Top 10 Religious Right Power Brokers

GOP Candidates Wooing 10 Influential Religious Conservatives RNS’s Daniel Burke and Adelle M. Banks identify the top political power brokers of the religious right in this week’s full text article, linked above. Quote: Most of the people on this “top 10″ list have already been courted by GOP presidential candidates, though none except Sekulow is […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service U.S. Immigration Officials Discriminate Against Muslims, Study Says (RNS) U.S. immigration officials discriminate against Muslims when processing citizenship applications, according to a New York University Law School think tank. Since 9/11, increased security checks of citizenship applications “have illegally delayed the processing of thousands of applications from Muslim, Arab, Middle […]

Study: Hispanics Transforming Nation’s Religious Landscape

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) About half the nation’s Hispanics _ including many who are Roman Catholic _ consider themselves to be charismatics or Pentecostals, creating a new confluence of streams in American Christianity. “Simply put, Latinos are transforming the nation’s religious landscape,” said Roberto Suro, director of the Pew Hispanic Center, one of […]

Spring Is Here and Faith Is on the Air

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Three upcoming documentaries about topics ranging from Jehovah’s Witnesses to Mormons to atheism will air nationwide this spring on PBS. Although made independently, each film argues for the relevance of its subject in the United States, both historically and today. In “The Mormons,” Helen Whitney depicts how a once […]

10 Minutes With … Michael Apted

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) “Give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man,” is the Jesuit motto director Michael Apted used as the baseline for his 1964 documentary “Seven Up!” Originally planned as one installment, the controversial documentary looked at 14 7-year-old boys growing up in the […]

Forbes Leaves Riverside Pulpit Pulling No Punches

c. 2007 Religion News Service NEW YORK _ Make no mistake: Take the Rev. James A. Forbes Jr. away from a pulpit and he is not himself. Forbes’s old friend, the late, eminent African-American church historian James Melvin Washington, used to kid the senior minister of Manhattan’s Riverside Church by saying Forbes “would preach to […]

COMMENTARY: Abortion Debate Brings Anti-Catholicism Into Focus

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Every so often the undercurrent in the abortion debate snaps clearly into anti-Catholic focus. Witness Rosie O’Donnell’s angry comment about Catholic Supreme Court Justices on the popular ABC women’s program “The View.” Ms. O’Donnell was upset by the high Court’s recent 5-4 decision outlawing partial-birth abortion. The five majority-vote […]

RNS Weekly Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Employee Objects to Fingerprint Scanner, Citing `End Time’ Beliefs RESERVE, La. (RNS) A public school employee has been suspended for refusing to use a biometric time clock that scans fingerprints, claiming the process violates his religious beliefs. The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board has scheduled a hearing on […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Religious Groups Seek Reforms As Congress Considers Farm Bill (RNS) More than a dozen religious groups are calling on Congress to reduce hunger and help rural farmers as the House holds hearings on the reauthorization of the U.S. farm bill. “Passing a new farm bill is an important opportunity to […]

Films, Book Explore Mormons’ Darkest Hour

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) One hundred fifty years ago, a glorious September morning in the Utah mountains morphed into Mormonism’s darkest hour when a skittish militia opened fire on a wagon train, leaving more than 120 men, women and children dead in a flowery field. Now the “Mountain Meadows Massacre” is becoming more […]