack on its journalists last week could ignite dangerous new passions in a debate pitting free speech against religious doctrine.

Egypt’s leading Islamic authority warned that the new cartoon, depicting the Pro... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
The Paris Attack
Posted January 9, 2015 by Charlie Van Dyke in In The News
(RNS) Ostensibly, the horrific attack against Charlie Hebdo in Paris was because of the publication’s satirical images of the Prophet Muhammad.

But to view the assault as simply about images of Muhammad is to accept a long-standing narrative about Muslim sensitivity to portrayals of Muhammad, which plays into conceptions of Muslims as superstitiou... read more
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