“On balance I consider these seven years to have been positive. Naturally there were problems, particularly in the last two years, they have made many accusations against me… A mix of crows and vipers.” – Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s outgoing Secretary of State, on the problems that plagued Pope Benedict XVI’s papacy on his […]
Author Archives: Kevin Eckstrom
About Kevin Eckstrom
Kevin Eckstrom joined the RNS staff in February, 2000 and became editor in 2006. Prior to coming to RNS, he worked as religion editor at the Stuart/Port St. Lucie News in Florida. He was the winner of the 2000 Cassels Award for small newspapers from the Religion Newswriters Association. Under his leadership, RNS was named Best Wire Service by the Associated Church Press for both 2006 and 2007 – the only time RNS has won back-to-back years. Eckstrom holds a M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from The George Washington University.
In 2007, he was elected president of the Religion Newswriters Association. His work was featured in Changing Boundaries: The Best Religion News Writing of 2003.
“What the gay rights movement is fighting for is not just equality for gays but freedom of conscience to live openly according to their identity. I don’t think we should be in the business of being as intolerant of others as they were to us.” – Jonathan Rausch, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, arguing […]
“Do not be fooled. He is not giving his life. We are taking his life. This is not his gift to God. This is his debt to society.” – Army Col. Michael Mulligan, the lead prosecutor in the case against convicted Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan, before Hasan was sentenced to death for the […]
(RNS) More wackiness from Pat Robertson. There’s signs of the End Times if you just look up in the sky (near an airport). And how could such a cute little goat be so sinful? All that and more in today’s Roundup.
“I just keep thinking of her mother and father watching this. Oh, Lord, have mercy.” – Actress Gloria Loring, mother to singer Robin Thicke, after her son’s appearance with a scantily clad and gyrating Miley Cyrus at the MTV Video Music Awards. She was quoted by Yahoo OMG Insider.
“The idea that Latinos, simply by their presence, might restore the moral tenor of our public discourse is a delusion. The emulsifying effect of American consumer culture, with all its practical atheism, its ambitions, manufactured appetites, distractions, noise, toys and anesthetics – in other words, all its eager little idolatries – is simply too strong.” […]
“I felt like slashing their throats. But anyway, God be with you.” – Evangelist Billy Graham, in a recently released 1973 phone call with President Nixon, about CBS News’ coverage of Nixon’s speech on the Watergate scandal. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association issued a statement that said Graham at the time “wholeheartedly believed in the […]
“That compromise is part of the glue that holds us together as a nation, the tolerance that lubricates the varied moving parts of us as a people. That sense of respect we owe others, whether or not we believe as they do, illuminates this country, setting it apart from the discord that afflicts much of […]
(RNS) Who’s watching “Duck Dynasty”? A lot of Christians, it turns out. A how-to guide to speaking tongues (even if you wanna fake it) and Pope Francis takes it down even a few more notches.
“We’re kind of the John the Baptists of the 21st century. It’s how you imagine, with the wild hair and the locusts.” – Alan Robertson, the newest cast member of AMC’s “Duck Dynasty,” on the show’s popularity with Christian audiences.