(RNS) Ever since President Obama won re-election, more than 700,000 Americans have petitioned the White House to let their respective states secede. Observers say those leading the charge are framing it in terms that suggest a deep-seated religious impulse for purity-through-separation is flaring up once again. This time, it’s playing out on a political stage. By G. Jeffrey MacDonald.
Archives: November 2012
Rick Warren says President Obama is unfriendly to religion. A Cairo Court sentences to death seven Coptic Christians for participating in an anti-Islam video. Pussy Riot video too extremist for web.
WILMINGTON, N.C. (RNS) ‘Tis the season for “Bah Humbug” and “God bless us every one,” especially as the world gathers to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. By Amanda Greene.
(RNS) The teenage star of “Two and a Half Men'' apologized Tuesday for calling his show unbiblical “filth'' and encouraging people not to watch it during a videotaped testimony about his conversion to Seventh-day Adventism. By Daniel Burke.
(RNS) Crystal Cathedral founder Robert H. Schuller failed to get most of the $5 million he requested in a bankruptcy case against the Southern California megachurch he started 57 years ago. By Adelle M. Banks.
BOSTON (RNS) Despite their relatively short time in America and the traumas of war, Bosnian Muslims are thriving in American society. Success, however, hasn’t diminished the sense of injustice that many feel over how the bloody war ended, or concerns that their trials could be too easily forgotten. By Omar Sacirbey.
(RNS) There are more Muslims from America than any other country on this year’s “The Muslim 500: The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims,” compiled by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, a respected think tank in Jordan, including two in the top 50. By Omar Sacirbey.
Angus Jones apologizes. Jewish counseling center sued over gay therapy. Godbaby, and “our Lord and Savior, Barack Obama.”
(RNS) Another star of the CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men” has gone rogue — but in a decidedly different direction than notorious carouser Charlie Sheen. By Daniel Burke.
(RNS) In the afterglow, I give thanks for Thanksgiving Day. It might be our most spiritual holiday. We did nothing remarkable, and yet we sampled the cornucopia that makes life matter: love, patience, giving to others. By Tom Ehrich.