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The 8 immoral ways the government shutdown is hurting the needy

Grocery bags loaded with food from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as WIC, … Continued

Assault on professor part of wave of attacks on Sikhs, Muslims, others

RNS () — Shortly after teenagers beat up a Columbia University physician Saturday (Sept. 21), a Muslim woman was attacked … Continued

Catholic chaplains given marching orders barring service to gay couples

RNS () — Catholic military chaplains cannot be forced to witness or bless a same-sex marriage, nor are they allowed … Continued

5 faith facts on religion in Syria

Women chant anti-government slogans during a demonstration in Idlib in northern Syria. (Rodrigo Abd — AP) Syria has been embroiled … Continued

Breakaway parish mulls joining the Episcopalians

ST. LOUIS — A breakaway Catholic church that stood up to three Catholic bishops, weathered a decade-long legal fight and … Continued

Southern Baptists say no to gay weddings for military chaplains

NEW YORK — The agency that commissions Southern Baptist military chaplains says no Baptist chaplain will be allowed to perform, … Continued

Reformers want Congress to end ban on pulpit politicking

RNS () — A commission of religious leaders has called for clarity in churches’ ability to endorse candidates and issues … Continued

Sikhs hopeful on anniversary of shooting

ROCKVILLE, Md. — “The legacy of Oak Creek is not one of bloodshed,” said Valarie Kaur, founding director of the … Continued

A growing presence in the LGBT rights movement: The religious

Supporters of gay marriage react outside the James R. Browning United States Courthouse after a federal appeals court declared California’s … Continued

Religious groups OK with gay Scout ban for years now say no problem. What gives?

For years, the biggest faith groups in the Boy Scouts Mormons, Catholics and Methodists supported the organization’s ban on openly … Continued

Will the Kermit Gosnell verdict change the abortion debate?

Even before rogue abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted in Philadelphia on Monday (May 13) of delivering and then killing late-term … Continued

Church-based scouting alternatives attract interest

They have pledges. They have merit badges. And they may go camping. But they’re not the Boy Scouts. Across the … Continued

Boy Scouts proposal displeases religious leaders on both sides

Conservative and liberal religious leaders may not agree on much, but both are expressing displeasure with the Boy Scouts’ proposal … Continued

A virtual vigil for Boston

Once news of the bombing at the Boston Marathon hit the Internet, social media sites became flooded with prayers under … Continued

Evangelicals see promise in immigration proposal

WASHINGTON — A coalition of evangelical leaders who hope to shape national immigration reform is expressing cautious optimism about a … Continued

Calling all free-range Jews

It’s official: Judaism isn’t a religion. Or, it isn’t only a religion.  That’s the argument of some leading Jewish educators, … Continued

Victims raise profile of ‘spiritual abuse’

SPOKANE, Wash. — Karen Wanjico had no choice. Turn away from her mother like the rest of her congregation, or … Continued

Interfaith(less) dialogue

There are two types of people who sometimes object to participating in interfaith ceremonies: religious and irreligious. First the religious. … Continued

Religious sponsors loom large in Boy Scouts’ policy debate

The decision by Boy Scouts of America to postpone any change in policy about gay membership was fueled by an … Continued

The religious left needs strong moral issues

“Why do reporters cover hateful and controversial religion stories but never the nice, good things that religious leaders do?” I’m … Continued