By Lauren Markoe| Religion News Service

Stories by By Lauren Markoe| Religion News Service

At halftime, a religious alternative to Beyonce

Super Bowl halftime shows often burn more vivid images into the American conscience than the most-watched football game of the … Continued

S.C. Episcopal diocese claims a victory in secession struggle

The breakaway Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina has won the latest round in its fight to secede from the national … Continued

Poll shows a double standard on religious liberty

WASHINGTON — Half of Americans worry that religious freedom in the U.S. is at risk, and many say activist groups … Continued

40 years after Roe v. Wade, how do Americans really feel about abortion?

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Hungry Jews in America? Kosher food pantries report growing need

As the director of a kosher food pantry outside Detroit, Lea Luger knows that some people have a hard time … Continued

Africa rises, China falls on Christian persecution list

WASHINGTON — The persecution of Christians “vastly rose” in 2012 as radical Islamists consolidated power in Africa, according to Open … Continued

Faith leaders want Americans to pray for collegiality

WASHINGTON — At a time when the ideals of compromise and collegiality seem like a distant dream in the nation’s … Continued

Contraception opponents hail DC court ruling

WASHINGTON — Foes of the federal contraception mandate are cheering a Tuesday (Dec. 18) appeals court decision requiring the Obama … Continued

Death penalty grows rarer in U.S.

WASHINGTON — Though the number of death-row inmates executed in 2012 remained unchanged from 2011 at 43, death penalty opponents … Continued

Poll: More than one-third of Americans see signs of end times in extreme weather

WASHINGTON — More than a third of Americans believe the severity of recent natural disasters is evidence that we are … Continued

Jews and Muslims applaud German vote to protect circumcision

The German parliament has relieved Muslims and Jews by passing a law Wednesday (Dec. 12) that allows infant male circumcision … Continued

Orthodox rabbis laud conviction of Hasidic man on sexual abuse charges

The world’s largest group of Orthodox rabbis is lauding the process that led to the conviction of a Hasidic Jewish … Continued

Autistic workers find refuge in Jewish artist’s studio

KENSINGTON, Md. — John Linder and Tim Welsh aren’t Jewish, and probably don’t understand the religious symbolism in the menorahs, … Continued

Jewish and Christian leaders try to revive at-risk interfaith group

WASHINGTON — As a coalition of mostly Christian groups gathered here Thursday (Nov. 29) to support church leaders who have … Continued

Poll: Religious groups divided on gun control, but united against guns in churches

After the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., and a deadly shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., … Continued

Amish-Mennonite pastor convicted of abetting kidnapping

A Vermont jury found an Amish-Mennonite pastor guilty Tuesday (Aug. 14) of abetting an international kidnapping to keep a young … Continued