An gun company apologizes for an ad in which Michelangelo’s David clutches its rifle. The penalties for Methodists who officiate at gay marriages vary. And members of Congress lobby for Sikh soldiers.
Author Archives: Lauren Markoe
About Lauren Markoe
Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff in 2011. She was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.), where she won a 2004 first prize for feature writing from the National Association of Black Journalists. She also covered government for the Charlotte Observer and the Massachusetts statehouse for the Patriot Ledger. Markoe holds B.A. in history from Yale University and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
(RNS) Many people think of the Dalai Lama as the personification of peace and love. But some Buddhist protesters say he’s a hypocritical “dictator.”
The pope says a bad word. Go to church and never leave your car. Big names in the GOP come out for gay marriage.
(RNS) Some students at Hillel, the Jewish college campus organization, say they want a more open forum on Israel.
(RNS) Dolly Parton gives out free books to boost literacy. Harold Grinspoon figured: Why not give out free Jewish books to boost Jewish literacy?
Can a mass baptism be staged? Can atheists appeal to conservatives? What country loves its wine more than any other? Hint: Not France or Italy.
(RNS) Some of the brightest pro-business minds in the nation prodded the Dalai Lama to offer a warm endorsement of capitalism. They came up short.
Pope Francis requests a simple, humble passport. Hollywood hearts Jesus. And a major Presbyterian church considers splitting from the PCUSA.
(RNS) Major Jewish civil rights groups are denouncing a new publication distributed by the Presbyterian Church (USA) that rejects the existence of Israel as a Jewish state.