Catholic Youth Program Balances Playing Time

c. 2006 Religion News Service CLEVELAND _ The gymnasium walls did not come tumbling down. Would-be Bobby Knights and the intense sports parents who enable them survived. And none of the more than 11,000 Northeast Ohio fourth- to eighth-graders who play Catholic Youth Organization basketball warmed the bench this year. A landmark program that puts […]

Judge Says Coach Can Kneel While Players Pray

c. 2006 Religion News Service EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. _ A federal judge ruled Tuesday (July 25) that a high school football coach can bend a knee and bow his head while his players recite pre-game prayers this season, ending a dispute that had mushroomed into a nationally recognized test of the separation of church and […]

RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service President Vetoes Expansion of Stem Cell Research (RNS) President Bush exercised the first veto of his presidency Wednesday (July 19) to reject a bill that would have expanded federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Speaking at a White House event that included young children from the embryo program of […]

Connie Statz on AIDS discrimination

Quote of the Day: Connie Statz, Catholic laywoman from Minnesota “That really hurt me more than anything else, because that’s part of being Catholic. That’s part of the sacrament.” -Connie Statz, 50, who attended the 19th annual National Catholic HIV/AIDS Ministry Conference in mid-July at Loyola University Chicago, describing how she still feels rejected 13 […]

Pharmacist fired for beliefs

Quote of the Day: Gene Herr, pharmacist who was fired in Denton, Texas “This was the worst-case scenario. This was the hardest decision I ever made. The heinousness of a rape is a horrible thing. But I don’t think you should punish a child for the sins of the father.” -Pharmacist Gene Herr, who was […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service North American Muslims Call for Release of Israeli Soldiers (RNS) Muslim advocacy groups in the United States and Canada are urging the militant group Hezbollah to free two Israeli soldiers captured in a cross-border raid July 12 _ but added that the release should be preceded by a cease-fire and […]

Investors Hail Fraud Convictions of Arizona Baptist Foundation Execs

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) With the fraud convictions of two executives of the bankrupt Baptist Foundation of Arizona, investors are expressing relief that a sad chapter in their lives has ended. Verdicts announced Monday (July 24) after a 10-month trial found William Crotts, the foundation’s former president, and Thomas Grabinski, its former general […]

Christian Groups Press for Middle East Ceasefire

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) As the Israeli offensive against Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon entered its 13th day Tuesday (July 25), mainline Protestant and Roman Catholic leaders around the world continued to press the combatants _ and the Bush administration _ for an immediate cease-fire. But as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a […]

Muslim Professor Displays Islam’s Diversity

c. 2006 Religion News Service PORTLAND, Ore. _ Kambiz GhaneaBassiri is a Muslim. He has a doctorate in Islamic studies from Harvard University and teaches at Reed College here. He has one book to his credit and is halfway through writing his second, a history of Islam in the United States since Colonial times. He […]