Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African American woman to serve on New York’s top court, was found dead in the Hudson River on April 12, police said. She was 65.
It is not yet known how Abdus-Salaam, who lived in Harlem, ended up in the river, or how long her body had been there. Her death shook the New York legal community, prompting responses from colleagues, judges, and state and local political leaders.
A new survey finds signs of public uneasiness with the mixing of religion and politics. The number of people who say there has been too much religious talk by political leaders stands at an all-time high since the Pew Research Center began asking the question more than a decade ago. And most Americans continue to say that churches and other houses of worship should keep out of politics.
Nearly four-in-ten Americans (38%) now say there has been too much expression of religious faith and prayer from political leaders, while 30% say there has been too little. In 2010, more said there was too little than too much religious expression from politicians (37% vs. 29%). The percentage saying there is too much expression of religious faith by politicians has increased across party lines, but this view remains far more widespread among Democrats than Republicans.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born former Dutch MP and outspoken critic of Islam, says that she is seeking French citizenship, citing security reasons. Ali, who has received numerous death threats, will not have her security paid for by the Dutch government. She has been living under police protection since the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh by an Islamic extremist in 2004. “I would be very honored and grateful if I were to become a French citizen, and the question of my protection could be resolved once and for all,” Ali said Sunday on France-2 television. She said she had chosen France because she received support from French intellectuals and expressions of understanding from French political leaders.