Do Christian athletes strike out on big-dollar contracts?

Tim Townsend |

ST. LOUIS (RNS) As contract talks broke down between Albert Pujols and the Cardinals, St. Louis baseball fans began nervously asking themselves a host of questions. He’s a Cardinal for life, right? He wouldn’t go to Wrigley Field because he likes winning too much, right? But a particular group of Cardinals fans — those who […]

If Obama won’t fight gay marriage, conservatives will

Adelle M. Banks |

WASHINGTON (RNS) If President Obama and the U.S. Department of Justice no longer want to defend the Defense of Marriage Act from challenges by gay rights activists, who will? Leading conservative law firms say they’re eager to defend the 1996 law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman, but that may not […]

U.S. rabbis blast Israel over new conversion rules

Michele Chabin |

JERUSALEM (RNS) Nearly 100 American Orthodox rabbis have signed a letter demanding that the conversions they perform outside Israel be recognized — at least for immigration purposes — by Israel’s Interior Ministry. The rabbis — including members of the Rabbinical Council of America, the Orthodox Union, Yeshiva University and the International Rabbinic Fellowship — were […]

Catholic bishops back Wis. union protesters

Daniel Burke |

WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops on Thursday (Feb. 24) threw their moral weight behind the pro-union protesters in Wisconsin, saying the rights of workers do not abate in difficult economic times. “The debates over worker representation and collective bargaining are not simply matters of ideology or power,” said Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., […]

COMMENTARY: When Israel was in Egypt’s land …

A. James Rudin |

(RNS) Egypt and Israel aren’t your typical neighbors with an occasional across-the-fence feud. The complex relationship between these two nations and peoples that began more than 3,200 years ago is one of the world’s oldest sagas. The Bible alone contains more than 600 references to Egypt. With the recent overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt […]

Thursday’s Religion News Roundup

So the big news is the Justice Department‘s decision to stop defending the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage (for federal purposes) as between a man and a woman. Attorney General Eric Holder lays out the reasoning here in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner. Jeffrey Toobin explains the legal rationale over […]

Sex abuse charges put Catholic prosecutor front and center

Elizabeth Evans |

PHILADELPHIA (RNS) For Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, leading the sex abuse prosecution that has roiled this city’s Catholic community is not an attack on the church in which he was raised, and to which he remains deeply committed. But the Philadelphia native says he is determined to bring to justice the “evil” clergy his […]

Muslims and ACLU sue FBI over mosque surveillance

Omar Sacirbey |

(RNS) Is sending a secret informant into a mosque in search of terrorists proactive policing, or a violation of worshippers’ civil rights? That’s the question a federal judge will have to answer after the American Civil Liberties Union and the Council of American-Islamic Relations filed a lawsuit Tuesday (Feb. 22) in Los Angeles against the […]

Obama drops defense of anti-gay-marriage law

Adelle M. Banks |

WASHINGTON (RNS) The Obama administration announced on Wednesday (Feb. 23) it will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act, a nearly 15-year-old law that defines marriage as heterosexual unions. In a letter to Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder said President Obama has determined the law, widely known as DOMA, is unconstitutional when applied to […]