Divorced Parents Battle Over Son’s Circumcision

c. 2007 Religion News Service PORTLAND, Ore. _ A Washington state man who converted to Judaism wants his 12-year-old son to do the same. That requires circumcision _ something the mother adamantly opposes. The divorced couple has been battling over the issue for three years, including whether the boy wants to undergo the procedure. So […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Gay Bishop to Enter N.H. Civil Union With Partner (RNS) Openly gay Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson said he and his longtime partner will register under New Hampshire’s new civil union law for gay couples when it takes effect next year. “My partner and I look forward to taking full […]

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Gay Bishop to Enter N.H. Civil Union With Partner (RNS) Openly gay Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson said he and his longtime partner will register under New Hampshire’s new civil union law for gay couples when it takes effect next year. “My partner and I look forward to taking full advantage of the law,” Robinson […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service Religion Important, but So Is Nation, Europe’s Muslims Say (RNS) Muslims in three major European cities were just as likely as non-Muslims to identify strongly with the country in which they live and sometimes even more so, according to a new Gallup Poll. Conducted between November 2006 and February 2007, […]

400 Years Later, Evangelicals to `Rededicate’ Jamestown for Christ

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A number of prominent evangelicals will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first English settlers landing in Virginia by holding services “rededicating the land for Christ” on Sunday (April 29). The event, dubbed The Assembly 2007, is separate from the scores of others _ including a visit from Queen […]

Oregon Couple Protests War by Deducting Money from Taxes

c. 2007 Religion News Service PORTLAND, Ore. _ The Rev. John Schwiebert, 68, and his wife, Pat, 62, are conscientious objectors to war. As such, they have refused to support the U.S. military by withholding all or part of their federal income tax since 1977. They do not object to paying taxes, however, and for […]

Oregon Couple Protests War by Deducting Money from Taxes

c. 2007 Religion News Service PORTLAND, Ore. _ The Rev. John Schwiebert, 68, and his wife, Pat, 62, are conscientious objectors to war. As such, they have refused to support the U.S. military by withholding all or part of their federal income tax since 1977. They do not object to paying taxes, however, and for […]

New Look at the Quran Ignites Debate on Wife-Beating

c. 2007 Religion News Service NEWARK, N.J. _ A new rendition of the Quran, which has a gentler take on marital relations than usually seen in English translations, has hit a nerve among Muslims. The controversy is over both a single verse and the qualifications of the Muslim woman who translated the new version, “The […]

COMMENTARY: Israel Is Real Because …

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) There is a small crowded shop in Jerusalem that offers customers a wide assortment of lettered T-shirts. Some shirts display the faces of famous rock stars. Other brightly colored shirts feature comic-strip characters or witty bon mots. Yet the best selling T-shirt has only three words imprinted across its […]