The death toll in Egypt continues to rise close to a thousand.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, via Wikimedia Commons:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, via Wikimedia Commons:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will sign a state ban on gay conversion therapy. Christie, a Roman Catholic, says he believes people are born gay and homosexuality is not a sin.

A woman who allegedly gave morphine to her dying father has renewed a debate over assisted suicide.

The interfaith movement is struggling with a changing religious landscape.

Evangelicals are on a mission to save godless Massachusetts.

Thanks to a battle over a hymn, Presbyterians and Baptists are debating over whether God is an angry ogre.

A train has killed at least 37 Hindu pilgrims as they crossed a track in India.

Evangelical churches are being urged to confront abuse.

The trial of Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, accused of killing 13 American soldiers four years ago, is nearing its end. Hasan could face the death penalty if convicted and could be the first person the military puts to death in five decades.

Pope Francis’s Brazilian trip was mentioned in more than 1.3 million tweets and received more than 36 million retweets, says Twitter’s Claire Diaz-Ortiz.

The word “Allah” is reserved only for Muslims and non-Muslims must stop challenging this “absolute” right, Malaysia’s home minister said. Also in Malaysia, authorities have revoked the immigration privileges of a Singaporean man who offended some Muslims by letting Buddhists use an Islamic prayer room.

Are atheists smarter than believers? Not exactly.

An Italian Jesuit priest who disappeared last month in eastern Syria may still be alive, after it said he had been killed by al Qaeda-linked rebels.

Young, American-born Jains adapt their ancient and ascetic Indian faith to life in the United States.

The kids of Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby are making news, as his son writes about Christians in Egypt and his daughter has found love after struggling with depression.

“The Butler,” which Adelle Banks wrote about last week, topped the box office over the weekend.


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Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey joined RNS as a national correspondent in 2013. She has previously served as managing editor of Odyssey Networks and online editor for Christianity Today.


  1. Regarding the interfaith movement the article only tells a part of the story. The movement is strong among other groups, which is a problem. While we should respect others right to their own beliefs we shouldn’t compromise Christianity to do so, which is inherent in the call to unify.

    • John & Max: Right On! Hey Christians! If you are unwilling to compromise on even the smallest of things that doesn’t compromise your faith then you are not willing to see or empathize with others points of view or look at the world through their eyes. Jesus did do that & if you are unwilling to do it then you are not following the path of jesus. Futhurmore, the definition of one who can’t or won’t empathize with the feelings of others is called a sociopath. Look it up for yourself.

  2. Christian Churches and Clergy, it’s time to realize that a state-wide ban on “gay conversion therapy”, such as New Jersey’s, is aimed at YOU too. Especially if you still believe the Bible (these days, some do some don’t).

    And especially if you still believe that today’s Jesus is the same healing and cleansing Jesus of 1 Cor. 6:9-11 (especially that last verse where Jesus personally does some very powerful changes to the ancient Corinthians–the kind of changes that mean you’re not gay or lesbian any more.)

    Churches and clergy that still do things Jesus’ way, could wind up as targets someday under the new law. So how much are you willing to PAY for what you say you believe?

    • Doc, this isn’t a theocracy. I know many Christians would like to be, but it isn’t. Christians have driven people to suicide by convincing them they are sinning and then using religious brainwashing coercion to “correct” their genetic nature.

      The law is a secular law and we live in a secular nation.

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