(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.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Facing an electoral bloodbath at the voting booth next
Tuesday, Democrats are turning to a key part of their base --
African-Americans -- and are using the black church to help get voters
to the polls.
(RNS) When Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi killed himself
after his roommate allegedly broadcast his sexual encounter with another
man, the Rev. R. Albert Mohler wondered if anything could have prevented
the 18-year-old's suicide.
Six months after advisers turned in 164 pages of recommendations to the White House's faith-based office, thorny church-state questions remain unanswered, and some critics say the office has been used to push President Obama's health-care reform.
A majority of Americans—including those who do not practice a particular faith—think that students should be able to express their religion in public schools, a new poll by the Washington-based First Amendment Center finds.
A Department of Justice inspector concluded that the FBI improperly
targeted for surveillance some U.S. advocacy organizations, including
the Thomas Merton Center, an interfaith group focused on nonviolence.
WASHINGTON (RNS) With its emphasis on lower taxes and smaller
government, the "tea party" movement hasn't spent a lot of time on the
social issues that animate social conservatives -- abortion, gay
marriage or stem cell research.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Three dozen faith leaders Tuesday (Sept. 7) issued
a declaration denouncing anti-Muslim bigotry as the nation prepares to
mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at a time of inflamed religious
(RNS) Southern Baptist executive Richard Land was pleased at how religious Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally turned out to be. Bishop Harry Jackson, a black evangelical leader, was pleasantly surprised that the Fox News talk show host said things "some of my close friends could have written." And Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. was among the faith leaders to enlist in Beck's new "Black Robe Regiment."