COMMENTARY: And Now, the Jesus Cartoons

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In a culture fueled by the endless friction of provocation and outrage, the “Jesus cartoons” were inevitable. Eager to cause a stir, a student newspaper at the University of Oregon, The Insurgent, published a series of inflammatory cartoons in March lampooning _ or worse _ Jesus Christ and the […]

Pope Urges Poles to Help Revive Europe’s Churches

c. 2006 Religion News Service WARSAW _ Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass before a technicolor sea of umbrellas on Friday (May 26), urging Poles to uphold church teaching and resist a perceived wave of moral indifference and secularism washing across Europe. An estimated 270,000 Poles joined Benedict under steady rainfall in Pilsudski Square _ the […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Canadian Newspaper Retracts Story on Iran’s Color-Coded Badges (RNS) Muslims welcomed an apology from Canada’s National Post newspaper for a story alleging that Iran planned to make the country’s non-Muslim religious minorities wear special badges. Muslim groups, however, said the apology did not resolve bigger questions about what many Muslims […]

Kentucky Wrestles With Religious Dates in Classrooms

c. 2006 Religion News Service LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Kentucky’s state school board has apparently resolved a spat over historical date references in social studies classes, but not before the state’s governor, facing an uphill re-election bid, seized on the issue. And while the immediate controversy over the use of B.C. (Before Christ) and A.D. (Anno […]

One College, Six Faculty, Three Students

c. 2006 Religion News Service YPSILANTI, Mich. _ Talk about a faculty-student ratio. When Ave Maria College classes begin in the fall, the Catholic school will be one of the smallest colleges in the country: six faculty members, three students. One of those students, 21-year-old Bonnie Beales, isn’t sure what lies ahead. In her senior […]

COMMENTARY: The Future of the Diaspora _ Jewish and Otherwise

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) During the recent immigration rallies held throughout the country, I heard one young woman tell a TV interviewer she was “a proud member of the Mexican Diaspora living in the U.S.” Her use of the term Diaspora caught my attention and set me thinking how this ancient Greek word […]

Religious Education and Academic Freedom

Conservative Home-School College Confronts a Staff Exodus RNS’ Adelle Banks reports on a controversy at Patrick Henry College, where about one-third of the faculty is resigning, saying their academic freedoms have been violated. The full text of the article is linked above. Quote: “If you’re going to convince somebody of your position, you can’t just […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Vermont Catholic Church Protects Parish Assets in Trusts (RNS) The Roman Catholic Church in Vermont has placed each of its 128 parishes in charitable trusts, a legal strategy that church leaders hope will protect parish assets from being seized to settle sexual abuse lawsuits. As a result of the move, […]