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Psychologists to Review Stance On Gays

posted by Jana Melpolder

NEW YORK – The American Psychological Association is embarking on the first review of its 10-year-old policy on counseling gays and lesbians, a step that gay-rights activists hope will end with a denunciation of any attempt by therapists to change […]

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Cleric in Radical Pakistan Mosque Killed

posted by Jana Melpolder

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – A radical cleric whose besieged mosque sought to impose strict Islamic morality on the Pakistani capital was killed Tuesday after refusing to respond to troops who demanded his surrender, officials said. About 50 militants and eight soldiers […]

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Ohio Vouchers Help Buttress Schools Even as Church Downsizes

posted by Jana Melpolder

CLEVELAND — Across Northeast Ohio, population shifts from older neighborhoods to the suburbs could mean the closing, merger or consolidation of about one in six schools operated by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. But in Cleveland proper, Catholic schools have […]

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Surgeon General Pick Under Scrutiny for Gay Views

posted by Jana Melpolder

Washington – President Bush’s nominee for surgeon general faces an uncertain confirmation in light of a 16-year-old paper he wrote as part of the United Methodist Church’s Committee to Study Homosexuality. In an eight-page paper titled “Pathophysiology of Male Homosexuality,” […]

Trade Association: Sales of Christian Products Reach $4.6 Billion

posted by Jana Melpolder

Sales of Christian products increased to $4.6 billion last year, according to reports by the major trade association for Christian retailing. The $4.63 billion in 2006 sales, through a range of religious and secular distribution channels, is up from $4.3 […]

Arab League Sending Delegation to Israel

posted by Jana Melpolder

Jerusalem – For the first time in its history, the 22-nation Arab League will send a delegation to Israel this week, with the mission of discussing a sweeping peace initiative as well as the threat posed by Hamas and other […]

Mo. Tightens Abortion Clinic Regulations

posted by Jana Melpolder

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., July 6–Missouri abortion providers will face new regulations for their clinics and new restrictions on teaching sex education classes under a bill Gov. Matt Blunt signed into law Friday. The measure places more abortion clinics under government […]

Pope Relaxes Restrictions for Latin Mass

posted by Jana Melpolder

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Benedict XVI removed restrictions on celebrating the old form of the Latin Mass on Saturday in a concession to traditional Catholics, but he stressed that he was in no way rolling back the reforms of […]

ACLU Files Suit Over Jesus Icon in Courthouse

posted by Jana Melpolder

SLIDELL, La. (RNS) A portrait of Jesus Christ that hangs in the lobby of Slidell City Court violates the separation of church and state, according to a a federal lawsuit that was filed Tuesday (July 3) by the Louisiana American […]

Churches Seek Insurance Relief

posted by Jana Melpolder

ORLANDO, Fla. — Wesley United Methodist Church is a congregation of a few hundred members in Marco Island, Fla. It is an active congregation with ministries to the homeless, students and the elderly, and every year it sends missionaries to […]

Move Over, Harry, Christian Fantasy is Back

posted by Jana Melpolder

Whether using dragons, firefish or sword-wielding soccer moms, writers in the emerging category of Christian fantasy fiction are clamoring for a spot in the marketplace. Fantasy fiction in general commands a large following and copious real estate in bookstores. But […]

Lawmakers Seek Bishops’ Help in Ending Iraq War

posted by Jana Melpolder

Washington – In a rare reversal of roles, 14 Catholic members of Congress are lobbying U.S. Catholic bishops to step up efforts to end the war in Iraq. The lawmakers, all Democrats, wrote to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops […]

Mo. Conceals Executioners’ Identities

posted by Jana Melpolder

Jefferson City, Mo. – People who carry out executions can sue others who disclose their identities, under a new law that followed reports that a doctor who attended Missouri executions had been sued for malpractice more than 20 times. Some […]

Doctor Challenges Kansas Abortion Law

posted by Jana Melpolder

Topeka, Kan. – Hoping to end a criminal case against him, a high-profile abortion provider filed a legal challenge Monday to the constitutionality of part of a Kansas law restricting late-term procedures. Dr. George Tiller, one of the few U.S. […]

Battle at Radical Muslim Mosque Kills 9

posted by Jana Melpolder

Islamabad, Pakistan – Security forces clashed with Islamic students outside a radical mosque in the Pakistani capital Tuesday, triggering gunfire that killed nine people, including four of the militant students, a senior official said. The students later pelted two government […]

Alabama Governor Urges Prayer for Rain

posted by Jana Melpolder

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) With the state’s weather forecasters not delivering much-needed rain, Gov. Bob Riley has turned to a higher power, issuing a proclamation calling for a week of prayer for rain. Riley encouraged Alabamians to pray, starting Saturday (June […]

Study: LDS Faith Doesn’t Lead to Bankruptcy

posted by Jana Melpolder

Jun. 29–At first glance, it seems logical to assume Utah’s high bankruptcy rate is connected to the large number of Mormons living in the state. After all, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourages members to pay 10 […]

Break for Muslim School Prayer Criticized

posted by Jana Melpolder

San Diego, Jul 2, 2007 (UPI via COMTEX) — A San Diego elementary school is embroiled in controversy over a policy allowing Muslim students to pray during a school break. Critics told the San Diego Union-Tribune the policy at Carver […]

Ministries Aren’t Just for the Big Names Anymore

posted by Jana Melpolder

LAS VEGAS — Television ministry used to be the province of a few prominent preachers like Pat Robertson and the late Jerry Falwell. But the business — and it is a business — has definitely come of age. At this […]

Methodists, Presbyterians, Brethren Report Lower Numbers

posted by Jana Melpolder

Three mainline Protestant denominations — the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the Church of the Brethren — have experienced steady decreases in U.S. membership rolls, continuing long-term trends, according to separate June reports. A “state of the […]

Bush Announces Envoy to Islamic Countries

posted by Jana Melpolder

(RNS) Hoping to improve America’s negative image in the Muslim world, President Bush said he will appoint a special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, a political group of 57 nations home to more than 1 billion Muslims. […]

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