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  • Murder charge in the death of Bethany Deaton dismissed

    Murder charge in the death of Bethany Deaton dismissed

    Prosecutors have dropped charges against Micah Moore, who falsely confessed to the murder of Bethany Deaton, the wife of his spiritual leader. Deaton's death had been ruled a suicide before Moore's admission. Prosecutors now say they will keep the…
    - 24 days ago 1 Nov 14, 1:14am -
  • Has Ebola scared away the faith healers?

    Has Ebola scared away the faith healers?

    Faith healers, who claim that God has anointed them to heal the sick and -- in some cases -- to raise the dead as well, have been notably absent lately. Are they scared of Ebola?Also: China's anti-cult efforts predictably also target Christians wor…
    - 25 days ago 30 Oct 14, 5:29pm -
  • Murder confession followed IHOP church’s ‘exorcism session’

    Murder confession followed IHOP church’s ‘exorcism session’

    Micah Moore's confession to the murder of Bethany Deaton -- the wife of his spiritual leader Tyler Deaton -- came after an 'International House of Prayer' group exorcism session , his attorneys claim. In a motion to dismiss Moore's confession they a…
    - 27 days ago 28 Oct 14, 10:20am -
  • Children accused of Witchcraft: abuse cases on the rise in UK

    Children accused of Witchcraft: abuse cases on the rise in UK

    London's Metropolitan Police reports that cases of abuse where the child is accused of being a witch or possessed by an evil spirit are on the rise. Parents, other guardians, and in several cases pastors and church members who believe a child is po…
    - 39 days ago 16 Oct 14, 10:03am -
  • A cult ‘expert’ leeches from Religion News Blog

    A cult ‘expert’ leeches from Religion News Blog

    Join 14,200+ people (and one plagiarist) who enjoy our Religion News Twitter feed.Full story: A cult ‘expert’ leeches from Religion News Blog
    - 41 days ago 14 Oct 14, 11:00pm -
  • 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…
    - 72 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…
    - 8 Aug 14, 11:19am -
  • 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 -
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  • newCatholic radio expands in L.A. with 93 KHJ
    Back in the glory days of Top 40 radio, 93 KHJ was the king, home to the latest hits and big audiences, not to mention famed DJs Sam Riddle, Robert W. Morgan and the Real Don Steele. But beginning this month, KHJ became the latest in a growing numb…
    - 9 hours ago 24 Nov 14, 5:00am -
  • Homeland Security head aims to build trust in L.A. Muslim community
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson met Thursday with American Muslim leaders who've raised concerns about government surveillance, initiatives to combat extremism and treatment during airport security screenings. The meeting at the Islamic Cen…
    - 11 days ago 13 Nov 14, 8:35pm -
  • Joseph Smith, Mormon Church founder, had as many as 40 wives
    Joseph Smith, Mormon church founder and prophet, took as many as 40 wives, at least one as young as 14, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have acknowledged in a series of essays posted as guideposts for the faithful. The...
    - 12 days ago 12 Nov 14, 8:03am -
  • Afghan mullah offers ancient wisdom to youths on Facebook
    For years, said Mohammad Sajad Mohseni, a 63-year-old mullah, young Afghans took one look at his salt-and-pepper beard, white turban and coral-colored prayer beads and dismissed him. "They just saw me as another mullah," Mohseni said. But that ch…
    - 14 days ago 10 Nov 14, 6:00am -
  • L.A. Archdiocese is steps ahead of Catholic debate over homosexuality
    Tim Swift went to Catholic schools, attended a Jesuit university and sent his children to parochial schools. Now a lawyer in Santa Ana, Swift saw it as a progressive move when cardinals and bishops meeting in Rome last month issued a draft document…
    - 15 days ago 9 Nov 14, 7:30pm -
  • Religion events from around the Washington area
    Washington National Cathedral and Covenant Baptist Church/United Church of Christ are partnering their Thanksgiving efforts again to provide dinners for families in Wards 7 and 8. The Poor Roberts Foundation will provide all of the needed turkeys.…
    - 2 days ago 22 Nov 14, 2:39am -
  • Religion events from around the Washington area
    Washington National Cathedral and Covenant Baptist Church/United Church of Christ are partnering their Thanksgiving efforts again to provide dinners for families in Wards 7 and 8. The Poor Roberts Foundation will provide all of the needed turkeys.…
    - 9 days ago 15 Nov 14, 10:03am -
  • Religion events from around the Washington area
    Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Church bazaar. An assortment of homemade items for you, your home and family comes from a wide variety of local skilled crafters. A home-cooked lunch and baked goods will be available. Bazaar at Mill Creek Parish United M…
    - 17 days ago 7 Nov 14, 10:09pm -
  • What are megachurches without their star pastors?
    Can a megachurch survive the departure of its megastar pastor? For Seattle’s Mars Hill Church, it’s an open question. Mars Hill announced last week that it would dissolve the network of 13 churches across the Northwest that took root under pastor…
    - 17 days ago 7 Nov 14, 9:35pm -
  • What is the mikvah all about?
    Last month, D.C. police charged Barry Freundel, a prominent Modern Orthodox rabbi from Kesher Israel Congregation in Georgetown, with secretly video­taping naked women at his synagogue’s mikvah. So what is a mikvah, anyway, and does it have anythi…
    - 17 days ago 7 Nov 14, 9:14pm -
  • Sound of silence: After decades as haven, a Va. spiritual retreat will close in 2015
    “Tell me again why you’re going on this week-long silent retreat?” my daughter Mary Elizabeth asks, still trying to get her arms around the concept. “So you can hear yourself think, right?” Almost, except not. Read full article >>
    - 21 days ago 3 Nov 14, 9:53pm -

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  • newChurch: Papal visit not part of Sri Lanka politics
    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Roman Catholic church said that Pope Francis' visit in January should not be politicized and that images of him should be removed from presidential election billboards.
    - 2 hours ago 24 Nov 14, 11:18am -
  • newChurch members each get $500 to do good for world

    Church members each get $500 to do good for world

    CHICAGO (AP) — On a very memorable Sunday, Pastor Laura Truax surprised her congregation with a bold announcement: She was about to hand out money to everyone.
    - 3 hours ago 24 Nov 14, 10:58am -
  • newPakistani Christian on death row for blasphemy makes final appeal

    Pakistani Christian on death row for blasphemy makes final appeal

    A Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy filed an appeal in the country's top court Monday, her final legal recourse after being found guilty of insulting the Prophet Mohammed four years ago.
    - 13 hours ago 24 Nov 14, 12:56am -
  • newVatican prosecutor didn't report abusive priest

    Vatican prosecutor didn't report abusive priest

    BOSTON (AP) — An American priest named by Pope Francis as the Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor in September was among church officials who failed to report an abusive priest to law enforcement before the now-jailed and defrocked man committed other…
    - 13 hours ago 24 Nov 14, 12:27am -
  • new6 new Catholic saints at a glance

    6 new Catholic saints at a glance

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday canonized six new saints, two Indians and four Italians, all of whom dedicated their lives to helping the poor.
    - 20 hours ago 23 Nov 14, 6:03pm -
  • newPope canonizes 2 Indians, 4 Italians

    Pope canonizes 2 Indians, 4 Italians

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis canonized six new saints Sunday, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala, in a packed ceremony in St. Peter's Square.
    - 20 hours ago 23 Nov 14, 5:46pm -

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  • new'Explosion Of Emotions' As Pope Greets Children With Autism
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis tenderly embraced children with autism spectrum disorders, some of whom avoided meeting his gaze, during an audience Saturday aimed at showing solidarity with people living with the condition.The pope urged governme…
    - 17 hours ago 23 Nov 14, 8:11pm -
  • newMuslim Clerics Meet In Iran To Discuss Strategy For Countering Extremists
    QOM, Iran (AP) — Shiite and Sunni clerics from about 80 countries gathered in Iran's holy city of Qom on Sunday to develop a strategy to combat extremists, including the Islamic State group that has captured large parts of Iraq and Syria.Shiite-ma…
    - 19 hours ago 23 Nov 14, 6:38pm -
  • newThe Worst (And Best) Advent Calendars
    Advent calendars emerged in the mid-1800s to help young Christians count down the days until the Feast of the Nativity. The four-week Advent holiday is meant to inspire solemn reflection and meditation ahead of the birth of Christ.Early examples of…
    - 19 hours ago 23 Nov 14, 6:36pm -
  • newNew Book Explores Difficult Question: Are Jews Better Off Outside Israel?
    (RNS) Jews exclaim “Next Year in Jerusalem!” at the conclusion of the Passover seder, an acknowledgment that Israel is their spiritual home. But since the Babylonians invaded Jerusalem in 586 B.C., most Jews have lived outside of Israel.Today, D…
    - 20 hours ago 23 Nov 14, 5:17pm -
  • Get Up Close And Personal With This Impossibly Intricate Buddhist Sand Mandala
    In Buddhist tradition, a mandala is a sacred image that graphically represents the universe and is intended for use during meditation. Typically circular in shape, a mandala has a central point -- called a "seed" or "drop" -- toward which all energie…
    - 2 days ago 22 Nov 14, 9:40pm -
  • This Week In Pictures: Faith In Practice Around The World, November 16 - 22
    Humans express their faith in a multitude of ways. These photos capture the diversity within faith practices that happen in our world in the span of just one week.Chicago, Illinois: November 18Archbishop Blase Cupich walks down the aisle after his i…
    - 2 days ago 22 Nov 14, 8:02pm -
  • 10 Commandments For Atheists Who Want To Explore Their Values
    STANFORD, Calif. (RNS) An atheist, a humanist and an agnostic walk into a restaurant.The hostess says, “Table for one?”An old joke, yes, but its essence lies at the heart of “Atheist Mind, Humanist Heart: Rewriting the Ten Commandments for th…
    - 2 days ago 22 Nov 14, 5:19pm -

Religion Clause

  • newRecent Articles and Books of Interest
    From SSRN:Abner S. Greene, Religious Freedom and (Other) Civil Liberties: Is There a Middle Ground?, (Harvard Law & Policy Review, 2015 Forthcoming).Geoffrey P. Miller, The Kingdom of God in Samuel, (NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 1…
    - 2 hours ago 24 Nov 14, 12:00pm -
  • newIsrael's Cabinet Approves Proposed Basic Law Declaring Israel As A Jewish State
    The Jerusalem Post reports that Israel's Cabinet today voted 15-6 to approve three proposed versions of the highly controversial "Basic Law: Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People." The Cabinet Ministers' discussion descended into a shoutin…
    - 16 hours ago 23 Nov 14, 9:48pm -
  • newRecent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases
    In Robbins v. Toole, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160274 (SD GA, Nov. 14, 2014), Georgia magistrate judge allowed an inmate to proceed with his complaint that he was not being given food that meets his religious requirements.In Malipurathu v. Johnson, 201…
    - 19 hours ago 23 Nov 14, 7:00pm -
  • newCourt Enjoins South Carolina's Refusal To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages From Elsewhere
    As previously reported, on Nov. 12 in Wilson v. Condon, a South Carolina federal district court struck down South Carolina's ban on issuing licenses for same-sex marriages. Attempts to stay effectiveness of the decision failed. (See prior posting.)…
    - 20 hours ago 23 Nov 14, 5:20pm -
  • Egyptian Court Acquits First Doctor Charged With Female Genital Mutilation
    The Guardian on Thursday reported that the first doctor in Egypt to be brought to trial under a 2008 law on charges of female genital mutilation has been acquitted:Raslan Fadl, a doctor and Islamic preacher in the village of Agga, northern Egypt, wa…
    - 1 day ago 23 Nov 14, 1:00pm -
  • Montana's Same-Sex Marriage Bans Falls; Becomes 34th State To Recognize Marriage Equality
    On Wednesday, a Montana federal district court issued a permanent injunction barring Montana from enforcing statutory and constitutional provisions that prevent same-sex marriages or recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions.…
    - 1 day ago 23 Nov 14, 3:51am -
  • Muslim's Religious Discrimination Claim Against NJ Transit Dismissed
    In Allison v. New Jersey Transit Corp., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 162175 (D NJ, Nov. 19, 2014), a New Jersey federal district court dismissed a claim by an African American Muslim employee of New Jersey Transit that disciplinary action taken against him…
    - 1 day ago 23 Nov 14, 3:13am -
  • Zoning Denial Did Not Create Substantial Burden Under RLUIPA
    In Andon, LLC v. City of Newport News, Virginia, (ED VA, Nov. 20, 2014, a Virginia federal district court dismissed a RLUIPA challenge to the city's refusal to grant a zoning variance to allow use of a leased building as a church.  The court held th…
    - 2 days ago 23 Nov 14, 1:25am -
  • Neo-Pagan Group Gets NY Property Tax Exemption
    In In the Matter of Maetreum of Cybele, Magna Mater, Inc., v. McCoy. (NY Ct. App., Nov. 18, 2014), New York's highest court, in a brief opinion, affirmed the decision of an appellate court that a neo-Pagan group is entitled to a tax exemption for p…
    - 3 days ago 21 Nov 14, 12:25pm -
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Religion Books: New Releases

  • new#7: The Motivation Manifesto

    #7: The Motivation Manifesto

    The Motivation Manifesto Brendon Burchard (Author) (110)Download: $1.99 (Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this product's current rank.)
    - 22 mins ago 24 Nov 14, 1:15pm -
  • new#1: Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace

    #1: Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace

    Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace Anne Lamott (Author) (24)Release Date: November 10, 2014 Buy new: $22.95 $16.98 63 used & new from $9.40(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information…
    - 22 mins ago 24 Nov 14, 1:15pm -
  • new#2: Love Brings Us Home (Inspirational Romance Box Set): Seven Christian Romances Celebrating Faith and Family

    #2: Love Brings Us Home (Inspirational Romance Box Set): Seven Christian Romances Celebrating Faith and Family

    Love Brings Us Home (Inspirational Romance Box Set): Seven Christian Romances Celebrating Faith and Family Hallee Bridgeman (Author), Valerie Comer (Author), JoAnn Durgin (Author), Kimberly Rae Jordan (Author), Lynette Sowell (Author), Staci Stalling…
    - 22 mins ago 24 Nov 14, 1:15pm -
  • new#9: The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere

    #9: The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere

    The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere Pico Iyer (Author) (8)Release Date: November 4, 2014 Buy new: $14.99 $9.34 33 used & new from $8.74(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on this p…
    - 22 mins ago 24 Nov 14, 1:15pm -
  • new#3: Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God

    #3: Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God

    Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God Timothy Keller (Author) (9)Release Date: November 4, 2014 Buy new: $26.95 $16.17 74 used & new from $13.36(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authoritative information on th…
    - 22 mins ago 24 Nov 14, 1:15pm -
  • new#6: Live Original: How the Duck Commander Teen Keeps It Real and Stays True to Her Values

    #6: Live Original: How the Duck Commander Teen Keeps It Real and Stays True to Her Values

    Live Original: How the Duck Commander Teen Keeps It Real and Stays True to Her Values Sadie Robertson (Author), Beth Clark (Author) (16)Release Date: October 28, 2014 Buy new: $22.99 $15.12 41 used & new from $10.55(Visit the Hot New Releases in Re…
    - 22 mins ago 24 Nov 14, 1:15pm -
  • new#4: Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation

    #4: Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation

    Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation Bill Nye (Author), Corey S. Powell (Editor) (45)Release Date: November 4, 2014 Buy new: $25.99 $16.75 52 used & new from $12.61(Visit the Hot New Releases in Religion & Spirituality list for authori…
    - 22 mins ago 24 Nov 14, 1:15pm -

Pew Forum Religion News Links

  • Event Transcript: Religion in Latin America
    Latin America is home to more than 425 million Catholics – nearly 40% of the world’s total Catholic population – and the Roman Catholic Church now has a Latin American pope for the first time in its history. Yet identification with Catholicism…
    - 4 days ago 20 Nov 14, 8:34pm -
  • Same-Sex Marriage State-by-State
    To date, courts, legislatures and voters have legalized gay marriage in 35 states and the District of Columbia, while 15 states have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage. This interactive shows the change in each state’s policy over time.
    - 4 days ago 20 Nov 14, 5:00am -
  • BBC: Church of England formally approves plans for women bishops

    - 7 days ago 17 Nov 14, 7:02pm -
  • AP: Pope Francis confirms trip to the United States

    - 7 days ago 17 Nov 14, 7:02pm -
  • BBC: Emir of Kano calls Nigerians to arms over Boko Haram

    - 7 days ago 17 Nov 14, 7:01pm -
  • NYT: Obama condemns Islamic State’s killing of Peter Kassig

    - 8 days ago 16 Nov 14, 7:03pm -
  • Religion in Latin America
    Nearly 40% of the world's Catholics live in Latin America, but many people in the region have converted from Catholicism to Protestantism, while some have left organized religion altogether.
    - 11 days ago 13 Nov 14, 5:02am -
  • Chapter 1: Religious Switching
    In most of the Latin American countries surveyed, at least one-in-six adults report that they no longer belong to the religion in which they were raised. Roughly one-in-three have changed their faith in Nicaragua, Uruguay and El Salvador. At the othe…
    - 11 days ago 13 Nov 14, 5:01am -
  • Chapter 2: Religious Commitment and Practice
    Religion is central to the lives of many Latin Americans. Indeed, majorities in most countries surveyed say religion is very important to them. Two-thirds or more express this view in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, the Dominican Republi…
    - 11 days ago 13 Nov 14, 5:01am -
  • Chapter 3: Religious Beliefs
    The Pew Research survey finds that nearly all Catholics and Protestants in most Latin American countries believe in God. In a number of countries, most of those who are unaffiliated with any religion also say they believe in God. However, the survey…
    - 11 days ago 13 Nov 14, 5:01am -

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CNN Belief Blog

  • Jerusalem terror attack 'strikes at soul' of Jews worldwide

    Jerusalem terror attack 'strikes at soul' of Jews worldwide

    By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor (CNN) – Books, filled with prayers for peace, splattered with blood. Sacred vestments shredded by bullets and knives. Lifeless bodies in the sanctuary. The rabbis had gathered to ask God to bestow blessings u…
    - 5 days ago 19 Nov 14, 7:47pm -
  • Church: Mormon founder Joseph Smith wed 40 wives

    Church: Mormon founder Joseph Smith wed 40 wives

    By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor (CNN) - The founder of the Mormon church, Joseph Smith, wed as many as 40 wives, including some who were already married and one as young as 14 years old, the church acknowledged in a surprising new essay. Smit…
    - 13 days ago 11 Nov 14, 7:35pm -
  • How Brittany Maynard forced us to look at death

    How Brittany Maynard forced us to look at death

    By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor (CNN) - This country is changing rapidly, and at the very time modern medicine puts life-or-death decisions in our hands, organized religion has faded from the lives of many Americans. As the surgeon and writer…
    - 17 days ago 7 Nov 14, 6:48pm -
  • New Chicago archbishop ditches $14 million mansion

    New Chicago archbishop ditches $14 million mansion

    By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor (CNN) – Chicago's new archbishop does not plan to live in the $14 million mansion that housed many of his predecessors but was seen by some Catholics as out of touch with Pope Francis' emphasis on simplicity.…
    - 33 days ago 22 Oct 14, 3:18pm -
  • It's hard to change the Catholic Church. Even if you're the Pope.

    It's hard to change the Catholic Church. Even if you're the Pope.

    By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor (CNN) - As Catholic bishops in Rome began a major meeting on modern family life two weeks ago, Pope Francis encouraged them to speak candidly and "without timidness." He certainly got what he asked for. Bishops…
    - 35 days ago 20 Oct 14, 6:50pm -
  • Mark Driscoll, top megachurch pastor, resigns

    Mark Driscoll, top megachurch pastor, resigns

    By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor (CNN) – Less than a year ago, Mark Driscoll, an evangelical pastor, was flying high. His hometown Seattle Seahawks were in the Super Bowl, and the brash pastor scored a big, faith-fueled interview with five…
    - 40 days ago 15 Oct 14, 8:33pm -
  • Why I got arrested in Ferguson

    Why I got arrested in Ferguson

    Opinion by Lisa Sharon Harper, Special to CNN Ferguson, Missouri (CNN) – It seems every few months for the past few decades we witness fresh protests to push a prosecutor to indict the killer of a black man – especially if that killer is white. I…
    - 40 days ago 15 Oct 14, 7:41pm -
  • Under conservative assault, Vatican backtracks on gay comments

    Under conservative assault, Vatican backtracks on gay comments

    Rome (CNN) - Under furious assault from conservative Catholics, the Vatican backtracked Tuesday on its surprisingly positive assessment of gays and same-sex relationships. In a report Monday, the Vatican had said that gays and lesbians have "gifts to…
    - 41 days ago 14 Oct 14, 4:46pm -
  • A new welcome for gay Catholics in the church

    A new welcome for gay Catholics in the church

    Opinion by Francis DeBernardo, special to CNN (CNN) – I could hardly believe what I was reading as I saw the news Monday morning that Catholic clergy meeting in Rome said gay and lesbian people should be welcomed into the church more warmly. Aft…
    - 42 days ago 13 Oct 14, 7:07pm -

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Religion News Service

  • Churches to serve as safe spaces after Ferguson grand jury announcement
    ST. LOUIS (RNS) With a grand jury decision on whether to indict the officer who fatally shot African-American teenager Michael Brown, expected by the end of the month, churches in the area are prepared to offer refuge.The post Churches to serve as…
    - 3 days ago 21 Nov 14, 7:44pm -
  • Pope Francis tackles autism as families seek hope, support
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) Advocates hope that Pope Francis' lending his support to autism awareness can give hope to weary parents and chip away at some of the stigma.The post Pope Francis tackles autism as families seek hope, support appeared first on Rel…
    - 3 days ago 21 Nov 14, 7:30pm -
  • Are Jews better off outside Israel? Alan Wolfe reconsiders the Diaspora
    (RNS) In the Diaspora, writes Alan Wolfe, Jewish can embrace universalism -- applying Jewish values to make the world a better place. "Jewish particularism" better describes the defensive, inward posture of Jews in Israel. The post Are Jews better o…
    - 3 days ago 21 Nov 14, 4:46pm -
  • Kenyan city of Mombasa tense after mosque closures
    NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) In the first such move in Kenya’s history, the government announced the closure of four mosques in the coastal city of Mombasa, which has been wracked by religious-based violence.The post Kenyan city of Mombasa tense after mos…
    - 3 days ago 21 Nov 14, 4:25pm -
  • If you leave Mormonism, you have to leave BYU. Now some alumni want to change that.
    SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) If Mormon-owned BYU allows Muslims on campus, why kick out Mormon students who lose their faith?The post If you leave Mormonism, you have to leave BYU. Now some alumni want to change that. appeared first on Religion News Service…
    - 3 days ago 21 Nov 14, 3:56pm -
  • Quoting Exodus * Cool nuns * Cardinal and mayor: Friday’s Roundup
    The president quotes from Exodus. Google doodle honors a nun. Two powerful New Yorkers have forged an unexpected friendship.The post Quoting Exodus * Cool nuns * Cardinal and mayor: Friday’s Roundup appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 3 days ago 21 Nov 14, 2:58pm -
  • We’re awestruck about Earth, unsure about global warming
    (RNS) Just 5 percent of Americans thought climate change was the most important issue in the U.S. today. And religion was a major dividing point on how much -- or how little -- they think it’s a matter of concern.The post We’re awestruck about E…
    - 3 days ago 21 Nov 14, 5:01am -
  • Evangelicals a mixed bag on Obama’s immigration move
    WASHINGTON (RNS) Evangelicals are a key voting bloc for the GOP, but on immigration some are taking a pragmatic step away from the party. The post Evangelicals a mixed bag on Obama’s immigration move appeared first on Religion News Service.
    - 4 days ago 20 Nov 14, 9:51pm -
  • 10 Commandments for atheists: a guide for nonbelievers who want to explore their values
    (RNS) The goal of the book is to encourage atheists and humanists to define what they believe so they can articulate it better, both to themselves and to a broader society that often regards atheists as immoral and untrustworthy.The post 10 Commandm…
    - 4 days ago 20 Nov 14, 6:31pm -
  • Pope Francis: ‘We have paid too little heed to those who are hungry’
    ROME (RNS) “The hungry remain, at the street corner, and ask to be recognized as citizens, to receive a healthy diet," the pope said.The post Pope Francis: ‘We have paid too little heed to those who are hungry’ appeared first on Religion News…
    - 4 days ago 20 Nov 14, 5:35pm -

New Zealand Herald

  • Brian Brandon: Science and religion don't have to compete to win
    There are many things in life that involve winners and losers, such as the All Blacks versus Wales this weekend. But science versus religion is not one of them. They are two complementary ways of answering the questions of life. Bob...
    - 5 days ago 19 Nov 14, 5:00pm -
  • Turkish leader: Muslim sailors discovered Americas
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has hit back at ridicule of his claim that Islamic explorers discovered the Americas three centuries before Columbus, accusing his Muslim critics of lacking "self-confidence".In an aggressive...
    - 6 days ago 18 Nov 14, 6:45pm -
  • Israel synagogue attack: Retaliation promised by PM Netanyahu
    The victims of a deadly Palestinian attack on a Jerusalem synagogue included three Americans and a British citizen, Israeli police say.There was no immediate word on their identities but Israel's leading ultra-Orthodox website said...
    - 6 days ago 18 Nov 14, 6:36pm -
  • Dr Anwar Ghani: Don't link Muslim Kiwis to Isis terror
    I found out about Islamic State what seems a short time ago when a reporter rang me to ask if I supported Isis. "What is an Isis?" I said.I now know they are violent individuals who cause terror wherever they go and who stand for...
    - 7 days ago 17 Nov 14, 9:29pm -
  • Israel: Controversy over death of bus driver found hanged
    A Palestinian bus driver has been found hanged in his vehicle in Jerusalem, sparking clashes, after what Israel said was an apparent suicide.The incident happened late on Sunday, with a supervisor finding his body at a bus depot...
    - 7 days ago 17 Nov 14, 7:18pm -
  • Bob Jones: Clear winner in science v religion
    At times it's hard to believe humankind is a single species. In the space of a fortnight two news items drawn from the absolute extremes of human behaviour occurred.On the positive side, Australian archaeologists' new technology...
    - 7 days ago 17 Nov 14, 5:00pm -
  • Tension brews over claims to holy ground
    A 15ha hilltop plateau on the eastern edge of Jerusalem's Old City is one of the world's most volatile pieces of real estate, a place so sensitive that police follow every move of visiting religious Jews, including whether their mouths...
    - 10 days ago 14 Nov 14, 5:00pm -
  • Pope urged to boycott Turkish leader's lavish palace
    Pope Francis faces a diplomatic quandary when he visits Turkey for the first time this month, after Turkish architects urged him not to set foot in a 1000-room palace built by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The Pope will make a...
    - 11 days ago 13 Nov 14, 5:00pm -
  • Holy Muslim sites face ruin
    The site in Mecca where the Prophet Muhammad is said to have been born is about to be "buried under marble" and replaced by a huge royal palace.The work is part of a multibillion-dollar construction project in the holy city which...
    - 11 days ago 13 Nov 14, 5:00pm -
  • Mecca under threat: Palace at Prophet Mohamed's birthplace angers
    The site in Mecca where the Prophet Mohamed is said to have been born is about to be "buried under marble" and replaced by a huge royal palace.The work is part of a multibillion-pound construction project in the holy city which...
    - 12 days ago 12 Nov 14, 10:04pm -

Bartholomew's Notes

  • Religious Relics Transferred From Moscow to East Ukraine
    Russian news-source RIA Novosti reports that relics of St George and a fragment of the Holy Cross have been transferred from Moscow to a cathedral in Donetsk (trans. via Google, tidied up a bit): “We took them to the holy land, holy relics will re…
    - 4 days ago 20 Nov 14, 5:21pm -
  • Anti-Vax HCG-Tetanus Conspiracy Theory Backed By Catholic Groups In Kenya
    From LifeSiteNews: …According to a statement released Tuesday by the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association, the organization has found an antigen that causes miscarriages in a vaccine being administered to 2.3 million girls and women by the World Hea…
    - 15 days ago 9 Nov 14, 4:37pm -
  • Yehuda Glick Supporters Reject “Extremist” Tag
    From the JTA, via the Forward: Yitzhak Glick cannot stand hearing his younger brother referred to as a right-wing “extremist.” “He is a man of peace and a huge supporter of religious dialogue,” he told JTA on Tuesday, one week after his brot…
    - 16 days ago 8 Nov 14, 12:08pm -
  • Larry Jacobs on the WCF: “We’ve Never Said we’re Against Anything”
    The Deseret News reports on a planning meeting for next year’s World Congress of Families event in Utah: The managing director of the World Congress of Families said the group has no animosity toward anyone but simply wants to affirm and defend th…
    - 33 days ago 22 Oct 14, 9:10pm -
  • Abuse of Children Accused of Witchcraft in UK Cited in USA as Evidence of Witchcraft
    From Jennifer LeClaire, news editor at Charisma News: It started a little later than usual, but spiritual witchcraft is rising—and rising rapidly—in South Florida this October. My community is home to a large population of witches, pagans, Wicca…
    - 35 days ago 20 Oct 14, 6:15pm -
  • No, 4-Year-Olds in Canada Are Not Being Taught “How to Behead”
    A lurid headline at WND: Canada Mosque Teaches 4-Year-Olds How To Behead The obvious implication is that very young children are being recruited to perform what has now become the most notorious killing method of Jihadi fanatics in Syria and Iraq.…
    - 51 days ago 4 Oct 14, 10:56am -

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