NEWS STORY: Evangelicals Consider Proper Role in Politics

c. 2004 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The National Association of Evangelicals has drafted a proposed statement on civic engagement that urges the nation’s evangelicals to be more involved in public policy. “Never before has God given American evangelicals such an awesome opportunity to shape public policy in ways that could improve the well-being of […]

Religion in Canada

c. 2004 Religion News Service Bank Unveils Islam-Friendly Investments TORONTO (RNS) The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has announced a new financial instrument tailored specifically to meet the needs of Muslim investors. In a press release, the bank says the Shariah-Compliant Equity-Linked Note was released after a lengthy period of research and consultation, and is […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2004 Religion News Service Poll: Confidence in Organized Religion Inches Back Up (RNS) The public’s confidence in organized religion has inched back up after reaching a historic low in 2002, according to a Gallup poll released Tuesday (June 22). The percentage of Americans who said they had a “great deal” or “quite a lot” […]

NEWS STORY: Muslim Civil Rights Group Marks 10 Years of Advocacy

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Well before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 put American Muslims in the center of a political and religious melee, two men opened a small office in Washington, D.C., with a mission to advocate for civil and political liberties for the nation’s Muslim community. Since its founding 10 years […]

NEWS FEATURE: Elvis Chaplain Brings a Little `Love Me Tender’ to the Hospital

c. 2004 Religion News Service ANNISTON, Ala. _ Elvis impersonator Joseph Thomas was the first person to undergo open-heart bypass surgery at Regional Medical Center here. “They treated me like the king I am,” he said. Now Thomas walks around the hospital wearing his colorful jumpsuits, lamb-chop sideburns and dangling sterling silver jewelry, saying “Thank […]

COMMENTARY: Dreaming of an America Ray Charles Couldn’t See

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Tom Ehrich is a writer and computer consultant, managing large-scale database implementations. An Episcopal priest, he lives in Durham, N.C. Visit his Web site at (UNDATED) I rarely thought about Ray Charles, who died June 10. I just assumed he would always be there. I remember Fourth of July, […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2004 Religion News Service Tomato Pickers’ Group Returns Taco Bell Check as a Ploy (RNS) Calling the offer a public relations ploy, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers has returned a $110,000 check from Yum! Brands, the parent company of Taco Bell. The check was “the equivalent of a penny a pound for every pound […]

NEWS STORY: `Wonder-Working’ Icon Returns Home to Russia

c. 2004 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The Gospel writer and early apostle Luke is believed to have painted it. For centuries, it was considered the source of miracles, protecting Russia from foreign invaders. It survived looting by the Soviets and the Nazis. And now, more than a half-century after it was smuggled to the United […]