Mormons see potential in online proselytizing

Peggy Fletcher Stack |

SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) Not so long ago, Mormon missionaries were prohibited from using the Internet, even to contact their families. The system then loosened a bit to allow weekly e-mails home and some occasional viewing of church materials. Now the nearly 14 million-member Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is attempting to revolutionize […]

Thursday’s roundup

Kevin Eckstrom |

As a federal judge struck down major portions of Arizona‘s “papers, please” immigration law, a majority of Americans thinks the waves of immigration a century ago are no longer helpful. Religious groups, who claimed a major victory in the ruling, vow to press on. “Left Behind” co-author Tim Lahaye says President Obama is bringing us […]

Senate Democrats plead for religious support on key bills

Alfredo Garcia |

WASHINGTON (RNS) Top Senate Democrats said Wednesday (July 28) that Democrats need the help of religious groups in overcoming Republican opposition to key pieces of legislation. In a media roundtable hosted by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., chairwoman of the Democrats’ Steering and Outreach Committee, senators said the majority of “the faith community” is fully on […]

Eating Disorders A Hidden Problem For Orthodox Jews

Huffington Post (RNS): Even as the ballerina and popular Hebrew day school student effortlessly spit out the right answers, her mind was awash in torment. As the food was passed around–fried sole, fish cakes, salad oozing with mayonnaise–her instincts to binge and purge became uncontrollable. Full story.

July 28, 1989

Alfredo Garcia |

It’s really a great experience to look back and see what was happening in times gone past. Here at RNS, we’ve got some archives from past years, so I will occasionally pick up and look to see what was happening on a given date in, say, 1989, or maybe 1994. I don’t have links to […]

Gospel singer Doug Oldham dead at age 79

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) Doug Oldham, a prolific gospel singer and ministry partner of the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, died July 21 at the age of 79. Oldham, who was a soloist at Falwell’s Thomas Road Baptist Church and helped the evangelist raise money to start Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., died at a Virginia hospital while awaiting […]

Muslims, ACLU seek data on FBI profiling

Omar Sacirbey and Alfredo Garcia |

WASHINGTON (RNS) Muslim American groups and the American Civil Liberties Union are demanding the FBI turn over records relating to agency guidelinesthey say permit the FBI to collect and use racial and ethnic data. The groups allege that the Domestic Intelligence and Operations Guide, an FBI policy manual published in 2008, gives FBI agents the […]

Jordan River called `too polluted’ for baptism pilgrims

Judith Sudilovsky |

JERUSALEM (RNS/ENInews) Concerns about pollution and water quality have prompted an environmental advocacy group to call for the banning of baptisms in the lower Jordan River, where the Bible says Jesus was baptized. “For reasons of public health as well as religious integrity, baptism should be banned from taking place in the river,” said Gidon […]