German Muslims more numerous and integrated in public life, study says

Anli Serfontein |

TRIER, Germany (RNS/ENI) Germany has nearly million more Muslims than previous estimates, according to a new study. The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees in Germany concluded that up to 4.3 million people– 5 percent of German’s 82 million people — are Muslims. More than half have German nationality and have integrated into German society […]

True Baalers

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa says PETA and other animal rights activists are “worshipping animals.” In response to a question about those pesky activists who argue that sick cows should not be prodded with electric rods and made to live in cages, Grassley says: “they’re not interested in how good farmers treat their animals. You’ve […]

Questions and answers on celebrity worship

Kevin Eckstrom |

(UNDATED) When sex symbol Rudolph Valentino died at the age of 31 in 1926, riots broke out as tens of thousands of mourners tried to cram themselves into a public viewing in New York. It was, says Emory University’s Gary Laderman, “a new kind of sacred attachment, one based on fame and looks, personality and […]

Will Michael have a Muslim burial?

Wow, first Farrah, then the Gloved One; if and when C-3PO dies the 80s will official be over. Anyhoo, for all his ubiquity during most of his 50 years, Mr. Jackson was quite an enigma. For instance, his religion. He, and all the Jackson Five (and Janet, I think) were raised Jehovah’s Witness in Indiana. […]

On the QT over on C Street

Kevin Eckstrom |

Following up on Dan Burke’s post yesterday about the mysterious “C Street house” that is home to a number of congressional Bible studies and congressional bunkmates … WaPo has an A1 story this morning that takes a closer look inside the house (which is run by the overly secretive Christian group http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Family_(Christian_political_organization)”>The Fellowship), and it’s […]

Family seeks ‘proper Christian burial’ for famed explorer

Tiffany Stanley |

(UNDATED) Two deadly gunshots signaled that Capt. Meriwether Lewis had reached his final destination. The famed explorer, known for traversing the continent as one-half of the legendary Lewis and Clark expedition, died in the yard of a remote inn in a little town in Tennessee. Like most cold cases, questions remain: did he kill himself […]

Survey: Overall, gays are not godless

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) A significant majority of gays and lesbians — six in 10 — say faith is important in their lives, but heterosexuals generally state such commitments more often, according to a new survey by a Christian research firm. “People who portray gay adults as godless, hedonistic, Christian bashers are not working with the facts,” said […]

Lawyer disbarred over missing Holocaust victim funds

Mary Fuchs |

TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) Only a few years ago, Edward Fagan was a world-renowned lawyer for the underdog, brash and audacious enough to take on Swiss banks and even whole countries to win judgments for Holocaust survivors and victims of South African apartheid. Now, the state Supreme Court has barred him from practicing law in New […]

Christian publisher still plans Kate Gosselin book

Chris Knape |

(RNS) Should a Christian publisher still release a $30 book from one of the namesake stars of “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ promising “an inside look at one of America’s most close-knit families” after the couple has filed for divorce amid allegations of adultery and neglectful parenting? Publishing giant Zondervan is still advertising “Love is […]

Feds warn black churches about computer scam

Lindsay Perna |

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning churches about con artists who are embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from African-American congregations through an alleged computer equipment scam. The scammers target primarily Baptist churches by signing them into a lease for “free” computer kiosks. Churches are expected to make payments to cover the […]