Security is focus at churches, mosques amid heightened fears. Religious congregations across the United States are concentrating on safety like never before following a season of violence, from the slaughter unleashed in June by a white shooter at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, to the killings this month in San Bernardino, California.

Security is focus at churches, mosques amid heightened fears. Religious congregations across the United States are concentrating on safety like never before following a season of violence, from the slaughter unleashed in June by a white shooter at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, to the killings this month in San Bernardino, California.

Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof sentenced to death The white supremacist is the first to get the death penalty for hate crimes after killing nine black people to start a race war.

Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof sentenced to death The white supremacist is the first to get the death penalty for hate crimes after killing nine black people to start a race war.

The Confederate Flag Isn't Budging From South Carolina's Capitol -- Because It's Protected Under State Law The morning after nine people were shot to death Wednesday inside a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, flowers were laid, black cloth was draped and flags at the state's Capitol building were lowered to half-staff. Except one. The fact that the Confederate flag was waving high in the state capital of Columbia hours after suspected gunman Dylann Roof carried out what's…

It's Actually Illegal To Remove The Confederate Flag From South Carolina's Statehouse

The Confederate Flag Isn't Budging From South Carolina's Capitol -- Because It's Protected Under State Law The morning after nine people were shot to death Wednesday inside a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, flowers were laid, black cloth was draped and flags at the state's Capitol building were lowered to half-staff. Except one. The fact that the Confederate flag was waving high in the state capital of Columbia hours after suspected gunman Dylann Roof carried out what's…

Canadians form 'rings of peace' around mosques after Quebec shooting

Canadians form 'rings of peace' around mosques after Quebec shooting

Reversing the exodus: 7 characteristics of congregations successfully attracting young adults | Ahead of the Trend

Reversing the exodus: 7 characteristics of congregations successfully attracting young adults | Ahead of the Trend

U.S. Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, left, stands by Pope Francis saluting bishops, at the end of weekly... - AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

Conservative dissent is brewing inside the Vatican

U.S. Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, left, stands by Pope Francis saluting bishops, at the end of weekly... - AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

Obama also expressed frustration that "the grip of the NRA on Congress is extremely strong" and prevented gun control from advancing in Congress after 20 children and six educators were massacred in a Connecticut elementary school in 2012.  "I will tell you, right after Sandy Hook, Newtown, when 20 6-year-olds are gunned down, and Congress literally does nothing — yes, that's the closest I came to feeling disgusted," he said. "I was pretty disgusted."

Obama also expressed frustration that "the grip of the NRA on Congress is extremely strong" and prevented gun control from advancing in Congress after 20 children and six educators were massacred in a Connecticut elementary school in 2012. "I will tell you, right after Sandy Hook, Newtown, when 20 6-year-olds are gunned down, and Congress literally does nothing — yes, that's the closest I came to feeling disgusted," he said. "I was pretty disgusted."

Muslims are crowdfunding for burned black churches — and it’s not just about religion        We must always keep in mind that the Muslim community and the black community are not different communities. We are profoundly integrated in many ways, in our overlapping identities and in our relationship to this great and complicated country. We are connected to Black churches through our extended families, our friends and teachers, and our intertwined histories and convergent present.

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Muslims are crowdfunding for burned black churches — and it’s not just about religion We must always keep in mind that the Muslim community and the black community are not different communities. We are profoundly integrated in many ways, in our overlapping identities and in our relationship to this great and complicated country. We are connected to Black churches through our extended families, our friends and teachers, and our intertwined histories and convergent present.

Why Are So Many Mass Shootings Committed by Young White Men? |"Since 1982, there have been at least 70 mass shootings across the country... Forty four of the killers were white males. Only one of them was a woman."

Why Are So Many Mass Shootings Committed by Young White Men? |"Since 1982, there have been at least 70 mass shootings across the country... Forty four of the killers were white males. Only one of them was a woman."

After Ferguson, Some Black Academics Wonder: Does Pursuing a Ph.D. Matter? This summer, as street clashes erupted over a police officer’s shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., Chanda Hsu Prescod-Weinstein monitored the events, through television, Facebook, and Twitter. A postdoctoral fellow in physics at the MIT, Prescod-Weinstein—who identifies as black—found herself crying through her calculations as she saw a middle-American suburb turned into a war zone.

After Ferguson, Some Black Academics Wonder: Does Pursuing a Ph.D. Matter? This summer, as street clashes erupted over a police officer’s shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., Chanda Hsu Prescod-Weinstein monitored the events, through television, Facebook, and Twitter. A postdoctoral fellow in physics at the MIT, Prescod-Weinstein—who identifies as black—found herself crying through her calculations as she saw a middle-American suburb turned into a war zone.

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