Why Ross Douthat thinks we’re ‘a nation of heretics’

(RNS) New York Times columnist Ross Douthat doesn't mince words in his new book “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics.”  In an interview with Religion News Service, Douthat explains his definition of heresy, why he thinks Mitt Romney and President Obama are both heretics, and why more Americans should argue about religion. By Daniel Burke.

Louis Farrakhan blasts Jews, Obama

Omar Sacirbey |

(RNS) Saying “I'm not anti-Semitic, I'm just telling the truth,” Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan told followers that Jews control the media and entertainment industries, and said President Obama could be assassinated in an inside plot that could be blamed on Muslims. By Omar Sacirbey

Obama’s contraception compromise falls flat with bishops, GOP

By Cathy Lynn Grossman and Richard Wolf / USA TODAY |

While challenges to President Obama's contraception rule could take the form of legal and legislative assaults, the White House and the Obama re-election campaign are comfortable with the revised rule, believing most Americans — and particularly most women — are on their side.