“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.” […]
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.
“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.
“Jews marched in the march in ’63, and they don’t believe in Jesus. If we can make room for those people, we can also make room for people whose gender selection is not in line with the church.” – The Rev. W. Franklyn Richardson of the National Action Network, responding to some black church leaders’ […]
“For any who set out to claim that I or the Church have had no effective part in the love and protection of children, is simply evil, wrong, immoral, and seemingly focused on their own self-aggrandizement. God only knows their personal reasons and agenda. We are still called to love them. And God will surely […]
“I’m not going to sell this place. I’m not going to be the rabbi that turns this place into a church.” – Rabbi Steven Z. Leder, speaking to The New York Times about the $150 million renovation campaign to restore the landmark Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles.
(RNS) No, wee Prince George is not Jewish (altho a few Jews and the Iranians would like him to be). Egyptian Christians are suffering for their support of the military crackdown. And Rowan Williams finally says what’s needed saying.