Ore. psychiatrist to open assisted suicide clinic

Anne Saker / The Oregonian |

PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) A psychiatrist who the state has reprimanded for wrongly prescribing drugs says he plans to open a facility in Portland and charge fees to help patients end their lives under Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act. Stuart G. Weisberg has mailed invitations to local doctors and politicians inviting them to a July 21 […]

An open letter to Madonna, from one mom to another

Cathleen Falsani |

(RNS) Dear Madonna, Thank you. My family arrived home in California this week with our newly adopted son, Vasco Fitzmaurice Mark David Possley. His adoption would not have been possible without the bold actions you took in Malawi last year when its High Court denied the adoption of your daughter, Chifundo “Mercy” James. You didn’t […]

Friday’s roundup

Kevin Eckstrom |

The U.S. Supreme Court made it much tougher for prosecutors to chase corporate executives accused of fraud; House and Senate negotiators reached a deal on a bill to increase regulation of Wall Street. Alaska officials decided a legal defense fund set up for former Gov. Sarah Palin was illegal; she’ll have to return about $390,000. […]

Evangelical survey shows 40 percent drink socially

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) A survey of evangelical leaders shows that 40 percent said they “socially drink alcohol.” Some leaders, in a survey conducted by the National Association of Evangelicals, noted that they imbibe “in moderation,” “on special occasions,” “occasionally” and “never in excess.” The other 60 percent said they did not drink. Among the reasons they cited […]

Raelians want to rehab `reputation’ of the swastika

Daniel Burke |

(RNS) The Raelians have designated this Sunday (June 27) as “World Swastika Rehabilitation Day,” saying the ancient symbol should no longer be damned by its ties to Nazism. A cross with arms bent at 90-degree angles, the swastika was adopted by the Nazi Party in the 1920s. A version of the swastika dates to ancient […]

Deputies looking for sweet-toothed bandit

Craig Malveaux /The Times-Picayune |

LaPLACE, La. (RNS) Was it frequent trips to the dentist for cavities? Or a trail of sugar ants? Sheriff’s investigators in St. John the Baptist Parish aren’t saying how 31-year-old Jason Dumas became their chief suspect in a scam that left a church on stuck with a nearly $10,000 bill for a fraudulent order for […]

Is Facebook a sin? Some Muslims think so

Ankita Rao |

(RNS) Do a Google search on Shirien Elamawy and you’ll find her Tweets, her Egyptian Gumbo website, her college newspaper columns, and the beginnings of her Muslim children’s book. What you won’t find anywhere is an image of Elamawy herself. It’s not attached to a screed she wrote against Oprah Winfrey, nor a speech she […]

Thursday’s roundup

A Pakistani court sentenced five American Muslims to ten years of hard labor for conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks. The Illinois State Police revoked the appointment of its first Muslim chaplain, citing links to a Muslim charity with ties to Hamas, the militant Palestinian group. Muslims are criticizing the Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday […]

Secrecy keeps victims, accused in the dark

Daniel Burke |

(RNS) Daniel Donohue doesn’t know when the call will come. He could be anywhere — at the supermarket, poolside with his four children, or in a classroom studying social work — when he learns the fate of the priest he says molested him as a teenager. Donohue testified against the priest at a church tribunal […]

COMMENTARY: Doctor’s orders

A. James Rudin |

(RNS) There’s an illness that stubbornly resists both treatment and cure. I call it “Israelphobia,” and it is, unfortunately, a chronic condition. The malady’s major symptom is a negative obsession about Israel that involves a hypocritical double standard when judging Israeli actions in comparison with all other nations’ behavior. Other signs of the disease include […]