WASHINGTON (RNS) “Give me an example of a prayer that would be acceptable to Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists,” Justice Samuel Alito asked the lawyer representing two women who did not like Christian prayers at town meetings. “Hindus. Give me an example of a prayer. Wiccans, Baha’i.”
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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.
More than 5,000 people from the devout Chabad-Lubavitch movement — the vast majority of them rabbis — gathered in New York City for their annual conference, which ended on Nov. 3.
The war stops for a moment, for Jesus. If we ruin this planet, there are others. And a German hotel says the anniversary of Kristallnacht is a good excuse for a romantic holiday.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Starting in 1999, two-thirds of prayers offered at the opening of the Greece Town Council in upstate New York invoked “Jesus” or “the Holy Spirit,” and pastors also asked those present to pray with them and recite the Lord’s Prayer.
A Thanksgiving turkey and Hanukkah dreidel battle in this new rap video, created by kosher food company Manischewitz.
(RNS) Hanukkah and Thanksgiving won’t converge again for another 77,798 years, so it’s time to break out your “menurky” to celebrate “Thanksgivukkah.”
A gun rights group planned to raffle off the same model of gun used to kill Trayvon Martin — and a Bible. The “machine gun preacher” gets a big award. And a court tries to decide whether yoga is religious.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Obama administration’s ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom is hoping to make more money in the private sector.
(RNS) To keep younger Jews connected to Judaism, top Jewish leaders are pushing free Jewish preschool for all Jewish American children — what they call a “Jewish Head Start.”