NEWS STORY: Passionate Christians Perceive Bias in Academy Award Nominations

c. 2005 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ Conservative Christian groups are outraged, but not surprised, that the box-office hit “The Passion of the Christ” didn’t receive an Academy Award nomination for best picture or best director. Mel Gibson’s film, which grossed $370 million in the United States and more than $600 million worldwide, did receive […]

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COMMENTARY: To Find God in Disasters, Look at Response, Not Act

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) I have seen too much of death. After two weeks in Sri Lanka and Indonesia, visiting stricken sites, listening to stories of loss and survival, passing bodies on the roadside, standing beside mass graves, feeling even more helpless than I felt before beginning our trip, I am eager to […]

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NEWS ANALYSIS: Election Will Shape Religion and Politics in Iraq

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The e-mail from a Southern Baptist chaplain to friends and supporters was as blunt as it was urgent: “Freedom will not ring throughout this country (Iraq) if the voting process fails.” The chaplain, Capt. Lyle Schackelford, is assigned to U.S. troops delivering voting machines for the historic Iraqi election […]

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COMMENTARY: Do Americans Give Generously? The World Has a Point When It Says No

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Americans tend to give like we consume: spontaneously, extravagantly, even capriciously. An image flashes on the television screen and we respond. A celebrity passionately supports a cause and we join in. A letter arrives with a heart-wrenching photo and we send money. When it comes to giving to victims […]

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NEWS STORY: Black Baptists, Proclaiming New Unity, Gather in Historic Meeting

c. 2005 Religion News Service NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ For 37 years, the Rev. Ralph Johnson has met with fellow members of his National Baptist Convention, USA. There are several African-American Baptist denominations, representing more than 15 million believers, but for the most part, they have all kept to themselves. On Wednesday (Jan. 26), things were […]

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NEWS STORY: Sundance Film Festival Features Sex, Sex and More Sex

c. 2005 Religion News Service PARK CITY, Utah _ The opening days of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival have borne a curious resemblance to the poultry section of a supermarket. More than a few turkeys are on display, as well as more breasts, thighs, legs and wings than you could shake an X rating at. […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Relief Agency Says Rebuilding After Tsunami Could Take Five Years MONROVIA, Calif. (RNS) The president of the Christian relief organization World Vision estimated Wednesday (Jan. 19) that it would take at least three to five years to rebuild the areas of south Asia devastated by the recent tsunami. The United […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Religious Liberals Say Health Care Is a Life-and-Death Moral Issue WASHINGTON (RNS) Insisting that health care is a moral issue, religious liberals are demanding that Capitol Hill make it a priority when Congress takes up the president’s budget proposal, to be released Feb. 7. A letter to Congress signed by […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Religious Liberals Say Health Care Is a Life-and-Death Moral Issue WASHINGTON (RNS) Insisting that health care is a moral issue, religious liberals are demanding that Capitol Hill make it a priority when Congress takes up the president’s budget proposal, to be released Feb. 7. A letter to Congress signed by […]

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NEWS STORY: Claim: Leonardo da Vinci’s Workshop Discovered in Florence

c. 2005 Religion News Service ROME _ A cartographer from the Italian Institute of Military Geography claims to have discovered Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop and home at the start of the 16th century, but art historians appear skeptical. Roberto Manescalchi, 51, told a news conference Tuesday (Jan. 25) that he made the discovery a year […]

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