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Christian, Muslim, Jewish Leaders Unite to Support China’s Persecuted Uyghurs

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China’s persecution of the Uyghurs, nine million Turkic-speaking Muslims, will be the focus of an inter-faith conference in Toronto on July 5. Most of the Uyghurs live in Xinjiang, a vast desert region of Western China. The group “One Free […]

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11-year-old boy refused to recite pledge, will lead San Antonio gay pride parade

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Eleven-year-old Will Phillips will help lead this year’s San Antonio, Texas, gay pride parade. As a fifth grader in the rural town of West Fork, Arkansas, he refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Now homeschooled because of negative local reaction, he has […]

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Atheist blogger: Georgia License Plates Will Not Have ‘In God We Trust’ on Them

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Hemant Mehta, writing on “The Friendly Atheist” blog, reports that: “Church and State will remain separate on Georgia’s license plates thanks to all of you. Earlier this week, I mentioned that Georgia was having an online vote to decide it’s new license plate. […]

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Houston National Cemetery defies judge, bans “God bless you” from veterans’ funerals

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Three national veterans groups have filed a 26-page complaint in federal court that officials at the Houston National Cemetery have defied the court’s order to quit censoring prayer and banning the words “God” and “Jesus” from funeral services. Despite a Memorial […]

Inspirational vine: North Carolinians see image of Jesus Christ on the Cross

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The Gospel of John quotes Jesus as saying “I am the true vine,” and some folks in eastern North Carolina think they may have witnessed a literal demonstration. A utility pole about a mile south of Kinston has attracted attention […]

Netanyahu says he needs to hear Palestinian leaders say they’ll accept the Jewish state

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from the Jerusalem Post Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to recognize Israel as a Jewish state on Tuesday, saying “Just say the six words – ‘I will accept the Jewish state.’” In an address […]

Michele Bachmann: A ‘sense’ God calling me to presidency

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 By Elizabeth Tenety ~ from The Washington Post‘s On Faith Minnesota’s Republicatn congresswoman— and now official presidential candidate — Michele Bachmann told CBS News’ Bob Schieffer on Sunday that she believes God is calling her to run for the nation’s […]

Sally Quinn: Tim Tebow on Jesus, football and dating

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“It’s attractive when girls have faith,” says Tim Tebow, a deeply committed Christian who is not afraid to say so — which he does in his new book, Through My Eyes. Tim Tebow is the real deal, writes the Washington Post‘s Sally Quinn. […]

Could there be a third option in San Francisco’s circumcision debate?

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For several decades, opposition to circumcision has been building in the United States and within the American Jewish community. This year, the people of San Francisco will see on their ballots a proposed ordinance banning circumcision entirely, with no exception […]

Vatican adviser: Deny communion to Cuomo over same-sex marriage stance

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A senior adviser to the Vatican, who is a theology professor in Detroit, blasted the Catholic governor of New York for his strong backing of same-sex marriage, saying that he should be punished for his “brazen” violation of Catholicism by […]

Catholic bishops: Shun lawmakers who voted for NY same-sex marriage

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By Elizabeth Tenety ~ from the Washington Post’s On Faith New York’s state’s Catholic bishops continue to blast the state’s passage of homosexual marriage this week, with one bishop calling on Catholic schools and other institutions to shun lawmakers in protest […]

“Heaven” ignites atheist uproar

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By Jordan Sekulow ~ from The Washington Post’s On Faith New York City has chosen to honor the memory of seven fallen heroes – firefighters who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11 – by naming the street that their fire […]

Poland to vote on abortion ban; organizers avoided foreign interference

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Poland will vote whether to ban all abortions after a massive nationwide campaign that carefully avoided publicity abroad. In particular, organizers sought to stay under the radar of heavily funded U.S. abortion advocates, fearing they would pour millions of dollars […]

Pope tweets for the first time

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  Pope Benedict XVI sent out his first-ever tweet today, announcing the launch of a new news site from the Vatican News Twitter account. A photo from the Vatican shows the Pontiff typing out the message himself. CLICK HERE to […]

Eugene, Oregon, city council votes down Pledge of Allegiance

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By Dan Springer ~ FoxNews.com Eugene, Oregon’s city council voted down a proposal to say the Pledge of Allegiance before every council meeting, but later passed a compromise that seemed to make no one happy. The approved measure allows the […]

Congressman under fire for comment that liberalism is based on a hatred of God

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U.S. Congressman Todd Akin from Missouri says he’s not surprised at the firestorm of criticism he’s gotten after telling a Christian radio program that ‘at the heart of liberalism, really, is a hatred for God and a belief that government […]

Sailor wins 2011 Military Fatherhood Award for devotion to handicapped 11-year-old son

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Beliefnet’s Nora Beth Puls reports in her “Sweet Shore” blog that the U.S. Navy’s Logistics Specialist 1st Class Christopher Cady, a petty officer, has been named the winner of this year’s National Fatherhood Initiative “Military Fatherhood Award” during a ceremony in […]

Reports say show will kill off Charlie Sheen’s “Two and a Half Men” character

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Goodbye, Charlie, reports Beliefnet’s “Faith, Media and Culture” writer John Kennedy. He reports that the raunchy CBS situation comedy “Two and a Half Men,” which has revolved around the debauchery of a character played by actor Charlie Sheen, will turn dark […]

Reporters out in the cold; Tuesday night’s premiere of Sarah Palin movie sold out

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National journalists found themselves stuck with the prospect of interviewing local farmers coming out Tuesday night’s premiere of the Sarah Palin movie in Pella, Iowa. It seems the 111-year-old Pella Opera House sold out every seat to local folks – and no tickets were […]

Tweet of Mickey & Minnie in Muslim attire stirs Egyptian fury

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Naguib Sawiris A Christian businessman who is one of Egypt’s richest entrepreneurs, has run afoul of the internet’s social media after sending out a message of Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed as conservative Muslims. The cartoon, which was already circulating by email and on […]

John MacArthur Says America is Under Divine Judgment

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Evangelical preacher and bestselling author John MacArthur told the 2011 “Resolved” conference in Palm Springs, Calif., Saturday evening that America’s sins are akin to that of ancient Israel’s and the United States is under divine judgment. CLICK HERE to read more

Dutch anti-immigration legislator found innocent of hate speech

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(Reuters) – Dutch populist politician Geert Wilders was acquitted of inciting hatred of Muslims in a court ruling on Thursday. The case was seen by some as a test of free speech in a country which has a long tradition […]

Supreme Court to review FCC’s authority to halt foul talk on TV

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WASHINGTON (Religious News Service) The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will examine whether the Federal Communications Commission has the right to ban “fleeting expletives” on broadcast TV. The case will review last year’s decision by the 2nd U.S. […]

NY Bishop: We Should Speak ‘Forcefully & Clearly’ Against Gay Marriage

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Top Catholic leaders in New York have wasted no time in voicing their continued opposition to gay marriage since Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that allowed same-sex couples to marry into law on Friday. Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the state’s […]

Sheen Gets New Show? “Racier,” “raunchier” than Two and a Half Men?

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Is Charlie Sheen back to winning? The embattled actor has reportedly signed a deal for a new show with Lionsgate Television, Radar Online exclusively reported Monday. The website reports that Sheen is poised to make more money than ever after […]

Nothing wrong about making 95-year-old woman take off adult diaper, says TSA

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by Jim Treacher ~ The DC Caller Have you ever noticed that when a government agency screws up and does an internal review, it tends to come out in favor of that government agency? I have. “We looked into it, […]

Congressman: GOP Medicare Plan “Immoral” And “Un-American”

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“I always find it very interesting that people talk all about their from Christianity and all these other religions that teach love. All that teach taking care of the poor. All of which talk about doing for the least of […]

Dalai Lama to host 11-day peace festival in D.C.

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By JACK JENKINS ~ c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The Dalai Lama will visit Washington next month for an 11-day peace rally that is being billed as “the largest gathering for world peace in history.” The July 6-16 […]

Bishop calls on Atlanta mega-church preacher to repent of sexual sins

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Bishop Paul S. Morton, founder of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship that ordained Eddie Long as Bishop, has openly rebuked the Atlanta megachurch pastor and called him to repent of any sins committed in sexual coercion lawsuits that were […]

NY Pastor: Gay Marriage a ‘Cold, Hard Slap of God’s Face’

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The passage of a bill allowing gays and lesbians to marry by the state Senate on Friday, in fact, should leave Christians grieving – grieving that “our God has been offended,” said a New York pastor in his Sunday sermon. […]

Cardinal sees ‘no theological obstacle’ to women priests

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Cardinal Jos da Cruz Policarpo of Lisbon, Portugal, a veteran European prelate at one point considered a contender to become pope, reportedly has said he sees no fundamental theological obstacle to the ordination of women as priests in the Catholic […]

200 Northern Illinois Methodist Clergy Vow To Bless Same-Sex Unions

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Some 200 United Methodist clergy of the church’s Northern Illinois Conference have pledged to bless same-sex unions in violation of the church’s policy on the matter, doing so despite the risk of suspension or defrocking. The Northern Illinois clergy’s declaration […]

Michele Bachmann Would Back Federal Amendment to Overturn NY Gay Marriage

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Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, who will officially announce her run for president Monday, said today she would support a federal constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and woman, thereby overturning New York’s new law legalizing gay marriage. […]

Safer Sex? Some Parents Allow Their Teens to Have Sex Inside Family Home

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From ABC-TV News — By MARY PFLUM — June 22, 2011 Patty Skudlarek strives to be a responsible parent. That’s why she says she told her 18-year-old son that if he wants to have sex, not only is she okay […]

Politics and the Land of Make Believe

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by Dr. Jack Kerwick Among the shows I used to watch as a child was Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.  In every episode, Fred Rogers would whisk his viewers away to “the land of make believe.”  It has been quite some time […]

Legislators include religious exceptions within New York’s gay marriage bill

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New York state’s Marriage Equality Act passed the state’s senate Friday night in a vote of 33-29, making the Empire State the sixth U.S. state or district to legalize same-sex marriage — joining Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Washington, […]

Jewish leader’s blog too controversial for America On Line’s “The Huffington Post”?

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David Harris is Executive Director of the American Jewish Committee.  The New York Times has called the AJC, which was founded in 1906,  “the dean of American Jewish organizations.”  So it’s not that radical of an outfit.  But the position […]

Wife prays for an angel, football player lifts car off trapped husband

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“God, bring an angel to my side,” prayed the desperate, screaming wife as she struggled to lift a car off of her husband’s chest. “Help me!” In the parking lot of the Bull’s Den Cafe near the University of South […]

Sudan Christians facing genocide, bishop pleads for worldwide prayer

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“We are facing the nightmare of genocide of our people in a final attempt to erase our culture and society from the face of the earth.”  That’s the warning of African Episcopal Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail in northern Sudan’s Nuba Mountains […]

School lets 10-year-old speak out against abortion — to an empty auditorium

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Ranchero Elementary School allowed 10-year-old Calise Jontz to make her heart-felt speech against abortion. To an auditorium cleared of students. “Did you know that from the moment of conception, every distinctive characteristic of this new human being is programmed into this single […]

Belgians say organs harvested from euthanized patients transplant better

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The medical journal Applied Cardiopulmonary Pathology reports that organs harvested from euthanized patients make better transplants. Euthanasia or “mercy killing” is the practice of ending the lives of patients who are terminally ill and have no possibility of recovery. Proponents […]

Kidnapped 9-year-old Pakistani girl told to go kill policemen

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Nine-year-old Sohana Jawed was snatched off the street, drugged, outfitted in a suicide vest and told to go kill Pakistani policemen. The third grader refused to cooperate, throwing off the vest as she ran toward police screaming for help, according […]

Faith @ Work: Is God present in our daily lives?

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Excerpt from Washington Post On Faith By J. Douglas Holladay Hubris and arrogance should have little quarter in the lives of those with animating and authentic faith; yet I have observed in myself and others something quite troubling. And though […]

Critics push Obama to change faith-based hiring rules

By LAUREN MARKOE c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) A group of clergy and lawmakers is trying to overturn a nearly decade-old policy that allows faith-based organizations that receive federal funds to hire and fire employees on the basis […]

Evangelicals see declining influence in U.S.

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Are U.S. evangelicals losing their influence on America? A new poll released Wednesday (June 22) from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life seems to say just that, with […]

Leaving God out of Pledge tees off Ohio congressman

By SABRINA EATON c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) NBC’s decision to edit the word “God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during last weekend’s coverage of the U.S. Open golf tournament has teed off an Ohio congressman, who wants […]

Churches call for U.S. to pull out of Afghanistan

By JACK JENKINS c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) As President Obama prepared plans to bring a limited number of U.S. troops home from Afghanistan, a group of 40 religious leaders called for the president to “bring the war […]

Religious order vows to end paddling at New Orleans school

By GORDON RUSSELL c. 2011 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The religious order that runs the last remaining Catholic school in the country to use corporal punishment says it will no longer allow the practice, putting it in line […]

Conservatives want senator to resign after affair

By JONATHAN TILOVE c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The president of the Christian conservative Family Policy Network sent Sen. David Vitter, R-La., a letter Monday (June 20) calling on him to follow the lead of former Rep. Anthony […]

Orthodox basketball player allowed to cover her arms

By MICHELE CHABIN c. 2011 Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS) The international basketball federation has decided to permit an Orthodox Jewish basketball player to cover her arms during competitions in accordance with her religious beliefs. FIBA made the decision several […]

Pawlenty’s prominent pastor not a political pawn

By G. JEFFREY MacDONALD c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) When GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty goes to church, he knows he’ll hear a 27-minute sermon — never longer, never shorter. But whether he’ll hear a biblical endorsement of the […]

Report: Mercedes to unveil new eco-friendly popemobile

By NIELS SORRELLS c. 2011 Religion News Service BERLIN (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI has a lot of ground to cover when he heads back home to Germany this September, but thanks to a new popemobile from Mercedes, at least 30 […]

Commentary: Muzzled by Mammon

By TOM EHRICH c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) “Leave politics to the politicians,” an irate churchgoer said after his pastor waded into political issues. “Don’t write about something you know nothing about,” an irate reader said when a Christian […]

Commentary: Be sure to read the warning labels

By A. JAMES RUDIN c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) It’s hard to escape the barrage of TV ads that praise the benefits of various medications and then conclude with a rapid-fire list of the drug’s potentially harmful side effects. […]

Church of England to allow gay bishops — sort of

By AL WEBB c. 2011 Religion News Service LONDON (RNS) The Church of England has issued a set of “legal guidelines” that pave the way for openly gay clergy to become bishops — so long as they are and promise […]

Van Impe leaves TBN over ‘Chrislam’ remarks

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Jack Van Impe, a popular End Times broadcaster, has ended his decades-long run on Trinity Broadcasting Network after a dispute over naming ministers that he accuses of mixing Christian and […]

Lesbian minister to face Methodist church trial

By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) United Methodists will begin a trial Tuesday (June 21) against a Wisconsin minister who’s accused of breaking church rules by celebrating a same-sex marriage and being in a lesbian relationship. The […]

All Southern Baptist eyes on black New Orleans pastor

By BRUCE NOLAN c. 2011 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Even before the Southern Baptist Convention elected the Rev. Fred Luter to national office, there was already widespread speculation that Luter is poised to become the denomination’s first African-American […]

Oregon strips faith-healing parents of legal defenses

By STEVE MAYES c. 2011 Religion News Service PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed a new law that removes the remnants of Oregon’s legal protection for parents who rely solely on faith healing instead of traditional medical care […]

Left-leaning Christians to rally around ‘Wild Goose’

By YONAT SHIMRON c. 2011 Religion News Service DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) It’s summer. It’s hot. It’s the South. That must mean it’s time for an old-fashioned camp meeting. Next week (June 23-26), the bygone staple of the tent revival will […]

Bishops leave abuse policies largely intact

By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service BELLEVUE, Wash. (RNS) The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops on Thursday (June 16) overwhelmingly voted to maintain current church policies on the sexual abuse of children, making only minor tweaks to policies that […]

Black churches push prostate cancer awareness

By B. DENISE HAWKINS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Thomas A. Farrington isn’t looking for cards or a tie this Father’s Day. What he really wants, he says, is for other black men sitting in the pews with a […]

Rowan Williams sparks a political row

By TREVOR GRUNDY c. 2011 Religion News Service CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Nearly a millennium ago, four unruly knights crossed the English Channel from France and confronted the archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, over his feud with King Henry II. Before […]

Commentary: Jesus is still surrounded by too many men

By Cathleen Falsani c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Pop quiz: Name three women leaders in evangelical Christianity. Not including women known primarily as partner to their better-known husbands. And just to make it interesting, let’s say they have to […]

Baptists support legalization but not ‘amnesty’

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Southern Baptists adopted a resolution Wednesday (June 15) that supports a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants but clearly states they reject “amnesty.” After heated debate at their annual meeting […]

Bishop calls Ala. immigration law nation’s ‘meanest’

By GREG GARRISON c. 2011 Religion News Service (BIRMINGHAM) A new Alabama law that makes it a crime to offer rides to undocumented immigrants is the “meanest” immigration law in the country, according to a United Methodist bishop and respected […]

After controversy, Baptists affirm belief in ‘eternal’ hell

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Southern Baptists on Wednesday (June 14) called hell an “eternal, conscious punishment” for those who do not accept Jesus, rebutting a controversial book from Michigan pastor Rob Bell that questions […]

Bishops open meeting to review sex abuse rules

By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service BELLEVUE, Wash. (RNS) The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops began a review of church sex abuse policies here on Wednesday (June 15), bypassing several recent reports that raise questions about whether the rules […]

Vatican tries to revive Eucharistic adoration

By FRANCIS X. ROCCA c. 2011 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) For seven centuries, Eucharistic adoration — praying before an exposed consecrated Communion host — was one of the most popular forms of devotion in the Roman Catholic Church, […]

Goshen College silences national anthem (again)

By JACK JENKINS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Goshen College will no longer play The Star-Spangled Banner at sporting events, school leaders announced, reversing last year’s decision to allow the use of the national anthem for the first time […]

Crisis pregnancy group reflects Jewish divide on abortion

By DEBRA RUBIN c. 2011 Religion News Service SILVER SPRING, Md. (RNS) Saraleah was 19 and a part-time student when she discovered she was pregnant. She didn’t know how it could have happened — until she flashed back to a […]

Southern Baptists look to minorities to jumpstart growth

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Southern Baptists meeting in Phoenix adopted a plan Tuesday (June 14) to try to boost minorities in their top leadership posts as they face continuing reports of stagnant baptism rates […]

Religious freedom envoy condemns religious intolerance

By PETER KENNY c. 2011 Religion News Service GENEVA (RNS) The Obama administration’s new envoy for international religious freedom told a U.N. commission on Tuesday (June 14) that government, political, religious and business leaders must stand ready to condemn hateful […]

Catholic University ends mixed-gender housing

By JACK JENKINS c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The Catholic University of America will phase out co-ed dormitories later this year, President John H. Garvey said Monday (June 13), in a bid to crack down on drinking and […]

Israel sees slow but growing acceptance for gay Orthodox

By MICHELE CHABIN c. 2011 Religion News Service TEL AVIV, Israel (RNS) Though never short on spectacle, this year’s annual gay pride festival was even more colorful with a parade float, sponsored by Google, representing the country’s religious gay and […]

‘The Book of Mormon’ wins nine Tonys

By SCOTT D. PIERCE c. 2011 Salt Lake Tribune (RNS) The irreverent and hilarious The Book of Mormon musical dominated the 65th annual Tony Awards on Sunday (June 12), winning the award for Best Musical and becoming one of the […]

Temple weddings leave some on outside, hurting inside

By PEGGY FLETCHER STACK c. 2011 Salt Lake Tribune SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) You see them on Temple Square nearly every day, pacing nervously or strolling aimlessly, staring down at the tulips or up at the spires. They are parents, […]

Evangelicals wade into circumcision debate

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) The National Association of Evangelicals is siding with Jews and Muslims in opposition of a proposed ban on infant male circumcision in San Francisco. “Jews, Muslims, and Christians all trace […]

With an eye on China, Vatican issues new bishops’ policy

By FRANCIS X. ROCCA c. 2011 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholics forced to participate in ordinations of bishops without the pope’s approval may be exempt from the usual penalty of automatic excommunication, the Vatican said on Friday (June […]

Americans see room to disagree but remain faithful to religion

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Significant majorities of Americans say it is possible to disagree with their religion’s teachings on abortion and homosexuality and still remain in good standing with their faith. The findings, […]

Principal at paddling school vows to remain in job

By BRUCE NOLAN c. 2011 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The embattled president of the nation’s last Catholic school to employ corporal punishment said he plans to remain on the job in spite of a weekend order that abruptly […]

Muslim cabbie fights ticket over religious cap

By KEN LEISER c. 2011 St. Louis Post-Dispatch ST. LOUIS (RNS) Taxi driver Nabeel Langrial was chatting with another cabbie last summer when an enforcement agent for the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission stopped to tell him his hat did not conform […]

Feds rule against a second Catholic college

By G. JEFFREY MacDONALD c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) For the second time this year, a federal regulator has rejected the First Amendment arguments of a Catholic college and cleared the way for the school’s adjunct faculty to unionize. […]

Commentary: Advice for the gentleman from New York

By CATHLEEN FALSANI c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) New York Rep. Anthony Weiner’s cybersex scandal is an opportunity for schadenfreude born in late-night-talk-show-monologue heaven. Oh, Anthony. What a spectacular shande, he of the unfortunately appropriate surname. So many jokes, […]

Ore. couple convicted in faith-healing trial

By STEVE MAYES c. 2011 Religion News Service OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) After just an hour of deliberation, jurors on Tuesday (June 7) unanimously found two members of a faith-healing church guilty of felony criminal mistreatment for not seeking medical […]

Egyptians want advice, not rule, of clerics

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Four months after the fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, a new Gallup survey says a majority of Egyptians want religious leaders to advise the nation’s officials but they […]

Religious art: fig leaf or full frontal?

By PEGGY FLETCHER STACK c. 2011 Salt Lake Tribune SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) The Rev. France Davis doesn’t want any nude Adam-and-Eve figures at his Calvary Baptist Church — even if they were painted by the famed Michelangelo himself. Davis […]

Judge hears monks’ suit over right to build caskets

By RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS c. 2011 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Wearing a monk’s robe, Abbot Justin Brown climbed into the witness box on Monday (June 6) and said the only people who ever opposed his abbey’s bid to […]

Asian bishops say abuse isn’t just ‘a problem of the West’

By HISASHI YUKIMOTO c. 2011 Religion News Service TOKYO (RNS/ENInews) Roman Catholic bishops from across Asia will hold a summit on “The Impact of Pedophilia” in the Catholic Church, saying abusive priests are not simply “a problem of the West.” […]

For evangelicals, Bachmann ‘speaks our code’

By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour warned several hundred Christian conservatives gathered here last week (June 3-4) not to expect a “perfect candidate” to emerge from the field of Republican presidential contenders. […]

Feature: Ministry repairs kids’ bikes and lives

By MORGAN JAREMA c. 2011 Religion News Service GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) The doors of The Motion Initiative have just opened along a stretch of industrial buildings and already Thomas Fish can’t walk more than a few steps without being […]

Irish Abuse Probe Finishes ‘First Phase’

By FRANCIS X. ROCCA c. 2011 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Vatican investigation of clerical sex abuse in Ireland has finished its “first phase,” the Vatican announced on Monday (June 6), but a published report of its findings […]

Book says MacArthur flooded Japan with post-war religion

By SUZANNE McGEE c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS/ENInews) A new book on post-war Japan says Gen. Douglas MacArthur sought to fill the country’s “spiritual vacuum” with religious and quasi-religious beliefs, from Christianity to Freemasonry, as an antidote to communism. […]

Archbishop says he has proof of paddling’s pain

By BRUCE NOLAN c. 2011 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Archbishop Gregory Aymond says he has firsthand accounts from students who said they were injured by paddling at a Catholic high school, challenging school supporters who have filed suit […]

Feature: Tebow details blessed life rooted in faith

By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN and SEAN LEAHY c. 2011 USA TODAY (RNS) Tim Tebow is a 23-year-old second-year, second-string quarterback on a so-so NFL team. So who’s going to buy his memoirs? What’s to remember? Only … — The play-by-play […]

Clinton defends religious freedom envoy

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton defended her new ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom on Thursday (June 2), calling the Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook a bridge-builder who is right […]

Religious Leaders Call a Strike On Tobacco

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Religious leaders are hoping to hit a home run in a campaign to get Major League Baseball players to ban tobacco use on fields and dugouts of the national pastime. […]

Budget Battle Pits Atheist Ayn Rand vs. Jesus

By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The atheist philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand published more than a dozen books before she died in 1982. Now, liberal Christians say another work belongs in Rand’s controversial canon: the […]

Lawyers: Faith-Healing Parents Sought Care for Daughter

By STEVE MAYES c. 2011 Religion News Service OREGON CITY, Ore. (RNS) Two faith-healing parents pleaded with child-welfare workers for permission to take their infant daughter to a doctor and keep her out of state custody, defense attorneys said Tuesday […]

Gingrich Woos Skeptical Evangelical Voters

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) As evangelicals and other social conservatives gather here this weekend (June 3-4) to take the measure of a number of Republican presidential candidates, Newt Gingrich will be conspicuously absent. […]

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