By Daniel Burke Religion News Service
Houses of worship in Henryville, Indiana, andacross the Midwest and Southare helping pick up the pieces from devastating tornadoes that killed 39. Military investigators found thatfive U.S. service members are responsible for Quran burningsin Afghanistan. They could lose rank,but will not be put on public trial, despite calls from Afghanistan’s top religious council. “What they did was careless, but there was no ill will,”a military official told WaPo. Georgetown University’s, John J. DeGioia, quoted St. Augustinein his defense of GU law student Sandra Fluke, whom Rush Limbaugh called a mean word last week. “Let us, on both sides, lay aside all arrogance. Let us not, on either side, claim that we have already discovered the truth,” runs the quotation from Augustine. Cardinal Timothy Dolan urged Roman Catholicsto get more involved in the church’s religious freedom battle against the govt.Dolan also said the bishops “got our Irish up”when White House officials suggested that they heed more conciliatory Catholic voices.
Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.