COMMENTARY: HIV/AIDS Is America’s Problem, too

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) For the last several years, while Americans have blissfully believed it was someone else’s problem, HIV has been doing what it does best: hiding in plain sight. Taking advantage of shame, stigma and bigotry, the HIV virus has infected not only bodies but minds, luring many Americans into a […]

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c. 2006 Religion News Service Israeli Supreme Court Approves Overseas Gay Marriages (RNS) An Israeli Supreme Court ruling requiring the government to recognize gay marriages performed abroad has many American Jews rejoicing. “It’s a great day for marriage. It’s a great day for Israel. And it’s a great day for Jews,” said Alan Dershowitz, the […]

COMMENTARY: Can You Hear Me Now?

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) America’s ambivalence, once directed mostly toward in-laws, is now focused on cell phones. Like pets that aren’t housebroken, cell phones ignore the rules, break in where they don’t belong and distract us. But just as people don’t want to put down their pets, they don’t want to get rid […]

Muslim Women Organize for Change, Influence

c. 2006 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ Feisal Abdul Rauf, the latest in a family line of imams, weaved through the crowd of chattering women, balancing four cups of coffee on a cardboard tray. Arriving at his table, where he was the only man, he passed the coffees around, wearing a sly grin. The […]

COMMENTARY: Happy Birthday, Justice Brandeis

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Louis D. Brandeis, one of America’s greatest Supreme Court justices, was born 150 years ago in Louisville, Ky., on Nov. 13, 1856. Today, a prestigious university in Waltham, Mass., bears his name as does the University of Louisville Law School and an Israeli kibbutz. Brandeis graduated from Harvard Law […]

Protestants Use Christmas Movie to Talk About Mary

c. 2006 Religion News Service LOS ANGELES _ Scot McKnight, a religious studies professor, was teaching a number of years ago when he had an “aha” moment. McKnight had just read aloud the Magnificat, the Virgin Mary’s hymn of praise from the Gospel of Luke. “What kind of woman would have said this?” McKnight asked […]

10 Minutes With … Justin Cannon

c. 2006 Religion News Service (UNDATED) At just 22 years old, Justin Cannon is the founder of, perhaps the first and only gay Christian dating Web site. As a college student, Cannon struggled with self-hate as he tried to reconcile his homosexuality with his Christian beliefs. In 2005, he launched, an informational site […]

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c. 2006 Religion News Service Charges Dismissed Against Presbyterian Minister in Gay Wedding Case (RNS) Charges have been dropped against a Presbyterian pastor accused of officiating at a lesbian wedding after a church court found church prosecutors failed to file their paperwork on time. The Rev. Janet Edwards of Pittsburgh faced possible expulsion if convicted. […]

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c. 2006 Religion News Service California Bishop Ordered to Counseling to Avoid Charges (RNS) A California Catholic bishop who failed to immediately report allegations of child sex abuse will avoid criminal charges if he undergoes counseling, the Sonoma County district attorney said Monday (Nov. 20). Bishop Daniel Walsh of Santa Rosa admitted wrongdoing in deciding […]