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Handwriting on the Wall for Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court will decide whether to allow same-sex marriage nationwide later this year. But it’s leaving little doubt which way it’s leaning. The Supreme Court will decide w ...

The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 12:59pm | Type: Blog

the crowd grew to as many as 15,000. There were taunts, cheers and laughter. Reporters described hearing ...

Forsaking the 'Whiteness' of the Transfiguration
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

Jesus rejects the “whiteness” of the Transfiguration and presses into the sea of human need — humanity in all its diversity and fullness — by descending the mountain and setting his face toward the Jerusalem. ...

Why Suing Over a Biblically Based Theme Park Isn't Really Biblical
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

Answers in Genesis and its president, Ken Ham, last week announced their forthcoming lawsuit against the state of Kentucky, its governor, and its tourism secretary. America is a n ...

What Can We Expect from Pope Francis' Address to Congress?
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

The Francis Revolution is crossing the Atlantic and coming to the heart of the nation’s Capitol. News broke yesterday that Pope Francis has accepted Speaker John Boehner’s invitation to address a rare joint se ...

Weekly Wrap 2.6.15: The 10 Best Stories You Missed This Week
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 12:34pm | Type: Blog

The assassination of MLK's mother, Harper Lee's new novel, no prayer in public schools, Republicans against prisons. 1.  MLK's Mother Was Assassinated, Too: ...

It’s Official: Pope Francis to Address Congress in September
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 6:06pm | Type: Blog

No pope or religious leader who serves as a head of state has ever addressed Congress, according to the U.S. House Historian’s Office. Pope Francis will make an unprecedented add ...

Obama Condemns ‘Distorted’ Faith at National Prayer Breakfast
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 2:41pm | Type: Blog

President Obama on Feb. 5 called for an emphasis on what is just about the world’s religions as a way to counter the ways faith has been distorted across the globe. President Oba ...

Vaccines and Abortion? The Links Are Cloudy and Complicated
Originally Posted: 02/05/2015 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011.  Via  ...

Executions Are Down and Abolition May Not Be Far Behind
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 5:58pm | Type: Blog

It looks like the death penalty may be on life support. It looks like the death penalty may be on life support. January was set to be the deadliest month for U.S. executions in 2015, but nine of the 15 executions were stopped. ...

From the Archives: March 1988
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Garry Wills A Marketable God RELIGION AND electoral politics tend to be mutually debasing. Take the apparent ...

Christie’s Vaccine Statements Aside, N.J. Already Allows Parents to Refuse on Religious Grounds
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 11:29am | Type: Blog

A parent need only submit a signed statement indicating “immunization interferes with the free exercise of the pupil’s religious rights,” according to the health department website. ...

Religious College Presidents Concerned with Common Threats to Their Schools
Originally Posted: 02/04/2015 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

Should religious colleges be bound by the same union and labor rules as secular universities? Or be rated by the same criteria? Should religious colleges be bound by the same uni ...

Choosing the Side of Justice
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:53pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis There is no "symmetry" in the violence of the Middle East today.  THE ISRAELI/PALESTINIA ...

China Warns Obama Against Meeting with Dalai Lama
Originally Posted: 02/02/2015 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

China warned the United States on Feb. 2 that it was opposed to any country meeting the Dalai Lama “in any manner” after the White House said U.S. President Barack Obama would attend an event with the exiled ...

Gatekeepers of Redemption: Conservative Evangelicals Are Changing Their Mind on the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 02/02/2015 - 11:25am | Type: Blog

persecutor of Christians ( 1 Cor. 15:9 ) – changed perspectives; instead of persecuting them, he sought ...

Freedom of the Press Trumps Respect for Religion in a New Survey
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

Most Americans who know about the deadly attack on the Paris headquarters of the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine say it’s OK that the weekly featured cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. ...

Vatican to Offer Haircuts, Shaves as well as Showers to Rome’s Homeless
Originally Posted: 01/30/2015 - 5:52pm | Type: Blog

The Vatican will offer homeless people in Rome not only showers but also haircuts and shaves when new facilities open next month, the head of Pope Francis’ charity office said. T ...

‘American Sniper’ Studio Condemns Anti-Muslim Rhetoric
Originally Posted: 01/29/2015 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

As American Sniper continues raking in money at the box office, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee remains worried about “serious threats” being made to Arabs and Muslims. ...

Alliance of Catholics and Evangelicals: Gay Marriage Worse Than Divorce or Cohabitation
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

A high-profile group of conservative Catholics and evangelical Protestants is set to issue a sweeping manifesto against gay marriage that calls same-sex unions “a graver threat” than divorce or cohabitation, o ...

The Social Cost of Not Vaccinating Children
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

Anti-vaccine parents are turning their children into little walking time bombs. They ought to be charged for endangering their children and others. The entirely preventable Calif ...

Mormon Apostles Call for Statewide LGBT Protections
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 11:33am | Type: Blog

Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Jan. 27 for passage of laws granting statewide protections against housing and employment discrimination for gay and lesbian Utahns — as lo ...

Separation of Church and State Is Important, But So Is Faith in Congress
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 11:14am | Type: Press

January 27, 2015 Sojo in the News Serene Jones ...

Obama Prods India on Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 01/27/2015 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Hours before boarding a flight to Saudi Arabia, Obama warned India not to stray from its constitutional commitment to allow people to freely “profess, practice, and propagate” religion. ...

When Florida Police Used Mug Shots of Black Men as Target Practice, Clergy Responded with #UseMeInstead
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 5:39pm | Type: Blog

After outraged critics drew attention to the police department, clergy across the country began to post photos of their own faces with the hashtag #UseMeInstead. National Guard Sg ...

Pope Francis and America’s Shifting Views Toward Catholics
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

Did you catch the shoutout to Pope Francis during President Obama’s State of the Union address? It’s only the third time in history that’s happened. Did you catch the shoutout to ...

How Franklin Graham Transformed a Debate about Duke Chapel into a Culture War
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

He has given the faithful of both camps what they want to hear, further proving the lasting legacy of the Graham name, for better or worse. Franklin Graham’s  Facebook fulminati ...

The Religious Politics of Abortion Are More Nuanced Than We Think
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 4:26pm | Type: Blog

Abortion politics are never very far beneath the surface in American life, but every year around the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision, handed down Jan. 22, 1973, they take cente ...

WATCH: Rev. William Barber II — Fusion Politics and the Future of Movements
Originally Posted: 01/22/2015 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

Sojourners’ senior director of mobilizing Lisa Sharon Harper interviewed Rev. Dr. William Barber II about his new book, Forward Together, which chronicles the Moral Mondays movement in North Carolina. ...

French Jews at a Crossroads: ‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

More than 7,000 French Jews have moved to Israel in the last year, and there are clear signs others will follow. Let me tell you about a married couple. They have been together f ...

President Obama's 2015 the State of the Union Remarks
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 12:02pm | Type: Blog

180,000 American troops served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today, fewer than 15,000 remain. And we salute ... full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, go try it. If not, vote to give millions ... warmest year on record. Now, one year doesn’t make a trend, but this does — 14 of the 15 warmest years ...

What I Learned from My Time in Solitary
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 11:04am | Type: Blog

The cell I was held in is part of an effort by faith groups and other prison reform advocates in Wisconsin to push the state to cut way back on the use of solitary confinement, both in terms of why prisoners a ...

U.S. Churchgoers Still Sit in Segregated Pews, and Most Are OK with That
Originally Posted: 01/16/2015 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

15), just as the civil rights drama “Selma” was nominated for best picture in the Oscar race, one fact ... birthday (Jan. 15), just as the civil rights drama Selma was nominated for best picture in the Oscar ... (Jan. 15), just as the civil rights drama “Selma” was nominated for best picture in the Oscar race, one ...

Pope Francis on Free Speech: ‘You Cannot Insult the Faith of Others’
Originally Posted: 01/16/2015 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Jan. 15 condemned last week’s ... of expression. Pope Francis on Jan. 15 condemned last week’s terrorist attack ... Faith and Politics) Photo courtesy of Valentina Calà via Flickr / RNS Pope Francis on Jan. 15 ...

I Am an Activist Do-Gooder in Recovery
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 5:59pm | Type: Blog

My fellow white folks, let’s be real with ourselves. We don’t need to think about race, ever. I went to college thinking political activism was sexy. Living in a large city gav ...

Black Churches Offer Scholarships to Students at Michael Brown’s Alma Mater
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 2:56pm | Type: Blog

“This is a young people’s movement,” Bryant said. “We figured the best way to help support that was to educate them.” They filed into the gym Jan. 12 for an assembly about gradua ...

A Complicated World Intrudes Upon an Ideologically Driven Congress
Originally Posted: 01/13/2015 - 4:04pm | Type: Blog

The disconnect between what Congress wants to do and what the nation needs done is vast and bizarre. While a new Congress relentlessly pursued its ideological agenda to trim gove ...

Supreme Court Weighs a Church’s Right to Advertise Services
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 5:25pm | Type: Blog

 covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion ...

VIDEO: Executive Action Explained
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 5:12pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Video on Obama's Executive Action. Before taking executive action in November, which would e ...

Nigerian Archbishop Calls for Unity Marches Following Boko Haram Massacres
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

based in Nairobi, Kenya. For more than 15 years, he has written about religion, politics, peace ...

France Ponders Its Response to Shootings: Will Xenophobia or Multiculturalism Win?
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 6:00pm | Type: Blog

As France emerges from its worst terrorist attack in decades, a biting novel that imagines the country governed by Islamic law is part of a swirling debate about its basic values. ...

Mario Cuomo’s Overlooked Contributions to Bioethics
Originally Posted: 01/07/2015 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Cuomo will likely be remembered for many remarkable political achievements, but the enduring success of the task force he created 30 years ago still remains one of the crown jewels and the standard by which si ...

Persecution of Christians Reached Historic Levels in 2014. Will 2015 Be Worse?
Originally Posted: 01/07/2015 - 5:03pm | Type: Blog

From imprisonment to torture to beheadings, more Christians worldwide live in fear for their lives than at any time in the modern era. From imprisonment to torture to beheadings, ...

Why Christians Should Support the 'Satanic' Statue in Oklahoma
Originally Posted: 01/06/2015 - 1:09pm | Type: Blog

It’s well and good to exercise the First Amendment to protect one’s free speech, but if we’re not willing to do the same for others – particularly those with views we don’t agree with – then we don’t really be ...

7 Ways Religious Affiliation Will (and Won’t) Change in the New Congress
Originally Posted: 01/05/2015 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

Republicans will take full control of Capitol Hill when the 114th Congress is sworn in on Jan. 6, but even with a political shift, there will be little change in the overall religious makeup of Congress, accor ...

From the Archives: February 1989
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 1:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Pam Solo Common Security  [A] POPULAR consensus is forming around the fact that new world realities demand f ...

'We Were Strangers Once, Too'
Originally Posted: 01/12/2015 - 5:15pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Congressional leaders on both sides must be convinced to put people above party.  IF YOU'VE b ...

10 Resolutions for 2015
Originally Posted: 12/31/2014 - 6:52pm | Type: Blog

All three definitions of 'resolution' are wonderfully attractive to me — and timely for this brand new year. Some people don’t like the idea of New Year’s resolutions, ...

Australia’s #IllRideWithYou — An Advent Expression of Emmanuel
Originally Posted: 12/19/2014 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

“If you don’t feel safe alone, I will ride with you.” “If you don’t feel safe alone, I will ride with you.” These words have so much depth.   When an armed man with unid ...

2014 in Review: An Unsettling Year, with Religion in a Starring Role
Originally Posted: 12/17/2014 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

Controversial megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll resigned from his church Oct. 15. Photo via Mars Hill Church / RNS ...