October surprise

Talking Points Memo has word that McCain insiders are gleeful about the prospects of a Palin wedding this fall. Excerpt: “Inside John McCain’s campaign the expectation is growing that there will be a popularity boosting pre-election wedding in Alaska between Bristol Palin, 17, and Levi Johnston, 18, her schoolmate and father of her baby. “It […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service Watchdog group files `Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ complaints with IRS (RNS) A Washington-based watchdog group has filed six complaints with the Internal Revenue Service after dozens of clergy participated in a challenge to rules that ban politicking from the pulpit. At least 31 pastors took part in “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” (Sept. […]

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RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) I believe that abortion is an unspeakable evil, yet I support Sen. Barack Obama, who is pro-choice. I do not support him because he is pro-choice,but in spite of it. Is that a proper moral choice for a committed Catholic? As one of the inaugural members of the U.S. […]

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London home of Muhammad novel publisher attacked

Al Webb |

LONDON-Scotland Yard has placed armed guards around the British publisher of a novel about Muhammad and his young wife Aisha that has angered some Muslims.

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Baptist pastor, former seminary president dies

Bruce Nolan |

NEW ORLEANS-The Rev. Landrum Leavell II, who built New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary into one of the largest in the country, died in Wichita Falls, Texas, on Friday (Sept. 26), the seminary said. He was 81.

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Watchdog group files `Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ complaints with IRS

Adelle M. Banks |

A Washington-based watchdog group has filed six complaints with the Internal Revenue Service after dozens of clergy participated in a challenge to rules that ban politicking from the pulpit.

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COMMENTARY: A Catholic’s case for Obama

Nicholas P. Cafardi |

I believe that abortion is an unspeakable evil, yet I support Sen. Barack Obama, who is pro-choice. I do not support him because he is pro-choice, but in spite of it. Is that a proper moral choice for a committed Catholic? As one of the inaugural members of the U.S. bishops’ National Review Board on […]

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Ramadan sees birth of emerging Muslim labor movement

Nicole Neroulias |

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Hundreds of Muslim workers at two meat processing plants in Colorado and Nebraska walked off the job earlier this month, protesting their employer’s refusal to grant time to pray and break a 12-hour fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. About 100 workers were fired in Greeley, Colo., […]

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Sexy Puritan

Novelist Tom Perrotta, whose “The Abstinence Teacher” was voted the year’s best book by Baltimore City Paper, has a piece in Slate about Sarah Palin’s unique appeal.