Deal Hudson has announced that he will resign as publisher of Crisis magazine at year’s end as a result of the sexual harassment scandal that cost him his position as religion advisor to President Bush last month. In an email to supporters, Hudson said his next project will be “‘a book on how Catholics can get involved in politics.’”
UPI’s Anwar Iqbal has made a stunning discovery about Islam: While it may seem “more like a political ideology” than a religion to you and me, Muslims, in fact, “say they also find spiritual fulfillment in their faith.” In a story only The Washington Times could run without shame, Iqbal quotes an American convert who thinks his fellow Muslims “‘confuse political issues with their religious beliefs,’” a Pakistani lawyer who calls for the separation of religion and politics, and removes all context from a citation of Karen Armstrong to suggest the conclusion that all Muslims really need to do is come to terms with Western success.
Miracle Babies: The BBC’s Ishbel Matheson speaks with Kenyan mothers who believe their children were stolen in connection with the Gilbert Deya Ministry “Miracle Baby” scandal. Deya, an evangelical pastor and self-described “Archbishop” based in England, claims that infertile women in his church were miraculously impregnated through the power of prayer — in some cases without having had sex — and after a gestation period of just a few months, flew to Kenya to give birth. DNA tests have proved that the children in question were the offspring of poor Kenyan mothers who had given birth in Nairobi hospitals, and then often told that their babies had died. Kenyan officials have charged Deya and his wife with child trafficking and hope to extradite him for trial.
A plane carrying 250 passengers, among them singer Cat Stevens, was diverted 600 miles off its course so that FBI agents could escort the musician off the flight in Bangor, Maine and send him back to England. Stevens, who converted to Islam and changed his name to Yusuf Islam in 1977, was denied access to the US “‘on national security grounds.’”