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."
Warning of millions of potential deaths worldwide from climate change, a new network of evangelical leaders has launched a campaign for government and grassroots action to reduce global warming. The network’s formation symbolizes a growing divide among evangelicals on how—or even whether—to address climate change.
Coretta Scott King, who died January 31, lived faithfully through marriage to one of the nation’s most famous, danger-risking pastors and became an admired civil rights leader in her own right over the past 38 years.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency intends to reimburse religious groups that have offered relief to victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, marking a new step in the White House’s faith-based initiative.