At Freedom Biker Church, Sunday service is less about singing traditional hymns and more about listening to rock 'n' roll at a biker rally. Preacher Mike Beasley founded the church in 2006, and since then, the network has grown to 12 churches. He speaks with Michel Martin about his vision.
Despite the push-back in some communities against new mosques, a new academic study shows their numbers continue to grow, especially in the Chicago area. An estimated 400,000 Muslims live there — many in wealthier suburbs — and the younger generation is learning how to play politics.
Nailah Lymus, a 27-year-old aspiring designer and Muslim woman, had her first runway show during New York City's Fashion Week. Her clothing line, Amirah Creations, aims for modesty, but is also "transitional" in catering to both Muslims and non-Muslims.
An Occupy London protest aimed at highlighting social injustice, the greed of bankers, and the incompetence of politicians has ended up causing unexpected havoc within the Church of England. Two senior clerics from St. Paul's Cathedral have resigned in a row over how to respond to the protesters, who have a camp outside the landmark church. Internal divisions arose when the cathedral authorities began legal moves to evict the campers — proceedings that they've now dropped.
The Catholic Church invested $1 million to form a joint foundation with an adult stem cell research company, and its first project is a conference with scientists to discuss the future of stem cell therapies. Some in the scientific community believe the Vatican is trying to undercut embryonic stem cell research.
Alongside colorful skulls and skeletons for Day of the Dead, shop owners are increasingly stocking their shelves with a sinister skeleton figure: Santa Muerte. She's not considered a saint by the Catholic Church, but she's still worshipped by people as diverse as middle-class housewives to narco-traffickers. Host Michel Martin discusses Santa Muerte with historian Robinson Herrera of Florida State University.
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