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 […]

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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 […]

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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.” […]

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NEWS STORY: Black Baptists, in Newfound Unity, Declare Opposition to Iraq War

c. 2005 Religion News Service NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ After a historic gathering, leaders of four black Baptist denominations numbering more than 15 million members moved from celebrating their newfound unity to a future battling social problems with one voice. They issued their first joint statement on Friday (Jan. 28), declaring their stances on a number […]

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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 […]

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International Project Reveals Cultural `Blind Spots’ in Bible Reading

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The members of a Bible study group in Elkhart, Ind., were meditating on the fourth chapter of the Gospel of John, the biblical passage where Jesus Christ meets a Samaritan woman at a well and offers her eternal life _ “Whoever drinks the water I give him will never […]

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NEWS STORY: Evangelical Social Activist Preaches Values to Receptive Democrats

c. 2005 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Coming out of an election in which values issues played a key role in growing Republican majorities in the U.S. Congress, Jim Wallis is finding receptive ears among Democratic leaders eager to hear how they might win back religious voters. Wallis, one of the few prominent, left-wing evangelical […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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RELIGION BESTSELLERS

(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. […]

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