(RNS) The U.S. is looking for a new ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, a job that took more than two years to fill the last time it was empty. RNS takes a look at some possible candidates.
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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.
Britain grants asylum to an Afghan man because he’s an atheist. It’s now illegal to have a gay relationship in Nigeria. And on game day, a 49ers fan and pastor speeds through the sermon.
(RNS) Pope Francis made it clear that he supports breast-feeding in public. But while many people ask why a mother wouldn’t breast-feed in church, others say it’s immodest and distracting to have an infant latch on in the pews.
Esquire names Pope Francis the best dressed man of the year. The year’s worst Christian book covers. And Britain praises Muslims for informing on extremists.
An imam and an archbishop band together in the Central African Republic. An Ohio judge moves the state closer to gay marriage. And Jesus is a Muslim prophet – but what do Muslims do on Christmas?
(RNS) Opinions on clergy differed markedly by party, with Republicans viewing them far more favorably than Democrats.
(RNS) Rep. Frank Wolf, one of the loudest and most persistent voices in Congress for the right of people around the globe to practice their religions freely, will not seek an 18th term.
Shoppers prefer generic salutations to “Merry Christmas” from the store greeters. British Muslims who sell alcohol are threatened with 40 lashes. And meet Krampus, the anti-Santa.
(RNS) Thursday’s service marked nearly a year since a massacre took 26 lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Americans from a spectrum of faiths prayed, sang and testified about a gun violence epidemic they said is poisoning the nation’s soul.
(RNS) The Annenberg Foundation reveals itself as the anonymous bidder that bought 24 sacred Native American artifacts — and plans to give them to the tribes that tried to keep them off the auction block.