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Shariah 101: What Is It and Why Do States Want to Ban It?
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 5:13pm | Type: Blog

North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill to prohibit judges from considering “foreign laws” in their decisions, but nearly everyone agrees that “foreign laws” really means Shariah, or Islamic law. ...

House Rejects Call to Allow Nonreligious Military Chaplains
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Blog

House lawmakers late Tuesday approved an amendment to a Pentagon spending bill to prevent the appointment of nonreligious military chaplains. House lawmakers late Tuesday approved ...

The Evolution of Southern Baptist Ethicist Russell Moore
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Blog

Russell Moore, the new chief ethicist for the Southern Baptist Convention, has Jesus in his heart, Wendell Berry on his bookshelf, and Merle Haggard on his iPod. Russell Moore, th ...

Humanists Want a Military Chaplain to Call their Own
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 10:05am | Type: Blog

If Jason Heap has his way, he’ll trade his Oxford tweeds for the crisp whites of a newly minted U.S. Navy chaplain. If Jason Heap has his way, he’ll trade his Oxford tweeds for th ...

Catholic Church of the Beatitudes: Skeptical, Perhaps; Cynical, No Thanks!
Originally Posted: 07/22/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Press

July 18, 2013 Sojo in the News Thomas Heck ...

Tweet Your Way Out of Purgatory (But There’s Work Involved)
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

Following Pope Francis’ Twitter feed may be good for your soul — both in this life and the next. Following Pope Francis’ Twitter feed may be good for your soul — both in this ...

Mandela Said to Be ‘Steadily Improving’ on 95th Birthday
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

Nelson Mandela turned 95-years-old today and in honor of his parity work throughout South Africa, people of all races are joining together and celebrating his legacy in the form of song and offerings. ...

Lawmakers Ask Obama for Religious Diversity Summit
Originally Posted: 07/18/2013 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

bombings on April 15. A religious diversity summit would bring together religious leaders, politicians, ...

Senate Reaches Tentative Deal to Avert Filibuster Showdown
Originally Posted: 07/16/2013 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

Following Monday’s three hour closed-door caucus, members of the Senate have begun the confirmation process of President Barack Obama’s executive branch nominees, avoiding what the Washington Post calls a &quo ...

Are Miracles Really Needed to Become a Saint?
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

When the Vatican announced this month that Pope Francis would formally elevate Popes John Paul II and John XXIII to sainthood, two things stood out. When the Vatican announced thi ...

Moral Mondays: Clergy Are Changing Their Language
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

The point is to change the language and speak in terms that hungry legislators can understand. The point is to stay in role and not go mucking around in a political or economic pragmatism, which we do not und ...

Vatican’s New Legal Guide Adds Offenses for Abuse, Leaking Documents
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

Pope Francis on Thursday approved a major overhaul of the Vatican’s criminal laws, introducing specific offenses for child sexual abuse and leaking confidential documents. Pope Fr ...

Farm Bill Passes House, Without Food Stamp Funding
Originally Posted: 07/12/2013 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

For the first time in 50 years, the House of Representatives cut mention of food stamps from the Farm Bill, which passed the House yesterday. For the first time in 50 years, the ...

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. ...