c. 2012 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The Anti-Defamation League is taking issue with a new, broadly supported pamphlet on balancing anti-bullying policies and religious speech in public schools.
c. 2012 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops have used the Obama administration's contraception mandate as Exhibit A in their high-stakes defense of "religious freedom." But it's not just the bishops who are fuming, and it's not only over contraception.
c. 2012 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) When Sally tells Jimmy that he's going to hell for believing in a false religion, is that Sally exercising her First Amendment right to free expression, or is that Billy getting bullied?
c. 2012 Religion News Service (RNS) The small stack of envelopes that arrives at Grace Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul, Minn., each day are filled with good will and small bills -- ones, fives and tens mostly.
The donations lift the spirit, said Rev. Oliver White, but they likely won't be enough to save the church.
c. 2012 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) After nearly four years in the Oval Office, President Obama is incorrectly thought to be Muslim by one in six American voters, and only one quarter of voters can correctly identify him as a Protestant, according to a new poll.
c. 2012 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Paul Ryan did not want to engage in a theological debate. Speaking at Georgetown University Thursday (April 26), the GOP's chief budget writer tread lightly into the controversy he touched off last week when he asserted that his economic blueprint for the nation was consistent with Catholic teaching.
c. 2012 Religion News Service (RNS) Kirk Cameron was once one of Hollywood's babies, the spunky, handsome teenager who starred in the 1980s hit Growing Pains, and whose picture was taped inside many a schoolgirl's locker.
c. 2012 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 50 Muslim and non-Muslim civic and religious groups asked leading senators on Thursday (April 12) to rescind the appointment of an outspoken Muslim activist, Zuhdi Jasser, to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
c. 2012 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama hosted his third annual Easter prayer breakfast at the White House on Wednesday (April 4), saying that Jesus's suffering and sacrifice during Holy Week puts the travails of his own life in perspective.
Though many Democrats worry that President Obama could lose Jewish support because of his approach to the Middle East, a poll indicates that Israel is not the top political issue of American Jews, with only 4 percent calling it the most important factor in their vote.
c. 2012 Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) Days after a lone gunman murdered a rabbi and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, a new study reports widespread anti-Semitism in France and across Europe.
c. 2012 Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) A vocal contingent of Republican presidential candidates and
church leaders are railing against the Obama administration's "war on religion,"
but most Americans can't seem to find the fight.
c.2012 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) It took 83 years to build the iconic Washington National
Cathedral, but a rare East Coast earthquake last summer took just seconds
to send carved stone finials tumbling from the heavens to the ground below.
Now, six months after the 5.8-magnitude quake, the cathedral is facing
repair costs of at least $20 million, and a reconstruction t