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.
A coalition of religious leaders and veterans has called for a reconsideration of conscientious objection to war, saying that military members should have the right to object to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for moral reasons.
(RNS) A rural North Dakota church has voted to leave the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America, not only to protest its recent policies to
allow gay clergy but also its proposed statement on genetically modified
WASHINGTON (RNS) Former President George W. Bush made no secret that his
politics were tinged by his religious faith, but now says he never would
have made it to the White House without a fateful -- and faith-filled --
decision to quit drinking in 1986.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Leaders of three Sikh organizations say they've
been told by federal transportation officials that turbans will always
be searched at U.S. airports, a move that Sikh officials called
unnecessary and unfair.