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Air Force Builds Worship Space for Wiccans

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado will set aside a worship space for followers of “Earth-centered” religions such as Wicca and Druidism, according to an Air Force news release. A stone circle atop a hill on the base […]

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Man Convicted of Murdering Kan. Abortion Provider

posted by mconsoli

WICHITA, Kan. – Jurors swiftly convicted an abortion opponent of murder Friday for shooting to death one of the only doctors to offer late-term abortions in the U.S., a killing the gunman claimed was justified to save the lives of […]

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Muslim Advocates Decry Councilwoman Facebook Post

posted by mconsoli

LANCASTER, California – Muslim advocates are demanding an apology from a California city councilwoman for posting anti-Muslim comments on her Facebook social networking page. Muslim organizations in California on Friday called on Lancaster Councilwoman Sherry Marquez to apologize for a […]

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As Future Looks Uncertain, Exhibit Celebrates Nuns’ Colorful Past

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) Ever since the first Catholic nuns set out for America nearly 300 years ago, their sisterhood has been besieged by pirates, attacked by Nativists, bullied by lumberjacks, swarmed by mosquitoes, harangued by bishops, robbed by bandits, hemmed in […]

Author Worries Online Communities are Hurting Real Ones

posted by mconsoli

Religion News Service PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) When it comes to Facebook, Jesse Rice sees an immensely popular social networking site that’s great for sharing photos and keeping in touch with friends. He also sees something that encourages attitudes and behaviors […]

As Testimony Ends in Proposition 8 Trial, Both Sides Figure They Won

posted by mconsoli

Jan. 28–SAN FRANCISCO — The Proposition 8 trial ended on Wednesday, having provided an unprecedented glimpse into the social conflict over whether same-sex couples should have the right to marry and serving as the first stage of a prolonged legal […]

Faced With Scandal, Haggard’s Wife Tells Why She Stayed

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Under similar circumstances, many women would have kicked their husbands to the couch. Or the curb. But for Gayle Haggard, the gay sex-and-drug scandal that toppled her husband’s ministry was simply ” the mountain we had to go over.” […]

After Quake, Haiti Missionaries Ask: ‘Why (Not) Me?’

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Having survived a devastating earthquake during a 10-day mission trip to Haiti, Freedom Gassoway now savors every minute she spends at home with her family in Beaverton, Ore. But for this 33-year-old mother of two, some of life has […]

Pope Commemorates 65th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

posted by mconsoli

Vatican City (dpa) – Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday recalled the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz, and event which revealed “the unprecedented cruelty,” of the Nazi Holocaust. The 82-year-old pontiff made the remarks […]

Book Traces the Long Strange Trip of Drug-Induced Spirituality

posted by nsymmonds

(RNS) If the word “psychedelic” conjures up images of San Francisco or Woodstock, there’s much more to learn from journalist Don Lattin’s mind-blowing guided tour of the colorful people who gave birth to America’s psychedelic era in an unlikely place: […]

Doctor Testifies for Parents in Faith-Healing Death

posted by nsymmonds

OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) When their son became ill, Jeffrey and Marci Beagley were confronted by several symptoms that would concern any reasonable parent but gave no indication that death was imminent, a pediatrician told jurors on Monday (Jan. 25). […]

Polish Bishop, Under Fire from Jews, Steps Back from Statement

posted by nsymmonds

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Polish Catholic bishop who has been denounced for calling the Holocaust a “Jewish invention” distanced himself from the statement on Tuesday (Jan. 26), saying that he had been misunderstood. In an interview published Monday (Jan. 25) […]

Usher Testifies He Saw Kan. Abortion Doc’s Slaying

posted by mconsoli

WICHITA, Kan. – An usher testified Monday that he watched the man accused of killing prominent abortion provider Dr. George Tiller approach the doctor in church, put a gun to his head and pull the trigger. Gary Hoepner, who like […]

Panel to Favor Partial Ban on Full Veil in France

posted by mconsoli

PARIS – A parliamentary panel will recommend on Tuesday that France ban face-covering Muslim veils in public locations such as hospitals and schools, but not in private buildings or on the street, the group’s president said. The decision appeared to […]

Zen Master: Vietnam Must Grant Religious Freedom

posted by mconsoli

HANOI, Vietnam – One of the world’s most famous Zen masters made a plea Monday for religious freedom in his homeland, saying Vietnam’s communist leaders have lost touch with their revolutionary ideals and Buddhist traditions. Thich Nhat Hanh, who helped […]

Opening Statements Begin in Abortion Slaying Trial

posted by mconsoli

WICHITA, Kan. – Jurors in the trial of the man charged with shooting Dr. George Tiller will hear from witnesses who saw the abortion provider gunned down at his church, listen to the 911 call made moments later and see […]

Huge Islamic Gathering Begins in Bangladesh

posted by mconsoli

TONGI, Bangladesh – Tens of thousands of Muslims began streaming to the banks of the River Turag north of the Bangladesh capital Friday for the start of a three-day Islamic gathering that will likely attract three million devotees for a […]

Military Contractor to Pull Bible Verses on Weapons

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) A Michigan military contractor said Thursday (Jan. 21) it will remove encoded scripture references on weapons it builds for U.S. military after a firestorm of complaints arose from both believers and atheists. “Trijicon has proudly served the U.S. military […]

Nearly Half of Americans Admit to Anti-Muslim Bias

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Close to half of Americans admit to harboring prejudice against Muslims and negative feelings about Islam, a new study from the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies shows. The level of anti-Muslim prejudice — 43 percent of Americans admitted feeling […]

Evangelicals Stake Lewis’ Claim on Liberal Mass. Turf

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) At the point where Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts come together, and about a mile from a forest called Satans Kingdom, Northfield, Mass., isn’t exactly what you’d call a hotbed of either conservatives or evangelicals. Yet when a new […]

Trial Opens in Oregon Faith-healing Death

posted by aroan

OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) As Neil Beagley lay dying on his grandmother’s bed, his parents did not take him to a hospital or call 9-1-1 or make any lifesaving efforts, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday (Jan. 19). “They did nothing […]

At Trial, Gay Man Says ‘Reversal’ Therapy Did Not Change Him

posted by aroan

Associated Press – January 20, 2010 SAN FRANCISCO – A gay man testified Wednesday in a federal same-sex marriage trial that the “reversal therapy” he underwent as a teenager to change his sexual orientation drove him to the brink of […]

Muslim Scholars Critical of US Policy Can Return

posted by aroan

Associated Press – January 20, 2010 NEW YORK – Two prominent Muslim scholars once accused of ties to terrorism are cleared to travel to the United States now that the State Department has concluded they pose no danger to the […]

A Miracle for Haitian Orphans

posted by mconsoli

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — In a place desperately in need of miracles, here’s one: Scores of children about to enter the dining room of a church were spared when dinner was late. Other kids were saved when Seker Dorval, 17, one […]

Egypt Announces Find of Ancient Cat Goddess Temple

posted by mconsoli

CAIRO – Archaeologists have unearthed a 2,000-year-old temple that may have been dedicated to the ancient Egyptian cat goddess, Bastet, the Supreme Council of Antiquities said Tuesday. The ruins of the Ptolemaic-era temple were discovered by Egyptian archaeologists in the […]

Civil Rights Icon Says King’s Dream Has Been Hijacked

posted by mconsoli

AUBURN, Ala. — The Rev. Joseph Lowery, an icon of the 1960s civil rights movement, cautioned an Auburn University audience not to “sanitize” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s achievements. Speaking at an event to mark King’s birthday on Friday […]

In Ravaged Haiti, Aid Workers Among the Victims

posted by mconsoli

MIAMI – Haiti’s limitless poverty and hardship have long drawn aid groups and charities from across the world. Now the same people who tried to do good before the earthquake find themselves trapped in the rubble, out of touch with […]

Pope Defends Outreach to Anglicans

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI defended his plan to make it easier for Anglicans to convert to Catholicism, saying that it served the “ultimate purpose” of dialogue between the two denominations. The pope spoke on Friday (Jan. 15), at […]

Court Says Ky. Courthouse Can Keep 10 Commandments

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday (Jan. 14) that a Kentucky county courthouse can keep its Ten Commandments display, overturning a lower court ruling. The “Foundations of American Law and Government Display,” at a Grayson County, Ky., courthouse […]

Mormons Are the Most Conservative, Poll Finds

posted by mconsoli

Mormons are the most conservative, poll finds: Being linked so closely to the GOP presents problems, some say. Jan. 13–On the same day an LDS blog picked powerful Senate Democrat Harry Reid as “Mormon of the Year,” a Gallup poll […]

An Anxious Wait for Word from Haiti

posted by mconsoli

“I’m ok. Can’t call. I’m OK. Start the list.” There was a crack in the Rev. Jeffrey Vamos’ voice when that text message made it out of Haiti and arrived in his parish hall Wednesday (Jan. 13) afternoon. “I’m a […]

Is There Any Common Ground on Abortion?

posted by mconsoli

As the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision nears, anti-abortion activists prepare for the annual March for Life and their counterparts plan religious services to pray for the safety of abortion providers. But, 37 years after the contentious Supreme […]

Pat Robertson: Haiti ‘Cursed’ Since Deal with the Devil

posted by mconsoli

Jan. 14–VIRGINIA BEACH — Broadcaster Pat Robertson offered an explanation Wednesday for the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti: a purported pact with the devil. “Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about […]

Muslims Try to Stem Radicalization in an Uphill Fight

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) A recent report from Duke University praised U.S. and Canadian Muslim leaders for fighting to keep Islamic radicalism out of their communities by condemning terrorism, self-policing, and becoming active in politics. Within days, in what seemed to confirm the […]

U.S. Groups Mobilize to Assist After Haiti Earthquake

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) U.S. religious groups are mobilizing relief efforts for Haitians devastated by Tuesday’s (Jan. 12) massive earthquake, even as they assess the damage to their local partners and congregations. With many power and phone lines destroyed, U.S.-based aid workers said […]

Pope Meets with Woman Who Attacked Him on Christmas Eve

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI met the woman who toppled him inside St. Peter’s Basilica, accepting her apology and offering his forgiveness for the Christmas Eve incident. Susanna Maiolo, 25, and members of her family met briefly with the […]

Jordan Files Complaint Over Dead Sea Scrolls

posted by mconsoli

TORONTO (RNS/ENI) Jordan has complained to a United Nations agency after Canada refused to seize the Dead Sea Scrolls at a recent exhibit in Toronto. Jordan says the ancient manuscripts, which had been on loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority, […]

U.S. Blasts Iran Over Baha’i Trial

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. State Department lambasted Iran on Monday (Jan. 11) for deciding to try seven members of the Baha’i Faith on charges of spying for Israel, and called on Iran to release all religious minorities imprisoned because of […]

Vatican Says ‘Avatar’ is No Masterpiece

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican newspaper and radio station have called the film “Avatar” simplistic, and criticized it for flirting with modern doctrines that promote the worship of nature as a substitute for religion. L’Osservatore Romano and Vatican Radio dedicated […]

Islamic Society of North America Taps Educator for Executive’s Job

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) The Islamic Society of North America, one of the most visible Muslim organizations in the United States, has appointed Chicago lawyer and youth leader Safaa Zarzour as its next secretary general. Zarzour’s appointment comes on the heels of several […]

Pope Laments Slow Pace in Tackling Climate Change

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Lamenting “economic and political resistance” to dealing with climate change, Pope Benedict XVI on Monday (Jan. 11) called on the world’s nations to reach an agreement on the matter by the end of 2010. The pope’s statement […]

Buddhists Say You Aren’t What You Eat, but How

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) With his round cheeks and ample belly, the Buddha may rank somewhere close to sumo wrestlers on most Americans’ list of go-to sources for healthy eating tips. But the ever-present image of a fat and happy Buddha owes more […]

N.J. Senate Rejects Same-Sex Marriage Bill

posted by mconsoli

TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) The New Jersey state Senate on Thursday (Jan. 7) voted down a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, prompting a promise from gay-rights advocates to take their campaign to the courts. The final tally, 20-14 with three abstentions, […]

Tensions Linger as Pope Readies for Synagogue Visit

posted by mconsoli

VATICAN CITY (RNS) When Pope Benedict XVI visits Rome’s main synagogue next Sunday (Jan. 17) to mark Italy’s 21st annual Day of Jewish-Christian Reflection, the setting alone will reflect a momentous event in Jewish-Catholic relations. The Great Synagogue of Rome […]

Hume Says Anti-Christian Bias Fueled Tiger Woods Backlash

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) Fox News analyst Brit Hume, who was both widely praised and criticized for suggesting that golfer Tiger Woods should embrace Christianity to find true “redemption,” said he fell victim to widespread media bias against Christianity. “Instead of urging […]

National Yiddish Book Center Gets Surprise $3 Million Bequest

posted by mconsoli

AMHERST, Mass. (RNS) The National Yiddish Book Center has received an unexpected gift of $3 million from comedy writer Mickey Ross, who died in May without any known connection to the one-of-its-kind library. The gift from Ross, who worked on […]

Muslims Say New Security Rules Unfair, Ineffective

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) American Muslim leaders are criticizing new airport security guidelines they say unfairly profile Muslims. More importantly, they say, the new rules are ineffective. Muslims leaders say the measures, introduced by the Travel Security Administration on Sunday (Jan. 3) after […]

Professor’s Research Suggests Not Sparing the Rod

posted by mconsoli

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) While timeouts and other disciplinary methods are encouraged by some child psychologists, a Calvin College psychology professor says her research shows corporal punishment forms more well-adjusted people later in life. Marjorie Gunnoe says the study finds […]

Accused US Holocaust Museum Gunman Dies

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON – The 89-year-old white supremacist charged in a deadly shooting at Washington’s Holocaust museum died Wednesday in North Carolina, where he’d been held while awaiting trial, authorities said. James von Brunn died at a local hospital in North Carolina, […]

Dobson Plans New Radio Ministry

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Religious broadcaster James Dobson will leave the “Focus on the Family” radio program in late February but will continue on the airwaves through a new ministry. Officials at the Colorado-based ministry that Dobson founded three decades ago say they […]

Black Churches Team with Hospitals to Push Better Diets

posted by mconsoli

For Deborah Taylor, keeping her body fit and eating well is a way of honoring her Lord. So when Taylor, a financial assistant for University Hospitals Ireland Cancer Center, heard of the hospital’s Body & Soul program for black churches […]

Pioneering Feminist Mary Daly Dies at 81

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Mary Daly, a self-described post-Christian, radical feminist theologian known for pioneering women’s studies and battling administrators at Boston College, died Sunday (Jan. 3) at age 81. Daly’s death was announced by Mary E. Hunt, director of the Women’s Alliance […]

Mass. College Bans Head Coverings that Block Face

posted by mconsoli

BOSTON – A Massachusetts pharmacy college instituted a ban on clothing that obscures the face, including face veils and burqas, weeks after a Muslim alumnus who is also the son of a professor was charged with plotting terror strikes. The […]

U.S. Postal Service to Honor Mother Teresa with 2010 Stamp

posted by mconsoli

WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Postal Service plans to honor Mother Teresa with a stamp this year in recognition of her humanitarian work. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning nun who died in 1997 will join the late actress Katharine Hepburn, athletes of […]

American Evangelicals’ Role Seen in Uganda Anti-Gay Push

posted by mconsoli

Human rights advocates say a conference with three Americans helped set the stage for a bill to execute homosexuals. Last March, three American evangelical Christians, whose teachings about “curing” homosexuals have been widely discredited in the United States, arrived here […]

CAIR Condemns Attempted Bombing, Warns Against Profiling

posted by mconsoli

NEW YORK (RNS/ENI) A prominent Muslim-American advocacy group has condemned the attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound flight on Christmas Day by a Nigerian Muslim, but has also warned of the dangers of “profiling” Muslims and others in the name of […]

Reform Rabbis Decry Discrimination at Western Wall

posted by mconsoli

(RNS) Reform rabbis have resolved to protest attacks on religious freedom in 2010 by supporting women who seek to worship equally with men in Jerusalem and Muslims who want to build minarets in Switzerland. The Central Conference of American Rabbis, […]

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