The first minarets in Murfreesboro, Tenn., are about to be placed atop a new mosque. But when construction is done, no one will be able to move in — the latest development in a two-year legal fight over whether adequate notice was given for a public meeting that approved the mosque's construction.
The effort, dubbed "Fortnight for Freedom," will involve praying, fasting and rallies against what the Catholic bishops call an assault on religious freedom by the Obama administration. But parishioners worry that the movement is splitting the church.
Many religious parents use the line, "spare the rod, spoil the child" to defend corporal punishment. That rationale was put in the spotlight when televangelist Creflo Dollar was arrested for allegedly assaulting his daughter. Host Michel Martin asks three prominent faith leaders — and dads — whether the saying still rings true in churches.
The Southern Baptist Convention is expected to elect its first black president on Tuesday: Fred Luter, a former street preacher who turned a dying New Orleans church into a powerhouse. His election is a milestone for the 167-year-old denomination at a time when minorities make up a growing share of a shrinking membership.
When anti-government demonstrations began last year, the Rev. Paolo Dall'Oglio supported the young Syrians calling for democracy. During his three decades in Syria, the Italian Jesuit priest helped restore an ancient monastery outside of Damascus and promoted Christian-Muslim dialogue.
U.S. Catholic bishops are wrapping up their annual meeting in Atlanta. They vowed to continue fighting the Obama administration over contraceptive health coverage. Plus, ten years after sexual abuse scandals were revealed, the bishops assessed whether they're doing enough to protect children. Host Michel Martin speaks with two religion reporters.
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