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A reality TV show about snake handlers to debut in September

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A pair of snake-handling Pentecostal preachers are getting their own reality television show. “Snake Salvation” is set … Continued

COMMENTARY: After Hurricane Katrina, two congregations take a chance

RNS () — When Marguerite La Joy Washington, a freshman at Dillard University, was gunned down in New Orleans, it … Continued

The RUSH Act: Doing what’s right for Holocaust survivors

In our advocacy work for one of the largest charitable networks on the continent, The Jewish Federations of North America, … Continued

Kermit Gosnell and the abortion movement: In defense of the defenseless

Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post As abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s murder trial is in the hands of the jury, … Continued

Why the Gosnell trial shocks

In what can only be described as a “house of horrors,” abortion provider Kermit Gosnell stands trial in Philadelphia, charged … Continued

What do religious leaders want for Obama’s next four years?

WASHINGTON — Addressing poverty. Seeking reconciliation. Protecting religious freedom. Religious leaders already have their wish lists ready for President Obama’s … Continued

Parents accept daughter’s rare illness as ‘God’s will’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Eric and Ruth Brown believe nothing about daughter Pearl Joy’s life is a mistake. They say God … Continued

Leprosy survivors look to Mother Marianne’s sainthood

KALAUPAPA, Hawaii — At 81, Barbara Marks is among the last 17 leprosy patients Hawaii banished to the remote peninsula … Continued

From God’s Hand, a Single Woman’s Adoption Journey

Courtesy of Sandy Tidwell Sandy Tidwell and her children. It was in January 2002 when my adoption adventure began. As … Continued

Tax Fairness Is a Family Value – and a Civic Virtue

BLOOMBERG U.S. Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service 1040 Individual Income Tax forms for the 2010 tax year. Consider … Continued

Does the contraception mandate really kill religious freedom?

The Obama administration’s policy requiring most employers to provide free birth control coverage in their health insurance policies takes effect … Continued

Young snake handlers grasp the power of faith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Andrew Hamblin’s Facebook page is filled with snippets of his life. Making a late-night run to Taco … Continued

Why my faith calls me to defend women’s reproductive rights

View Photo Gallery: The Catholic Church in particular is credited with organizing and driving the anti-abortion movement for decades, but religious … Continued

Whose religious freedom?

The freedom of religion and belief is one of our most cherished liberties. The First Amendment protects our right to … Continued

Why claims of conscience matter

Lest we forget, our Framers put religious liberty, or freedom of conscience, first on the list of fundamental rights protected … Continued

Mahatma Gandhi, Mormon?

Is Mahatma Gandhi in heaven or hell?  Where will the Dalai Lama sojourn in the afterlife?  Will two thirds of … Continued

The Jesus mandate vs. Obama’s mandate

Recently the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a mandate: Virtually all employers, including Catholic schools, hospitals and … Continued

Will Egypt’s faith in politics last?

MAHMUD HAMS AFP/GETTY IMAGES A girl with her face painted in the colours of the Egyptian flag and the number … Continued

Land of the free, home of the beards?

The U.S. Armed Forces are moving in the right direction. According to news reports late last week, the Army will … Continued

Christian politicians exalt suffering in GOP campaign

Imagine that the year is 1932 and presidential candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt, instead of addressing himself to the economic paralysis … Continued