COMMENTARY: To Engage Moderate Muslims, We Must Understand Radical Islam

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The United States is not faring well in the war of ideas with radical Islam. Earlier proposals for “rebranding” America were shallow, current proposals for “public diplomacy” lack focus, and many U.S. policies are unpopular, a situation aggravated by the Muslim world’s media portrayal of them in a distorted […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Pope Chides Spain for Liberal Policies, Says Family Threatened VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI told Spanish bishops that he prays the traditional family will survive attempts to “degrade its dignity and attack its freedom” in Spain, once one of Europe’s most Catholic countries. In a letter to the bishops […]

Citing Morality, Bush Takes Risky Stand on Embryonic Stem Cells

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) President Bush’s announcement that he would veto any effort to expand embryonic stem cell research puts his Republican Party between a rock and a hard place politically, making the GOP appear morally and ethically out of touch with the majority of Americans. The hard line Bush and his conservative […]

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c. 2005 Religion News Service Religious Conservatives Express Concern Over Korean Stem Cell Research (RNS) Two leading religious groups expressed concern over reports of scientific advances in South Korea that may make it easier to clone human embryos for stem cell research. “Up until now, people were beginning to wonder whether human cloning for any […]

COMMENTARY: Is It Really a Holy Bible for Christians?

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The boys were about 10 years old as I recall, but youth was no excuse, according to my grandmother. During a skirmish after Sunday school, one boy hit the other over the head with his hard-bound Bible. The assailant brought down the wrath of my godly grandmother, who moved […]

Filmmaker: Christianity Exploding in Africa

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Christianity in many of its forms and denominational faces is exploding across the continent of Africa, says documentary filmmaker James Ault. In Ghana, for example, the number of churches is doubling every few years, he says. In Zimbabwe, Christian ministers are regularly casting out demons and bringing healing, stability […]

President Bush Affirms `Culture of Life’ at Catholic Breakfast

c. 2005 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ More than 1,500 conservative Catholics from across the country attending the second annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast Friday (May 20) heard President Bush ask for their prayers and affirm “a culture of life.” The phrase, which Bush uses often, was made popular by the late Pope John Paul […]

COMMENTARY: Our Actions Speak Louder Than Words to Muslims

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) If Newsweek dedicated an entire year of issues to touting how wonderful America is to the Muslim world, it would not be effective, and not because _ as has been touted by some _ Muslims “hate us for our freedom.” It is because many times _ especially in dealing […]

Black Religious Leaders on Left and Right Join Filibuster Debate

c. 2005 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ African-American religious leaders on both the left and right joined the fray Thursday (May 19) in the battle over President Bush’s filibustered judicial nominations. After hearing that Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., might join a conference of conservative black pastors in calling for an immediate up-or-down vote […]

COMMENTARY: Survey Connects Increased Wealth to Decreased Faith

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) An old maxim asserts there are only three topics in life truly worth discussing: sex, politics and religion. But there is a fourth one as well: class. The New York Times is currently running a series about class structure. The findings are based on a survey that focused on […]