New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is banning clergy-led prayer at this weekend's events marking the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The mayor's office says he wants to avoid disagreements over which religious leaders participate. Some religious groups are calling the ban a sign of prejudice against religion.
Father Mychal Judge was a beloved Fire Department of New York chaplain known for savoring life. He was also the first recorded victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Ten years later, he's recalled as the priest who flouted convention, yet was also revered as a saint.
In the 10 years since 9/11, Muslims in Northern Virginia have seen as much scrutiny from federal law enforcement and the national media as any community in the country. That attention has forced local Muslim groups to evolve and adapt, but it's not clear to some within the community whether the changes have been for the better.
A new Christian movement that seeks to take dominion over politics, business and culture in preparation for the end times and Jesus' return is becoming more of a presence in American politics. Rachel Tabachnick, who researches the religious right, explains its beliefs and influences.
In Miss., church attendees share meals that include lots of mac and cheese, pork chops and fried food. But Miss. has the highest obesity rate in the U.S. Local Rev. Michael Minor is spreading the gospel of healthy eating, and The National Baptist Convention has asked him to create health and wellness plans to influence other churches. He speaks with host Michel Martin.
The Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum recently put together the first national exhibit on Gullah culture: the descendants of African slaves who live in the low country region of South Carolina and Georgia. To mark the end of that exhibit's stay in D.C., the museum invited Gullah leaders from across the country to participate in a tradition known as a ring shout.
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