TuesdayâÂ?Â?s Religion News Roundup: Orthodox abusers, Jews for Mel Gibson, âÂ?Â?Stand Your GroundâÂ? as Christian law

Suspected child abusers in Orthodox Jewish circles shouldn’t have their names revealed because of the “tight-knit and insular” nature of the community, argues Brooklyn’s DA. Charles Hynes said Orthodox communities are so familiar that identifying the suspects would likely identify the victims. Oklahoma authorities are investigating whether the executive director of The Voice of the […]

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Obama invokes Holocaust to confront Syria, Iran

WASHINGTON (RNS) In the wake of Holocaust Remembrance Day, President Obama pledged to put actions behind the words “never again’’ to fight human atrocities across the globe in countries like Syria and Iran. By Adelle M. Banks.

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Monday’s Religion News Roundup: Chuck Colson; stunned nuns; subsidiarity

Lots of interesting obits and encomia over the weekend for Chuck Colson, the Watergate felon turned evangelical advocate for prisoners.  A church-state watchdog filed a formal complaint with the IRS alleging that the Catholic Diocese of Peoria violated rules barring tax exempt organizations from opposing political candidates when Bishop Daniel Jenky compared President Obama to Hitler […]

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Pro-Tutu petitions flood Gonzaga

(RNS) After nearly 700 people tried to push Gonzaga University to rescind its commencement speaker's invitation to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, supporters of the anti-apartheid hero responded with 11,000 signatures of their own. By Tracy Simmons.

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Troubled janitor gets life in prison for priest’s slaying

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (RNS) After more than an hour of dramatic testimony, a judge on Friday ordered that a troubled church janitor spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole in the priest's murder. By Alexi Friedman.

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Court says non-Jewish man can sue for anti-Semitic remarks

Stacy Jones and Ben Horowitz |

(RNS) A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that a man who alleges he endured anti-Semitic slurs can sue his former supervisors — even though he is not Jewish. Stacy Jones and Ben Horowitz.

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Nixon felon and evangelical icon Charles Colson dies at 80

David Mark and Adelle M. Banks |

In many ways, Chuck Colson's life personified the evangelical ethos of a sinner in search of redemption after a dramatic personal encounter with Jesus. He also embodied the evangelical movement's embrace of conservative social issues, although often as a happy warrior.

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Israel’s Conservative movement OKs gay and lesbian rabbis

JERUSALEM (RNS) In a landmark decision, the Masorti movement — the Israeli sister movement of the Conservative stream of Judaism — announced that its rabbinical school will begin to accept gays and lesbians for ordination. By Michele Chabin.

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