A gun and the Bible. Image courtesy of timotheos via Shutterstock

A gun and the Bible. Image courtesy of timotheos via Shutterstock

This can’t be true, but it is.

A Bible and a Kel-Tec PF-9, the same model of the semi-automatic that George Zimmerman used to fatally shoot Trayvon Martin last year, were to be auctioned off at an event of the The Gun Rights Preservation Forum featuring Zimmerman’s defense attorney on Nov. 4.

Organizers have decided that the Bible/Gun raffle should be held at a later date.

I really don’t know what to say. Your comment here. Or just put it in the comment section.

Our own Cathy Lynn Grossman looks at a new survey of Libertarians from the Public Religion Research Institute, and finds the group young, white, male and “beginning to punch above their weight.”

At Liberty University Monday, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., warned a crowd that advances in biology combined with abortion could lead to a society that weeds out people deemed to have undesirable traits.

Our own Kimberly Winston reports that the Air Force Academy has dropped “so help me God” from their honor oath. Said the Academy’s superintendent:

 . . .  we work to build a culture of dignity and respect, and that respect includes the ability of our cadets, Airmen and civilian Airmen to freely practice and exercise their religious preference — or not.

A federal judge in Texas has struck down key provisions of a new state law designed to restrict access to abortion, but left others in place.

But nontheists are crying foul in Brazil, where military police officers can now take a Christian Bible course designed to cut down on police brutality.

RNS blogger Cathleen Falsani said she wanted to look away many times while watching “Twelve Years A Slave.” But she said she didn’t, and that we shouldn’t either.

I know people who practice yoga religiously but is yoga religious? An Indian court considers mandatory school exercises.

Tourism officials in Rome are thanking Pope Francis for a seven percent rise in visitors to the city this year, 20 percent of which are, just like the pope, from Latin America. Is the mayor of Vegas wishing Francis was born in his town?

The controversial “Machine Gun Preacher” has joined the ranks of Malala Yousafzai and the Dalai Lama in receiving a top award from an Indian charity that eulogizes Mother Teresa, reports Christianity Today. Sam Childers becomes the first American to win the Mother Teresa Memorial International Award for Social Justice.

The United Methodist Church’s highest court issued three rulings this weekend that do not change church policy toward gays and lesbians but allow bishops to accept resolutions expressing dissent from church teachings.

The fiftieth anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis, the most popular Christian writer of all times, will be celebrated in the U.S. but hardly in Northern Ireland, where he was born and raised, or England, where he lived most his life.

True C.S. Lewis fact and my claim to fame: my Uncle Morty’s cousin was married to his wife, Joy Davidman, who was at various points in her life: a Jewish girl from the Bronx, an atheist, Communist, acclaimed poet, Christian, and author of Smoke on the Mountain: An Interpretation of the Ten Commandments. The couple’s relationship is chronicled in the movie Shadowlands, starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger.

- Lauren Markoe

I may never live up to the legacy of my deceased, extremely distant relative Joy Davidman. But I will write the Religion News Roundup for you faithfully, and my colleagues will too. Sign up for your free, spamless roundup below.

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Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe

Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff as a national correspondent in 2011. She previously was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.)


  1. While the gun raffle IS ludicrous, the connection with Zimmerman is tenuous at best. This is a widely used pistol. Labeling the article “Zimmerman Gun Raffle” seems a bit of sensationalism.

  2. Argus It is questionable at best, but that doesn’t stop these Gun Nuts from using the very real trajedy of Travon Martin’s death for all it’s worth. These people are showing the classieness they have and that is very, very low! Oh, and I don’t and have 0 desire to Google Zimmerman news. He’s a racist and a coward in my book. Just as is Ted Cruz who today had the gall to “lecture” Travon’s mother that the Stand Your Ground was good for her son. In what way Mr. Cruz? Good that he is dead because some idiot like Zimmerman claimed self-defense in Travon’s murder. Give me a break. All my negativity aside, another really great RNR from Lauren Marcoe. Excellent writing by a excellent author!

  3. Wanted to comment on Rand Paul’s “warning” and on the yoga religious issue. First it seems to me that people like Mr. Paul are the ones who want to remove the “undesirables’ from our ranks by virtue of their views on assistance to the poor and things like Food Stamps Social Security etc. I’m much less afraid of Mr. Paul’s scenario than I am ofright wing Tea Party types like Paul. I was hurt by the shutdown and if the Farm Bill is not renegoiated by Nov. 1st, as it appears it will not be then this disabled, living on 1k a month person will receive even less assistance thus making that $1000 a mo. go even less far than it does. They’ll convince me they are Christians when I see them actually following Christ’s words instead of twisting them to fit their world view. On the yoga thing, my feeling is that it is not religious but you can make it a religious thing. One thing is for sure, it is a great form of exercise that many, including myself, should take up. In due time I guess as other health concerns are in my front right now. Overall, sigh, just sigh!

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