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Ramadan Sees Birth of Emerging Muslim Labor Movement

posted by nsymmonds

(UNDATED) Hundreds of Muslim workers at two meat processing plants in Colorado and Nebraska walked off the job earlier this month, protesting their employer’s refusal to grant time to pray and break a 12-hour fast during the Islamic holy month […]

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36,000 Will Write the Bible, One Verse at a Time

posted by nsymmonds

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Mandy Helton Jones had planned to spend the next couple of months traveling to Asia and Australia with her new husband, Jon. But when she spotted a blog looking for couples to carry a handwritten Bible […]

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Congress Quiet on Jewish New Year

posted by nsymmonds

WASHINGTON – A day after the House defeat of a financial bailout plan that sent Wall Street into a frantic downward spiral, the Capitol was largely deserted Tuesday as Congress marked the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana. Congressional leaders were […]

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‘666’ Road Sign Thefts Bedeviling Roadways

posted by nsymmonds

BARNEGAT, N.J. – Is the Garden State Parkway the highway to hell? Or is the New Jersey Turnpike the road to damnation? Someone keeps stealing the metal signs at mile marker 66.6 along the heavily traveled toll roads, and the […]

Watchdog Group Files ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ Complaints With IRS

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) A Washington-based watchdog group has filed six complaints with the Internal Revenue Service after dozens of clergy participated in a challenge to rules that ban politicking from the pulpit. At least 31 pastors took part in “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” […]

Setting a Rich Table for the Jewish Holidays

posted by nsymmonds

(UNDATED) For Jews the world over, Rosh Hashana heralds a time of prayer and hope. Hope for a sweet new year. Hope for peace in the year ahead. Nowhere would such prayers and hope seem more poignant than in Israel, […]

Evangelist Tony Alamo Charged with Illegal Transport of Children

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) Evangelist Tony Alamo was charged Thursday (Sept. 25) with transporting children across state lines for sexual activities, just five days after authorities raided his Arkansas ministry. Alamo, 74, was charged after police and social workers interviewed six girls who […]

Faith Leaders Urge Red Cross Access to Detainees

posted by nsymmonds

WASHINGTON (RNS) Top leaders from a number of faiths have asked Congress to allow the International Committee of the Red Cross access to all U.S.-held detainees, including those held at secret overseas prisons. A letter signed by 25 senior faith […]

Archbishop Condemns Proposal to Sterilize the Poor

posted by nsymmonds

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Roman Catholic Archbishop Alfred Hughes has denounced a lawmaker’s proposal to pay poor people to undergo sterilization as “an egregious affront to those targeted and blatantly anti-life.” “Our lawmakers would do better to focus on policies that […]

Don’t Overlook the Poor in Wall Street Bailout, Clerics Say

posted by akornfeld

New York – Religious leaders are warning that the global financial crisis threatens progress made against poverty and world hunger, and urged political leaders not to ignore the poor while debating how to solve the current international financial panic. “It’s […]

China Slams Dalai Lama in Government Report

posted by akornfeld

Beijing – China issued a government report Thursday praising its rule over Tibet and accusing the Dalai Lama of wanting to restore a backward feudal system in the Himalayan region. The white paper, published six months after riots and protests […]

Economy Top Issue for Religious Voters

posted by akornfeld

In Parma, Ohio, an organizer for Barack Obama arrived at a recent “Catholic house party,” a campaign-sponsored chat about values, prepared to answer questions about abortion. The conversation instead lurched into the battered state of the local economy – not […]

States, Medical Groups Oppose Abortion Rule

posted by nsymmonds

WASHINGTON – Several medical associations and 13 state attorneys general voiced their opposition Wednesday to a proposed federal rule that they fear would open the door for hospitals and physicians to deny access to contraception. In late August, the Bush […]

Gospel Today Pulled from Some Stores for Advocating Women As Pastors

posted by nsymmonds

RALEIGH, N.C. – What was supposed to be an honor – a cover story about a group of successful women pastors – has instead been tarnished for a Durham non-denominational church leader. Sheryl Brady, the 48-year-old pastor of The River […]

CAIR Says Anti-Muslim Violence is Down, But Profiling Is Up

posted by nsymmonds

WASHINGTON (RNS) Anti-Muslim discrimination reached an all-time high in 2007, according to a report released Wednesday (Sept. 24) by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). The District of Columbia and just nine other states account for 80 percent of the […]

Presbyterians Launch Fast to Build Solidarity with Poor, Hungry

posted by akornfeld

Washington – The Presbyterian Church (USA) is inviting all Presbyterians to participate in a monthly church-wide fast for “repentance, reflection, and coordinated actions” to empathize with those suffering from hunger and famine around the world. Over the next year, the […]

Six Children in Ark. Custody After Raid on Compound

posted by akornfeld

Fouke, Ark. – Six minors have been temporarily placed in state custody as part of a child porn investigation after a raid on a ministry run by a man who says “consent is puberty” when it comes to sex, officials […]

Taxi Drivers Mark Ramadan with Iftar-on-the-Go Meals

posted by akornfeld

Chicago – Each evening at about 6:30 p.m., Idrees Muhammad sets out a modest feast in Shan Foods, a part-eatery, part-convenience store on the city’s north side. A fleet of taxi cabs pulls up to the strip mall soon after. […]

State Department Blasts China on Religious Freedom

posted by nsymmonds

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. State Department, in its annual report on international religious freedom issued Friday (Sept. 19), admonished several Asian nations, including China, for severely repressing religion. Listing “countries of particular concern” that […]

U.S. Evangelicals Urge Focus on Global Poverty

posted by nsymmonds

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) Responding to a call from their Third World counterparts, U.S. evangelical leaders are urging church members to pay greater attention to global poverty, saying increased advocacy is necessary in light of the […]

Ramadan Fast-A-Thons Raise Awareness About Islam Among College Students

posted by nsymmonds

McClatchy-Tribune Information Services — Unrestricted – September 22, 2008 Sep. 20–RICHARDSON — In a banquet room above the student union’s bopping pingpong balls and blaring arcade games, the groan of empty stomachs met the hum of Arabic prayer. Tables of […]

Survey: Four in 10 Americans Think Clergy Should Endorse Candidates

posted by nsymmonds

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) Four in 10 Americans believe that religious leaders should be permitted to endorse political candidates from the pulpit without risking their organization’s tax-exempt status, a new survey by the First Amendment Center […]

Iran Leader Urges Muslims to Rally Against Israel on 26 Sep

posted by nsymmonds

BBC Monitoring Middle East – September 19, 2008 At 0805 gmt on 19 September, Iranian radio and the Iranian News Network began broadcasting live Tehran Friday prayer sermons led by supreme Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamene’i in Tehran University Campus. […]

Chaplains Rush In to Aid Workers Caught in Market Meltdown

posted by nsymmonds

By Ashley Gipson c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) As the market mayhem continues to rock Wall Street, dazed employees in the financial sector who have lost their faith in the economy are turning to religious leaders for guidance. “People […]

Rules on Fasting During Ramadan Different for Women

posted by akornfeld

Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Belmont, California – The women broke their fast at sunset. Their legs curled beneath them, they gathered around a blue tarp to eat Tuesday night. They chewed dates, while some poured each other orange juice or […]

Ahmadinejad Says Israel Won’t Survive

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Tehran, Iran – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lashed out at Israel on Thursday, saying the Jewish state would not survive, even if it gave up land for a Palestinian state. He also dismissed allegations that his country is […]

Study Finds Heaven’s Doors Opening a Bit Wider

posted by akornfeld

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service Washington – Heaven is no longer viewed as an exclusive place by many Americans, according to a new survey from Baylor University. When researchers polled U.S. adults about who (and how many) will […]

Amish Farmers Join in Case Against Agriculture Departments

posted by nsymmonds

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) Six Michigan farmers, including two Amish men, say a state-required livestock numbering system infringes on their religious beliefs and are suing the U.S. and Michigan departments of agriculture to stop the program. The […]

Union: Muslim Workers Reach Deal for Prayer Time

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – September 17, 2008 OMAHA, Nebraska – A meatpacking plant has agreed to accommodate Muslim workers’ request for prayer time during Ramadan, union officials said Wednesday. Earlier this week 300 Muslim JBS Swift & Co. workers, most of […]

Catholic Democrats Find Strong Push-Back from Bishops

posted by nsymmonds

By DANIEL BURKE c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Bishop Robert Morlino rarely criticizes politicians by name from his pulpit in Madison, Wis., but he was “worked up” about what he saw on NBC’s “Meet the Press” the morning of […]

Church of England Apologizes to Darwin

posted by akornfeld

By Al Webb Religion News Service London – Some 126 years after Charles Darwin’s death, the Church of England has gone into 21st-century cyberspace to issue an official apology to the naturalist for its own 19th-century “misunderstanding” over his theory […]

Muslims Criticize Film Advertisement in U.S. Newspapers

posted by akornfeld

By David Harris Religion News Service Flint, Mich. – A movie being distributed as an advertising insert in more than 70 newspapers nationwide is drawing protests from Muslim groups who call it an attempt to stir up hate. The movie, […]

Faith Leaders Urge Long-Term Solutions for Gulf Coast

posted by akornfeld

By Ashley Gipson Religion News Service Washington – More than 100 religious leaders have urged the federal government and both major political parties to develop long-term solutions to address poverty and environmental concerns along the Gulf Coast. In an attempt […]

Methodist Bishop Rejects Challenge to Bush Library

posted by nsymmonds

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service (RNS) President Bush’s proposed library at Southern Methodist University cleared another hurdle after an Oklahoma bishop refused to reject the plan, according to the United Methodist Church. Oklahoma Bishop Robert E. Hayes said it […]

Pope Urges Pilgrims at Lourdes to Remain Hopeful

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – September 14, 2008 LOURDES, France – Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass on Sunday at the Lourdes shrine renowned for miracles, telling tens of thousands of faithful they should hold onto hope in a world full of evil, […]

Sixteenth Street Baptist Marks 45th Anniversary of Bombing

posted by nsymmonds

By Tiffany Ray Religion News Service BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) Carolyn McKinstry, a lifelong member of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, remembers 1963 as a dark time, when a bomb planted under a stairway took the lives of four little girls, her […]

Megachurches are Growing, But in Different Ways

posted by nsymmonds

By ADELLE M. BANKS 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Megachurches — known for their big buildings, big schools and big crowds — continue to grow, but a new study detects shifts in the way they are expanding. “The general growth […]

Evangelical Publishers Score Big with Palin Books

posted by nsymmonds

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald Religion News Service (RNS) In this high season for political books, two evangelical publishers are leading the race to capitalize on fascination with Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Tyndale House Publishers of […]

Pope Speaks to Muslims, Others, About Faith

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – September 12, 2008 PARIS – Pope Benedict XVI denounced fundamentalist fanaticism as he addressed cultural figures, including Muslim leaders, at the start of a French pilgrimage Friday, which enflamed debate in Paris over the influence religion should […]

Catholic Church Publishes Quinceanera Blessing

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Washington – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is publishing a ritual blessing for the Quinceanera, the coming-of-age celebration for Hispanic girls on their 15th birthday. The Rev. Allan Deck, head of the bishops’ cultural diversity office, said […]

Poll Shows Support for Torture Among Southern Evangelicals

posted by akornfeld

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service Washington – A new poll released Thursday (Sept. 11) finds that nearly six in 10 white Southern evangelicals believe torture is justified, but their views can shift when they consider the Christian principle […]

Jewish Civil Rights Group Condemns Evangelical Document

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press New York, NY – The Anti-Defamation League has called an evangelical move to promote evangelizing Jews in Europe an “affront to the Jewish people.” The Jewish civil rights group urged the World Evangelical Alliance to withdraw the statement […]

Imam Who Pushed for Moderate U.S. Islam Dies at 74

posted by nsymmonds

By Tina Shah 2008 Religion News Service CHICAGO — W. Deen Mohammed, the former leader of the Nation of Islam who broke with the racially tinged teachings of his father, Elijah Muhammad, and inspired thousands of African-American Muslims to follow […]

Bishops Slam Biden Over Abortion Comments

posted by nsymmonds

By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Several leading U.S. Catholic bishops are publicly rebuking Sen. Joe Biden, accusing the Democratic vice presidential nominee of voicing “flawed moral reasoning” on abortion. The criticism comes soon after nearly a dozen […]

Slaughterhouse Charges Spark Debate Over Kosher Labeling

posted by nsymmonds

By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service NEW YORK (RNS) Criminal charges filed against the the nation’s largest kosher meatpacking plant have added fuel to the debate about kosher standards within the Jewish community. The Iowa attorney general filed more than […]

French Court to Try Church of Scientology

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Paris – The Church of Scientology and seven of its top members are to stand trial in Paris on fraud charges after an investigation into allegations by a former member that the church swindled her out of more […]

Stolen Manuscript to Be Returned to Israel Library

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Jerusalem – A 215-year-old Jewish manuscript stolen from a Tel Aviv library a decade ago will be returned by the German library where it surfaced, an Israeli official said Tuesday. Israeli Embassy officials are currently arranging the manuscript’s […]

Muslim Cabbies Lose Round in Court

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press St. Paul, Minnesota – Muslim cab drivers whose religious beliefs go against driving passengers who carry alcohol have lost another round in court. The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday against the cab drivers’ attempt to block penalties […]

Pastors’ Talk of Candidates at Issue

posted by nsymmonds

The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio – September 8, 2008 Sep. 8–Three former Internal Revenue Service executives plan to file a complaint today against a coalition of Christian lawyers who they say are unethically encouraging pastors nationwide to talk about political candidates […]

Group Dangles $50K for Jews Who Move to Ala. Town

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – September 8, 2008 DOTHAN, Ala. – Larry Blumberg is looking for a few good Jews to move to his corner of the Bible Belt. Blumberg is chairman of an organization offering Jewish families as much as $50,000 […]

Obama Says He Was Too Flip on Abortion Question

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – September 7, 2008 WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama acknowledged Sunday that he was probably too flip when he said it was “above my pay grade” to answer a question about when is a baby entitled […]

Survey: Alaskans Less Religious Than Most Americans

posted by nsymmonds

By Tim Murphy Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) While Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s staunch evangelical conservatism may appeal to her party’s Christian base, the Alaska governor’s home state ranks among the nation’s least religious. According to the Pew […]

‘The Shack’ Proves an Unlikely Success Story

posted by nsymmonds

By Steve Rabey c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) “The Shack,” a novel of horror and healing that was rejected by more than a dozen publishers, has sold more than 2 million copies to become the bestselling religion book of […]

Gay Marriage May Test Native American Sovereignty

posted by nsymmonds

By Bill Graves c. 2008 Religion News Service COOS BAY, Ore. — Kitzen and Jeni Branting have been in a committed lesbian relationship since high school and plan to get legally married in Oregon next spring. True, voters amended the […]

Documents Held in Los Angeles Priest Abuse Cases

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Los Angeles – The departure of a key figure in a record $660 million clergy sexual abuse settlement has endangered part of the deal that some plaintiffs consider more important than the money: the promise by the Roman […]

Pentecostalism Obscured in Palin Biography

posted by akornfeld

By Eric Gorski and Rachel Zoll Associated Press St. Paul, Minnesota – Sarah Palin often identifies herself simply as Christian. Yet John McCain’s running mate has deep roots in Pentecostalism, a spirit-filled Christian tradition that is one of the fastest […]

Terror Claims Against NJ Muslim Leader Rejected

posted by akornfeld

Associated Press Newark, N.J. – An influential New Jersey Muslim leader accused by some federal officials of having terrorist ties but praised by others as being an important ally won his fight to gain permanent U.S. residency Thursday. A federal […]

Canceled Muhammad Novel Finds New Publisher

posted by nsymmonds

Associated Press – September 3, 2008 SPOKANE, Washington – A historical novel about the prophet Muhammad and his child bride that was pulled by Random House over concerns it would anger Muslims has found a new English-language publisher. Gibson Square […]

Growing Numbers Say Diet Must Reflect the Divine

posted by nsymmonds

By G. JEFFREY MacDONALD c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When Marilyn Lorenz of Alma, Mich., talks about living out her Catholic faith in daily life, she starts by describing what’s inside her refrigerator. The produce is grown on nearby […]

McCain to Make Full-Throttle Push for Catholic Vote

posted by nsymmonds

By David Finnigan c. 2008 Religion News Service ST. PAUL, Minn. — At 67 million strong and packed into must-win states like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Florida, U.S. Catholics are the ultimate electoral prize for any candidate seeking the White House. […]

President’s Stalwart Supporters Often Share His Evangelical Faith

posted by akornfeld

Chicago Tribune Daniel Darling thinks George W. Bush is doing a good job as president, and that means roughly 70 percent of Americans think Darling is a nut. He is not. What he is, perhaps not surprisingly, is the pastor […]

Biden Risks Refusal of Holy Communion

posted by akornfeld

Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News Scranton native Sen. Joe Biden would likely feel at home any day of the week in Northeast Pennsylvania. Well, any day except possibly Sunday. The Most Rev. Joseph F. Martino, bishop of Scranton, has strongly supported […]

September Ramadan Means Long Days of Fasting

posted by akornfeld

By Jeff Diamant Religion News Service Newark, N.J. – Fasting from sunrise to sunset for 30 days, as Muslims begin doing early next week to mark the Islamic month of Ramadan, is never easy. But some years are harder than […]

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