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.
(RNS) Janine Winkler loves reading books to her 2-year-old grandson
Judah, but instead of sitting on her lap at her home in Michigan, he's
usually half a world away in Nigeria, where his father works for
Wycliffe Bible Translators.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Religious leaders joined White House officials
Thursday (Dec. 16) in urging the Senate to pass the DREAM Act, calling
it a moral solution to help students hurt by the country's immigration
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Family Research Council, joined by prominent
Republican allies, is mounting an aggressive defense to a decision by
the Southern Poverty Law Center to designate the powerful conservative
lobby as a hate group.
When President Obama lit the National Christmas Tree behind the White
House in the 2009 ceremony, he spoke of a "child born far from home"
and said "while this story may be a Christian one, its lesson is
WASHINGTON (RNS) A long-awaited report on the possible repeal of the
military's ban on openly gay members says the chaplains corps has "some
of the most intense and sharpest divergence of views" on the issue.
About half of Muslims surveyed worldwide believe that the West does
not respect them, according to a new Gallup report, and many say not
desecrating the Qur'an and portraying more "accurate" Muslim movie
characters could improve a strained relationship.
(RNS) A resolution combating the "vilification of religions" was
adopted Tuesday (Nov. 23) by a United Nations committee, but religious
freedom advocates who oppose the measure say support for it continues to
The resolution by Islamic countries is scheduled to be considered by
the U.N. General Assembly in December.