NEWS STORY: “Choose Life’’ License Plates Spur Legal Brouhaha in Several States

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Drive the nation’s highways and you see state license plates touting “I am an animal lover,” “NASCAR,” “Friends of the Smoky Mountains,” “Florida Panthers,” and “Scouting teaches values.” State governments have discovered they can raise millions of dollars in revenue by offering license plate logos and slogans while drivers […]

COMMENTARY: After 350 Years, Baptists and Jews Have Much in Common

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Surely every authentic Baptist rejoices in the 350 years of American Jewish life. We celebrate the freedom of religion and pluralism that has marked our lives together since 1654 when the first 23 Jews arrived in New Amsterdam. A strong chain has linked Baptist and Jews theologically, historically and […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Detroit Archdiocese Cancels Reception for Nun Supportive of Gay Catholics (RNS) Supporters of a nun silenced by the Vatican for her work with gay and lesbian Catholics have been turned away from a Detroit-area parish because their mission is “not in accord with the mission and message of the church.” […]

COMMENTARY: Abu Ghraib Abuse Has Company in Immoral Universe

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) On Sunday, Jan. 23, the New York Times Book Review devoted its front page and almost three more inside pages to reviews of two books on the torture and sexual humiliation inflicted by some American soldiers on captives in now-notorious Abu Ghraib prison. Abu Ghraib is being analyzed as […]

COMMENTARY: Dobson Need Not Fear Diversity

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) I learned an important lesson in the Air Force: If a primary target is too difficult, move to a secondary one offering greater possibility of success. I don’t know whether James Dobson, the president of the Christian advocacy group Focus on the Family, also served in the USAF, but […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Pope Says Holocaust Should Serve as Warning to Religious Terrorists (RNS) Pope John Paul II, marking the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, said Thursday (Jan. 27) that the Holocaust should be a warning to terrorists acting in the name of religion. “May it serve, today […]


(Editor’s note: This January list is compiled by Publishers Weekly magazine from data received from general independent bookstores, chain stores and wholesalers within the month of December. Copyright 2005 Publishers Weekly. Distributed by Religion News Service.) HARDCOVER 1. Your Best Life Now, by Joel Osteen. (Warner Faith, $19.95) 2. The Purpose-Driven Life, by Rick Warren. […]