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Hispanics turning evangelical, Jews secular

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Worship service attendance is up in New York City, but down among young adult Jews, according to recent studies. On the other hand, fewer Spanish-speaking teens are attending Catholic mass, but more are showing up at Evangelical churches. A recent […]

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Egypt’s Christians weep as rioters target their churches, homes, businesses … and children

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Christian nuns are paraded through the streets like prisoners of war. Scores of churches and Christian schools smolder in vandalized ruins. Christian children are being gunned down on the street. “The words are heavy to put together this morning,” writes an […]

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Focus on the Family’s President Says It’s Time to “Refocus”

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 It’s tough out there in the culture wars and Jim Daly has the battle scars to prove it. But does the top executive of Focus on the Family believe he can ever successfully declare a truce with forces that seem […]

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Who should be allowed to pray for Obama?

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It seems preposterous, but there’s a major debate over who is worthy to invoke the presence and blessing of the Almighty on the leaders of this land we love! So, who is qualified to pray for the President of the […]

ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour: Not your ordinary Christmases

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Christmas has unique memories for international journalist Christiane Amanpour, the ABC News Global Affairs Anchor. As a small child, she remembers wonderful times, “my family with a Christmas tree and presents and a family gathering.” But her father was Muslim. Her mother […]

Did third-party candidates deny Romney the presidency? And where were the Christians?

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In 2000, Green Party candidate Ralph Nader catapulted George W. Bush into the Oval Office by siphoning off 97,488 Florida votes that otherwise would have gone to Al Gore. As a result, Bush — heavily supported by evangelical Christians — won Florida and […]

Should worshipers be allowed to arm themselves?

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Bring guns to church? Pastor Ken Pagano provoked a firestorm when he invited members of Louisville, Kentucky’s New Bethel Church to celebrate the 4th of July and their 2nd Amendment rights by bringing their firearms to church. The national news media […]

Was Jesus a Democrat? Or a Republican?

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There’s a bit of debate about Jesus’ politics these days. “Jesus would send all these right-wing pseudo-Christians straight to hell,” writes Jack Clark. “I can prove Jesus was a Republican,” writes Darrin Yaeger. Jesus changed everything, notes author John Ortberg […]

Unsure where candidate stands? Check here!

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So, you don’t know who should get your vote? Well, there’s always the candidates’ debates. However, should you select the next leader of the free world based on whether he knows how to argue cleverly in public? And there’s always the […]

Have Americans lost their faith … or just their trust in the old “mainline” churches?

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Do Americans have less faith in God? Or is their crisis of faith in the professional bureaucracies claiming to represent Him — particularly in the old, historic “mainline” denominations — the Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Disciples of Christ, Methodists and what remains of […]

Is Atatürk’s dream of a secular Turkey lost?

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Turkey – for almost a century the most secular and moderate nation in the Muslim world – seems to be flirting with its Islamic caliphate roots, dreaming of the Ottoman Empire’s glory days, jihad, conquest and superiority over the “infidel” West. Mustafa Kamal Atatürk, father of modern Turkey Turks are being […]

Are Wisconsin’s startling election results a sneak peek at November?

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Why should the rest of the world care whether or not Wisconsin fired its governor? Last week, voters went to the polls with accusations against Scott Walker ringing in their ears. Before the polls even opened, many in the media declared the vote was […]

Will black voters stay home in November?

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Has Barack Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage undermined his support among black churches? When President Barack Obama announced his support for homosexual marriage, a number of black pastors and Christian leaders were caught off guard – and even embarrassed. On the one […]

So, the GOP finally has a candidate

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It was perhaps the dullest Republican victory party since Herbert Hoover. Mitt Romney won the Texas primary and with it the national Republican nomination for president. What followed was a victory party that could have been sponsored by Serta and […]

Did Jesus influence America’s Founding Fathers?

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Were America’s founding fathers influenced by Jesus Christ? Rather than debate the topic, why not just look into their personal journals? What did they say? Christopher Columbus in his Book of Prophecies: It was the Lord who put into my […]

Are “unacceptable religions” fatal for U.S. presidential candidates?

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Is there an unwritten religious litmus test for the U.S. presidency? Do voters require candidates to be “not just religious, but acceptably religious”? Yes, say Northwest Nazarene University professors Steve Shaw and Darrin Grinder. If they are right, will Mitt […]

Is Iran about to drag us into Armageddon?

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Should we be worried that Iran is about to tip the entire world into World War III?  Are some folks reading far too much into all of today’s saber-rattling? Are they drawing wild conclusions from popular interpretations of Bible prophecy […]

Is there anything to all the buzz on Twitter about Obama’s weekend executive order?

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Has President Barack Obama quietly given himself dictatorial powers over the weekend — new authority to nationalize much of the country’s national resources? To draft citizens into a non-military corps? That’s the buzz – particularly on Twitter over an Executive […]

Amid violence, Egypt’s Christians rely on Muslim friends, worry about future

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Burned-out rubble is all that’s left of Christian shopkeeper Abskharon Suleiman’s appliance store in the northern Egyptian village of Sharbat. His home was destroyed as well as shops owned by his adult children – all targeted because they are Christians. […]

Romney Nabs Second Primary Victory in Florida

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“I stand ready to lead this party and to lead our nation.  My leadership will end the Obama era and begin a new era of American prosperity,” Romney said in his victory speech in Tampa Tuesday night.  Romney who won […]

Surprising Twist in Gingrich SC Victory Speech

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What a month of surprises our nation has seen in regard to this year’s primary season.  Rick Perry drops out of the race and gives his support to Newt Gingrich; the Iowa Republican Party announces that Rick Santorum beat out […]

Why is New Hampshire’s primary so important?

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How can a tiny state in northern New England be so important in the U.S. presidential selection process? New Hampshire is miniscule – smaller than the average county in Wyoming, Arizona or Nevada. It’s 42nd in U.S. population — even […]

Where does faith fit in with politics?

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It’s not what candidates believe, but that they believe in something, says N.T. McQueen, author of Between Lions and Lambs. “With the presidential race well underway, candidates are already trading barbs about religion,” says McQueen. “Mitt Romney is getting hassled for […]

Pollsters: 75 percent of pastors say Mormons “not Christians”

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Most U.S. pastors feel strongly that Mormons are not Christians, according to a survey by LifeWay Research. In a poll of 1,000 American Protestant pastors, a response was asked to the statement: “I personally consider Mormons (Church of Jesus Christ […]

Tea Partying never was any fun; if you want to make love not war, go Occupy Wall Street

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The media never has liked the Tea Party — a bunch of grumpy conservatives saying the government shouldn’t do this and shouldn’t do that. It’s no fun. But Occupy Wall Street is. The hundreds of youngsters camped out in New […]

NY Times: Pastor says Romney not a Christian

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A prominent Texas pastor introduced Rick Perry at a Washington, D.C. conference Friday as “a genuine follower of Jesus Christ,” then met with reporters and stated the standard evangelical position that Mitt Romney’s Mormon Church is a cult. As if […]

Pat Buchanan in a dour mood, releases audio version of “Suicide of a Superpower”

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America is disintegrating. That’s the message that conservative icon Patrick Buchanan brings to his book Suicide of a Superpower, which he is now releasing in audio format — for your drive-time listening pleasure. No feel-good CD, this one tells it […]

Is the Daily Beast too generous in declaring Turkey’s prime minister not “a Jew-hating jihadi”?

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Is the Daily Beast, a news and opinion website published by British-born Tina Brown in conjunction with Newsweek magazine, being over-generous in defending Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan — who has broken off relations with Israel and says the Turkish navy will […]

Washington Post: Americans want a president with “very strong religious beliefs”

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“Atheist alert!” writes Jordan Sekulow in the Washington Post. “New statistics from the Public Religion Research Institute show that over 70 percent of Republicans and over 50 percent of Democrats want a president who has “very strong religious beliefs.” This […]

Jewish Chronicle: Is Obama losing the Jewish vote?

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After scandal-scarred incumbent Anthony Weiner resigned from his seat, Democrats and many political sages confidently predicted that the district he represented — New York’s 9th, a rock-solid Democratic district – would stay in the Democratic fold. “They were convinced that […]

Their heritage guides the Sekulow family’s fight to protect America’s religious freedom

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  by Jordan Sekulow Special to Beliefnet When interfaith prayer is too controversial[1] for a memorial service in New York, it’s worth asking: how has America’s treatment of public religion changed? “Hundreds and thousands of families turned to God more […]

Iran attempts to shut down Iranian Christian News website

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The Iranian National Security Ministry is targeting Farsi-language websites which do not adhere to strict Shi’ite Muslim theology. Among those hit in cyber-attacks is Mohabat News, which serves Persian Christians in Iran and surrounding countries. “The most recent attack took place […]

Would the prophet Micah condemn Federal Reserve?

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In Bible times, the prophet Micah observed those who were exploiting and cheating the poor, says Beliefnet columnist Chad Hovind.  “They were powerful people using dishonest scales.” The ancient prophet said in Micah 6:11, “Shall I acquit a man with dishonest […]

Washington Post: Why are news stories raising fears of “crazy Christians?”

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“Here we go again,” writes Lisa Miller for the Washington Post. “The Republican primaries are six months away, and already news stories are raising fears on the left about ‘crazy Christians.’” One piece, she notes, connects Gov. Rick Perry with a […]

Strong words fly between conservative, liberal Christians in pro- and anti-Rick Perry media

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In his commentary “More Drooling Idiocy on Rick Perry’s Faith,” it’s not too difficult to figure out where political observer Leon H. Wolf stands. “A fairly good indicator that Rick Perry will make a strong general election candidate is the […]

Bachmann asked whether she’ll submit to husband if elected president

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“In case you missed the debate in Iowa last night, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was asked if she would be submissive to her husband,” observes Sarah Pulliam Bailey on the website GetReligion. “The question wasn’t completely out of left […]

CNN: 77 percent say Congress behaving like spoiled children

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In a CNN poll released Tuesday, when asked whether their representatives behaved more like responsible adults or spoiled children over the last few, chaotic days, 77 percent of the public chose the latter. Republicans and Democrats took about the same […]

Pelosi and Boehner terminate 200-year-old Congressional pages tradition

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House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi say they will end the congressional page program, an initiative that brings high school students to Capitol Hill to work alongside elected officials. “The decision is a historic mistake and brings […]

Front Lines of Culture Wars: Huffington Post targets Republicans, ignores Jesus’ cautions

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What happened to fair reporting, asks Beliefnet’s “On the Fron Lines of the Culture Wars”: “In a forthcoming series of articles,” announces Huffington Post writer Andrea Stone, “HuffPost is taking a close look at the charitable giving of Republican presidential candidates. […]

Outsider finds insights at Rick Perry’s stadium prayer rally

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“As a Latin Mass fan and former Catholic schoolgirl (St. Jude’s, Rockville, Md.),” writes Joanne Butler, “I was an unlikely attendee at ‘The Response,’ Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Houston prayer event. But I’m glad I went; it gave me some insights […]

Washington Post: Tim Pawlenty calls Jesus one of his “political heroes”

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In response to a voter’s question about whom he admires, former Minnesota governor and GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said that Jesus is one of his “political heroes.” The Washington Post‘s “On Faith” writer Elizabeth Tenety cited Jon Ward’s report of the […]

Israel National News: Netanyahu Reportedly Accepts 1967 Lines if Palestine Drops Statehood Bid

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A report released on Tuesday said that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to President Barack Obama’s formula for peace with Palestine based on the pre-1967 lines with land swaps if Palestine drops its bid for statehood in September. It’s expected […]

Chronicle of Higher Education: Exclude all devout candidates

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“I propose that it is high time for the electorate to reject anyone who is strenuously devout,” writes David Barash in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s on-line blog “Brainstorm.” His proposed ban would include any candidate who is a”Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, Evangelical, […]

Judicial Watch founder to file $50 million defamation case against MSNBC, Rachel Maddow

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Attorney Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, says he will seek $50 million in damages from MSNBC and commentator Rachel Maddow on behalf of rock singer Bradlee Deans. The suit, which Klayman says will be filed in the […]

Jerusalem Post: Norweigan madman’s endorsement of hardliners will temper their rhetoric

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What does it mean that Anders Behring Breivik, confessed Norwegian mass murderer, endorses Israel throughout his rambling 1,518-page manifesto? “What does this mean for Israel,” writes the Jerusalem Post‘s Larry Derfner, “that this neo-Nazi monster repeatedly expressed his affinity for […]

Herman Cain: Republicans are just making sausage

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From the media watchdog group Accuracy in Media, GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain says what Congressional Republicans are grinding out isn’t very pretty.

Jerusalem Post: Washington is not clear regarding Palestine’s UN rejection says Abbas

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President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas said that the US has not been clear on whether they will reject Palestine UN bid to become a state in September based on the pre-1967 lines. A report from the Jerusalem […]

Washington Post: Breivik says he is a Christian

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“So long as there are differing interpretations of Christian Scripture,” writes Barry Lynn, Executive Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, in the Washington Post‘s On Faith section, “there can be ‘Christian terrorism.’ He continues: Anders Behring […]

If you’d had Hitler in your gun’s crosshairs, would you have pulled the trigger?

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He knew how to manipulate millions to fulfill his mad lust for power. His master plan was to exterminate the Jews, subjugate any race that was not blond and blue-eyed – and to dominate the world. There were at least […]

Anti-ACORN filmmaker tapes Medicaid staff helping “Russian smugglers,” “IRA terrorists”

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On film released Tuesday, Medicaid advisors appear to tell applicants to keep quiet about such things as being Russian drug smugglers, living off the labors of sex workers, or that they are seeking medical care for Irish Republican Army terrorists who have […]

Scholar asks why the left despises Palin as much as it hated Bush and Reagan

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One would have thought that no Republican would be able to drive pundits toward the edge of sanity as deftly as George W. Bush used to, but Sarah Palin has surpassed him. She is as hated by the Left as […]

Journal of the American Medical Association: Put extremely obese kids in foster care

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Children who are extremely obese and in dangerously poor health should be placed in temporary foster care, a physician and a lawyer argue in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The commentary says foster care is more ethical than […]

Christian Post: There’s a dark reason for outrage against Bachmann’s husband

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by Greg Quinlan The Christian Post Why have gay activists instigated media attention over ex-gays and the husband of Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann? Apparently, Mr. Bachmann, who has a PhD in clinical psychology, operates several counseling centers which also offer […]

Atheists sue Texas governor, demand he skip prayer rally

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By the CNN Wire Staff (CNN) – A national organization focused on ensuring the separation of church and state challenged Wednesday the involvement of Texas Gov. Rick Perry in an upcoming evangelical Christian prayer rally. The Freedom From Religion Foundation […]

Former First Lady Nancy Reagan turns 90

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Ronald Reagan’s First Lady Nancy has turned 90. She observed the occasion quietly at home with family. An iron-willed woman, she has been credited with pushing Reagan to seek the presidency. Outspoken, she was one of the first modern conservative […]

Putin sent by God, says top Kremlin advisor

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Vladimir Putin was sent to Russia by God, the Kremlin’s top political adviser says. Meanwhile, a Moscow sect reportedly is convinced Putin is the reincarnation of the Apostle Paul.  “To be honest, I think of Putin as a person who was […]

Why would the Florida State Attorney tell a staff lawyer to shut up?

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Her boss, Florida State Attorney Robert “Skip” Jarvis, didn’t like the speeches KrisAnne Hall was making. He gave her a choice — quit accepting speaking engagements or lose her job as an assistant state attorney in Jarvis’ office. She refused […]

Christian Leaders Send Letters to Obama on Iran’s Human Rights Violations

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Christian leaders on behalf of an estimated 25 million Americans sent letters to President Obama urging him and other dignitaries to take immediate steps to stop violating human rights, supporting terrorism and developing a nuclear program. A press release issued […]

Francis Shaeffer’s son says conservatives hate America

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On Wednesday, Huffington Post blogger Frank Schaeffer, son of the late best-selling author and conservative Christian philosopher Francis Schaeffer, appeared on MSNBC to promote his new book Sex, Mom, and God: How the Bible’s Strange Take on Sex Led to Crazy Politics–and How […]

Netanyahu Looks to Bulgaria for Diplomatic Support

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Bulgaria this week to sway votes against Palestine’s bid to become a state. Netanyahu, who appeared to gain Romania’s support to oppose Palestine’s quest for statehood after his visit to Bucharest Wednesday, praised the […]

GOP’s Huntsman a “nominal Mormon,” supports gays, stem-cell research

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The anti-abortion website LifeSiteNews.com says Republican presidential hopeful Jim Huntsman is “gay friendly,” supports stem-cell research and is a “nominal Mormon.” “Despite flaunting a spotless pro-life voting record, Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has confirmed that he supports stem-cell research […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

Second Catholic priest sworn in as House chaplain

By CHARLES POPE c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The Rev. Patrick Conroy was sworn in Wednesday (May 25) as House chaplain, making him the first Jesuit to hold the position, and the first candidate forced to navigate around […]

Muslims Wait for Signs of Change from Obama

By OMAR SACIRBEY c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Officially, President Obama was talking to the Muslim world in his State Department speech on Thursday (May 19), but U.S. Muslims were equally interested in how their faith will be treated […]

Bill Would Strengthen Role of Religious Freedom Envoy

By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) New legislation proposed by a leading congressional watchdog would push the State Department to make international religious freedom a greater priority. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., introduced a bill on Wednesday […]

Obama Rallies Hispanic Christians on Immigration

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama assured Hispanic Christians on Thursday (May 12) that he hears their pleas for immigration reform, calling it a “moral imperative” that requires action from the pews and […]

Chaplains Say Navy Wedding Policy Confuses a Fraught Debate

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) A recent Navy memo that would permit military chaplains to officiate at same-sex marriage ceremonies upon repeal of the military’s Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell policy is creating tension amid an […]

Jesuit to Become Chaplain of the House

By NANCY HAUGHT c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) A Jesuit will be sworn in as the 60th chaplain of the House of Representatives on May 25, when he will become the first member of his order and second consecutive […]

Charges Dropped Against Anti-Obama Protesters

By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) An Indiana prosecutor on Thursday (May 5) dropped trespassing charges against nearly 80 anti-abortion activists who protested President Obama’s 2009 commencement address and honorary degree at the University of Notre Dame. […]

Unitarians Drop Jefferson’s Name from Southeast Group

By YONAT SHIMRON c. 2011 Religion News Service DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) To many Americans, Thomas Jefferson is a symbol of liberty and religious freedom, the architect of American democracy and a standard bearer for progressive politics. But to members of […]

Gingrich Talks of Journey to Catholicism

By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Tilting toward a run at the presidency, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich traced his spiritual journey from Southern Baptist to Roman Catholic at a Catholic prayer breakfast here on Wednesday […]

Former N.J. Governor Denied Episcopal Ordination

By PEGGY McGLONE c. 2011 Religion News Service NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Former New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey — who famously announced he was “a gay American” when he resigned in 2004 — will not be ordained into the Episcopal Church […]

Bill Would Limit Military Funeral Protests

By KEVIN ECKSTROM c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill that would make it harder for protesters from a fringe Baptist church in Topeka, Kansas, to protest outside military funerals. The […]

Church-State Ties on Full Display at Royal Wedding

By TREVOR GRUNDY c. 2011 Religion News Service CANTERBURY, England (RNS) When Prince William and Kate Middleton walk down the aisle at Westminster Abbey on Friday (April 29), Britain’s unique and historic ties between church and state will be on […]

State Department Fires Back at Ambassador

WASHINGTON (RNS) The State Department fired back at a prominent Catholic ambassador who said the agency has a “rigidly narrow” view of foreign policy that neglects the role of religion in world affairs. “I can’t imagine an agency that has […]

Obama Invokes Christian Beliefs at Easter Prayer Breakfast

WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama on Tuesday (April 19) said Jesus’ death and resurrection on Easter “puts everything else in perspective,” at a White House event that showcased his increasing comfort with discussing his faith. Using the kind of personal religious […]

Kmiec’s Gospel Falls Flat in Foggy Bottom

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(RNS) The State Department has a “rigidly narrow” view of diplomacy that neglects religion’s role in foreign affairs, a prominent Catholic ambassador charged on Sunday (April 17) as he announced his resignation. Other foreign policy experts have another name for […]

Senate Confirms Religious Freedom Ambassador

WASHINGTON (RNS) A New York minister will soon fill the Obama administration’s long-vacant position to oversee international religious freedom after the Senate voted to confirm the Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook for the post. Thursday’s (April 14) voice vote positions Cook […]

Report: Ambassador Spends Too Much Time on Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. ambassador to Malta, who helped rally Catholic support for President Obama’s 2008 campaign, has spent “considerable time” writing on topics beyond the mission of his office, particularly about matters of faith, according to a new State […]

Evangelicals Most Likely to Support Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON (RNS) A slim majority of evangelicals favor government shutdown over a budget compromise, according to new research by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. The U.S. government will shutter all non-essential services at midnight, Friday […]

Obama, Karzai Blast Florida Quran Burning

WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai blasted the recent burning of a Quran at a Florida church and the deadly riots that followed during a video teleconference meeting on Wednesday (April 6). Both leaders “deplored” the desecration […]

Embattled Religious Freedom Envoy the New ‘Iron Lady’

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Obama administration’s embattled nominee for religious freedom ambassador is comparing herself to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as she tries for a second time to land the post. “They called Margaret Thatcher the ‘iron lady,”‘ the […]

Supreme Court Takes Dim View of Church-State Challenges

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court on Monday (April 4) rejected a challenge to an Arizona school tuition credit program critics contend was principally benefiting religious institutions. The 5-4 decision, combined with a 2007 ruling rejecting a similar challenge to the […]

Will Romney’s Faith Hurt His Campaign?

A 2008 campaign manager for presidential hopeful Mitt Romney tells the National Journal that the former Massachusetts governor’s religious roots are a stumbling block towards his race to the White House. Carl Forti, Romney’s deputy campaign manager and political director […]

Religious Freedom Envoy Tries for a Second Time

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Obama administration’s nominee to oversee international religious freedom returned to Capitol Hill on Tuesday (March 29) in her second bid to charm senators who have doubts about her lack of experience. “The life and professional background I […]

In Senate Muslim Hearings, a Decided Change in Tone

(RNS) It was billed as the first-ever congressional hearing on the civil rights of American Muslims. But it played more like an Act II than a premiere. In many ways, the hearing led by Senate Democrats on Tuesday (March 29) […]

Commentary: Is This about American Muslims or America?

(RNS) Lately, Congress appears to be obsessed with Muslims. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., is holding hearings Tuesday (March 29) on “Protecting the Civil Rights of American Muslims,” and Chairman Peter King has announced a second set of hearings on “Radicalization […]

With All Eyes on Capitol Hill, Muslims Watch Warily

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STERLING, Va. (RNS) They were moved when the first Muslim elected to Congress shed tears for a Muslim who died trying to save others on 9/11. They were irked by accusations from House members and annoyed when fellow Muslims maligned […]

Study Says Engagement Rises with Mosque Attendance

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WASHINGTON (RNS) As Congressional hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims get underway, a political science professor says research shows that affiliation with a mosque increases Muslims’ civic engagement. “The more religious American Muslims happen to be, the more they […]

A Political Spectacle that Perpetuates Prejudice

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(RNS) House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King is intent on doing a foolish thing that even former President George W. Bush — himself no slouch in fighting terrorism — consistently refused to do. On Thursday (March 10), King will […]

Former Counterterrorism Chief Says Muslims Cooperate

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(RNS) A former FBI counterterrorism director on Tuesday (March 8) rejected allegations by the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee that Muslim Americans don’t cooperate with law enforcement in terror investigations. Rep. Peter King, a Long Island Republican, will […]

White House Praises Muslims Ahead of Hearing

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WASHINGTON (RNS) Days ahead of a controversial congressional hearing on Islamic extremism, the Obama administration is highlighting the role Muslim Americans play in combating radicalism in their communities. “I am here to talk to you about how our communities — […]

Muslims and Supporters Protest Congressional Hearings

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NEW YORK (RNS) When Anam Chaudhry, 17, sang the national anthem to several hundred protesters in Times Square on Sunday afternoon, she wore a Muslim headscarf, and around her shoulders, another garment: the American flag. “We love this country,” said […]

House Republicans Plan to Defend DOMA

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WASHINGTON (RNS) House Speaker John Boehner said on Friday (March 4) that he and fellow lawmakers will defend the Defense of Marriage Act after the Obama administration dropped its support for the law last month. “The constitutionality of this law […]

Oregon Debates New Funeral-Protest Bill

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SALEM, Ore. (RNS) A day after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right of an anti-gay church to picket funerals, Oregon legislators discussed a bill that would put distance between protesters and mourners. On Wednesday (March 2), the Supreme Court […]

Evangelicals Push Back on Proposed Budget Cuts

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(RNS) Balancing the federal budget at the expense of the poor would be un-Christian, evangelical leaders warned Congress on Thursday (March 3) as they work to reject proposed spending cuts to domestic and foreign aid. “The Bible says that God […]

WWND: What Would Niebuhr Do?

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PRINCETON, N.J. (RNS) What happens when the contested legacy of America’s most famous 20th-century theologian meets the harsh political realities of the 21st? You end up with questions like whether Reinhold Niebuhr would support water-boarding. It’s impossible to know what […]

If Obama Won’t Fight Gay Marriage, Conservatives Will

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By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) If President Obama and the U.S. Department of Justice no longer want to defend the Defense of Marriage Act from challenges by gay rights activists, who will? Leading conservative […]

Supreme Court Rejects 10 Commandments Case

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WASHINGTON(RNS) The Supreme Court on Tuesday (Feb. 22) chose not to reexamine its decision to strike down displays of the Ten Commandments in two Kentucky courthouses. The high court ruled in 2005 that the Ten Commandments displays outside two county […]

Obama Drops Defense of Anti-Gay-Marriage Law

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WASHINGTON (RNS) The Obama administration announced on Wednesday (Feb. 23) it will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, a nearly 15-year-old law that defines marriage as heterosexual unions. In a letter to Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder said […]

Religious Groups Fight for Tax Deductions

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By RICHARD YEAKLEY c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) For the third time in three years President Obama’s proposed budget will attempt to reduce tax deductions for high-end charitable donors, and for the third time nonprofits and religious organizations are […]

Grassroots Group Pressure King on Muslim Hearings

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WASHINGTON (RNS) House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King is facing grassroots pressure to cancel his planned hearings on the “radicalization” of U.S. Muslims. “He is doing precisely what President George Washington promised would not happen: he is sanctioning bigotry […]

National Debt Is New Hot Issue for Evangelicals

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By DANIEL BURKE c. 2011 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Many economists warn that the government’s huge national debt is a looming threat to long-term prosperity. But is it also immoral? According to a growing number of conservative Christians, the […]

Bill Would Codify ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ on Documents

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WASHINGTON (RNS) A proposed House bill will require the use of “mother” and “father” by all federal agencies and contractors when describing parents, pushing back on a move by the State Department to use “parent” instead. The Parental Title Protection […]

Let My People Go

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By TOM EHRICH c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) At different points during his downfall, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak tried the diversionary tactics favored by autocrats. He blamed the Internet for bringing in dangerous outside influences, and blamed foreigners on […]

Americans Give Poor Marks to the State of Our Moral Union

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By NICOLE NEROULIAS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) As President Obama prepares to assess the state of the union, three out of four Americans grade the country’s moral climate at a “C” or below, according to a new poll […]

Who cares about the Iowa caucus?

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Why are hundreds of journalists traipsing around rural Iowa, trying to beat each other to the big story of whether farmers and housewives in Appanoose, Emmet and Grundy counties will vote for Newt, Michelle or Mitt? Why does anybody care about Iowa? […]

Churches push hard on last-minute legislation

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WASHINGTON (RNS) With three weeks left before the 111th Congress adjourns, faith groups are mounting a full court press on Capitol Hill on a number of bills, including a nuclear treaty with Russia and an immigration bill. Advocates are pressing […]

Catholic Group Comes to Aid of Democrats Who Supported Health Care

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By Sabrina Eaton of The Plain Dealer and Kevin Eckstrom — (RNS) — A Catholic group that backed the health care reform bill will spend $500,000 on ads and organizers for at least four congressional Democrats who are under fire […]

Is the Tea Party Unbiblical?

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By Alfredo Garcia — Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) When conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck warned churchgoers to “run as fast as you can” if their pastors preach about “social justice,” was he also encouraging them to run from the Bible? […]

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