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Tony Perkins appointed to US panel on international religious freedom

(RNS) — Tony Perkins, leader of the Christian lobbying group Family Research Council, has been appointed to a U.S. government commission dedicated to …

Religion

Get Ready for the Poor People’s Campaign

Greg KaufmannA conversation with campaign co-chair Rev. Liz Theoharis about finishing what MLK started. The post Get Ready for the Poor People’s …

Life influences how people deal with environment, say Mideast faith leaders

JERUSALEM — It’s hard to discuss detrimental environmental effects of using the diesel fuel needed to run generators in Gaza when people only have …

Religion

How Religion Got Trump

How Religion Got TrumpBy Kenneth L. WoodwardMay 7, 2018Ordinarily, a year is far too short a time to make a difference in the history of American …

Donald Trump

Politics in the Pews: Anti-Trump Activism Is Reviving Protestant Churches—at a Cost - WSJ

Christ Church in Alexandria, Va., a historic Episcopal church, hasn’t been a particularly political congregation. It has welcomed Democratic and Republican presidents. George Washington and Robert E. Lee were members. Stone plaques commemorating them adorn a wall.<p>Then last year, Richard Spencer, …

George Washington

'God And The IRS' Stakes Out Controversial Positions On Religion And Taxes

I was quite pleased to find that Professor Samuel Brunson led off his recently released book - God And The IRS Accommodating Religious Practice in United States Tax - with a discussion of the tax shenanigans of Kent Hovind. And then there is the part of the book that makes me wish I was on …

Inside the Spectacular Implosion of Religion News Service

Jerome Socolovsky originally didn’t know why he was fired. The former editor-in-chief of Religion News Service found out he’d lost his job on April …

Paul Ryan is Making ‘Very Flimsy’ Excuses for Firing the Priest Who Urged the House to Care for the Poor

John NicholsFather Patrick Conroy reminded members of Congress that their decisions have an impact on income inequality. Now he’s out.The post Paul …

House chaplain forced out by Ryan

House Chaplain Patrick Conroy’s sudden resignation has sparked a furor on Capitol Hill, with sources in both parties saying he was pushed out by …

Aretha Franklin

The lesson of the loaves and fishes — lost on the House Agriculture Committee

(RNS) — The hoarding of the nation's abundance comes at a cost.The post The lesson of the loaves and fishes — lost on the House Agriculture Committee …

When Government Spies on Religion (redux)

April 23, 2018 by Aaron Weaver<p><i>By Aaron D. Weaver</i><p>Several years ago, during the summer of 2014, I wrote a column titled “When Government Spies on …

Can science and religion coexist? They must in order to save the planet, two luminaries conclude

Two of the deepest thinkers in science and religion convened Saturday for a celebration of Planet Earth and a discussion of whether their respective …

White Evangelical Support for Donald Trump at All-Time High

A new PRRI survey finds white evangelical support for President Trump at an all-time high, with 75 percent holding a favorable view of the president …

France: When Macron confronts secularism

On April 10, Emmanuel Macron delivered a speech before the Bishops of France in Paris. He addressed the prelates by saying that “the association …

A Critique of #MLK’s Theory of Non-Violence

A Critique of #MLK’s Theory of Non-Violence<p>April 11, 2018 by blog admin<p>University of Memphis Communication grad student and activist Earle J. Fisher …

Indian faith leaders condemn exploitation of religion

Leaders of <b>six major religions in India</b> came together last week and called for an end to branding people as patriotic or unpatriotic based on <b>religion,</b> …

China Insists on Control of Religion, Dimming Hope of Imminent Vatican Deal

BEIJING — China will not allow any foreign interference in religious affairs in the country, a senior official said on Tuesday, dousing expectations of an imminent deal with the Vatican over control of the Roman Catholic Church here.<p>“I think there is no religion in human society that is above the …

The rise and fall of the Traditional Values Coalition

Andrea Lafferty, president of anti-LGBT hate group the Traditional Values Coalition, last made a splash in the news in late 2017, when she injected …

Former head of TRC decries Pope’s refusal to apologize for residential schools

The man who led the multiyear investigation into abuse at Canada’s Indian residential schools says Pope Francis’s refusal to apologize for the harms done to students means the church is still unwilling to account for the crimes of priests, nuns and other Catholic authorities.<p>Murray Sinclair, an …

Chad Veach and the Media’s Long Love Affair With Hipster Pastors

The New York Times reported last weekend on a surprising development out of Los Angeles: There is a pastor in that fair city who dresses not like …

Four Ways Religion Can Help Alleviate Poverty In America

8:19 PM 03/12/2018<p>Nothing is as powerful as seeing real poverty first-hand. The same experience that can help sensitize us to the devastation of …

A Quiet Exodus: Why Black Worshipers Are Leaving White Evangelical Churches

FORT WORTH — Charmaine Pruitt wrote the names of 12 churches on a sheet of paper, tore the paper into 12 strips, and dropped them into a Ziploc bag. It was Sunday morning and time to pick which church to attend.<p>This time of the week two years earlier, there would have been no question. Ms. Pruitt, …

Religion can't be used to justify workplace discrimination, court rules

OUT Politics and Policy<p>This week saw two major developments in federal anti-discrimination law as it relates to LGBTQ workers and religious freedom. On Wednesday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that a transgender employee, who was fired after coming out to her boss, was unlawfully …

Civil Rights

Spurned by U.S. and Facing Danger Back Home, Iranian Christians Fear the Worst

LOS ANGELES — They sold their homes and possessions, quit their jobs, and left their country — they thought for good. The Iranians, mainly members of their nation’s Christian minorities, were bound for a new life in America after what should have been a brief sojourn in Austria for visa …

Billy Graham, Cold Warrior for God

HEIDELBERG, Germany — In the summer of 1954, 25,000 West Germans gathered in Düsseldorf’s Rheinstadium to hear “America’s Pastor,” Billy Graham. Two hundred trombones and a 1,300-person choir roared Protestant hymns before Mr. Graham preached with his signature verve and altar call, inviting …

Billy Graham, the Last Nonpartisan Evangelical?

It’s difficult to overstate the influence of the Rev. Billy Graham — who died at 99 in his Montreat, N.C., home on Wednesday — on American public life, and indeed the world, over the past century. It’s estimated that the globe-trotting preacher shared the Christian message with 215 million people …

United Methodists offer 3 ways to treat LGBTQ members, clergy. Can any prevent a split?

The United Methodist Church is mulling three policy models for how the denomination could treat LGBTQ members and clergy, and they range from keeping …

United Methodist

Jesus is Not the Answer: 5 Tangible Actions for Gun Sense

Let’s just get this out of the way: Jesus is not going to fix our gun problem. And if you’re one of the people saying that “only Christ” can save us …

Comedy Writer Calls Out GOP In Blistering Replies To 'Prayers' After Florida Shooting

Bess Kalb has names and dollar amounts for NRA-linked lawmakers.<p>Lawmakers sending “thoughts and prayers” in the wake of Wednesday’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, are getting slammed for their financial ties to the gun lobby.<p>Bess Kalb, a writer for “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” is responding …

When the Bible Commands Abortion (Part 1)

The laws of Moses did not permit abortion. The laws of Moses commanded it. Deliberately inducing miscarriages was something God required God's …