COMMENTARY: Thou Shalt Not Assassinate Foreign Leaders

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Pat Robertson spoke to TV viewers Monday (Aug. 22) on his “700 Club,” publicly calling for the assassination of the three-time elected president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez. Calling Chavez a “terrific danger” in the Americas, Robertson said: “We have the ability to take him out and I think the […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Muslim Group Praises Station for Firing Host, Who Then Lands New Job WASHINGTON (RNS) The Council on American-Islamic Relations has thanked Washington radio station WMAL for firing a conservative talk show host for anti-Islamic statements during a broadcast. But on Wednesday (Aug. 24), Michael Graham announced that he will have […]

As Criticism Spreads, Robertson Claims Assassination Comments Misinterpreted

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Criticism of Pat Robertson’s statements about assassinating Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has spread across the religious spectrum, with fellow conservative Christian leaders joining what has become a chorus of denunciation. One prominent Southern Baptist leader has gone so far as to say Robertson has brought “shame to the cause […]

COMMENTARY: No New Monuments to the Ten Commandments

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Like most Americans, I like monuments. They’re big, they’re solid and they last. Mount Rushmore is ridiculously massive, but it is spectacularly American and looks great on a postcard. But do I really want to see a monument of the Ten Commandments springing up on every courthouse and state […]

Responding to the call

Quote of the Day: Kim Clark, new president of Brigham Young University-Idaho “You have to appreciate what this is like. We behold him to be a prophet. Imagine yourself getting a call from Moses.” -Kim Clark, who left his position as dean of Harvard Business School in response to the call of Gordon Hinckley, president […]

Pat Robertson’s critics; and interpretations of sharia

Adelle M. Banks reports Wednesday on Pat Robertson’s controversial statements about assassinating Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Criticism of his comments has spread across the religious spectrum, and today Robertson says that when he said the U.S. should “take him out” he wasn’t referring to assassination. With the current debate over the new Iraqi constitution, and […]

NEWS STORY: Pope Urges Youths to Discard `Do-it-Yourself’ Religion

c. 2005 Religion News Service COLOGNE, Germany _ Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday (Aug. 21) ended his first foreign trip and closed the World Youth Day festivities by urging more than 1 million young Catholics to reject “do-it-yourself” religion. Benedict closed World Youth Day with a huge open-air Mass at a former mine called Marienfeld. […]

NEWS SIDEBAR: World Youth Day to Go Down Under in 2008

c. 2005 Religion News Service COLOGNE, Germany _ The World Youth Day festivities are going down under in 2008, Catholic leaders announced on Sunday (Aug. 21), thanks mostly to lobbying by Cardinal George Pell of Sydney. Hours before the highly anticipated announcement was made, Pell said in an interview that he hoped the event would […]

NEWS STORY: Pope Vows Better Ties in Meeting with Muslim, Jewish Leaders

c. 2005 Religion News Service COLOGNE, Germany _ Capping off two days of interfaith meetings filled with political importance and religious symbolism, Pope Benedict XVI met with the leadership of Germany’s fast-growing Muslim community Saturday (Aug. 20), a day after a poignant visit to Cologne’s synagogue. Even the late John Paul II, who made interfaith […]

RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Boycott Over, Southern Baptists Offers Tips on Disney Movies (RNS) In a sign that its boycott against the Walt Disney Co. is history, the news service of the Southern Baptist Convention has published a review of Disney movies that Baptists might have missed during their eight-year separation from the entertainment […]