Both sides gear up in N.C. gay marriage fight

Amanda Greene |

WILMINGTON, N.C. (RNS) Here in the only Southern state that does not have a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, both sides are gearing up for a fight at the ballot box on May 8. By Amanda Greene.

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Southern Baptists won’t vote on name change

(RNS) When Southern Baptists gather for their annual meeting this June, they will not be asked to create a new official name after top leaders decided it was not worth pursuing. By Adelle M. Banks.

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Ala. bill would move religion classes off campus

Greg Garrison |

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) A proposed Alabama law would allow churches or ministries to teach a religion class to public school students off campus, if parents and school boards give permission and the churches provide transportation and other expenses. By Greg Garrison.

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Blacks say atheists were unseen civil rights heroes

Kimberly Winston |

Why is Martin Luther King, a Christian, remembered by so many for his contributions to the civil rights movement while A. Philip Randolph, an atheist, is honored by so few? That is a question many black nonbelievers are asking this Black History Month. By Kimberly Winston.

Sketches of famous black atheists

Kimberly Winston |

(RNS) Sunday's (Feb. 26) “Day of Solidarity for Black Non-Believers, will include a remembrance of African-American atheists of the past. Here's a list of some famous (and not-so-famous) black nonbelievers. By Kimberly Winston.

Wednesday’s Religion Roundup: Ashes on the go; Obama’s faith; Mormon Pinners

Here's wishing all our Christian readers a prayerful Lent.  Today, of course, is Ash Wednesday. Episcopalians have started a tradition of sorts with an “Ashes on the Go” program for commuters. Episcopal priest and serial memoirist Lauren Winner says Ash Wednesday belongs on the streets. CNN asks if Ash Wednesday will also make an appearance on […]

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Southern Baptists to stick (mostly) with same name

(RNS) A task force recommended Monday (Feb. 20) that the nation’s largest Protestant denomination maintain its official name but give Southern Baptists the option of calling themselves “Great Commission Baptists.’’ By Adelle M. Banks.

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