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Napolitano to Resign DHS Seat, Head to University of California
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

After serving four years as Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Janet Napolitano is set to resign on Friday. The Los Angeles Times reports Napolitano will become president of the University Of Cal ...

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Conservatives Say Religious Freedom is 'Under Attack’ in Military
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

Republican lawmakers and conservative activists concerned that religious expression in the military is “under attack” are rallying behind a measure to provide greater protection for religious “actions and spee ...

House to Vote on Obamacare Delay
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 4:30pm | Type: Blog

House Speaker John Boehner promised today that the House will hold a vote over whether to delay a key part of Obamacare. House Speaker John Boehner promised today that the House ...

Seeking a Comeback, Eliot Spitzer Says ‘I Sinned’
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned five years ago amid a prostitution scandal, said he’s running for New York City comptroller because he misses the policy fights and wants a chance to help shape ...

Joel Hunter Pays a Price for Political Activism
Originally Posted: 07/09/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

There’s a price to pay for becoming the voice of moderate conservatism and coalition politics. Even more so for refusing to march in lockstep with the Republican Party. There’s a ...

Is the Growth of the Nonreligious Good or Bad? Americans are Divided
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

Nearly half of all Americans — 48 percent — say the growing number of nonreligious people is “bad for society,” according to a poll conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. ...

6 Evangelicals You Don't Know... But Might Want To
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 11:23am | Type: Press

July 3, 2013 Sojo in the News Tom Krattenmaker ...

6 Things Congress Needs To Do in July
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 11:22am | Type: Blog

The month of July stands as an important time for Congress as members of the House and Senate attempt to make decisions about six major U.S. issues. The month of July stands as an ...

White House Says It Can’t List Westboro Baptist as ‘Hate Group’
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 9:57am | Type: Blog

In response to five “We the People” petitions, the White House condemned the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church but said it is powerless to list the Kansas church as a hate group and remove its tax-exempt ...

Why I Love My Country
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 4:04pm | Type: Press

July 3, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

BREAKING: Morsi Is Out as Egyptian President
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Egypt's military forcefully seized power from President Morsi on Wednesday. Egypt's military forcefully seized power from President Morsi on Wednesday. An emergency mee ...

Leading Toward Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 8:03am | Type: Blog

Notice how different this is from a superficial notion of freedom, which, all too often, is interpreted as the right to pursue one’s own selfish interests, unencumbered by human conscience and in a way that is ...

Why I Love My Country
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 4:50pm | Type: Blog

I don’t love when my country acts out of greed and only for power, or with blatant hypocrisy, or like an empire. The gospel has never lived easily with empire. What do I love ab ...

On Scripture: Fighting for Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 7:25am | Type: Blog

For from Istanbul to Cairo, from Rio to Raleigh, from women’s rights to gay rights to voting rights, until all are free, none are free. “If you love somebody, set them free. Free. ...

Catholics, Baptists Push Back on Obama Administration's Final Contraception Mandate Rules
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 5:55pm | Type: Blog

Just days after the Obama administration issued final rules to religious groups for its contraception mandate, a broad coalition spearheaded by Catholic and Southern Baptist leaders is pushing back. ...

GOP Fault Lines Emerging on Social Issues
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

Following last week's Supreme Court decisions to shut down DOMA and Prop 8, social ideals within the Republican Party are being brought to the forefront as Republican’s begin to strategize ways to gain su ...

Pope Francis Cleans House at the Vatican Bank
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Two top managers of the Vatican Bank resigned on Monday, just five days after Pope Francis appointed an independent commission to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the scandal-plagued bank. ...

Orthodox Jews to Observe July Fourth Without Music
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

The soundtrack for a lot of Orthodox Jews this Fourth of July will be the mute button. The soundtrack for a lot of Orthodox Jews this Fourth of July will be the mute button. As ...

God Didn’t Choose Sides at Gettysburg
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 4:52pm | Type: Blog

During the July 1-3, 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, there were Christians and Jews on both sides of the conflict who knew the answer to the question “Whose side is God on?” During the ...

The Power of Partnership
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 10:22am | Type: Magazine Article

more than 15,000 patients. Eleven hospital employees, known as navigators, work with congregational ...

'Courage! Your Faith Has Made You Well'
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 1:18pm | Type: Magazine Article

Alicia de los Reyes Is faith healing a sign that the Spirit is moving—or a response to economic pressure and a broken health-care system? ...

Donations Recover at Controversial Catholic Charity
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Fundraising for the flagship anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic bishops is slowly recovering after being battered by the recession and sharp attacks on its mission. Fundrai ...

White House Denies Contraception Exemption to Private Businesses
Originally Posted: 07/01/2013 - 10:14am | Type: Blog

The Obama administration on Friday issued final rules for religious groups for its controversial contraception mandate, maintaining its position on who qualifies for religious exemption and allowing no carve-o ...

The Real Fights Over Gay Marriage are Just Starting
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 5:17pm | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, while historic, didn’t settle the issue. In fact, they fuel it. The Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, while historic, didn’t se ...

My Country ’Tis of Thee: Evangelicals Score Highest on Patriotism
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 11:06am | Type: Blog

as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national ...

Christian Leaders Respond to DOMA Decision
Originally Posted: 06/27/2013 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

“DOMA is dead.” “DOMA is dead.” Such were the chants heard outside the United States Supreme Court yesterday when it was announced that the highest judicial body in the nation ...

On Scripture: Resistance is Futile
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 4:59pm | Type: Blog

For others with different theological and political perspectives, these decisions will be a difficult test, and they will struggle to accept them. I pray for their comfort and consolation. ...

DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional; SCOTUS Declines Ruling on Prop 8
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

The Supreme Court this morning struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, 5-4, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states. Also by a 5-4 vote, the Court ruled ...

Is Yoga Instruction Religious? San Diego Court Case May Decide
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 2:42pm | Type: Blog

In an elementary school classroom with an American flag draped over one wall, a couple dozen students rose to standing positions. Then they shifted into poses called “volcano part one,” “silent gorilla,” and “ ...

SCOTUS: Key Section of Voting Rights Act Unconstitutional
Originally Posted: 06/25/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court today struck down a key section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 that targeted states with histories of racial discrimination, saying the formula for choosing the states subject to "preclearance" is "b ...

Sicily Bishop Forbids Church Funerals for Mobsters
Originally Posted: 06/24/2013 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

A bishop in Sicily has issued an unprecedented decree that says convicted mobsters will be denied a church funeral. A bishop in Sicily has issued an unprecedented decree that says ...

NAACP’s William Barber Emerges as Leader of Moral Monday Protests
Originally Posted: 06/24/2013 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

was elected president of the NAACP’s youth council at age 15, president of his high school’s student body ...

One Man's Uphill Fight to Change Young Minds on Gay Marriage
Originally Posted: 06/24/2013 - 8:50am | Type: Blog

Ryan Anderson, 31, has planted himself on arguably the most unpopular stance for his generation: opposing gay marriage. Ryan Anderson has planted himself on arguably the most unpo ...

Activists: 15 Years Later, Religious Freedom Law Falls Short
Originally Posted: 06/21/2013 - 3:14pm | Type: Blog

Fifteen years after Congress passed a law to better protect global religious freedom, the legislation is failing to fulfill its mission, activists told lawmakers on Thursday. Fift ...

Study: Religious Oppression Rises Despite Arab Spring
Originally Posted: 06/21/2013 - 10:39am | Type: Blog

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

What the Supreme Court Didn't Strike Down Yesterday
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 3:02pm | Type: Blog

Voters in Arizona celebrated yesterday after the Supreme Court dismissed parts of Proposition 200 — the requirement which made people of Arizona provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote. ...

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QUIRK: 'Daily Show' Takes On 'Bullying' of Christians (VIDEO)
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 10:17am | Type: Blog

Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee talks LGBT-on-Christian 'bullying' in comedy show segment. Daily Show  correspondent Samantha Bee's latest segment for the ...

Feds Release First Guidelines for Confronting a Church Shooter
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 10:20am | Type: Blog

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

Report: Slowdown in Health Care Costs to Continue
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 4:20pm | Type: Blog

"Obamacare" continues to be at the forefront of our nation’s health care epidemic. "Obamacare" continues to be at the forefront of our nation’s health care ...

Would Jesus Love Ayn Rand Economics?
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 3:57pm | Type: Press

June 18, 2013 Sojo in the News Rev. Howard Bess ...

Speculation About Mandela’s Fate Seen as Cultural Taboo
Originally Posted: 06/18/2013 - 1:07pm | Type: Blog

Will native son and national hero Nelson Mandela survive his latest bout with illness? That is the single question dominating headlines, speeches, twitter, and conversation throughout South Africa. ...

Appeals Court OK’s Pastor’s Suit Against Oklahoma License Plate
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

A Methodist pastor of a suburban Oklahama City church is suing the state, claiming its license plate image of a Native American shooting an arrow into the sky violates his religious liberty. ...

Soccer Ban on Sikh Turbans Leads to Backlash Against Quebec
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

Quebec’s decision to ban Sikh religious headgear on the soccer field is having national repercussions. Quebec’s decision to ban Sikh religious headgear on the soccer field is havi ...

Obama Picks Former CRS Head as New Vatican Ambassador
Originally Posted: 06/17/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

President Obama on Friday nominated Ken Hackett, former head of Catholic Relief Services, to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. President Obama on Friday nominated Ken Ha ...

Becoming Extremists for Love
Originally Posted: 06/14/2013 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

If there was ever a fear that the church is splintered, apathetic or dull, the passion and unity on display at the “Why We Can’t Wait” May Revival on Pentecost Sunday earlier this month proved a direct contrad ...

5 Things We've Learned From Pope Francis' First 100 Days
Originally Posted: 06/14/2013 - 11:36am | Type: Blog

When Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world in February in becoming the first pope to resign in 600 years, he left behind a Roman Catholic Church weakened by scandals, beset by infighting and suffering from a gen ...