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 […]

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 […]

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.

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.