Egypt's most influential Muslim cleric has recently denounced the terrorist group commonly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam, considered the North African nation's highest religious authority, said on the state news agency MENA that ISIS "poses a danger to Islam and Muslims."
Kirstie Alley took to Twitter Sunday defending against Mak Chmerkovskiy's recent claims that their friendship ended over the Church of Scientology.
The 63-year-old actress shared several posts on Twitter that address the "Dancing with the Stars" pro as well as other believers of "nasty gossip," but the rant ended with Alley taking the high road.
"To those who believe nasty gossip spewed by others, please stop following. To those who know me, carry on," Alley began on Aug. 3. "I have a great idea!!! Why don't we all confess the things WE have done, INSTEAD of what other have done. #cowards" more >>
WASHINGTON – Faith-based communities are a critical part of overseas aid and development, government officials declared at an event praising those efforts.
At the opening event for the multiday U.S.–Africa Leaders Summit, leaders in the government and faith-based organizations spoke about the efforts to aid development in the African continent.
The Friday morning opening breakfast event was hosted by Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. more >>
Maks Chermkovskiy and Kirstie Alley are at odds despite forming a friendship while on "Dancing with the Stars."
The pair appeared on ABC's competition series in its 12th season in 2012 where their bond set them apart from fellow dancers. Today however, Alley and Chmerkovskiy are not speaking.
Persecution of Christians in Syria is part of the worst displacement of religious communities in recent history, according to a recently released report from the U.S. State Department.
Released Monday by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, the International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 stated that last year "the world witnessed the largest displacement of religious communities in recent memory."
"In almost every corner of the globe, millions of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and others representing a range of faiths were forced from their homes on account of their religious beliefs," read the report. more >>
Americans feel warm toward Jews, Catholics and Evangelicals but they are colder toward Muslims and atheists, according to a new Pew Research Survey.
Respondents were asked to rate each faith group according to a "feeling thermometer" ranging from 0 to 100, 0 reflecting the coldest and most negative rating and 100 being the warmest, most positive. The outcome concluded that U.S. adults are more fond of individuals who share their same or similar faith.
"In a society like the United States, where religion is such an important part of life, of how people view the world, how people approach politics — it's one of the things that drives some of the very serious cultural disagreements we see in American society. It's important to know how religious groups see one another, relate to one another," said Greg Smith, associate director of research at the Pew Research Center, reports Washington Post. more >>