The way pastor Jonathan Wilkins sees it, members of his Baptist
church in Thomaston, Georgia, should have the right to carry guns into
worship services to protect the congregation. Wilkins's Baptist
Tabernacle and a Georgia gun-rights association are challenging a new
state law that prohibits weapons in houses of worship.
(RNS) A federal appeals court ruled Monday (Feb. 7) that a Puerto Rican
law intended to keep neighborhoods safe from crime has been used
unfairly to breach the free speech rights of Jehovah's Witnesses.
President Obama has named some top U.S. church leaders to an advisory
council on faith-based programs, but the list of appointments is
drawing questions about a lack of representatives from minority faiths.
(RNS) A top leader of the Southern Baptist Convention has resigned
from a new interfaith coalition, saying some fellow Southern Baptists
felt it was inappropriate for him to support the building of mosques.
(RNS) The late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has long been hailed as a
civil rights leader, but religious studies professor Lewis Baldwin said
one aspect of his life has often been overlooked: the role of prayer.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Civility Project, a two-year bipartisan attempt
to get politicians and others to respect one another, is closing down
after just three members of Congress agreed to the project's pledge.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Facing a backlash from conservative groups,
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has ordered changes to a proposal to
remove the terms "mother" and "father" from records of overseas births.
Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, having concluded a three-year probe
into alleged lavish spending at six major broadcast ministries, has
asked a prominent evangelical group to study ways to spur "self-reform"
among religious groups.