COMMENTARY: Bush Should Withdraw His Evangelical Nominee

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) It is highly unlikely that Harriet Miers will be confirmed to the Supreme Court. So it would be best for all concerned for President Bush to withdraw her nomination and try again with someone better qualified. Otherwise, Miers is likely to face a scalding public humiliation during her confirmation […]

God quotes on coffee cups?

Quote of the Day: Author and Pastor Rick Warren “You are not an accident. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He wanted you alive and created you for a purpose. … Only in God do we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny.” -Pastor […]

In Time for Halloween, Pastor Tells `True’ Ghost Stories

c. 2005 Religion News Service RIEGELSVILLE, Penn. _ The Rev. Jeffrey A. Wargo says footsteps awaken him as he sleeps in the parsonage at St. John United Church of Christ. Voices call his name. And the clocks on the first floor stop at exactly 3 a.m. each morning. In this sleepy village, the pastor has […]

COMMENTARY: In Selling Miers, Rove Commits a Mortal Spin

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Everyone has his own conception of hell. I experienced mine recently. Some old high school friends were in town. We met at a hotel bar, and it was karaoke night. The loud, dreadful singing was punctuated by bursts of even louder, more dreadful disco music. I ran to the […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2005 Religion News Service Groups Blast Voter Registration Provision in Housing Bill WASHINGTON (RNS) A provision to deny affordable housing funds to churches and nonprofit groups that have engaged in voter registration efforts is coming under fire from Democratic members of Congress and religious groups. A Republican-backed amendment to the Federal Housing Finance Reform […]

A gay Catholic priest; and a pastor who collects ghost stories

Friday’s RNS report starts with a story about an openly gay Catholic priest considering the anticipated Vatican document on gays in the church. Renee K. Gadoua writes: It wasn’t until two years after his ordination as a Roman Catholic priest that the Rev. Fred Daley of Utica, N.Y., acknowledged he might be gay. … A […]

To split or not to split?

Quote of the Day: The Rev. David Carrico of West Virginia “I see (the vote) as a message that the homosexual issue deserves careful and continued consideration. It is a deep concern for our denomination.” -The Rev. David Carrico, executive minister of the West Virginia Baptist Convention, commenting about a 391-325 vote at his group’s […]

Overcoming Suspicion, Islamic Charities Mobilize for Earthquake Victims

c. 2005 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When Qurat Mir, a Kansas City, Mo., teacher and observant Muslim, wanted to help victims of hurricane Katrina, she says, she donated money to the American Red Cross “because it was one of the first organizations working on the ground.” But when a 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck the Kashmir region […]