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.

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.

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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.