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“President Obama, before he was elected, made it very clear that he wanted to be the abortion president. He didn’t make any bones about it,” Focus on the Family founder James Dobson said on Thursday. “This is something that he really was going to promote and support, and he has done that, and in a sense he is the abortion president.”
- RELATED: National Day of Prayer slideshow (RNS)
McALESTER, Okla. — Early on the morning of Clayton D. Lockett’s scheduled execution, he defied prison officers seeking to shackle him for the required walk to get X-rays. So they shocked him with a Taser, Oklahoma’s chief of corrections stated in an account released Thursday of Mr. Lockett’s final day, before his execution went awry.
- RELATED: Why Christians should support the death penalty (Al Mohler via CNN)
- RELATED: United Nations: Okla. execution may violate international law (AP)
- RELATED: Full timeline of Clayton Lockett execution (The Guardian)
- RELATED: Botched execution could slam brakes on death penalty (USA Today)
A new survey by The Associated Press found that religious identity — particularly evangelical Protestant — was one of the sharpest indicators of skepticism toward key issues in science.
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Reform leader Rabbi Rick Jacobs says the Union of Reform Judaism will consider dropping out of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations after it voted to reject membership to the dovish group J Street.
Or, as our senior editor David Anderson summed it up: “Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations rejects the membership application of the J Street Lobby (Not major enough? Not Jewish enough? Not organized enough?)”
Megachurch pastor Adam Hamilton’s scandalous take on Scripture (Jonathan Merritt)
The pastor of the largest United Methodist congregation in America is sparking intense debate with his provocative new take on the Bible.
Martha Godwin has been playing the organ and piano at the Macedonia United Methodist Church in Southmont, N.C., since she was 13 years old. Seventy-three years later, she’s been recognized by Guinness World Records as the person who has had the longest career as a church pianist or organist.
VATICAN CITY — Making remarks to a new Vatican council to review the central church’s economic and administrative structures Friday, Pope Francis stressed that the council’s eight cardinals and seven lay members should work together as equals.
Cliven Bundy is Mormon? Nooooooo (Jana Riess)
This unwelcome revelation is more than enough to make a good Mormon swear.
A second phase of the law, set to be introduced this year or next, aims to punish sodomy and adultery with death by stoning. Theft and robbery will literally cost you an arm and a leg. Or at least a hand.
BANGKOK (RNS) To many Americans, Buddhism is about attaining enlightenment, maybe even nirvana, through such peaceful methods as meditation and yoga. But in some parts of Asia, a more assertive, strident and militant Buddhism is emerging.
And finally this, since it’s Friday. We present to you Tea Party Jesus, billed as “the words of Christians in the mouth of Jesus.”