COMMENTARY: We’re All Losers if Lies Prevail on Election Day

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) Throughout this ugly election year, bullies have been out in force, sowing fear and distrust among the people. Next Tuesday, they will try […]

NEWS STORY: Kerry Campaign Says Talk of Faith Key to Increasing Support Among Catholics

c. 2004 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Sen. John Kerry’s increasing comfort with talking about faith on the stump has helped solidify his support among Catholics and undecided voters, top campaign advisers said Monday (Oct. 25). Kerry, a Massachusetts Catholic who in recent weeks has shed his reluctance to speak publicly about his faith, has […]

NEWS STORY: Members of Congress Accept Religious Trips

c. 2004 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Over the past 41/2 years, private organizations spent nearly $570,000 flying members of Congress and their families around the globe on religion-related trips, putting them up in hotels and feeding them, a study of congressional records shows. An analysis of congressional trips by Medill News Service in partnership […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2004 Religion News Service Editors: Check the RNS photo Web site at for photos to accompany this digest item. Former Washington Cardinal James Hickey Dies at 84 WASHINGTON (RNS) Cardinal James Hickey, the soft-spoken former archbishop of Washington and one of only 14 U.S. cardinals, died Sunday (Oct. 24) after a lengthy illness. […]

NEWS STORY: Vatican Denounces Wars of Aggression, Terrorist `Martyrs’

c. 2004 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ In an authoritative new collection of pronouncements on social issues, the Vatican on Monday (Oct. 25) condemned wars of aggression as “immoral” and said it is “a profanation and a blasphemy” for terrorists to call themselves martyrs. The 525-page “Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church” […]

NEWS STORY: Muslim Poet’s Message Resonates Through the Centuries

c. 2004 Religion News Service Editors: Display these words above the byline: “Come, come, whoever you are. Wonderer, worshipper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a creation of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vow a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come.” _ Rumi (UNDATED) What the American Islamic […]

NEWS FEATURE: GOP Employing Texas Advocate of `Christian Nation’

c. 2004 Beliefnet (UNDATED) The Republican National Committee is employing the services of a Texas-based activist who believes the United States is a “Christian nation” and that the separation of church and state is “a myth.” David Barton, the founder of an organization called Wallbuilders, was hired by the RNC as a political consultant and […]

NEWS STORY: Thousands Rally for `America for Jesus’

c. 2004 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Standing on a stage in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, Bishop John Gimenez told the crowd gathered for the “America for Jesus” rally Friday (Oct. 22) that the nation is like the prodigal son. “He ended up in a pigpen,” Gimenez said of the biblical character described […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2004 Religion News Service Presbyterians Say Comments In Hezbollah Meeting Were `Reprehensible’ (RNS) Top officials of the Presbyterian Church (USA) now say comments made by members of a church delegation meeting with Hezbollah leaders were “reprehensible” and the controversial visit was “misguided at best.” Church leaders, reeling from stinging criticism by Jewish groups, said […]

COMMENTARY: Religion Can’t Be Suppressed This Election Season

c. 2004 Religion News Service (Eugene Cullen Kennedy, a longtime observer of the Roman Catholic Church, is professor emeritus of psychology at Loyola University in Chicago and author of “Cardinal Bernardin’s Stations of the Cross,” published by St. Martin’s Press.) (UNDATED) The more the American Civil Liberties Union try to keep God out of American […]