McCain with a garnish of Parsley

Kevin Eckstrom |

The Washington Post ran a story Thursday speculating what impact-if any-John McCain’s diss of John Hagee and Rod Parsley will have on evangelical voters in November. Personally, I’m a little skeptical it will have much impact at all, since many of those would-be McCain voters would never vote for Obama (or Clinton) anyway, and six […]

Southern Baptists face wide-open leadership race

Adelle M. Banks |

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) When Southern Baptists meet for their annual convention in Indianapolis this June, they will have the opportunity to cast ballots for the highest number of contenders for president in the last three decades. At least six leaders with a range of experience _ in big churches, small churches and […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Midwife to Amish wins court appeal HARRISBURG, Pa. (RNS) A Pennsylvania appeals court has said a state board was wrong to fine and shut down the practice of a Lancaster-area midwife who has delivered thousands for babies for the Amish. But it is unclear whether it’s illegal for Diane Goslin […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) I never thought I’d say the names Sharon Stone and John Hagee in the same sentence, but in this media age, the lines between bombastic televangelist and beauteous Hollywood celebrity are blurring. At a Cannes Film Festival press conference, there was Stone, in all her radiant glory, offering her […]

Conservatives warn of flood of gay marriage lawsuits

c. 2008 Religion News Service WASHINGTON _ California’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage could “spawn lawsuits all over the country,” trampling states’ rights and limiting religious freedom, a coalition of conservative groups warned Thursday (May 29). The Washington-based Family Research Council issued that warning the same day it asked the California Supreme Court to stay […]

Conservatives warn of gay marriage lawsuits

Jonathan Rubin |

WASHINGTON -California’s approval of same-sex marriage could “spawn lawsuits all over the country” that may impact states’ rights and religious freedoms, a coalition of conservatives said Thursday. The Washington-based Family Research Council issued the warning the same day they asked the California Supreme Court to stay its decision, and a day after New York Gov. […]

Midwife to Amish wins court appeal

David Wenner |

HARRISBURG, Pa. -A Pennsylvania appeals court has said a state board was wrong to fine and shut down the practice of a Lancaster-area midwife who has delivered thousands for babies for the Amish.

Collins to leave NIH post

Daniel Burke |

WASHINGTON -Dr. Francis Collins, who helped decode human DNA and build bridges between scientists and religious believers, will resign as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute on August 1.

Few churchgoers tithe, study says

Greg Garrison |

Linda Pateo of Gardendale, Ala., says she and her husband, Robert, try to give 5 percent of their income to their church and 5 percent to Christian charities, but it’s difficult with three children in college. “I have strong feelings that God expects first fruits,” Pateo said. “Sometimes we fall short. It’s something we are […]

COMMENTARY: There’s a storm a brewin’

Dick Staub |

I never thought I’d say the names Sharon Stone and John Hagee in the same sentence, but in this media age, the lines between bombastic televangelist and beauteous Hollywood celebrity are blurring. At a Cannes Film Festival press conference there she was, Sharon Stone, offering her views on the earthquakes in China. “And all these […]