from The Great Debate:

Islamic State owes Donald Trump a debt of gratitude

By Mohamad Bazzi
December 10, 2015

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points to a supporter at a Pearl Harbor Day rally aboard the USS Yorktown Memorial in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, December 7, 2015. Trump on Monday called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States in the most dramatic response by a candidate yet to last week's shooting spree by two Muslims who the FBI said had been radicalized. "We have no choice," Trump said at a rally in South Carolina, warning of more Sept. 11-style attacks if stern measures are not taken. REUTERS/Randall Hill    TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1XNF3

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points to a supporter at a Pearl Harbor Day rally aboard the USS Yorktown Memorial in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, December 7, 2015. REUTERS/Randall Hill

Catholic Church in Indianapolis welcomes Syrian refugees despite governor refusal

By Reuters Staff
December 9, 2015
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(Indianapolis skyline, Oct. 3, 2010/Jasssmit)

The Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis has resettled a family from Syria over the objections of Indiana Governor Mike Pence, who was sued for refusing to allow refugees fleeing the country to come to the state, church officials said on Tuesday.

Trump’s Muslim proposal prompts calls to ban Trump from UK, Israel

December 9, 2015
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a Pearl Harbor Day rally aboard the USS Yorktown Memorial in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, December 7, 2015.  REUTERS/Randall Hill

(U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a Pearl Harbor Day rally aboard the USS Yorktown Memorial in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, December 7, 2015. REUTERS/Randall Hill)

China’s Tibet party boss urges senior Buddhist monk to shun Dalai Lama

By Reuters Staff
December 8, 2015
Tudeng Kezhu, a Tibetan delegate, touches the hand of Gyaltsen Norbu, the 11th Panchen Lama and a delegate, with his forehead during the opening session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee/Files

(A Tibetan delegate touches the hand of Gyaltsen Norbu, the 11th Panchen Lama and a delegate, with his forehead during the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee)

Chinese government adviser denounces fake living Buddhas in Tibet

December 8, 2015
A child drops coins into golden Buddha statues as a symbol of blessings on Vesak Day at the Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur May 13, 2014. Buddhists across the world on Tuesday celebrate holy Vesak to honour the birth, enlightenment and passing of Lord Buddha 2,550 years ago. REUTERS/Samsul Said (MALAYSIA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3OVCT

(A child drops coins into golden Buddha statues at the Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur May 13, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said) 

German Vice Chancellor warns Saudi Arabia over Islamist funding

December 8, 2015
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel makes a speech during a session of Germany's parliament, the Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, July 17, 2015. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

(German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel makes a speech during a session of Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, July 17, 2015. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt)

White House hopeful Carson struggles to connect with the U.S. black church

By Reuters Staff
December 8, 2015
Pastor David Bullock preaches to his congregation during Sunday service at the Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park, Michigan November 22, 2015. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

(Pastor David Bullock preaches to his congregation during Sunday service at the Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park, Michigan November 22, 2015. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook)

Blocking Muslim refugees supports terrorism: U.N.’s Guterres

By Reuters Staff
December 8, 2015
Antonio Guterres High Commissioner for Refugees (R) gestures next to Stephen O'Brien Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs during a news conference for the launch of the Global Humanitarian Appeal 2016 at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland December 7, 2015.  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

(Antonio Guterres High Commissioner for Refugees (R) gestures next to Stephen O’Brien Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs during a news conference in Geneva, Switzerland December 7, 2015. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse)

Machine guns, no-fly zone guard Pope Francis’s opening of Catholic Holy Year

December 8, 2015
Pope Francis opens the Holy Door to mark opening of the Catholic Holy Year, or Jubilee, in St. Peter's basilica, at the Vatican, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door to mark opening of the Catholic Holy Year, or Jubilee, in St. Peter’s basilica, at the Vatican, December 8, 2015. REUTERS/Max Rossi)

‘You ain’t no Muslim, bruv': Britons defiant over ‘terrorist’ knife attack

December 8, 2015
Police officers investigate a crime scene at Leytonstone underground station in east London, Britain December 6, 2015.  REUTERS/Neil Hall

(Police officers investigate a crime scene at Leytonstone underground station in east London, Britain December 6, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall)