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Condemned Killer Says Bible Helped Jury Decide His Death Sentence

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Livingston, Texas – The death sentence of a Texas man is under scrutiny because jurors at his trial had Bibles with them when they decided he should be executed Jurors sentenced Khristian Oliver to the death penalty in […]

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Leaving A Church Behind: Congregation Prepares For A New Beginning

posted by akornfeld

The Hartford Courant Watertown – It was the last Sunday service at Christ Church. Unable to go “further in a church that continued in a false gospel,” the entire congregation, including the rector and church leaders, will sever ties with […]

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Huckabee Stands by ‘Christ’ Comment

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Des Moines, Iowa – Mike Huckabee, a Republican relying on support from religious conservatives in Thursday’s hard-fought presidential caucuses, on Sunday stood by a decade-old comment in which he said, “I hope we answer the alarm clock and […]

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Al Gore Named ‘Baptist of the Year’

posted by akornfeld

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service Former Vice President Al Gore has been named “Baptist of the Year” by EthicsDaily.com, the Web site of the Baptist Center for Ethics. “He has pressed for the global good with a compelling […]

Al-Qaida Blamed for Bhutto Assassination

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, Pakistan – Hundreds of thousands of mourners thronged the mausoleum of Pakistan’s most famous political dynasty on Friday in an outpouring of emotion for Benazir Bhutto. The government said al-Qaida and the Taliban were responsible […]

Last Matzo Factory on New York’s Lower East Side Is Moving Out

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press New York – Long after most of its customers left the neighborhood to pursue the American Dream, the last matzo factory on Manhattan’s Lower East Side is moving out, saying goodbye to a part of town that was […]

Countries Condemn Bhutto Killing

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press From Moscow to Washington to New Delhi and points in between, dismay and condemnation poured forth Thursday over the assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto, along with concern for the stability of the volatile region. World leaders […]

‘Gospel of Wealth’ Facing Scrutiny

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press The message flickered into Cindy Fleenor’s living room each night: Be faithful in how you live and how you give, the television preachers said, and God will shower you with material riches. And so the 53-year-old accountant from […]

Pakistan’s Bhutto Killed in Attack

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Rawalpindi, Pakistan – Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday in a suicide attack. Her death threw the campaign for critical Jan. 8 parliamentary elections into chaos and stoked fears of mass protests and violence across the […]

Jewish Group Welcomes Will Smith Explanation for Hitler Remark

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Los Angeles – A Jewish group said Wednesday it accepts Will Smith’s explanation that he never praised Adolf Hitler in remarks the star says were misinterpreted. “We welcome and accept Will Smith’s statement that Hitler was a ‘vicious […]

Ministers Say They Didn’t Endorse Obama

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Columbia, S.C. – Two black South Carolina ministers listed by Barack Obama’s campaign as endorsing his White House bid say they did no such thing, and at least two others affirmed their support only after being contacted by […]

Mormon Temple Opening in Idaho Lifts More Than Spirits

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Rexburg, Idaho – After selling houses in this Mormon college town for two decades, Ted Whyte knows what some of his customers want: a home near the new Mormon temple. Towering Mormon temples like the one soon to […]

Bridge Collapse Sends Hindu Pilgrims Into Icy Water

posted by mkress

KATMANDU, Nepal, Dec. 25 – A steel footbridge collapsed under the weight of hundreds of people in remote western Nepal on Tuesday, sending scores plunging 30 meters (100 feet) into the icy Himalayan waters below. At least 15 people were […]

At the Kwanzaa Table, Food Is Both Symbol and Celebration

posted by akornfeld

The Miami Herald Miami – Maisie McNaught’s first encounter with Kwanzaa pretty much embodied its seven principles in one go: More than 20 years ago, as a new mother looking to forge family traditions, she discovered a book on the […]

Bethlehem Celebrates Christmas

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Bethlehem, West Bank – Gloom was banished from Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem for the first time in years on Monday as Christian pilgrims from all over the world flocked here to celebrate Jesus’ birth in an atmosphere of […]

Iraqi Cardinal: Fear Is Still Pervading

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Baghdad – Fear still pervades life in Iraq despite a recent reduction in violence, the spiritual leader of Iraq’s Catholics said Monday, making a Christmas appeal for refugees who have fled the country to return nonetheless. The U.S. […]

Pilgrims Sadly Say Farewell as Hajj Winds Down

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Mecca, Saudi Arabia – Despite five days of exhaustion and hardships, Muslim pilgrims were saddened to see the annual hajj wind down to a close Friday, ending what for many is a spiritual high point of their lives. […]

US Special Envoy for Sudan Resigns

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Washington – President Bush’s special envoy for Sudan, Andrew Natsios, has resigned, U.S. officials said Friday. Natsios oversaw a push to end the violence that the United States calls genocide in Sudan’s troubled western Darfur region and worked […]

Pope Willing to Talk with China

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Vatican City – Pope Benedict XVI said Friday the Vatican is willing to have “serene and constructive” talks with Chinese authorities to solve the problems of the Catholic community in the country. Benedict recalled a letter he sent […]

Students’ Spiritual Interests Increase on Campus, Even Without Worship

posted by akornfeld

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service Though college students’ attendance at worship services declines, their interest in spiritual matters grows during their time on campus, a new UCLA study shows. UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute compared the views of […]

Reform Jewish Leader Stresses Muslim Dialogue, Sabbath Observance

posted by akornfeld

San Diego – The head of the largest branch of American Judaism is urging members of the movement to do more to observe Shabbat. Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, said in a speech to the […]

Performing Hajj Is the Muslim Faithful’s Ultimate Dream

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Mina, Saudi Arabia _ – Mohammed Abdel-Salam Ali, a 60-year-old Egyptian farmer, spent years scraping together nearly $11,000 to bring his wife and son here to perform Islam’s hajj pilgrimage. Once here, they have slept for days in […]

U.N. Looks to Faith Community to Combat Global Warming

posted by nsymmonds

By Kat Glass Religion News Service (RNS) The United Nations is looking to partnerships with the faith community to spearhead the drive against global warming. The U.N. recently linked with the Bath, U.K.-based Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), pouring […]

Huckabee Counts on Pastors for Iowa Help

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – December 19, 2007 DES MOINES, Iowa – Republican Mike Huckabee, the former Baptist preacher, is depending on more than a leap of faith to win the Iowa caucuses. Leading in polls, Huckabee is determined to make up […]

Book Looks to Bring Eid al-Adha to the Mainstream

posted by nsymmonds

By Tom Feran 2007 Religion News Service CLEVELAND — The biggest holiday of the Muslim year, Eid al-Adha, begins on Dec. 19 (Wednesday) this year. Its proximity to Christmas happens only once every three decades because Muslims use a lunar […]

2007 Was a Quiet Harbinger of Significant Things to Come

posted by akornfeld

By Kevin Eckstrom Religion News Service History books are full of dates that mark seminal events: 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door and launched the Protestant Reformation; or 1973, when the Supreme Court legalized […]

TV Preachers Have Resources, Skills to Challenge Senator Investigating Their Spending

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press The six prosperity gospel ministries under scrutiny by Republican Sen. Charles Grassley are a tough group to take on. The televangelists are veterans at outmaneuvering opponents, and in this case are even getting support from their critics. Religious […]

Clerics: Don’t Demonize Immigrants

posted by akornfeld

The Miami Herald Washington – Alarmed by what they called a “hateful tenor,” a group of religious leaders, including the former pastor at Miami’s Notre Dame D’Haiti Catholic Church, on Monday called on presidential hopefuls to stop demonizing undocumented immigrants. […]

Some Churches Conflicted Over Kwanzaa

posted by nsymmonds

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (UNDATED) Come each December, high atop the choir loft of St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas sit the traditional three purple and one pink Advent candles for several Sundays. But as […]

Dems Lose Fight on Family Planning Aid

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – December 17, 2007 WASHINGTON – Unable to override a promised veto, Democrats have backed down on their insistence that the 2008 foreign aid budget reverse President Bush’s ban on providing aid to family planning groups abroad that […]

Hajj Gets Under Way in Saudi Arabia

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press MECCA, Saudi Arabia – Millions of Muslims from around the world gathered in Mecca Sunday for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage, as the Saudi Interior Ministry announced tough security precautions. Men and women draped in […]

Death Penalty Foes Rejoice After NJ Vote

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – December 14, 2007 TRENTON, N.J. – With New Jersey poised to become the first state in four decades to abolish the death penalty, opponents of the practice declared a historic victory and hoped other states would follow […]

Archbishop: No Change Over Gay Bishop

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – December 14, 2007 LONDON – The archbishop of Canterbury said Friday he will not reverse his decision to exclude a gay U.S. bishop from joining other bishops at a global Anglican gathering next year. Archbishop Rowan Williams’ […]

Vatican Defends Right to Spread Message

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – December 14, 2007 VATICAN CITY – The Vatican, which has been accused of aggressively seeking souls in Russia and some other countries, said Friday it has every right to spread its message and accept converts but that […]

Some Churches Reject Christmas Celebrations

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Charleston, W.Va. – As Christmas draws near, Pastor John Foster won’t be decorating a tree, shopping for last-minute gifts or working on a holiday sermon for his flock. After all, it’s been 50 years since Christmas was anything […]

In Mexico, the Faithful Celebrate Virgin of Guadalupe Day

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Mexico City – Hundreds of thousands of people, some crawling on hands and knees, others carrying her image to be blessed, gathered Wednesday to honor the Mexico’s beloved patron saint, the Virgin of Guadalupe. Celebrants set off fireworks, […]

Cleric Claims He Was Pressured to Leave

posted by akornfeld

The Miami Herald A South Florida imam says U.S. officials pressured him to give up his immigration appeals and leave the country voluntarily. A Muslim group says the imam’s case is part of a troubling trend in which religious leaders […]

Have a Buddhist Question? ‘Ask a Monk’ has the Answer

posted by nsymmonds

By JANET FILLMORE 2007 Religion News Service CLEVELAND — When the Ven. Shih Ying-Fa parks his 5-foot-10 frame before the computer in his home office, he never knows who will be seeking his help. It could be a high school […]

Romney: Attacks on Religion Go Too Far

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – December 12, 2007 BOSTON – Republican Mitt Romney retorted to questions about his faith by surging rival Mike Huckabee on Wednesday, declaring that “attacking someone’s religion is really going too far.” In an article to be published […]

Muslim Student’s Aid in NYC Subway Attack on Jews Leads to Interfaith Friendship

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – December 12, 2007 NEW YORK – A suspected bias attack on four Jewish subway riders in New York City has resulted in a friendship between the Jewish victims and the Muslim college student who came to their […]

Colorado Shootings Reflect Big Threats at Big Churches

posted by akornfeld

By Kevin Eckstrom Religion News Service With megachurches come mega crowds, mega money, and increasingly, mega security concerns. The crowds — anywhere from 2,000 to 20,000 worshippers each weekend — can be an attractive target for a deranged shooter. Overflowing […]

Bush Pays Tribute to Daniel Pearl in Celebration of Hanukkah

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Washington – President George W. Bush recognized Hanukkah on Monday by remembering the kidnapping and murder in 2002 of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl at the hands of Islamic militants in Pakistan. “His only crime was being […]

Catholic Bishops Fault Theologian’s Book

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Washington – A book on interfaith relations by a Georgetown University theologian does not accurately reflect Roman Catholic teaching, a U.S. bishops’ committee said Monday. The Rev. Peter C. Phan, in his book “Being Religious Interreligiously: Asian Perspectives […]

Colo. Church Gunman ‘hated Christians’

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – December 10, 2007 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The deadly shooting sprees at a megachurch and a missionary training school were believed to have been carried out by the same person – a 24-year-old suburban Denver man who […]

Police Investigate Colorado Church Shootings

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Colorado Springs, Colo. – Authorities searched a home in suburban Englewood early Monday, seeking any link between two deadly shooting sprees at Christian religious centers that left both communities stunned on a day of worship. Five people, including […]

Diocese Splits with Episcopal Church

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press San Francisco – The conservative Diocese of San Joaquin voted Saturday to split from the liberal-leaning Episcopal Church, becoming the first full diocese to secede from the denomination in the debate over the Bible and homosexuality. Clergy and […]

Huckabee Second in National GOP Race

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – December 7, 2007 WASHINGTON – Mike Huckabee has vaulted from nowhere into second place in the Republican presidential race, riding a burst of support from evangelicals, Southerners and conservatives, a nationwide poll showed Friday. The surge by […]

California Diocese First to Consider Formalizing Break with Episcopal Church

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – December 6, 2007 FRESNO, California – Headed into a critical vote, an Episcopal diocese in central California is poised to split with the national denomination over what its bishop sees as the threat of moral decay. The […]

Manhattan Grocery Store’s Gaffe Advertising Hams as Hanukkah Food

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – December 7, 2007 NEW YORK – A luxury grocery store in Manhattan made a food faux pas, advertising hams as “Delicious for Chanukah.” Chanukah – an alternate spelling for Hanukkah – is the eight-day Jewish holiday that […]

Churches Push ‘Advent Conspiracy’ to Teach Real Giving

posted by akornfeld

By Nancy Haught Religion News Service Portland, Ore. — The Christmas contradiction gives Pastor Rick McKinley a headache. Americans will spend about $475 billion this year on gifts, decorations and parties that many won’t even remember next year. They will […]

Dalai Lama Starts Italian Visit; No Papal Meeting Planned

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Milan, Italy – The Dalai Lama opened a 10-day visit to Italy on Thursday with few official meetings on his schedule and no plans by the Vatican for a papal audience for the Tibetan spiritual leader, despite earlier […]

Romney: No Religious Test for President

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press College Station, Texas – Republican Mitt Romney, confronting voters’ skepticism about his Mormon faith, declared Thursday that as president he would “serve no one religion, no one group, no one cause,” and said calls for him to explain […]

Wash. Chaplain Badges Lose Crosses

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – December 5, 2007 SPOKANE, Wash. – The city’s Police Department will remove crosses from its chaplain badges to settle a lawsuit filed by a Lutheran pastor-turned-atheist. “It’s a milestone,” said Ray Ideus, 75, who volunteers eight hours […]

California Atheist’s Pledge of Allegiance Cases Heard by US Appeals Court

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – December 4, 2007 SAN FRANCISCO – An atheist pleaded with a federal appeals court to remove the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance tot he American flag and “In God We Trust” from U.S. currency, […]

Tutu, Carter Call for Darfur Cease-fire

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – December 4, 2007 JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – A delegation of the world’s elder statesmen called Tuesday for an immediate cease-fire in Sudan’s Darfur and for the international community to urgently honor its pledge to send in a […]

Questions Surround TV Preacher Inquiry

posted by akornfeld

AFX News Limited – Among the many conservative Christians who feel misunderstood by the general public, the six televangelists under investigation by a Senate committee are an embarrassment. The ministers’ on-air faith healings and fundraising, backed by self-serving misinterpretations of […]

Court: Prison Program Unconstitutional

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Des Moines, Iowa – A federal appeals court ruled Monday that the state of Iowa cannot fund an evangelical Christian prison ministry program because doing so advances or endorses religion, violating the Constitutional separation of church and state. […]

Huckabee Won’t Give Views on Mormonism

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Newton, Iowa – Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, a one-time Southern Baptist preacher who’s seen his standing in Iowa surge with Christian evangelicals’ support, wouldn’t say Tuesday whether he thought Mormonism – rival Mitt Romney’s religion – was […]

Briton in Islam Insult Case Leaves Sudan

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – December 3, 2007 KHARTOUM, Sudan – A British teacher jailed for insulting Islam after allowing her students to name a teddy bear Muhammad flew home Monday following a pardon by the president of Sudan, a British Embassy […]

Pat Robertson Turning Over Christian Broadcasting Network to His Son

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – December 3, 2007 NORFOLK, Va. – Pat Robertson is turning over his duties as chief executive officer of the Christian Broadcasting Network to his son but will remain chairman, the 77-year-old religious broadcaster announced Monday. Robertson said […]

Romney to Give Mormon Speech

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – December 2, 2007 DES MOINES, Iowa – Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, striving to be the country’s first Mormon president, will give a speech this week explaining his relatively unknown faith to voters, his campaign said Sunday. […]

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