Church of Scientology "Big Blue" building at Fountain Avenue/L. Ron Hubbard Way, Los Angeles, California.

Church of Scientology “Big Blue” building at Fountain Avenue/L. Ron Hubbard Way, Los Angeles, California.

 

Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be canonized and declared saints on April 27, 2014.

Leonard J. Kerpelman, the lawyer who successfully argued a landmark Supreme Court case in 1963 on behalf of an atheist, banning state-sanctioned religious prayers from public schools, died Sept. 26.

Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green unveiled the “oldest Jewish prayer book ever found” at the Religion Newswriters Association conference last week. Also survey released at the conference suggested that finds that Hispanics are overwhelmingly Democrats who hold a largely negative view of the Republican Party.

Some Christian groups, including the the National Council of Churches and the Rutherford Institute, are siding with Scientologists in an abuse case.

Anita Perry, wife of Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R.), says abortion “could be a women’s right.” Meanwhile, a group of women’s health care clinics have sued Texas to overturn parts of a new law that they say would limit access to abortion.

As Texas gears up to select high school biology textbooks over the next decade, a panel that reviews submissions from publishers has stirred controversy because several of its members do not accept evolution and climate change as scientific truth.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will appeal a Friday ruling by a judge saying the state must recognize same-sex marriages. A Mississippi resident has asked the state to recognize out-of-state gay marriage so she can get a divorce.

Evangelicals have been “worse” than the Catholic Church in their response to sex abuse scandals, said Billy Graham’s grandson. The Christian mission field is a “magnet” for sexual abusers, Liberty University professor Boz Tchividjian told journalists last week.

Nearly 200 Muslim prisoners are suing England’s government after being served halal food contaminated with pork, saying their human rights were breached.

The wife of the Amish school shooter is coming out with a new Zondervan book that includes details of her faith.

President Obama spoke on the phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last week, noting his concern about U.S. pastor Saeed Abedini who has been held in prison in Iran for a year.

An American family had an emotional reunion with Abdul Haji (a Muslim of Somali origin), whose rescue of a four-year-old in the Kenya mall violence has been shared widely.

Alabama cops are turning to pastors to help curb their city’s skyrocketing murder rate.

A former United Methodist minister-turned-atheist Teresa MacBain was dismissed from her high-profile position at Harvard University last week after it was revealed she falsified her resume.

The daughter of a southwest Louisiana pastor who was killed at a revival service said her father would invite the man to church.

Nazir Afzal, a Muslim born in England to Pakistani parents, has become London’s go-to lawyer for cases involving violence against women.

Jihadist fighters linked to Al-Qaeda set fire to statues and crosses inside churches in Syria last week.

India seeks to regulate its booming “rent-a-womb’’ industry. The country’s Hindu temples are resisting telling the government how much gold they have in their holdings.

A Saudi cleric says women who drive risk damaging their ovaries.

Brian Pellot has a recap from a discussion on religious liberty and the public square along with his weekly roundup.

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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.

8 Comments

  1. Sarah, today, September 30, is Blasphemy Rights Day International (see Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blasphemy_Day)

    Thought of the day: “All great truths begin as blasphemies.” — George Bernard Shaw

  2. Anyone who claims the RNR is not full of information on any given day should read today’s RNR. A weeks full of info/stories in just 1 day! That’s a good thing by the way!

  3. I did sign up for your new religious freedom roundup but never was sure if it took it or not. Also, it asked the usual questions such as name, email etc. but also asked for things such as work phone and profession. I don’t have a work phone and as far as profession I am retired due to disability and there was neither of those listed for the profession. TThe closest was student but I didn’t list that, just left the whole thing blank. Just letting you know.

  4. The church of scientology is jumping on all sorts of band wagons at the moment due to the amount of negative press and court cases they are involved in. Not saying this is a good or bad cause but rather doubting the sincerity of the church of scientology; the church of scientology actively helped a lot of people fight their cases against the IRS back in the late 80′s early 90′s until the church of scientology got their tax immunity deal with the IRS and then they dropped every single one of them.

  5. Regarding Scientology, I am a survivor of the Children of God cult, now known as The Family International. Back in the seventies and eighties, Scientology leaders were collaborating with leaders of other cults, including the COG, on various tactics and strategies to fight the then growing anti-cult movement. It is not a coincidence that many cults, both fringe and mainstream, use similar tactics for controlling members and deceiving outsiders, including governments, that everything is fine. I was not surprised at all to read about Christian churches supporting Scientology’s legal fight on the issue of clergy privilege. Secrecy is one of those tools of control and deception.

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