When blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng made a daring escape from house arrest this spring and found refuge in the U.S. embassy in Beijing, he instantly became a popular hero in the West and a rallying point for human rights activists everywhere.
c. 2012 Salt Lake Tribune SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Idaho regulators have decided not to carry Five Wives Vodka because of its label, while Utah booze cops have deemed the bottle's depiction of 19th-century women in petticoats holding kittens near their lady parts as acceptable.
c. 2012 Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) Attorney General Eric Holder and other legal experts strategized with black religious leaders on Wednesday (May 30) about new restrictive state voting laws that could affect their congregants by reducing early voting and requiring identification.
c. USA Today 2012 NASHVILLE (RNS) For the past 24 years, Richard Land has used his folksy charm and fiery rhetoric to become one of the leading voices of the religious right and the public face of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation's largest Protestant group.
c. 2012 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly NEW ORLEANS (RNS) The Southern Baptist Convention began in 1845 in support of slaveholders and is now poised to elect its first African-American president, the Rev. Fred Luter Jr., in June.
c. 2012 Religion News Service BIG SUR, Calif. (RNS) Perched atop the rugged splendor of the California coast south of Monterey, the Esalen Institute is the mother church for people who call themselves "spiritual but not religious." Over the last five decades, hundreds of thousands of seekers have come to this incubator of East-meets-West spirituality looking for news ways to bring together body, mind, psyche and soul.
(ENInews)--The Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC) said it will hold its first meeting in the People's Republic of China, focusing on "the unique situation of Chinese churches and ecumenical relations" in the region.
Geneva (ENInews)--The World Council of Churches joined the international community in condemning the massacre of at least 108 people, including 49 children, on May 25 in the villages of Taldou and Kall Laha in the El Houleh area of Syria.
c. 2012 Religion News Service (RNS) Mitt Romney clinched the GOP presidential nomination on Tuesday (May 28), becoming the first Mormon selected by a major political party. But will his barrier-breaking faith be a boon or bane to his White House campaign?
c. 2012 Religion News Service CLEVELAND (RNS) Catholics around the U.S. are coming together for prayer vigils as a show of support for America's nuns, whom the Vatican accuses of having "serious doctrinal problems."
c. 2012 Religion News Service (RNS) A Southern Baptist leader who works on gay outreach has criticized recent anti-gay comments by two Baptist pastors in North Carolina, saying they "show a complete lack of understanding of how to minister to those struggling with this particular temptation."