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.
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
WASHINGTON (RNS) First lady Michelle Obama has asked religious leaders
to join her initiative to assist military families by increasing
programs to support veterans and the families of military members
deployed far from home.
Religious and human rights activists are asking U.S. churches to
invite Jewish and Muslim clergy to their sanctuaries June 26 to read
from sacred texts in an initiative designed to counter anti-Muslim
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 the White
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
already fractious debate.
(RNS) More than 20 percent of atheist scientists consider themselves to
be "spiritual," according to a Rice University study.
The findings, to be published in the June issue of the journal
Sociology of Religion, are based on in-depth interviews with 275 natural
and social scientists from 21 of the nation's top research universities.