WASHINGTON (RNS) President Obama agrees with religious officials'
concerns about protecting the poor as Washington debates the nation's
debt ceiling crisis, according to leaders who met with him this week.
A delegation representing Catholic and Protestant organizations met
with Obama and high-level White House staffers for 40 minutes on
Wednesday (July 20).
WASHINGTON (RNS) An Iowa-based conservative Christian organization has
removed controversial language about slavery from a pledge to uphold
traditional marriage that the group has asked GOP candidates to sign.
After the U.S. Supreme Court ended its 2010–2011 term in late June,
legal scholars specializing in church-state issues are saying a Court
decision issued in the spring is likely to resonate in First Amendment
debates for years to come.
(RNS) Officials of the Southern Baptist Convention say they were the
victims of a hoax in which a group claiming to be the denomination's
Executive Committee announced it had started to support gay marriage.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is the top
Republican pick of evangelical leaders, according to an informal survey,
with 45 percent saying he would be their choice for GOP nominee in the
Are U.S. evangelicals losing their influence on America? A new poll
from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life seems to say just that,
with the vast majority—82 percent—of U.S. evangelical leaders saying
their influence on the country is declining.
(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 Muslim beliefs.
(RNS) Southern Baptists meeting in Phoenix adopted a plan Tuesday (June
14) to try to boost minorities in their top leadership posts as they
face continuing reports of stagnant baptism rates and declining
Significant majorities of Americans say it is possible to disagree
with their religion's teachings on abortion and homosexuality and still
remain in good standing with their faith. The findings hold true for
major religious groups, including Catholics and white evangelical
WASHINGTON (RNS) Four months after the fall of Egyptian President Hosni
Mubarak, a new Gallup survey says a majority of Egyptians want religious
leaders to advise the nation's officials but they do not want a
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 for the job.