(RNS1-JULY 28) Infectious disease specialists work to diagnose possible Ebola cases in Africa on April 4, 2013. For the first time in West Africa, a case of Ebola was confirmed on March 21, 2013, three weeks after the first alert of a possible viral haemorrhagic fever emerged from Guinea’s Forest region.

(RNS1-JULY 28) Infectious disease specialists work to diagnose possible Ebola cases in Africa on April 4, 2013. For the first time in West Africa, a case of Ebola was confirmed on March 21, 2013, three weeks after the first alert of a possible viral haemorrhagic fever emerged from Guinea’s Forest region. Creative Commons image by European Commission

Hello, Monday.

An American missionary doctor who contracted the Ebola virus in West Africa was flown home and taken to an isolation unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Evangelical and Mormon missionaries have been evacuated from the African region.

Records obtained by CNN reveal that 10 of the country’s top Catholic Church leaders live in residences worth more than $1 million.

The Church of England has demanded that the British government offers sanctuary to thousands of Christians fleeing jihadists in northern Iraq.

Restaurant owners in North Carolina are giving patrons a 15 percent discount for “praying in public.”

American missionary Kenneth Bae, who has been held in North Korea for 2 years, tells a North Korean paper his health is failing. A Bible left in North Korean sailor’s club toilet triggered an American tourist’s arrest.

Kentucky has approved $18 million in new tax breaks for a controversial Christian theme park that is to feature a 510-foot-long replica of Noah’s Ark.

Bible Belt filmmakers who make successful low-budget films (“Courageous,” “Fireproof”)  are expanding their box office horizons as Hollywood starts to catch on.

A Thai surrogate mother left with one twin by his Australian biological parents after the other twin was born with Down’s Syndrome. The parents had asked her to abort the disabled fetus, but she refused for religious reasons. Now, at 21, she is raising the baby.

Tomorrow marks two years since the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Sikhism’s teachings on forgiveness and peace sustains one family praying for recovery for a victim who can’t speak or move.

A good read from RNS: Young adults born to pagan parents are a lot like their peers of all faiths: They do spirituality their own way and many don’t do it at all.

Also, just published on RNS: Gay, Christian and … celibate: The changing face of the homosexuality debate.

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Categories: Beliefs

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a national correspondent for RNS, covering how faith intersects with politics, culture and other news. She previously served as online editor for Christianity Today where she remains an editor-at-large.

5 Comments

  1. I can’t wait to see what happens when Muslims start frequenting that place and demanding their 15% discount. And Catholics start praying to Mary. This is obviously meant to favor Bible and Holy Ghost Christians, but who knows that place may become a model of ecumenical prayer competition.

    • The Great God Pan

      The owner says the discount is not an actual policy but a “gift” that they give “sporadically” when they “feel moved to do it.” So they’ve already got an out in case the “wrong kind” of Christians, let alone Muslims, try to get a discount.

  2. “Restaurant owners in North Carolina are giving patrons a 15 percent discount for “praying in public.””

    I guess they have to provide that discount since ‘God’ won’t reward those who pray publicly as hypocrites do: Matthew 6: 1-6.

  3. So much of this is illiterate and, because of that ignorance, downright sick! Even Catholic bishops in Africa, just as in the United States, are disgusting for living like royalty in mansions, mansions paid for by the people in the pews–the foolish people in the pews.

    This mimics the material, mercenary attitudes of Bishop Meyers of Newark, NJ, and Bishop Gregory of Atlanta, GA–who mimic the ostracized Bishop “Bling” of Germany who was thrown out of his job by Pope Francis for even greater waste. Why isn’t Pope Francis taking steps against Meyers and Gregory and the greedy mongrels in Africa who are living royally off even poorer people?

    North Carolina restaurant owners who disgustingly pay customers to pray are typical of the hocus-pocus ignorance of the vast majority of suckers who fall for the duping of so many religious leaders and loud-mouthed “religious” voices.

    Right up there with all this blatant, loud-mouthed ignorance is the violation of the wisdom of maintaining a strict separation between religion and government when Kentucky approved tax breaks for the fact-denying creation museum in that state. Study your history. No source engendered greater evil among people in the history of mankind than religion.

    That’s why the Framers of our Constitution, who knew their history so well, included separation of church and state as the very first clause of the first item in the list of rights of citizens. And the other side of the coin of freedom of religion is freedom from religion. You can’t have one without the other.

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