Tom Gjelten

Tom Gjelten appears in the following:

Conservative Pastors Deliver Sharp Criticism Of Same-Sex Marriage

Monday, June 29, 2015

Conservative pastors are vowing to mobilize in opposition to the Supreme Court's legalization of same-sex marriage. Although the decision applies to government actions, not religious ceremonies, some of these pastors say they reject such a separation of church and state functions.


Pope Creates Tribunal To Investigate Bishops Accused Of Hiding Sex Abuse

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Pope Francis has created a tribunal to hear cases of bishops who failed to protect kids from pedophile priests.


Why Are Only Three Observant Sikh Men Serving In The U.S. Military?

Friday, June 05, 2015

The Pentagon's ban on facial hair and religious headgear has long been an obstacle for Sikh men, who wear turbans and don't cut their hair. Sikhs are hoping a court ruling might lead to a rule change.


Survey Shows Number Of Christians In U.S. Is Declining

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Pew survey shows the share of Christians in the U.S. is declining, and the number of adults who don't identify with organized religion is growing.


Learning About The Quran ... From A Catholic Archbishop

Thursday, April 30, 2015

As a young priest, Michael Fitzgerald studied Islam and served the Vatican in Muslim countries. Devoted to promoting Catholic-Muslim understanding, he's now teaching Jesuit students about the Quran.

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Christians Debate Sinfulness Of Servicing Same-Sex Weddings

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Christian conservatives who say that servicing a same-sex wedding violates their religious beliefs cite New Testament verses that suggest it is sinful not only to engage in homosexual behavior, but also to "approve" of it. Moderate theologians say such a literalist reading takes the lessons of the Bible out of context.


Muslims Will Outnumber Christians This Century, Pew Says

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A Pew study released this week says that by the middle of the century there will be about 2.8 billion Muslims worldwide. Within that period, Muslims will outnumber Jews in the United States.


Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The filmmaker of Going Clear, which is critical of the church, says the documentary treats the dangers of "blind faith." Scientology officials have hit back with their own public relations effort.

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Pope Francis Very Popular Among Both U.S. Catholics, Non-Catholics

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pope Francis has maintained high approval ratings even as the Catholic Church struggles with declining membership and the effects of the sexual abuse scandal.


Pew Study On Religion Finds Increased Harassment Of Jews

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A quarter of all countries — home to 75 percent of the world's population — are coping with high levels of religious intolerance, and harassment of Jews has risen for the seventh straight year.


More Muslim Groups Voice Willingness To Combat Extremism In Their Faith

Friday, February 20, 2015

Many leaders are reluctant to say al-Qaida's or ISIS' terrorism has roots in Islam. But some Muslims say the time has come to acknowledge an extremist strain in the religion, and to combat it.


Some See Extreme 'Anti-Theism' As Motive In N.C. Killings

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The suspect in the shooting deaths of three Muslim students in North Carolina is a self-described anti-theist, what some some experts see as a new extremism developing among some atheists.


New Government Agency Designed To Tackle Cyber Threats More Effectively

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Obama administration is creating a new agency to gather and distribute intelligence on cyber threats more quickly. The agency is modeled after the National Counter Terrorism Center, created after Sept. 11 to improve information sharing across the U.S. government.


Obama Vague On Details In His Intelligence Proposals

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Intelligence officials, civil libertarians, technology executives, and foreign leaders: All of them had something at stake Friday when President Obama laid out his ideas for reforming the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. The president sought to balance security and privacy concerns in his speech.


Global Internet Infrastructure Makes It Hard To Reel In Spying

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The NSA has apparently figured out a secret way to tap into the links between Internet users and Google and Yahoo data centers overseas. The companies say they didn't give the NSA permission, and they are angry. Because the data centers are located outside the United States, the NSA may not be bound by the same laws that govern domestic surveillance. The case shows how difficult it is for policymakers and legislators to oversee NSA surveillance activities.


Intelligence Officials Defend Spying On Allies

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

U.S. intelligence officials are defending their surveillance operations carried out in allied countries. Testifying on Capitol Hill, they said reports that the NSA intercepted phone calls of European citizens are "completely false" and based on a misreading of the leaked documents on which the reports were based. They did not deny monitoring the communications of European leaders, saying such intelligence-gathering is normal.


Partisan Squabbles Raise Questions Over U.S. Global Influence

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The government shutdown didn't help the U.S. on the world stage. But when it comes to political dysfunction, the U.S. is far from alone.


You Have Questions About The NSA; We Have Answers

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The revelations by National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has raised many complicated issues. NPR's national security correspondent Tom Gjelten answers questions submitted by NPR listeners and readers.


Firms Brace For Possible Retaliatory Cyberattacks From Syria

Friday, August 30, 2013

Cybersecurity consultants say their phones are ringing off the hook, with U.S. companies fearing that if it comes to an attack on Syria, they could find themselves on the front lines.


Leaked Documents Reveal Budget Breakdown Between CIA, NSA

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Details of the top secret budget of U.S. intelligence agencies have been made public — revealing not only that the nation spends more than $50 billion a year on intelligence but also some detail about how that money is spent. The Washington Post published excerpts of a 2013 budget justification obtained from the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. In the past, the total amount spent on intelligence has been declassified by the U.S. government. The document reveals not only which agency spends the money but also what missions are top priority.