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  • Scientology cult misappropriates ANZAC legend

    Scientology cult misappropriates ANZAC legend

    The money-hungry Scientology cult has once again been caught behaving badly. This time the unethical organization has usurped an acronym of special importance to the citizens of Australia and New Zealand.Full story: Scientology cult misappropriates…
    - 18 days ago 13 Sep 14, 9:34am -
  • Jonestown cult massacre remains found; more religion news

    Jonestown cult massacre remains found; more religion news

    Ashes of nine victims of the 1978 Jonestown murder & suicide massacre have been found among unclaimed containers in a Delaware funeral home. The forced sale of an Australian doomsday cult's compound fell through as the property did not attract any b…
    - 54 days ago 8 Aug 14, 11:19am -
  • @religionnews Twitter Feed

    @religionnews Twitter Feed

    We’re taking a brief break from posting while we’re working on a new design and approach. Meanwhile, join 13,500+ people who enjoy our Religion News Twitter feed: Tweets by @religionnews A cult ‘expert’ leeches from Religion News Blog To thos…
    - 89 days ago 4 Jul 14, 11:41am -
  • Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab

    Mormon Purge * Scary Scientology * No More Hijab

    Among the items in this issue of Religion News Briefs: Criticizing the Mormon Church can get you excommunicated. Leaving the destructive Scientology cult is scary (and wise). Also: After three decades of debate on homosexuality, the Presbyterian C…
    - 21 Jun 14, 9:39am -
  • Faith-healing beliefs to be used as evidence in manslaughter trial

    Faith-healing beliefs to be used as evidence in manslaughter trial

    A judge has ruled that religious beliefs and practices can be used as evidence in the manslaughter trial of a couple charged with manslaughter in the faith-healing death of their 12-year old daughter. Travis and Wenona Rossiter belong to the Church…
    - 29 May 14, 4:02am -
  • Convicted in torture-murder case, former cult member wins commutation

    Convicted in torture-murder case, former cult member wins commutation

    The Nebraska Board of Pardons on Tuesday commuted the sentence of former cult member Timothy Haverkamp, who has been on parole since 2009. Haverkamp was one of five men convicted of the 1985 murder of James Thimm.Full story: Convicted in torture-m…
    - 21 May 14, 11:44am -
  • Friday’s Religion News Briefs: Ergun Caner keeps losing

    Friday’s Religion News Briefs: Ergun Caner keeps losing

    Bloggers have been picking apart the claims of a man who says he is a Muslim-turned-Christian. Ergun Caner has sued some of them for posting a video they say shows him lying. Thus far, the bloggers are winning. In England, viewers are upset with…
    - 16 May 14, 9:04am -
  • Scientology’s ‘rehab’ target of federal lawsuits; +Religion Briefs

    Scientology’s ‘rehab’ target of federal lawsuits; +Religion Briefs

    Narconon facilities are billed as a 'drug rehab' centers. But the organization's approach is built on the quackery of fantasist L. Ron Hubbard, the dishonest man who saddled us with the Scientology cult. Small wonder then that Narconon is facing hea…
    - 13 May 14, 11:01am -
  • Texas takes possession of FLDS cult’s ranch

    Texas takes possession of FLDS cult’s ranch

    Authorities in Texas have today taken physical possession of the 1,700-acre Yearning For Zion Ranch that until recently belonged to the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS). Under Texas law, law enforcement c…
    - 17 Apr 14, 9:29pm -

Telegraph: Religion

Guardian: Religion

  • newTony Abbott finds burqa 'confronting' and would not oppose parliament ban
    PM says: I wish it was not worn but we are a free country ... and it is not the business of government to tell people what they should and shouldnt wear.The prime minister has made it clear he would not oppose a parliamentary ban on the burqa, sayin…
    - 2 hours ago 1 Oct 14, 3:45am -
  • newNFL says Husain Abdullah should not have been penalised for praying
    Flag thrown after Kansas City Chiefs player dropped to his knees in prayer after an interception in Monday night gameThe NFL said on Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct whe…
    - 14 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 3:43pm -
  • newUS anti-Islam ad showing murdered journalist James Foley to be taken down
    Controversial blogger Pamela Geller to remove ads from New York City buses and subways after protest from Foley familyAn anti-Islam ad depicting American journalist James Foley immediately before he was beheaded is being removed from New York City bu…
    - 14 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 3:31pm -
  • newIreland set to call referendum on blasphemy laws
    Secularists argue that law introduced in July 2009 is incompatible with modern Ireland and should be scrappedAtheists and secular campaigners have welcomed the Irish governments decision to hold a referendum that may abolish Irelands blasphemy laws.T…
    - 15 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 3:01pm -
  • newTwo nuns killed in crash with Irish police car
    Mercy Sisters nuns died in collision with unmarked vehicle on Belfast Road near Newry in County DownTwo nuns have been killed in a collision with a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) vehicle.The Mercy Sisters nuns died in the crash on the Belf…
    - 16 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 1:31pm -


  • Local religious leaders unite for change in immigration law

    Local religious leaders unite for change in immigration law

    Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders in Southern California hold vigil calling for a revamp in federal immigration laws.Several of Southern California's most prominent religious leaders held a vigil for immigration reform in downtown Los Angeles on F…
    - 5 Apr 14, 4:10am -
  • Catholic leaders hold Mass at border to urge immigration overhaul

    Catholic leaders hold Mass at border to urge immigration overhaul

    A bilingual Mass at the border fence between Arizona and Mexico is held in memory of those who entered the U.S. illegally and died crossing the brutal desert. NOGALES, Ariz. — It had been years since Maria Miranda of Tucson attended Catholic Mass w…
    - 2 Apr 14, 4:01am -
  • Pakistan militant group takes responsibility for two bombings

    Pakistan militant group takes responsibility for two bombings

    Attacks in Peshawar and Quetta kill at least 19, underscoring difficulties of peace talks between the government and insurgents.PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A little-known Islamist militant group took responsibility for twin bombings hundreds of miles apar…
    - 14 Mar 14, 10:03pm -
  • In Syrian province, Islamist militant group flexing its muscle

    In Syrian province, Islamist militant group flexing its muscle

    The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has imposed harsh Islamic edicts in Raqqah. Chafing under its rule, a third of the population reportedly has fled.When the women's militia of an Al Qaeda splinter group recently raided a high school in the northern…
    - 14 Mar 14, 11:00am -
  • Pope Francis' popularity not bringing more into Catholic Church

    Pope Francis' popularity not bringing more into Catholic Church

    Pew Research poll finds no change in the number of people who self-identify as Catholic or in the number sitting in church pews on Sundays.Pope Francis is one of the best-known religious figures in the world, but a new Pew Research poll seeking to qu…
    - 6 Mar 14, 4:52am -
  • Cardinal welcomes lifting of ban on gay banner by N.Y. St. Patrick’s Day parade
    NEW YORK — After years of strong resistance, organizers of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade said this week that gay men and lesbians will be allowed to march under their own banner for the first time, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan — the parad…
    - 25 days ago 5 Sep 14, 10:00pm -
  • Religion events from around the Washington area
    Saturday, 8-10:30 a.m.: Pancake breakfast. All-you-can-eat monthly community pancake breakfast featuring gingerbread and regular pancakes. Proceeds will be given to the Family Discovery Weekend at West River United Methodist Center, the St. Paul’s…
    - 25 days ago 5 Sep 14, 9:29pm -
  • Rev. Jasmin Sculark to be installed as permanent minister at Jericho City of Praise
    For nearly four years, Jericho City of Praise, one of the largest churches in the Washington area, has been the object of a power struggle between the son of the sanctuary’s late founders and elders who took control of the church after the second o…
    - 25 days ago 5 Sep 14, 9:27pm -
  • State Department taps Texas lawyer to serve as ‘America’s ambassador to Muslims’
    Is there a tougher job description than Shaarik Zafar’s? As the State Department’s new special representative to Muslim communities, the boyish-looking Texas lawyer is America’s ambassador to Muslims around the world during a summer of nonstop…
    - 32 days ago 29 Aug 14, 10:05pm -
  • Religion events from around the Washington area
    Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon: Our Local Bounty farmers market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables. St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 14300 St. Thomas Church Rd., Upper Marlboro. 301-627-8469 or www.tthomascroom.org/ourlocalbounty. Read full article >…
    - 32 days ago 29 Aug 14, 9:09pm -
  • Commentary: Why Jews should care about what happened in Ferguson
    There is a warzone in America’s heartland. Most of us are far from the armored police vehicles rolling down the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. But the battle there is being fought all over this country, and just because it is not the Jewish communi…
    - 36 days ago 26 Aug 14, 5:32pm -

Yahoo: Religion News

  • newPennsylvania's Catholic bishops forbid boys to wrestle girls
    HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic bishops have adopted a policy requiring boys on the wrestling teams of Catholic schools or youth organizations to forfeit matches against female opponents. Preserving safety and modesty are t…
    - 8 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 9:55pm -
  • newCatholic priest in Puerto Rico accused of abuse
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest in a small town on the west coast of Puerto Rico is being investigated for improper conduct with a minor and has been suspended from his duties, church and government officials said Tuesday.
    - 12 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 5:44pm -
  • newMan accused of stabbing 3 at church gets 5 years
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 25-year-old man who authorities say stabbed three people at a Catholic church in New Mexico has been sentenced to five years in prison.
    - 14 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 4:18pm -
  • newSurvivors of Lampedusa shipwreck to meet pope
    MILAN (AP) — Survivors of the Lampedusa shipwreck that killed 368 migrants, mostly Eritreans, will visit the island and meet with Pope Francis to mark the tragedy's anniversary.
    - 17 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 12:47pm -
  • newPope summons Mideast envoys to Rome over Islamist advance
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, who has expressed alarm over the rise of Islamic State militants and the plight of Christians in the Middle East, has summoned his envoys in the region to a rare meeting to discuss a response to the crisis, the…
    - 17 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 12:30pm -
  • KC Bishop Finn under Vatican investigation
    The Vatican is investigating Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Missouri, two years after he was convicted of failing to report suspected abuse.
    - 1 day ago 29 Sep 14, 9:13pm -

Reuters: Faithworld

Huffington Post | Religion

  • newJessa Duggar Compares Abortion To The Holocaust
    A good hard-and-fast rule to live by: "Do not compare anything to the Holocaust. Ever." Jessa Duggar does not live by this rule. Last week, the 21-year-old "19 Kids and Counting" star and her fiancé, Ben Seewald, visited the United States Holocaust…
    - 8 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 9:31pm -
  • newMecca On Alert As Hajj Begins And ISIS Concerns Grow
    Each year, as the crowds of millions of Muslims who come to Mecca for the hajj continue to grow, Saudi Arabian authorities have stepped up safety and security measures. There is a long list of troubles they hope to avoid: crime, fire, stampedes, the…
    - 9 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 8:46pm -
  • new'Judging America' Photo Series Captures Nation's Stereotypes
    Terrorist. Gangster. Stripper. Landscaper. When people are viewed as stereotypes, they're labeled on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation. Photographer Joel Parés, a U.S. Marine from Puerto Rico, sought to highlight these pr…
    - 11 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 7:06pm -
  • newReza Aslan Blasts Bill Maher, Media For 'Unsophisticated' Reporting On Islam
    Reza Aslan has a thing or two to say about media coverage of Islam.Speaking with CNN on Monday Aslan criticized comedian Bill Maher for characterizing female genital mutilation as an "Islamic problem," in addition to making several other sweeping ge…
    - 13 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 5:12pm -
  • newWhat The Hell Is Happening At General Theological Seminary?
    Faculty members at the country’s oldest Episcopal seminary are facing off against the school’s President, blasting him for his allegedly bullying, heavy-handed leadership style.Eight professors at New York’s General Theological Seminary announ…
    - 13 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 4:31pm -
  • newMuslim NFL Player Penalized After Prayer In End Zone
    A Muslim player who was penalized after dropping to his knees and bowing in prayer following an interception returned for a touchdown on Monday night should not have been flagged, the NFL said Tuesday. Husain Abdullah of the Kansas City Chiefs slid…
    - 14 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 3:35pm -
  • newVicar Of Baghdad Claims 'Every Christian Wants To Leave' Iraq As ISIS Approaches Capital City
    Canon Andrew White has witnessed a dramatic decline in the Christian population of Iraq since the Islamic State began its nation-wide sweep.Dubbed the "Vicar of Baghdad," White has warned through his Facebook page and in interviews that the militant…
    - 15 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 3:25pm -

Religion Clause

  • newSuccessful DOMA Challengers Denied Attorneys' Fees Award
    In McLaughlin v. Hagel, (1st Cir., Sept. 23, 2014), the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals held that plaintiffs who successfully challenged the constituitonality of Sec. 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act are not entitled to an award of attorneys' fee…
    - 19 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 11:25am -
  • newRussian Constitutional Court Upholds Ban on Promoting Homosexuality To Minors, Interpreting It Narrowly
    Interfax reported last week that Russia's Constitutional Court has upheld the constitutionality of Article 6.21 of the Russian Code of Administrative Violations that bans promoting homosexuality among minors, but said it must be interpreted narrowly…
    - 19 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 11:20am -
  • newArkansas Firing Range Says It is A "Muslim Free Zone"
    An indoor firing range in Hot Springs, Arkansas has declared itself a "Muslim Free Zone." Jan Morgan, owner of The Gun Cave Indoor Firing Range and conservative online journalist sets out ten reasons for her decision, ranging from strange behavior re…
    - 19 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 11:15am -
  • newNorth Carolina Distributes First Voucher Funds While Challenge Is On Appeal
    AP reports that last week the North Carolina State Educational Assistance Authority distributed $1.1 million under its Opportunity Scholarship Program to 109 private and religious schools for 568 qualifying students.  The largest amount of money-- $…
    - 19 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 11:10am -
  • newCert. Filed In Ban On Church Use of New York City Schools
    A petition for certiorari (full text) has been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Bronx Household of Faith v. Board of Education of the City of New York, (cert. filed 9/24/2014).  In the case the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decisi…
    - 19 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 11:05am -
  • newEEOC Files Two Religious Discrimintion Cases
    In recent days, the EEOC has filed two separate religious discrimination cases. On Sept. 25, the agency announced that it has filed suit against a Michigan-based automobile dealership-- Feldman Automotive, Inc. The suit alleges that the company refus…
    - 19 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Continuing Resolution Extends USCIRF Until Dec. 11
    The Continuing Appropriations Resolution 2015, (Sec. 144), signed by the President on Sept. 19, among other things amends 22 USC 6436 to extend the life of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom from Sept. 30, 2014 to Dec. 11, 2014.
    - 1 day ago 29 Sep 14, 10:07pm -
  • Recent Articles of Interest
    From SSRN:Ioana Cismas, Introductory Note to Committee on the Rights of the Child Concluding Observations on the Second Periodic Report of the Holy See, (International Legal Materials, Vol. 53, No. 3 (2014), pp. 580-59).Jeremy Waldron, What Do Philos…
    - 2 days ago 29 Sep 14, 11:05am -
  • Many Navy Chaplains' Claims Dismissed on Limitations Grounds
    The federal district court for the District of Columbia last week dismissed on statute of limitations grounds a number of discrimination claims in the long-running suit brought by a group of Non-Liturgical Protestant chaplains and their certifying ag…
    - 2 days ago 29 Sep 14, 11:00am -

Detroit News

  • Congregations extend invitation to services

    Congregations extend invitation to services

    As Pamela Walker and other longtime members at the Cathedral of Love in Mount Clemens prepare for morning church services this Sunday, they're praying others follow.
    - 13 days ago 18 Sep 14, 2:37am -
  • Pope Francis OKs canonization for Sri Lanka's 1st saint

    Pope Francis OKs canonization for Sri Lanka's 1st saint

    Vatican City — Pope Francis signed off Wednesday on Sri Lanka's first saint, bending the Vatican's rules once again to bypass the usual requirement that a second miracle be confirmed.
    - 14 days ago 17 Sep 14, 12:21pm -
  • 40 'I do's' at Vatican as Pope Francis marries 20 couples

    40 'I do's' at Vatican as Pope Francis marries 20 couples

    Vatican City — Forty 'I do's' — or 'Si' in Italian — were pronounced in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday as Pope Francis married 20 couples, with one bride already a mother.
    - 16 days ago 15 Sep 14, 3:10pm -
  • Steeple repairs complete, Detroit's St. Josaphat reopens for worship

    Steeple repairs complete, Detroit's St. Josaphat reopens for worship

    St. Josaphat Catholic Church welcomed back parishioners to its first Sunday service since a storm ravaged its iconic 200-foot steeple 10 months ago.
    - 16 days ago 15 Sep 14, 3:42am -
  • Church center mentors aspiring entrepreneurs

    Church center mentors aspiring entrepreneurs

    An arm of the Bible Center Church, the Oasis Project encourages community development with a focus on youth being the drivers of their own economic development.
    - 18 days ago 13 Sep 14, 5:00am -
  • With God, it's all about love
    Jesus came to reveal God's love to us, to draw it out of us, to show us that love is the beginning, the means, the path and the end; it's the only road to travel.
    - 18 days ago 13 Sep 14, 5:00am -
  • Pope Francis may declare Sri Lanka's 1st saint
    Colombo, Sri Lanka — The Colombo archbishop says Pope Francis may make a 17th century priest Sri Lanka's first Roman Catholic saint during a papal visit next year.
    - 19 days ago 12 Sep 14, 10:58am -
  • St. Josaphat's damaged steeple repaired, church to reopen

    St. Josaphat's damaged steeple repaired, church to reopen

    St. Josaphat Roman Catholic Church, whose 200-foot-tall steeple is an iconic site to southbound I-75 travelers, officially reopens this weekend after fierce winds forced its closure in November and cast doubt on its future.
    - 19 days ago 12 Sep 14, 3:26am -
  • Residents, Greater Grace Temple clash over unmaintained golf course

    Residents, Greater Grace Temple clash over unmaintained golf course

    A refusal to cut grass at the New Rogell Golf Course has sparked tension between a megachurch and neighbors who say it's unacceptable that a house of worship is creating blight.
    - 21 days ago 10 Sep 14, 3:46pm -
  • Churches urge high court to act on gay marriage

    Churches urge high court to act on gay marriage

    — The Mormon church and four religious organizations are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and settle once and for all the question of whether states can outlaw gay marriage.
    - 24 days ago 7 Sep 14, 5:00am -

Religion Books: New Releases

Pew Forum Religion News Links

  • Changing Attitudes on Gay Marriage
    A series of graphics shows how public opinion toward same-sex marriage has changed in Pew Research Center polls since 2001. See how much opinion varies by generation, religious group, gender, race and political party.
    - 7 days ago 24 Sep 14, 4:00am -
  • Section 3: Social & Political Issues
    Homosexuality and Same-Sex Marriage The public is evenly divided over whether businesses that provide wedding services, like catering or flowers, should be required to provide services to same-sex couples despite religious objections to same-sex marr…
    - 9 days ago 22 Sep 14, 3:53pm -
  • About the Survey
    The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted Sept. 2-9, 2014, among a national sample of 2,002 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (801 respondents were interviewed on…
    - 9 days ago 22 Sep 14, 3:53pm -
  • Section 1: Religion in Public Life
    Religion in Politics The public is now evenly divided on the question of whether churches and other houses of worship should express their views on day-to-day social and political questions: 49% say they should do this, while 48% say churches and oth…
    - 9 days ago 22 Sep 14, 3:53pm -
  • Section 2: The Religious Landscape of the 2014 Elections
    The partisan preferences of religious groups have remained relatively stable in recent years. Majorities of black Protestants and the religiously unaffiliated continue to identify with or lean toward the Democratic Party, and say they would vote for…
    - 9 days ago 22 Sep 14, 3:53pm -
  • Public Sees Religion’s Influence Waning
    Nearly three-quarters of Americans now think religion is losing influence in American life, and most who say this also see it as a bad thing. Perhaps as a consequence, a growing share of the public wants religion to play a role in U.S. politics.
    - 9 days ago 22 Sep 14, 3:52pm -
  • Public Sees Religion’s Influence Waning
    Media Contact: Katherine Ritchey, Communications Manager 202-419-4564, kritchey@pewresearch.org Washington, Sept. 22, 2014 — Nearly three-quarters of the public (72%) now thinks religion is losing influence in American life, up 5 percentage points…
    - 9 days ago 22 Sep 14, 3:52pm -
  • WSJ: Watchdog finds insurers not following health care law’s abortion rule

    - 15 days ago 16 Sep 14, 3:17pm -
  • RNS: Yale chaplain’s resignation reflects larger mainline tensions over Israel

    - 15 days ago 16 Sep 14, 3:16pm -
  • Wash. Post: Moderate Uighur scholar faces trial in China that critics say highlights repression

    - 15 days ago 16 Sep 14, 3:15pm -

Reddit | Religion News

Sacramento Bee

  • Local Muslims condemn ISIS
    At Friday’s Jumah – the main weekly Muslim service – Imam M.A. Azeez told his 1,000 congregants at the Salam Islamic Center in Sacramento that “everything that ISIS stands for is the antithesis of Islamic teaching.”
    - 11 days ago 20 Sep 14, 5:43am -
  • Sacramento church seeks donations of food, medical supplies for Ebola-stricken West Africa
    An Ebola donation drive seeks medical supplies, non-perishable food and drinks, as well as cash to help West Africans and aid workers trying to stamp out the deadly virus.
    - 36 days ago 26 Aug 14, 1:38pm -
  • Pastor pleads no contest in sex sting
    A Carmichael pastor caught in a prostitution sting has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor soliciting for prostitution, according to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.John Oselsky
    - 48 days ago 14 Aug 14, 1:14pm -
  • Bible-based recovery center seeks to cure addiction among Sacramento’s Slavic youths
    Behind a locked gate on E Street in rural North Highlands, about a dozen young men pray to God to deliver them from addiction – part of the God Will Provide treatment regimen.Michael Kumansky, 20, at center, listens as one of the counselors l…
    - 50 days ago 11 Aug 14, 6:14pm -
  • Congressman spreads gospel on Capitol Hill
    Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo of Mississippi has found a way to inject new meaning into constituent service – by obliging a request to distribute Bibles to his colleagues in Congress, all 534 of them.Rep. Steve Palazzo of Mississippi
    - 55 days ago 6 Aug 14, 11:57pm -

CNN Belief Blog

  • newNFL says ref botched call on player's Muslim prayer

    NFL says ref botched call on player's Muslim prayer

    By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor (CNN) – Husain Abdullah can kneel and pray pretty much anywhere in America he wants. Except, perhaps, for an NFL end zone. The Kansas City Chiefs' safety and devout Muslim was flagged for "unsportsmanlike con…
    - 18 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 11:42am -
  • Why India's leader won't eat with Obama

    Why India's leader won't eat with Obama

    By Moni Basu, CNN (CNN) – Fillet of sole with tyrolienne sauce. Supreme of pheasant Veronique. Chocolate lotus blossoms. These are culinary creations that were served in the past to Indian prime ministers visiting the White House. But on Monday, w…
    - 2 days ago 29 Sep 14, 10:00am -
  • Even on the High Holidays, this cantor is on call

    Even on the High Holidays, this cantor is on call

    By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog editor (CNN) -  According to Jewish tradition, on Rosh Hashana, God decides who will live and die during the next year. For Cantor Shlomo Glick, the holy days - which begin the Jewish new year - are particularly poi…
    - 7 days ago 24 Sep 14, 4:34pm -
  • Former Vatican envoy placed under house arrest

    Former Vatican envoy placed under house arrest

    By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor (CNN) - The Vatican announced on Tuesday that it has placed a former ambassador under house arrest while he faces charges for "serious acts of abuse of minors." Jozef Wesolowski is accused of molesting young b…
    - 7 days ago 23 Sep 14, 9:35pm -
  • Suspension of belief? Football coach sidelined over prayer

    Suspension of belief? Football coach sidelined over prayer

    (CNN) - The football coach at a publicly funded charter school in Arizona has been suspended after directing a player to lead a team prayer. One side says it's a violation of the coach's religious liberty. The other says it's a violation of the playe…
    - 8 days ago 23 Sep 14, 4:30pm -
  • 4 teachings from Jesus that everybody gets wrong

    4 teachings from Jesus that everybody gets wrong

    Opinion by Amy-Jill Levine, special to CNN (CNN) – It was once said, “religion is designed to comfort the afflicted and to afflict the comfortable.” Jesus’ parables – short stories with moral lessons – were likewise designed to afflict, t…
    - 10 days ago 21 Sep 14, 1:44pm -
  • The irony of the Air Force's anti-atheist oath

    The irony of the Air Force's anti-atheist oath

    Opinion by Candida Moss and Joel Baden, special to CNN (CNN) – The Air Force has reversed course again and will allow an atheist airman to omit the phrase "so help me God” from its oath, the military branch said Wednesday. “We are making the ap…
    - 13 days ago 17 Sep 14, 9:36pm -
  • Adrian Peterson and the false gospel of spanking

    Adrian Peterson and the false gospel of spanking

    Opinion by Matthew Paul Turner, special to CNN (CNN) – There’s one detail about the Adrian Peterson child abuse charges that no one seems to be noting: his alleged crimes didn’t happen simply under the guise of “parenting” but rather “C…
    - 14 days ago 16 Sep 14, 7:50pm -
  • Chinese Christians scramble to save cross

    Chinese Christians scramble to save cross

    Wenzhou, China (CNN) - At a gray church on the outskirts of Wenzhou in eastern China, Christians from across the county keep a nervous watch. Some stand behind the iron gate; others sit just inside the church door. For more than two months they've wa…
    - 15 days ago 16 Sep 14, 1:10pm -

NPR: Religion



Religion News Service

  • newUS Cardinal Raymond Burke mounts defense on Catholic teaching on divorce
    (RNS) Public disagreements over whether the Roman Catholic Church can change its teachings on Communion for remarried Catholics are growing sharper on the eve of a major Vatican summit.The post US Cardinal Raymond Burke mounts defense on Catholic tea…
    - 10 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 8:14pm -
  • newWhy multigenerational house sharing may be the wave of the future (COMMENTARY)
    SAN MATEO, Calif. (RNS) Multigenerational living requires patience and clear boundaries in parenting and in space. It helps to have enough rooms to escape each other.The post Why multigenerational house sharing may be the wave of the future (COMMENTA…
    - 11 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 7:13pm -
  • newIn Israel, biblical land-use laws call for creative workarounds
    JERUSALEM (RNS) The sabbatical-year prohibitions include sowing, planting, pruning, reaping, harvesting and improving the land. But many Jews have found loopholes and workarounds.The post In Israel, biblical land-use laws call for creative workaround…
    - 11 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 7:08pm -
  • newTensions at Episcopal Church’s oldest seminary reflect larger crisis in future of theology schools
    (RNS) It's unclear whether eight faculty resigned or were effectively fired, and what the future holds for the Episcopal Church's flagship seminary.The post Tensions at Episcopal Church’s oldest seminary reflect larger crisis in future of theology…
    - 15 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 2:44pm -
  • newHalal KFC * Bible Museum * Bishop Finn: Tuesday’s Roundup
    Colonel Sanders tries to be more Muslim than the imams. The Vatican is investigating KC's Bishop Finn. And the Hobby Lobby Bible museum, soon to be built in the heart of the nation's capital, gets an official name. (And it's not "Hobby Lobby Bible M…
    - 16 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 1:56pm -
  • newMuseum of the Bible aims for timeless name, imagery
    WASHINGTON (RNS) Steve Green says the $800 million museum will show "the Bible speaks for itself." The post Museum of the Bible aims for timeless name, imagery appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 20 hours ago 30 Sep 14, 10:00am -
  • Quote of the Day: Sen. Ted Cruz
    “We stand for life. We stand for marriage. We stand for Israel. We bring back jobs and opportunity and unleash small businesses to make it easier for people to achieve the American dream. We abolish the IRS. We repeal Common Core.” – Republican…
    - 1 day ago 29 Sep 14, 8:03pm -
  • Why Chris Christie and Jeb Bush were snubbed by social conservative leaders
    (RNS) Their absence at the Values Voter Summit could hurt the New Jersey governor and the brother of the former president with conservative Christians who are key to winning the GOP presidential primaries.The post Why Chris Christie and Jeb Bush were…
    - 1 day ago 29 Sep 14, 6:58pm -
  • Catholic bishop in England resigns over affair with woman, calls decision ‘liberating’
    CANTERBURY, England (RNS) "In some respects I feel very calm," said Kieran Conry. "It is liberating. It is a relief." But it may not be the end of the matter for the former Roman Catholic leader.The post Catholic bishop in England resigns over affair…
    - 1 day ago 29 Sep 14, 6:04pm -
  • Religious leaders try to cope with Islamic State attacks
    (RNS) "To offer a different world view endorsed by religions, as well as governments, in the long term will go a long way to defeating its appeal to those who are looking to join them," said Antonios S. Kireopoulos of the National Council of Churches…
    - 2 days ago 29 Sep 14, 5:27pm -

New Zealand Herald

  • US forgets PM's past and goes mad for Modi
    India's new Prime Minister, once shunned by Washington, appeared before an enthusiastic crowd in a famed New York sports arena yesterday where he appealed for help from Indian-Americans to help develop his country's economy, vowing...
    - 2 days ago 29 Sep 14, 5:00pm -
  • Internet, mobile services suspended in India over religious clashes
    Police in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat have arrested 40 people after clashes between Hindus and Muslims and suspended mobile internet and text messaging services, an official said.The two groups pelted...
    - 2 days ago 28 Sep 14, 7:00pm -

Bartholomew's Notes

  • Ted Cruz Tells Middle East Christians To “Stand With Israel”
    From Tristyn Bloom at the Daily Caller: Sen. Ted Cruz was booed offstage at a conference for Middle Eastern Christians Wednesday night after saying that “Christians have no greater ally than Israel.” …”If you will not stand with Israel and t…
    - 20 days ago 11 Sep 14, 3:25pm -
  • Yakunin Outfit Hides Involvement of Larry Jacobs and Don Feder in Conference Committee
    At Mother Jones, Hannah Levintova has an interesting detail about what happened when she asked the World Congress of Families about its involvement with a “Large Families: The Future of Humanity” conference currently taking place in Moscow:  W…
    - 20 days ago 10 Sep 14, 10:29pm -
  • Christian Zionist Elvis Drama Sees Poor Reviews and Box-Office Takings
    From the Hollywood Reporter: Faith-based Elvis musical drama The Identical bombed at the North American box office, falling outside the top 10 with $1.91 million. The independent movie cost more than $32 million to make and market. Identical is play…
    - 23 days ago 8 Sep 14, 8:07am -
  • Helen Ukpabio: Spiritual Lawfare
    From the British Humanist Association: The British Humanist Association (BHA) and Witchcraft and Human Rights Information Network (WHRIN) are being sued by the wealthy evangelical preacher and ‘witch hunter’ Helen Ukpabio who has dubbed herself a…
    - 28 days ago 3 Sep 14, 1:05pm -
  • Putin Confidant Vladimir Yakunin and Helga Zepp-LaRouche Attend “Cultural Roundtable” In China
    Vladimir Yakunin, who runs Russia’s railways, is currently banned from many countries in the west due to his membership of Putin’s inner circle. No such trouble in China, though: On the morning of 24th August, “One belt one road” cultural rou…
    - 31 days ago 30 Aug 14, 8:52pm -
  • FBI Files On Paul Crouch Prompt Sensationalised Reports
    Muckrock has posted FBI files relating to the late televangelist Paul Crouch: Requested by long-time MuckRock user RobbyD, the file reveals the laundry list of Crouch’s activities the FBI was monitoring or even investigating. Though the file is h…
    - 34 days ago 28 Aug 14, 12:22pm -

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