Tom Gjelten

Tom Gjelten appears in the following:

Why Religion Is More Durable Than Commonly Thought In Modern Society

Friday, April 28, 2017

It's commonly accepted that as societies become more modern, religion loses its grip. But recent research suggests it's more complicated than that.


This Islamic School Helps Students Build Their American And Muslim Identity

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Al Fatih Academy in Virginia is one of about 270 Islamic schools in the U.S. The staff aim to give their students a well-rounded education and promote civic awareness.


Catholics Build 'Intentional' Community Of Like-Minded Believers

Monday, April 10, 2017

Nationally, Americans are growing disenchanted with traditional religion. But in a Maryland suburb, Catholics seeking more spiritual lives are banding together with others who share their values.


Push To Name Muslim Brotherhood A Terrorist Group Worries U.S. Offshoots

Friday, March 24, 2017

Some Islamic institutions in the U.S. were founded by brotherhood members or sympathizers. Community leaders say ties with the Islamist movement were cut long ago; conservatives suspect otherwise.


In Religious Freedom Debate, 2 American Values Clash

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A showdown may be coming on the meaning of religious freedom, and LGBT advocates fear anti-discrimination protections could be weakened as a result.


Philadelphia Cemetery Vandalized In Wave Of Anti-Semitic Attacks

Monday, February 27, 2017

Jewish cemeteries in Pennsylvania and Missouri have been hit by vandalism in recent weeks, but it's unclear if the attacks are the work of a few individuals or part of a larger problem.


Refugee Agency World Relief Lays Off Workers In Response To Trump

Thursday, February 16, 2017

World Relief, one of the main refugee resettlement agencies, will lay off a fifth of its staff members and close five offices due to President Trump capping refugee admissions this year at 50,000.


Trump Reportedly Plans To Refocus Violent Extremism Initiative On Muslims

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Trump administration reportedly wants to refocus an Obama administration program on exclusively Islamic extremism. Muslim leaders and some counterterrorism experts say such a change may be unwise.


The Johnson Amendment In 5 Questions And Answers

Friday, February 03, 2017

The Johnson Amendment to the tax code, which President Trump vowed to "totally destroy," prohibits tax-exempt organizations such as churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates.


Trump Opens Prayer Breakfast With Remarks About 'Apprentice' Ratings

Thursday, February 02, 2017

President Donald Trump attended the annual National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning where he expressed his commitment to religious freedom in his remarks. He also slipped in a few comments that had little to do with faith.


National Prayer Breakfast Could Feature Reconciliation Or Bickering

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

President Trump and other officials will speak at the annual event Thursday morning. The breakfast has the potential to spotlight partisan differences or faith in common ground on national issues.


Some Trump Advisers Have Made Anti-Muslim Comments In The Past

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

President Trump says his suspension of immigration from the Middle East does not amount to a "Muslim ban" — but some of his top advisers have a history of making anti-Muslim and anti-Islam comments.


Christian Leaders Question Trump's Promise To Favor Christian Refugees

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

President Trump promises to give priority to Christians when admitting refugees to the United States, but many Christian leaders say it's the wrong approach.


Trump Refugee Ban Clashes With Faith-Based Groups' Religious Missions

Friday, January 27, 2017

Six of the nine agencies that resettle refugees in the U.S. are religious groups. Their leaders say the president's decision to halt the refugee flow runs counter to their beliefs and ministry.


Trump Takes On Ambitious Plan To Eliminate Terrorism By Radical Islamists

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

President Trump wants to eradicate radical "Islamic terrorism" from the face of the earth. His plans are unclear but could involve law enforcement, military action, diplomacy and ideological battle.


Muslim-Americans Remain Anxious About Trump Administration

Monday, January 16, 2017

In one community where many emigrated from harsh nations, the president-elect's rhetoric brings worries of renewed repression. Cabinet nominees' opposition to a registry hasn't erased those concerns.


With His Choice Of Inauguration Prayer Leaders, Trump Shows His Values

Friday, January 13, 2017

The clergy speaking at Donald Trump's inauguration have mostly non-mainstream theological or political positions. No Muslim or mainline Protestant will speak, but the prosperity gospel will be heard.


Trump Denies Allegations Of Collusion Between His Campaign And Russia

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump reacted Wednesday to the intelligence community's briefing about the contents of an unverified dossier that includes allegations about potential collusion between his campaign and Russia as well as other damaging information about him.


U.S. Intelligence Chiefs Testify Before Senate Panel On Russian Hacking

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The heads of the big three intelligence agencies and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss their finding that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign of cyber-mischief to disrupt the U.S. presidential election. It's the first public appearance by FBI Director James Comey since the election, and the first hearing by the spy czars since they issued their public report about the Russia campaign on Friday.


White House Moves To Block Creation Of Muslim Registry

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Obama administration is abolishing the regulations that were used as the foundation for a post Sept. 11, 2001, program to register Muslim immigrants. The move will make it harder but not impossible for the Trump administration to establish a new Muslim registry.