Conservative Christians Rally for “Values’’

c. 2006 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ More than 1,000 conservative Christians gathered for a “Values Voter Summit” Friday (Sept. 22), hearing Republican members of Congress and evangelical leaders calling on pastors to preserve their traditional values without fear of criticism from church-state separationists or the Internal Revenue Service. Focus on the Family Chairman James […]

Katrina-depleted Jewish Community Begins High Holy Days with Heavy Heart

c. 2006 Religion News Service NEW ORLEANS _ Their numbers diminished by a third since Hurricane Katrina, their congregations and service agencies battered, members of New Orleans’ Jewish community are celebrating the High Holy Days at home for the first time in three years. Last year thousands of Jews scattered by Katrina found themselves in […]

Ethical Questions Surround Unregulated Sperm and Egg Donations

c. 2006 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (UNDATED) Ryan Kramer was born 16 years ago, after his mother received donor sperm. “I had no idea where the sperm came from or anything about the donor,” said his mother, Wendy Kramer. “It was always kind of a mystery.” When Ryan was 2 years old, Kramer said, “he […]

Merry Ramadan?

Muslims Try to Shield Ramadan from Commercialization RNS’s Omar Sacirbey looks at the effects of commercialization on the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in this week’s full-text article, linked above. Quotes: “There’s no doubt that there’s commercialization,” said Mohammed Abdul Aleem, CEO of, a mainly educational Web site that also sells a variety of […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Muslims Collect Money to Rebuild Burned Churches (RNS) A group of American Muslims is using compassion to counter the violent reactions of fellow Muslims who were angered by Pope Benedict XVI’s controversial remarks about Islam. The Florida office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations said Thursday (Sept. 21) that it […]

Muslims Confront Problem of `Overreaction’ and Violence

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) For most American Muslims, Pope Benedict XVI’s use of a quote by a Byzantine emperor who called the Prophet Muhammad’s teachings “evil and inhuman” _ during a lecture that endorsed interfaith dialogue _ smacked of hypocrisy. Then again, so did the violent reaction of some of their fellow Muslims […]

COMMENTARY: For Everything There is a Season

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Because the Jewish autumn harvest holiday of Sukkot begins only five days after the spiritual magnificence of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), it sometimes gets short shrift in observance and attention. But Sukkot, mentioned 21 times in the Hebrew bible, is one of Judaism’s most joyous and religiously […]

FDA Nominee Faces Another Block _ From Conservatives

c. 2006 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ First it was a handful of liberals blocking President Bush’s choice to head the Food and Drug Administration, demanding the agency end delays and make a decision on the over-the-counter sale of an emergency contraceptive pill opposed by the religious right. Now that the “morning-after pill” has been […]

Books Highlight Evangelical Political Divisions

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) New books hitting the shelves this year are giving evangelicals a platform to voice concerns about how their faith is being expressed in politics. Here’s a sampling of titles offering a critique: Thy Kingdom Come: An Evangelical’s Lament: How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America By […]

Evangelicals Take Political Uneasiness Public

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A new crop of books features a small but vocal group of evangelicals with a warning for members of their faith: Unless they sever political alliances and forgo blind adherence on hot-button issues, they run the risk of displeasing God and undermining their Christian convictions. The authors, who range […]