Originally published on Sun February 10, 2013 1:58 pm
Islam in America is growing exponentially. From 2000 to 2010, the number of mosques in the United States jumped 74 percent.
Today, there are more than 2,100 American mosques but they have a challenge: There aren't enough imams, or spiritual leaders, to go around.
It's 7:30 a.m. on a recent weekday, the sun is still rising and the kids at Pulaski Elementary School in Meriden, Conn., are already dancing.
They are stomping, hopping, clapping and generally "getting the shakies out," as fifth-grader Jaelinne Davis puts it.
"If we're like hyper, if we do this, then we can get better at, like, staying mellow and stuff like that," she says.
By 9 a.m., Jaelinne will be back at her normal school day with its core curriculum that is graded by a state test at the end of the year.
Guns, immigration, support for diplomats abroad, and the nation's financial situation.
These are key issues facing President Obama as he delivers the first State of the Union address of his second term on Tuesday night, Feb. 12.
Surprisingly, these were also key issues facing President George Washington some 223 years ago, when he gave the very first state of the union speech.
The Chinese table tennis player who was instrumental in the pingpong diplomacy that paved the way for President Nixon's groundbreaking visit to China has died. Zhuang Zedong was 73.
Here's more from the BBC about the 1971 incident that led to pingpong diplomacy:
When radical Islamists lash out at cultural sites they consider un-Islamic, a frequent target is Sufi Islam shrines.
Islamists in Tunisia have attacked almost 40 Sufi shrines in recent months, Sufi officials told AFP.