Monday’s Religion News Roundup

Protests continue in Egypt, as a coalition that includes the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood is demanding the removal of President Hosni Mubarak. The Brotherhood, which wants to form an Islamist state in the Arab world’s largest nation, has subordinated it religious aims, and said it would not take a leadership role in the opposition coalition, according […]

Does God play favorites on the gridiron?

Paul Cloos |

(RNS) When the Auburn Tigers won the BCS college football championship against the Oregon Ducks, Auburn coach Gene Chizik thanked God. The team’s star quarterback, Cam Newton, said he felt his performance showed what God can do. Thanking God has now become almost commonplace among athletes. With the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers about […]

Chat With a Strongman’s Wife

Omar Sacirbey |

With democratic change afoot in Tunisia and anti-government riots in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East, some 20 American college students were in Syria and, among other things, wrapped with Asma al-Assad, the very accomplished wife of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. This news comes from George Mason University’s (Va.) Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, […]

After controversy, Christian university changes gay policy

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) A Christian university in Nashville, Tenn., has amended its nondiscrimination policy to include sexual orientation after a recent controversy involving a lesbian former soccer coach. “We are a Christian community that is welcoming, loving and inclusive of everyone,” said Belmont University President Bob Fisher in a Wednesday (Jan. 26) statement. The change comes a […]

Vatican to launch dialogue with atheists

Francis X. Rocca |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican announced a new initiative aimed at promoting dialogue between theists and atheists to be launched with a two-day event this March in Paris. The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture will sponsor a series of seminars on the theme of “Religion, Light and Common Reason,” at various locations in the city, […]

Friday’s Religion News Roundup

A “Friday of Wrath” has arrived in Egypt, with tens of thousands of protesters pouring into the street in what the AP calls “the most violent and chaotic scenes yet in the challenge to President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule.” Surprisingly, religion, often a powerful mobilizing force in Egypt, has not played a large role in […]

`Miracle Detectives’ on the hunt for answers

Ron Csillag |

(RNS) Dirt at an ancient holy site in Chimayo, N.M. reputedly cures a woman’s rare bone cancer. In North Carolina, a 14-year-old girl stricken with pneumonia is removed from life support but survives after an angelic image appears on a security monitor outside her hospital room. A Texas man lives despite being cut in half […]

Muslim leaders condemn Holocaust denial on remembrance day

Adelle M. Banks |

(RNS) Prominent Muslim leaders who toured Nazi concentration camps last summer marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day by decrying attempts to deny the Holocaust that killed 6 million Jews. “We condemn any attempts to deny this historical reality and declare such denials or any justification of this tragedy as against the Islamic code of ethics,” the […]

Mich. bill would allow guns in churches, colleges

Peter Luke / Booth Michigan Newspapers |

LANSING, Mich. (RNS) Individuals with valid concealed weapons permits could carry guns in Michigan areas currently prohibited by law, including schools, churches, bars and sports stadiums, under proposed legislation. The state’s current gun restrictions date to 2000 as part of a law that relaxed permitting requirements. The original House sponsor of that law, Republican Mike […]

Rabbis petition Murdoch to crack down on Fox’s Holocaust language

Nicole Neroulias |

(RNS) Hundreds of American rabbis used Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday (Jan. 27) to push media mogul Rupert Murdoch to “sanction” Glenn Beck and other Fox News personalities on the use of Nazi and Holocaust references. The “Sanction Glenn Beck” letter responds to the Beck’s three-part series last November on billionaire philanthropist and Holocaust survivor […]