White House releases public/private guidelines

WASHINGTON (RNS) A new White House report that offers guidance on public/private partnerships between the government and faith-based groups leaves critical questions unanswered and does not resolve the issue of religious groups' ability to discriminate in hiring and firing, church-state watchdogs said.

Churches attacked in Kenya, Nigeria

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS/ENInews) Kenyan churches are tightening security after a lone attacker exploded a grenade inside an evangelical church in Nairobi on Sunday (April 29), killing one person and injuring 15, while a string of bombings in Nigeria killed 19 people. By Fredrick Nzwili.

MondayâÂ?Â?s Religion News Roundup: Another gay bishop? Catholic ultimatum, rich Amish beard-cutter, Joel Osteen âÂ?Â?supersizesâÂ?Â? it

New Hampshire’s Episcopalians elected an openly gay man as bishop nine years ago and sparked a virtual schism in the Anglican Communion. Now they are considering electing another gay bishop, the Rev. William W. Rich, who is one of three candidates. “I think electors in New Hampshire are interested in getting the best bishop for […]

COMMENTARY: Countering the ‘Christians’

(RNS) I have been a Christian my entire life, never more fervently than in recent years, and yet I cringe when I hear politicians and public figures announce their Christian faith. No wonder people have come to see “Christians” as harsh, judgmental, intolerant, argumentative and angry. By Tom Ehrich.