Like many hajj traditions in a pandemic year, Zamzam water gets a reboot


(RNS) — Mementos of making the hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca required of all able Muslims who can afford the trip at least once in their lifetime, can draw from ancient tradition — as in the prayer rugs many hajjis bring home — or from latest fads — a selfie in front of Mecca’s Grand … Read more

Democrats should support increasing the gas tax


(RNS) — A nearly $1 trillion federal infrastructure bill of the kind that Washington has been talking about for a decade and more seems to be picking up momentum, if the White House and the Senate can agree on how to pay for it. Democrats are foolishly opposing Republican suggestions that the infrastructure bill should … Read more