N.J. governor defends remarks on civil rights

Matt Friedman and Jenna Portnoy |

TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) In the midst of a heated battle over gay rights, Gov. Chris Christie defended his recent remarks on civil rights, calling one his New Jersey critics “numbnuts.” By Matt Friedman and Jenna Portnoy. 250.

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European secularists say they’re not treated fairly

Jonathan Luxmoore |

(RNS) Humanist and secularist organizations have accused the European Union of denying them equal treatment with the continent's Christian churches. By Jonathan Luxmoore. 250

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Study says U.S. Muslims don’t want Shariah either

Omar Sacirbey |

 (RNS) When asked whether they thought American courts should apply Shariah to non-Muslims in the legal system, all of the respondents answered no. Just three of the 41 imams said they wanted parallel Shariah tribunals where Muslims could handle civil issues like marriage, divorce, and inheritance. By Omar Sacirbey.

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Tuesday Godbytes: Florida Robocalls; Bicultural Marketing; Kim Kardashian

Florida is voting. Right now. Guess what that means? …Religion issues!  (Wait, you were thinking something else?) In recent days, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has been courting the Jewish vote in the Sunshine State by accusing opponent Mitt Romney of being less-than-sensitive to Judaism. Today, though, Newt brought out the big guns: his campaign is […]

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On eve of Darwin’s birthday, states take steps to limit evolution

Kimberly Winston |

(RNS) On the eve of the 203rd anniversary of Charles Darwin's birthday, six bills in four states would hinder the teaching of evolution in public schools, and another two are poised to do the same without naming evolution outright. By Kimberly Winston.

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COMMENTARY: Upon this stubborn rock

(RNS) I don't think any enterprise has done more huffing, more blocking, bickering and begging for time than Christianity. We are the case study for trying to stand still in a rapidly moving stream, getting swept away, and still claiming the moral high ground while we drown. By Tom Ehrich.

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Tuesday’s Religion News Roundup: Koshergate, RIP compassionate conservatism; Boykin bounced

As Floridians head to the polls today, Newt Gingrich has been subtly playing the religion card.  On Monday, Gingrich accused Mitt Romney of being “extraordinarily insensitive” to religion as governor of Massachusetts because he planned cut to Medicaid funding to Jewish and Catholic health care facilities. Driving the point home in God's Waiting Room (aka Florida), Gingrich […]

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The end of ‘compassionate conservatism’?

Amy Sullivan |

(RNS) Just three years after George W. Bush left the White House, compassionate conservatives are an endangered species. Is this just a case of the Republican Party wanting to distance itself from the Bush years — or is compassionate conservatism gone for good? By Amy Sullivan.

Monday Godbytes: Christians Against Cockfighting; Buddhist Video Games; More Muppet Meditation

Christians are are taking a stand against cockfighting. What an eggselent cause!  It's good to hear they're not chickening out this time, and are trying to cooperate with others to get it done. As long as they don't get cocky… Get ready folks: Christian Libertarians (like Ron Paul) are on the rise. Have you ever […]

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