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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(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
(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.
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 […]
(RNS) Until 1978, African-Americans were denied full membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has refused to say whether he thinks his church's racial policies before then were misguided. Daniel Burke explores Mormons' troubled history with race.
(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.
(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.
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 […]
(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.
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 […]