Workplace religious complaints double in last decade

Marcia Pledger |

CLEVELAND (RNS) Northeast Ohio native Suhad Hasan says neither her Muslim faith nor her headscarf should be an issue where she works. But she said they were while she was a sales associate at the Old Navy clothing store in Santa Clara, Calif., three years ago. Hasan said she was assigned to work in the […]

Michele Bachmann church timeline UPDATED

Because the timing of Michele Bachmann’s departure from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod came so close to the official launch of her presidential campaign, many minds have drawn a link between the two, especially since WELS holds anti-papal beliefs that, while they are centuries old, could potentially alienate Catholic voters. Since the story of Bachmann’s […]

Angry churches pull money from big banks

Josef Kuhn |

(RNS) A small but growing number of religious communities across the country are removing their money from Wall Street banks to protest what they see as unfair mortgage foreclosures and unwillingness to lend to small businesses. The New Bottom Line (NBL) coalition of congregations, community organizations, labor unions and individuals is promoting a “Move Our […]

Photographer captures Muslims’ self-portraits

Cecile Holmes |

DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) Artist Todd Drake has aimed his camera lens at truck drivers, Alzheimer's patients and employees of an exotic nightclub. But he's trying to build interfaith bridges by asking Muslims to turn the lens on themselves. Drake's traveling exhibit, “Muslim Self Portraits,” started after he decided he needed to learn more about his […]

Religious groups spend nearly $400 million on D.C. advocacy

Kevin Eckstrom |

WASHINGTON (RNS) The number of religious advocacy groups in the nation’s capital has more than tripled since the 1970s, with conservative groups seeing the biggest growth, according to a new report. Together, faith-based lobbying and advocacy groups spend $390 million a year to influence lawmakers, mobilize supporters and shape public opinion, according to the report, […]

Atheists launch campaign to get unbelievers to `come out’

Kimberly Winston |

(RNS) The young man in the video pulls in close to his computer camera with the trappings of a typical college dorm room — a loft bed and the clutter of cast-off clothes — piled behind him. Alex Fiorentini isn’t talking about girls, beer or football. Instead, it’s a coming-out moment of sorts. “Is it […]

COMMENTARY: Any leaders out there? Anyone?

Tom Ehrich |

NEW YORK (RNS) The collapse of high-level budget talks in Washington is no surprise. Neither are the odious comments by presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, who dismissed Occupy Wall Streeters as ingrates who should “get a job after they take a bath.” (That was an especially odd comment from someone who has spent his adult life […]

Looking for Catholic art? Fundamentalist Bob Jones University has it

David Gibson |

GREENVILLE, S.C. (RNS) Walking across the tidy campus of Bob Jones University, there’s no obvious sign this bastion of Christian fundamentalism is also home to one of the nation’s largest collections of Renaissance and Baroque religious art from the heart of Catholic Europe. It’s all the more surprising since the school’s old-time Protestant leaders have […]

Boston’s Cardinal Bernard Law retires from prominent post

Francis X. Rocca |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Nine years after the clerical sex abuse scandal forced his resignation as archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Bernard F. Law has stepped down from his controversial post as head of a prominent basilica in Rome. The Vatican announced on Monday (Nov. 21) that Pope Benedict XVI has named Spanish Archbishop Santos Abril y […]