Supreme Court Allows Sect to Use Hallucinogenic Tea

c. 2006 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday (Feb. 21) unanimously sided with members of a small New Mexico sect’s bid to use hallucinogenic tea in religious rituals. Chief Justice John Roberts, in his first religious freedom case, said the sect’s right to religious expression and practice superseded federal drug […]

COMMENTARY: No Room for Grace When Religious Extremism Takes Over

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) If we ever doubted the wisdom of keeping religion out of politics, ongoing protests over Danish cartoons deemed offensive to Islam should be our wake-up call. This is the face of religious extremism. When religion is on the line, no side understands any other side. Angry Muslims cannot imagine […]

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c. 2006 Religion News Service Faith-Based Relief Agencies Mobilize After Landslide in Philippines (RNS) U.S. religious relief agencies scrambled to respond to a Friday (Feb. 17) landslide in the Philippines that engulfed hundreds of homes and left an estimated 1,500 people missing and feared dead. Mudslides after heavy rains enveloped houses and an elementary school […]

Evangelical Leader Advocates `Creation Care’ to Fight Global Warming

c. 2006 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ The Rev. Jim Ball has gotten 85 other Christian evangelical leaders to launch a national campaign against global warming, a feat that just might make him the most important environmentalist of 2006. The Evangelical Climate Initiative, which Ball organized with a handful of other like-minded Christians, declared […]


(Editor’s note: This February list is compiled by Publishers Weekly magazine from data received from general independent bookstores, chain stores and wholesalers within the month of January. Copyright 2006 Publishers Weekly. Distributed by Religion News Service.) HARDCOVER 1. The Purpose-Driven Life, by Rick Warren. (Zondervan, $19.99) 2. Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the […]

Vatican calls for talks with Muslims on Crusades; Rev. Jim Ball and the environment

In Friday’s RNS report Stacy Meichtry writes that the Vatican wants discussion with Islam on the Crusades: In the midst of global anger over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, the Vatican’s top mediator with Islam is pushing to heal long-festering historical wounds-the Christian Crusades and the Muslim conquests of medieval Europe. “It is a question […]

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c. 2006 Religion News Service Blair Promises British Crackdown on `Glorification’ of Terrorism LONDON (RNS) Prime Minister Tony Blair has pledged that under a new law Britain’s police and courts will take tougher steps against demonstrators glorifying terrorism, including those carrying inflammatory placards like the ones waved during a protest of cartoons lampooning the Prophet […]

Southern Baptist Mission Board to Drop Plan Dumping Critical Member

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Trustees of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board have decided to drop a plan seeking the ouster of a fellow board member who criticized a policy prohibiting speaking in tongues. Board Chairman Tom Hatley announced Thursday (Feb. 16) that he intends to ask trustees at their March meeting […]

COMMENTARY: In Darfur, We Must Again Proclaim `Never Again’

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) “Never Again!” is a well-worn mantra invoked by many people when they remember the mass murder of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust. The phrase is meant to indicate we have learned the disastrous effects of remaining silent or indifferent in the face of genocide, the systematic killing of […]