RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Poll Shows Unease With Both Parties on Religion, Values (RNS) An increasing percentage of Americans believe that neither Democrats nor Republicans share their attitudes about the role of religion in politics, according to a new poll released Tuesday (Oct. 24). The poll also showed a drop in the portion of […]

COMMENTARY: The Myth of the (Fundamentalist) Barbarians at the Gate

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Father Andrew Greeley has a gift for seeing past the surfaces of the great “accepted truths” of our times _ those popular shorthand interpretations of the pundit class that are repeated so often that they are taken for granted even by people who should know better. Greeley’s latest project […]

Odds Are Against Online Gambling Under New Law

c. 2006 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ The party’s over at PartyPoker, but PokerStars is still open for action. Dozens of online casinos and millions of American gamblers, confronting a new federal law that makes what they do illegal for the first time, are angry, sad and reassessing their options. President Bush turned what had […]

Deliver Us From a One-Sided Film About Clergy Sex Abuse

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A scene near the end of “Deliver Us From Evil,” Amy Berg’s disturbing new documentary on clergy sexual abuse, should be burned into the mind of every Catholic bishop: Bob Jyono sits on a sofa beside his daughter Ann, 39, who was regularly raped between the ages of 5 […]

10 Minutes With … Pastor Becky Fischer

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Reaction to the new documentary “Jesus Camp” has been heated, to say the least. The film, which profiles evangelical Pastor Becky Fischer and her “Kids on Fire” summer camp in Devil’s Lake, N.D., shows children wailing in prayer, protesting abortion and praying in front of a cardboard cut-out of […]

RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Evangelicals Urge More Aggressive Action on Darfur WASHINGTON (RNS) President Bush should adopt an aggressive policy _ guided by faith, not politics _ to end the violence in Sudan’s western Darfur region, prominent evangelical leaders said Wednesday (Oct. 17). International and domestic politics have deterred Bush and other world leaders […]

Other Issues Facing the Annual Catholic Bishops’ Meeting

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In addition to adopting new guidelines on ministry to gay and lesbian Roman Catholics, the U.S. bishops will take up several other items at their semiannual meeting in Baltimore, Nov. 13-16: _ Consider asking Catholics who “knowingly and obstinately” reject church doctrines to refrain from receiving the sacrament of […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2006 Religion News Service Poll Finds Muslims Lean Democratic, See War on Terror as War on Islam WASHINGTON (RNS) A new survey by an Islamic advocacy group suggests that America’s Muslim voters lean Democratic, and just over half fear that the war on terror has become a war on Islam. Pollsters asked 1,000 Muslims […]

Boycott of eBay Targets Online Sale of Relics

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A coalition of Christians, angered by the marketing of deceased saints’ body parts over the Internet, is calling for a boycott of eBay until the company gets more vigilant about ending the practice. The Los Angeles-based International Crusade for Holy Relics (ICHR), an independent group with about 200 members, […]

Catholic Bishops to Consider New Guidelines for Ministry to Homosexuals: By DANIEL BURKE

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The nation’s Catholic bishops will consider new pastoral guidelines in November for ministering to gays and lesbians that affirm traditional church teachings on sexuality in the face of a quickly changing culture. Issues like same-sex marriage and civil unions, gay adoption and the clergy sexual abuse scandal were barely […]