Jews, Muslims and their allies cheered recently as California Gov.
Jerry Brown signed a bill prohibiting all local bans on circumcision,
making it illegal for local authorities to restrict the medical or
A recent study reports that white Americans without college degrees
are dropping out of church faster than their more highly educated
counterparts, and researchers are offering several possible
Has America gotten more religious, or is religiousness just a vocal
strain in American politics? The country has grown less religious since
the 1970s, according to recent studies, but researchers say that
frequent churchgoers are now much more likely to vote Republican or
support the Tea Party.
(RNS) Americans want their presidents to be religious, but many have
trouble identifying the faiths of President Obama and leading GOP
contenders Mitt Romney and Rep. Michele Bachmann, according to a new
poll released Monday (July 25).
Catholic, evangelical, mainline Protestant, black and Latino
Christian leaders have formed a "Circle of Protection" against U.S. cuts
to poverty-fighting programs, gearing up for a high-stakes budget
battle as Congress reconvenes.
(RNS) Facebook shut down a "Third Palestinian Intifada" page and similar
groups this week, prompted by complaints from Jewish groups that the
content had crossed the line from free speech to violent incitement.
We may never know why bad things happen to good people, but most
Americans—except evangelicals—reject the idea that natural disasters are
divine punishment, a test of faith or some other sign from God,
according to a new poll.
(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
The pro-union rallies in Wisconsin have a retro feel to
them—particularly for people of faith. At one time clergy and
faith-based groups were on the front lines of the American labor
movement, but priorities shifted with the rise of the religious right
and the weakening of unions.
(RNS) Americans haven't heard much about upcoming congressional hearings
on the radicalization of U.S. Muslims, yet more than half think it's a
good idea, and nearly as many believe Muslims here haven't done enough
to fight extremists in their midst, according to a new poll.
(RNS) Greek Orthodox officials on Monday (Feb. 14) filed suit against
the agency charged with rebuilding Ground Zero over the disputed fate of
tiny St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, which was destroyed by falling
debris on 9/11.
Hundreds of American rabbis used Holocaust Remembrance Day last month
to push media mogul Rupert Murdoch to "sanction" Glenn Beck and other
Fox News personalities on the use of Nazi and Holocaust references.
(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 released on Thursday (Jan. 20).
A coalition of more than 50 mainline and evangelical Protestant,
Catholic, Jewish and Muslim leaders have sent an open letter to Congress
urging a "time of soul searching" and national dialogue about "violent
and vitriolic political rhetoric."
Four days after an assassination attempt critically wounded a Jewish
congresswoman and killed six others, Sarah Palin on January 12 accused
"journalists and pundits" of manufacturing a "blood libel" that seeks to
link her and other conservatives to the massacre.