Something Always Beats Nothing

The ever-quotable Amy Sullivan -recently included on our list of the dozen most effective people in shaping the Democrats’ approach to faith and religion-has a piece in USA Today that argues the Democrats are losing the culture wars not because they take the wrong side, but often because they take no side at all. While […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Survey: Half of Evangelicals Oppose Federal Funding of Religious Groups WASHINGTON (RNS) Half of the nation’s evangelical Christians do not support government funding of faith-based organizations, a survey shows. New data released Wednesday (Oct. 25) from the Baylor Religion Survey show that 50 percent of evangelicals, and 65 percent of […]

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Woman Bishop Set to Take Top Job in Episcopal Church: By DANIEL BURKE

c. 2006 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ At a ceremony filled with pomp and tradition, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will become the first woman in the Anglican Communion’s nearly 520-year history to lead a national church when she is installed as presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church on Nov. 4. Seated on the bishop chair’s […]

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Reactions to New Jersey Gay Marriage Decision

c. 2006 Religion News Service “The bottom line here is that the entire court said that there must be a remedy for the inequality that bars same-sex couples from marriage.” _ David Buckel, director of the Marriage Project for Lambda Legal “While it is true, from a Catholic perspective, that Jesus elevated this institution (marriage) […]

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Growth of Orthodox Jewish Population Stirs A Growing Divide in New Jersey Town

c. 2006 Religion News Service LAKEWOOD, N.J. _ People here are watching. In the century-old downtown, Orthodox Jewish men watch Mexican men standing impassively on the corners. The Mexicans watch the ground, carefully ignoring Orthodox women hurrying by in long skirts and wigs. The police watch everyone. It is a daily dance of uneasy co-existence […]

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COMMENTARY: Kristallnacht: The World’s First State-Sponsored Terrorism:

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Weapons of mass destruction. Axis of evil. 9-11. Islamic fascism. These grim phrases are part of everyday life and it is likely others will be added to that list. However, as we accumulate new vocabulary to describe the pathology of terrorism, one horrific term must never be forgotten: Kristallnacht. […]

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Next Step on N.J. Gay Marriage Is Up to Lawmakers

c. 2006 Religion News Service NEWARK, N.J. _ Should New Jersey be the next Massachusetts? Or the next Vermont? State legislators now have 180 days to decide. The state’s top court on Wednesday (Oct. 25) took the thorny question of whether gay unions should be recognized as marriages and placed it squarely in the hands […]

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Experts Doubt N.J. Ruling Will Revive Federal Gay Marriage Ban

c. 2006 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The New Jersey Supreme Court ruling protecting the rights of same-sex couples is likely to energize the religious right, but not enough to have a significant impact on the national debate over a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, experts said. “The ruling puts some wind back in the […]

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Questions and Answers on N.J. Gay Marriage Decision

c. 2006 Religion News Service Q: What did the New Jersey Supreme Court rule? A: The majority said that while there is no “fundamental right to same sex-marriage” in New Jersey, it is unconstitutional to deny gay couples the same rights as married couples. Q: Does that mean gays can marry? A: No. The court […]

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US Catholic Bishops to Meet

Catholic Bishops to Consider New Guidelines for Ministry to Homosexuals RNS’ Daniel Burke looks at the upcoming meeting of US Catholic Bishops, which will consider new pastoral guidelines for minstering to gays and lesbians, in this week’s full-text article, linked above. Quote: With one eye on those domestic controversies and another on Rome, the new […]

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