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c. 2007 Religion News Service GOP Wants Answers About Religious Texts in Prisons WASHINGTON (RNS) A group of conservative House Republicans has sent a letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons seeking information about its effort to ban religious texts from prison libraries. “No matter how well-intentioned, a government project to limit books and other […]

COMMENTARY: Finding Truth in the Page and on the Stage

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Before I was a journalist, I was an actor. Briefly, a semester or so ahead of my debut in the pages of the Wheaton College student newspaper, I became a member of its theater company, a group known simply as “Workout.” The company performed in the Arena Theater, a […]

Jesuits Find a Working Model for Urban Schools

c. 2007 Religion News Service BALTIMORE _ His father and grandfather died. His mother struggled with drug addiction. He didn’t have a bed to sleep in or a coat to wear. His only meals were provided by his elementary school. Arthur Williams couldn’t even imagine going to high school. “I thought I’d probably be out […]

Kathy Griffin Knows What to Do With Jesus; Hollywood Isn’t So Sure

(UNDATED) Comedian Kathy Griffin has built her entire D-list career on telling A-list Hollywood celebrities _ Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Ryan Seacrest _ to “suck it.” So when she told Jesus to “suck it” after winning an Emmy for her reality show, “My Life on the D-List,” it was meant as just another swipe at […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service AME Church Leaders Join Protest of `Jena Six’ Case (RNS) Top leaders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church have joined protests of the prosecution of six black teenagers in Jena, La., who have been charged with the alleged beating of a white schoolmate. “We in no way condone fighting … […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Insurer Rejects UCC Church Because of Gay Stance (RNS) A United Church of Christ congregation’s pro-gay stance puts it “at a higher risk” of litigation and property damage, a leading U.S. church insurer said in refusing to offer coverage to a Michigan congregation. Brotherhood Mutual, a Fort Wayne, Ind.-based insurance […]

Photographer Captures Faith on the Side of the Road

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Sam Fentress has spent the past 25 years crisscrossing America’s highways and byways, stopping along the way to snap shots of religious signs in every state except Hawaii. He found everything from John 3:3 on a farm silo in Ohio to “Obey God or Burn” scratched into a rock […]

Some Evangelical Leaders Go Green As Skepticism Lingers

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When Bishop Harry Jackson saw melting glaciers and devastated forests on a recent trip to Alaska, he decided that global warming should be a higher priority on his list of key issues for evangelicals. “I thought the globe was warming, but I thought that there was a whole lot […]

COMMENTARY: Just Be Quiet

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Whether they say so or not, I think most people come to churches on a spiritual quest. They might see their needs in more functional terms, like wanting friendship, loving good music, making business contacts, or doing the right thing by their children. Or perhaps the “buzz” about a […]

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c. 2007 Religion News Service State Department: Iraq Insurgency Harming Religious Freedom WASHINGTON (RNS) The continuing insurgency in Iraq is “significantly” harming the freedom of worship in that country, the State Department said in its 2007 International Religious Freedom Report. The report, released Friday (Sept. 14), lists Iraq among 22 countries it notes for either […]