COMMENTARY: We can do better

Tom Ehrich |

(RNS) We have seen ourselves up close and decided we can do better. Pouring a lifetime of earnings into showy living becomes embarrassing. Turning religion into shouting matches and rampant bigotry doesn't pass any gospel sniff test. By Tom Ehrich.

Why is it so hard to do religion in prime time?

Piet Levy |

(RNS) ABC's saucy new drama, “GCB” has been panned by critics and called “anti-Christian” by Newt Gingrich. TLC cancelled its controversial reality show, “All-American Muslim,” and anything short of “Touched By an Angel” seems to flop. Piet Levy explores why.

COMMENTARY: In praise of workarounds

Tom Ehrich |

(RNS) Workarounds aren't a sad sagging of the spirit. They are the bold, can-do wisdom that that sees challenges not as betrayals but as obstacles to be surmounted. By Tom Ehrich.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Disagreeing without being disagreeable

James Calvin Davis |

(RNS) It's never been easy for us to determine the boundary line between individual rights and civic responsibility. But it doesn't help when pundits resort to name-calling, nor when complexities are reduced to bumper-sticker sound bites. By James Calvin Davis.

Bishops face internal challenges in contraception battle

(RNS) as the U.S. hierarchy stakes its claim as the first and final arbiter of the Catholic position in this hotly contested battle, the bishops are also facing a number of internal challenges. Left unchecked, they could undermine the bishops' position and weaken their future standing if they are seen as losing their faceoff with the White House. By David Gibson.

U.S. mosques report rapid growth in past 10 years

Lauren Markoe |

WASHINGTON (RNS) Researchers plan to release a comprehensive census of American mosques on Wednesday, charting their growth, followers and their leaders' interpretations of Islam. By Lauren Markoe.

Mainline Protestants up for grabs heading into November

Lauren Markoe |

WASHINGTON (RNS) In a matchup between Obama and GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, mainline Protestant voters are nearly evenly divided, with 41 percent supporting Obama and 43 percent for Romney. The same holds true between Obama and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich — each is the choice of 41 percent of white mainline Protestants. By Lauren Markoe.