From media mavens to grassroots activists, conservative Christian
leaders have been heaping praise on presidential candidate Rick Perry,
an early but important show of support from a vital GOP constituency.
(RNS) The Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph could have
put children in jeopardy when it failed to follow guidelines for
reporting clergy sexual abuse, according to a report commissioned by the
(RNS) In recent weeks, an arcane and scary-sounding religious term has
crept into the lexicon of the 2012 campaign, tripping from the tongue of
everyone from MSNBC broadcaster Rachel Maddow to conservative Christian
leader Ralph Reed.
(RNS) Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is facing a flood of
criticism for suggesting, perhaps in jest, that God sent Hurricane Irene
and the East Coast earthquake to jolt Washington into changing its
The Lutheran denomination that GOP presidential candidate Rep.
Michele Bachmann quit in June has sought to explain its belief that the
papacy is the Antichrist after reports questioned whether Bachmann is
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Dalai Lama is spending 10 days here leading an
elaborate Buddhist ritual designed to encourage compassion -- exactly
the kind of peacenik advocacy we have come to expect from the
76-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner.
A recent Sunday service at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore
ended with an apology. Laurel Mendes explained that religious doctrine
had been duly scrubbed from the hymns in the congregation's Sunday
program. But Mendes, a neopagan lay member who led the service, feared
that a reference to God in "Once to Every Soul and Nation" might upset
the humanists in the pews.
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour warned several hundred Christian
conservatives gathered in Washington recently not to expect a "perfect
candidate" to emerge from the field of Republican presidential
contenders. "There's only been one perfect person that ever walked on
this earth," Barbour said, sounding as much like a preacher as a
The atheist philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand published more than a
dozen books before she died in 1982. Now some liberal Christians say
another work belongs to Rand's controversial canon: the 2012 Republican
House Republicans passed their budget along party lines
in April, saying its drastic cuts to federal programs are necessary to
prevent a deficit crisis.
(RNS) 1604. England. Rebellious Puritans, establishment Anglicans and
Roman Catholics are (literally) at each other's throats. A new king
fears his reign will combust in a powder keg of religious strife and
So King James I does what any sensible monarch would do: He orders
up a new translation of the Bible.
(RNS) Gay and lesbian advocates celebrated a landmark victory on Tuesday
(May 10) when the Presbyterian Church (USA) entered the expanding ranks
of Christian denominations that allow openly gay, partnered clergy.
The winds of change, they said, are at their backs.
(RNS) An Indiana prosecutor on Thursday (May 5) dropped trespassing
charges against nearly 80 anti-abortion activists who protested
President Obama's 2009 commencement address and honorary degree at the
University of Notre Dame.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court on Monday (May 2) declined to hear a
Catholic group's appeal accusing San Francisco supervisors of violating
the Constitution when they disparaged the Catholic Church's opposition
to gay adoptions.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Anti-abortion activist Lila Rose has shared the stage
with Sarah Palin, seen her exploits extolled on Fox News and drawn
comparisons to heroic Gentiles who sheltered Jews during the Holocaust.
So why are some conservative Christians so uneasy about her work?