`Homoville,’ FL, 32601

Kevin Eckstrom |

Wayne Sapp, a pastor at Dove World Outreach Center in Gainsville, Fla., is launching what appears to be a one-man crusade against Craig Lowe, who could become the city’s first openly gay mayor. Sapp can pretty much speak for himself on this one (he’s not shy about telling you what he really thinks), but he […]

Friday’s roundup

The NYT dropped another bombshell today, citing a memo that shows future-Pope Benedict XVI was apprised of plans to return a priest accused of molesting children to pastoral work. Earlier this month, a Munich diocesan administrator fell on his sword and took responsibility for transferring the priest, who later molested more children. Memos show that […]

Quebec moves to ban veils for Muslim women

Ron Csillag |

TORONTO (RNS) The Canadian province of Quebec has introduced unprecedented legislation that would effectively bar Muslim women from receiving or delivering public services while wearing a niqab, or face-covering veil. “Two words: Uncovered face,” Quebec Premier Jean Charest told reporters during a press conference in Quebec City on Wednesday (March 24). “The principle is clear.” […]

Victims’ group confronts Vatican over abuse

Francis X. Rocca |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) American victims of clerical sex abuse protested at the Vatican on Thursday (March 25), charging that Pope Benedict XVI had personally mishandled the case of a Wisconsin priest who molested up to 200 deaf boys more than 35 years ago. “What the pope will not admit is what he knew and the […]

Israeli high court says no bread for prisoners during Passover

Michele Chabin |

JERUSALEM (RNS) Non-Jewish prisoners will not be able to eat bread during Passover, Israel’s High Court has ruled. On Wednesday (March 24), the High Court of Justice denied the petition of Mudabba Mahmoud Rayik, a Muslim prisoner incarcerated in a multi-religion facility, who said his civil rights were being trampled by the Israel Prison Service. […]

Pentagon to provide Passover meals, palm fronds to troops

Kimberlee Hauss |

(RNS) Although U.S. military personnel around the globe will spend Easter and Passover away from home, the Pentagon is taking to steps to ensure they will be able to celebrate the holidays with traditional meals and supplies. The Defense Logistics Agency’s distribution center in Philadelphia has been working since November to provide Passover meals and […]

Film probes Americans’ images of God

Kimberlee Hauss |

WASHINGTON (RNS) On the big screen of the movies, God has been played by everyone from George Burns (“Oh, God!”) to Alanis Morissette (“Dogma”) to Morgan Freeman (“Bruce Almighty”). On the small screen of people’s imaginations, God frequently looks like an old man in the clouds, like something out of “The Simpsons.” Or Kenny Rogers. […]

Creationism critic wins Templeton Prize

Chris Herlinger |

(RNS) A former Dominican priest and outspoken critic of creationism has won this year’s Templeton Prize — an honor awarded to scholars who study how science and religion intersect. Francisco J. Ayala is a professor of both biology and philosophy at the University of California, Irvine, where he has been a leading critic of creationism […]

COMMENTARY: It’s not all about you

Dick Staub |

(RNS) How many narcissists does it take to change a light bulb? Just one. He holds the bulb while the world revolves around him. Naughty narcissist Jesse James has humiliated his wife (and our collective darling) Sandra Bullock with his wandering ways. This after she won the Oscar for Best Actress, and the same week […]