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Catholic Hospitals to Follow Plan B Law

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – September 27, 2007 HARTFORD, Conn. – Roman Catholic bishops in Connecticut have agreed to let hospital personnel give emergency contraception to all rape victims, reversing their decision days before a new state law requires it. The church, […]

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Supreme Court Spares Texas Killer

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – September 28, 2007 HUNTSVILLE, Texas – The U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution of a man convicted of killing his parents in the nation’s busiest death penalty state after already agreeing to review another state’s lethal injection […]

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Vatican Urges Muslims to Work for Peace

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – September 28, 2007 VATICAN CITY – The Vatican on Friday urged Muslims to reject violence, work with Christians for peace and to teach their young to love and respect all people and not become “cultural or religious […]

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Senate Dems Try to Advance Hate Crimes Bill

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Washington – The Senate used a legislative maneuver Thursday to try to advance a proposal to help U.S. states prosecute attacks on homosexuals, but opponents predicted it would fail. They attached a hate crime measure to a must-pass […]

Verizon Reverses Abortion Text Decision

posted by akornfeld

United Press International Basking Ridge, N.J. – Verizon Wireless, based in Basking Ridge, N.J., has reversed a decision to disallow an abortion rights group from using its network for a text message program. A company spokesman said Thursday the earlier […]

‘Morality Police’ Detains Ramadan Fast-Breakers in West Bank

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Ramallah – West Bank – A new “morality police” has begun detaining Palestinians who eat or drink in public during the fasting month of Ramadan, a first in the West Bank where Muslim custom was always widely observed, […]

Vatican Rejects Pope Euthanasia Charges

posted by lsheahen

By NICOLE WINFIELD ROME (AP) — A doctor alleged Wednesday that Pope John Paul II violated Catholic teaching against euthanasia by refusing medical care that would have kept him alive longer — a charge immediately dismissed by Vatican officials. In […]

Churches Cancel Services to Serve

posted by nsymmonds

By Lilly Fowler Religion News Service Jim Yelvington decided he would do something different with the launch of his new church in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. — cancel Sunday worship services. As part of a new “Faith in Action” program, […]

Myanmar Crisis Escalates

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – September 26, 2007 YANGON, Myanmar – Mounting pro-democracy protests led by Buddhist monks against Myanmar’s military government erupted into serious bloodshed for the first time Wednesday, as security forces shot dead at least one man and wounded […]

Episcopal Bishops Reject Gay Blessings

posted by nsymmonds

By Peggy Polk and Daniel Burke Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS — Expressing their “passionate desire” to remain a full partner in the worldwide Anglican Communion, U.S. Episcopal bishops on Tuesday (Sept. 25) said they remain committed to not allowing […]

Amish Show the World How to Forgive

posted by akornfeld

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service Religious sects across the globe wage wars of endless retribution. Revenge fantasies fill American movie theaters. Legal courts are crammed with people seeking settled scores. So last October, when the Amish community of Lancaster […]

Lenny Kravitz’s New Album About ‘Spiritual Love’

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press New York – Lenny Kravitz’s upcoming album is titled, “It Is Time for a Love Revolution,” with songs including “Love Love Love” and “Will You Marry Me.” But anyone expecting a confessional on his romantic life may be […]

Polygamist Leader Convicted in Utah

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press St. George, Utah – The leader of a polygamous Mormon splinter group was convicted Tuesday of being an accomplice to rape for performing a wedding between a 19-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl. Warren Jeffs, 51, could get […]

John Paul II Relics Online Not for Sale

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press VATICAN CITY – Roman Catholic officials reminded the faithful Monday it is sacrilegious to buy or sell religious relics, after news reports and a church Web site suggested fans of Pope John Paul II could get a piece […]

Green Burial Rituals on the Rise

posted by nsymmonds

By Elizabeth Birge Religion News Service (UNDATED) In life, Lou Tafuri loved to fish in the waters off the New Jersey coast. In death, he sleeps with the fishes. His family couldn’t be happier. Tafuri, who died in 2005, was […]

Buddhist Monks Lead 100,000 In Protest

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – September 24, 2007 YANGON, Myanmar – Myanmar’s military government issued a threat Monday to the barefoot Buddhist monks who led 100,000 people marching through the capital, in the strongest protests against the repressive regime for two decades. […]

Clergy Get Advice on Counseling Traumatized Soldiers

posted by shuang

By Jeff Diamant Religion News Service FORT DIX, N.J. – The Rev. Andrew Barton is a Presbyterian pastor who considers himself an advocate for peace and questions whether the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 was justified. Yet he wants […]

Top Shiite Cleric’s Aides Are Killed

posted by shuang

Associated Press BAGHDAD – The slayings of two associates of Iraq’s top Shiite cleric raised fears Friday of a worsening Shiite power struggle in the country’s oil-rich south, prompting some clerics to go into hiding or abandon their robes and […]

Court Judge Rules on Doctors and Executions

posted by shuang

Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina Medical Board overstepped its authority by threatening to punish physicians for participating in executions, a judge ruled Friday, striking down a policy that effectively triggered a moratorium on the state’s death penalty. […]

Episcopal Bishops Meet to Discuss Gay Issues

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press New York – The Rev. Frank Wade, a veteran of the brawling theological debates in the Episcopal Church, said the denomination was once filled with people like him: “old white men.” It was the church of the establishment, […]

Malaysian Astronaut Grapples with Prayer Ritual

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Star City, Russia – Among the things Malaysia’s first astronaut will be worrying about next month: how does an observant Muslim pray toward Mecca while soaring hundreds of miles (kilometers) above the Earth? Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, 35, is […]

Fifty Years of ‘In God We Trust’

posted by akornfeld

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service Washington – It’s been 50 years since “In God We Trust” first appeared on U.S. paper currency, and those four little words have proven to be the source of big debate in the […]

Orthodox Jew Tapped for Attorney General

posted by akornfeld

By Ron Kampeas The Jewish Telegraphic Agency Washington – In the aftermath of her son Ari’s murder by an Arab gunman on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1994, Devorah Halberstam was introduced to a federal judge for the Southern District of […]

Israel Calls Gaza An ‘Enemy Entity’

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press- September 19, 2007 JERUSALEM – Israel declared the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip an “enemy entity” on Wednesday and said it would cut utilities to the territory, complicating the U.S. plan to relaunch peace talks aimed at establishing a separate […]

Comedienne Criticized For Jesus Joke

posted by nsymmonds

By Kevin Eckstrom Religion News Service Comedian Kathy Griffin has built her entire D-list career on telling A-list Hollywood celebrities — Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Ryan Seacrest — to “suck it.” So when she told Jesus to “suck it” after […]

Some Evangelical Leaders Go Green As Skepticism Lingers

posted by akornfeld

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service When Bishop Harry Jackson saw melting glaciers and devastated forests on a recent trip to Alaska, he decided that global warming should be a higher priority on his list of key issues for […]

Prosecutors Rest Case Against U.S. Polygamist Leader Accused of Sex Crime

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press St. George, Utah – A judge on Tuesday refused to acquit a polygamist sect leader charged with sex crimes in the arranged marriage of a 14-year old girl to her older cousin, rejecting the defense’s claims that Utah […]

Israeli President Hopeful on Peace Talks

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Jerusalem – President Shimon Peres said Tuesday that he is hopeful about an upcoming Mideast peace conference and praised the relationship developing between the Israeli prime minister and the Palestinian president. In his first appearance as Israel’s president […]

Woman Grilled in Polygamist Leader Trial

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – September 17, 2007 ST. GEORGE, Utah – A young woman who said she was forced to enter an arranged marriage at age 14 testified Monday that she never complained to her mother or sisters that she was […]

Saudi Women Push for Right to Drive

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – September 17, 2007 JIDDAH, Saudi Arabia – For the first time ever, a group of women in the only country that bans female drivers have formed a committee to lobby for the right to get in the […]

Churches Weigh Whether to Join Sanctuary Movement

posted by nsymmonds

By Nancy Haught PORTLAND, Ore. — Jean Bucciarelli remembers the Sunday last May when someone urged her congregation to become a sanctuary church — to actively support illegal immigrants who want to stay in this country. “Someone said, `Let’s just […]

Cruise Movie Gets OK to Film at Key Site

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – September 14, 2007 BERLIN – The German government will allow the makers of a movie starring Tom Cruise as the country’s most famous anti-Hitler plotter to film at the site where the hero was executed. Shooting of […]

Vatican: Don’t Remove Feeding Tubes

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – September 14, 2007 VATICAN CITY – The Vatican reiterated Friday that it considers the removal of feeding tubes from people in vegetative states to be an immoral act. The Vatican issued the statement in response to questions […]

Report: Iraqis Losing Religious Freedom

posted by nsymmonds

WASHINGTON – Religious freedom has sharply deteriorated in Iraq over the past year because of both the insurgency and violence targeting people of specific faiths, despite the U.S. military buildup intended to improve security, says a State Department report to […]

Wal-Mart Tests Bible Action Figures

posted by bnet

HARRISBURG, Pa. (RNS)– Jesus and Moses were sold out, but you could still head to the checkout counter with Mary, Noah, David and a ferocious-looking Samson, packaged with Delilah in hot pink. The world of posable action figures has traditionally […]

Episcopalians Head to High-Stakes Mtg.

posted by bnet

(Religion News Service) The years-long strife in the Anglican Communion could reach a breaking point in New Orleans next week (Sept. 20-24) when Episcopal bishops consider a Sept. 30 deadline to change their church or face “consequences.” The Episcopal Church, […]

Vatican Investigates U.S. Theologian

posted by bnet

(AP) The Vatican and U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are investigating the writings of a well-known American theologian who has analyzed how the Catholic faith relates to other religions. The inquiry’s focus is the Rev. Peter Phan, of Georgetown University, a […]

AME Church Leaders Join Protest of ‘Jena Six’ Case

posted by nsymmonds

By Adelle M. Banks and Katy Reckdahl (RNS) Top leaders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church have joined protests of the prosecution of six black teenagers in Jena, La., who have been charged with the alleged beating of a white […]

At Yom Kippur, a Simple Garment Shrouds Jews in ‘Holiness’

posted by nsymmonds

By Ansley Roan NEW YORK (RNS)– When Rabbi Amy Small arrives at the Beth Hatikvah synagogue in Summit, N.J., on Sept. 21, she will not follow her usual routine because Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, begins at sundown. In […]

California Diocese To Pay $5 Million In Priest Sex Abuse Settlement

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – September 12, 2007 SAN FRANCISCO – The Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa has agreed to pay more than $5 million (euro3.6 million) to settle a sex abuse lawsuit involving a fugitive priest and 10 alleged victims, lawyers […]

IRS Clears Dobson, Focus on the Family

posted by nsymmonds

By Adelle M. Banks WASHINGTON (RNS) The Internal Revenue Service has cleared Focus on the Family Chairman James Dobson after an investigation into charges that he had violated IRS rules by being involved in prohibited politicking. Dobson hailed the IRS’ […]

Board: Charter School Can Teach Hebrew

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – September 11, 2007 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A charter school may resume teaching in Hebrew, more three weeks after the lessons were halted over concerns the Jewish faith was seeping into public classrooms, the school board voted […]

Christian Broadcaster is Savior for Florida Bible Theme Park

posted by nsymmonds

Thanks to help from a California-based Christian broadcasting empire, a Christian theme park in Orlando, Fla., seems to have boosted its popularity. Ever since Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) acquired The Holy Land Experience in June, attendance figures jumped at least […]

Wiesenthal Center Starts Website About Judaism for Muslims

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press New York – The Simon Wiesenthal Center has launched a multilingual Web site whose main purpose is to inform Muslims about Judaism through a forum that allows visitors to post live questions in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Bahasa and […]

Prisons Tossing Out Religious Books

posted by akornfeld

United Press International Washington – Prisons in the United States are following a government directive to purge their libraries of religious books, causing outrage among many inmates. The action, according to a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Prisons, was prompted […]

Hindus Celebrate Ganesh, the God that `Everybody Likes’

posted by akornfeld

By Ansley Roan Religion News Service Each morning when she wakes up in her home in Jacksonville, Fla., Davel Patel begins her day with a puja, or worship ceremony, to the Hindu deity Ganesh. This Saturday (Sept. 15), she will […]

Convert to Islam, Bin Laden Tells Americans

posted by lsheahen

Associated Press Cairo, Egypt (AP) — Osama bin Laden appeared for the first time in three years in a video Friday released ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, telling Americans they should convert to Islam if […]

Suicide Rates Spike for Teen Girls

posted by shuang

Associated Press ATLANTA – The suicide rate among preteen and young teen girls spiked dramatically in a disturbing shift that federal health officials say they can’t fully explain. For all young people between ages 10 to 24, the suicide rate […]

Gay Studies 101 at a College Near You

posted by shuang

Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO – Before he transferred to San Francisco State University, Emo Loredo knew only a few other openly gay students. So he was pleasantly surprised when he discovered his new college offered not only dozens of classes […]

Student Whistleblower to Receive Award

posted by shuang

Religion News Service Ken Thorbourne KEARNY, N.J. – The high school student who blew the whistle on a history teacher who was proselytizing in the classroom is slated to receive an award that puts him in distinguished company. The New […]

Anointed Amish Explore Pentecostal Healing

posted by shuang

Religion News Service Daniel Burke LANCASTER, Pa. – Wearing the bushy beard and black vest common to Amish men, Steve Lapp stood near the pulpit of a Pentecostal church on a recent Sunday night and offered his services as a […]

Buddhist Monks Release Hostages

posted by shuang

United Press International YANGON, Myanmar – A group of Buddhist monks ended a tense standoff with authorities Thursday in Myanmar by releasing 20 government officials they had taken hostage. The situation at the monastery in Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, […]

Confucius Joins Jesus on Court Display

posted by shuang

Religion News Service Christine Harvey SLIDELL, La. – Napoleon, Confucius, Hammurabi and more than a dozen other historical figures have joined Jesus Christ on the wall at courthouse in a bid to reassure visitors that the court wanted nothing more […]

Court Revives Case Against Jehovah’s Witnesses

posted by nsymmonds

By Ron Csillag TORONTO (RNS) A Canadian court has ruled that the father of a teenaged Jehovah’s Witness who died five years ago can proceed with legal action against the church. In its ruling on Aug. 31, the Alberta Court […]

Bin Laden-as-Jesus Art Causes Stir

posted by nsymmonds

United Press International – September 5, 2007 SYDNEY, Sep 5, 2007 (UPI via COMTEX) — An exhibit of Christian religious icons infused with Islamic overtones, including an image of Osama bin Laden as Jesus, has raised a stir in a […]

Religious Right Leader D. James Kennedy Dies

posted by Patton Dodd

Religion News Service The Rev. D. James Kennedy, a Florida minister who took to the airwaves and became a force in driving conservative Christians to the polls and into the public square, died Wednesday (Sept. 5) after months of serious […]

Tibetans Oppose China on Reincarnations

posted by mkress

Associated Press DHARMSALA, India – A Chinese order claiming Beijing must approve all of Tibet’s spiritual leaders is an attempt to further repress and undermine the religious culture of the Himalayan region, the Tibetan government-in-exile said Sunday. For centuries, the […]

Church Groups Push for Debt Relief Act

posted by mkress

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON–Liberal religious leaders will begin a 40-day fast this week (Sept. 6) to advocate for legislation that would cancel the debts of the world’s 67 poorest countries. The Rev. David Duncombe, a veteran social […]

College Schools Women in Biblical Homemaking

posted by mkress

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service On Wednesdays and Friday afternoons, sophomore Emily Felts will be attending a course at the College at Southwestern in Fort Worth, Texas, that’s not held in a typical classroom. One of a dozen […]

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