WASHINGTON (RNS) Pakistan and Syria have earned their places on the list of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom, says a leading religious liberty watchdog.
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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.
(RNS) The military’s 29 Jewish chaplains have often preferred their particular tradition’s prayer book to any other’s. The new prayer book attempts to remedy that.
The new Hindu nationalist president of India was banned on U.S. soil. Did Glenn Beck have a born-again experience? And the bigot roundup within the roundup.
(RNS) Rabbi Shmuley Boteach wants you to forget what your mother, your shrink and your pastor told you. Love is not the answer. It’s lust.
(RNS) One in four people globally are anti-Semitic, and nearly half the world has never heard of — or denies or believes the Holocaust is exaggerated — a new study finds.
The Russian Orthodox Church condemns Europe’s favorite drag queen. Harvard’s “black mass” moves off campus. And an ex-stripper points sex workers toward the light . . . with love and lip gloss.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The J Street dispute plays out against a backdrop of long-standing resentment among some more liberal Jews over the outsized influence of the smaller Orthodox movement, especially In Israel.
The Vatican warns those wayward American nuns. A high court “thumbs up” for religious prayer in city hall. And the Nigerian girls’ kidnapper says God told him to steal and sell them.
(RNS) Just because sectarian prayers are constitutional, said University of Notre Dame law professor Richard W. Garnett, doesn’t mean policies like those of Greece, N.Y. “are wise or welcoming.”