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Tariq Ramadan takes leave from Oxford amid rape allegations

In this May 8, 2007, file photo, Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan speaks during a debate at the Swiss Television in Geneva. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi, File) LONDON (AP) — Oxford University says prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan has taken a leave of absence as the Paris prosecutor’s office investigates allegations of rape and sexual assault against him. The university says in a statement Tuesday (Nov. 7)  that the leave was the result of mutual agreement. Ramadan categorically denies any wrongdoing. Oxford says on Twitter that the leave “implies no presumption or acceptance of guilt and allows Professor Ramadan...

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Craving the spiritual in Alice McDermott’s new novel

(RNS) “There is a hunger …” That declaration, uttered by an old, crippled nun who has scrubbed away her life and her vocation in a convent’s basement laundry, sums up “The Ninth Hour,” the newest novel by National Book Award-winning author Alice McDermott. The book tells the story of a fictional order in early 20th-century Brooklyn, N.Y., and the sick and poor it serves. And while McDermott’s novels are often concerned with Irish Catholics in her native Brooklyn, this book — her eighth — is her most specifically religious. In it, McDermott offers rich, nuanced portraits of women who...

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Local Christians, and some Muslims, surround a grieving town with love

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (RNS) — After a day’s work, Jennifer Garcia drove over from San Antonio and propped a homemade poster drawn by her and her 6-year-old son at an intersection near the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs. “Love conquers hate,” it said in a flag-themed red, white and blue drawing with stars and hearts, joining the heaps of flowers and teddy bears constituting a makeshift shrine near the church where a mass shooter killed 26 people at Sunday services. Wiping away tears, Garcia said she felt compelled to drive 30 miles with her husband and two sons and join Read More At Article Source | Article...

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Texas churches weigh putting armed volunteers in the pews

A bouquet of flowers lies at the base of a roadblock where law enforcement officials work at the scene of a shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A man opened fire inside the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing and wounding many. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) Only hours after First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs was ravaged by one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history on Sunday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said on Fox News that “arming some of the parishioners or the congregation” could...

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Texas authorities: We won’t mention shooter’s name again

The shooter’s name went unspoken at a news conference on the killings at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, and authorities there said they intend to keep refraining from saying it. RELATED: Churches look to tighten security, even arm congregants, after Texas shooting “We do not want to glorify him and what he has done,” Texas Department of Public Safety Regional Director Freeman Martin said at the Monday briefing. FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs agreed, saying “we don’t talk about the shooter” in the hope that it “doesn’t encourage other people to do horrific acts.” That choice reflects a Read More At Article Source | Article...

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