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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

Atheists and humanists launch Freethought Equality Fund PAC

WASHINGTON — Atheists and humanists hope to increase their influence in politics with the launch of the Freethought Equality Fund, … 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

Shariah 101: What is it and why do states want to ban it?

North Carolina lawmakers on Wednesday (July 24) approved a bill to prohibit judges from considering “foreign laws” in their decisions, … Continued

Patriots owner: Tebow’s Christian faith makes him ‘appealing to me’

Over the years, NFL quarterback Tim Tebow’s Christian faith has been part of his intrigue to his supporters, and a … Continued

Ten Commandments in Texas public schools?

Texas State House representative Phil Stephenson has introduced a resolution calling on all public schools to display the Ten Commandments. … Continued

Obama’s ‘God talk’ was highlight of his convention acceptance speech

The subject of religion has long been nettlesome for President Obama, but perhaps never as nettlesome as it was when … Continued

Canadian man sues to stop ‘anguish’ of Lord’s Prayer

TORONTO — A Canadian man is suing his local government to stop the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer before council … Continued

N.C. black pastor treads carefully on gay marriage

RALEIGH, N.C. — With only a few days remaining before North Carolinians vote on a state constitutional amendment to ban … Continued

Educate, not legislate, on morality

Oh those devilish details… once again they’ve given us Virginians a chance to shine in the international spotlight. “Legalized rape,” … Continued

Christian charity its own campaign against atheism

Q. Atheist actor and writer Ricky Gervais is working on a new show, Afterlife , which features “an atheist who … Continued

Abortion and thinking Americans

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions, along with … Continued

No gods, no masters, no members of Congress

You know the old saying: “There are no atheists in foxholes.” The new Pew Forum report on “The Religious Composition … Continued

Balancing faith with the Constitution

In recent debates between tea party endorsed Senate candidates and their Democratic opponents, faith has emerged as a campaign issue. … Continued

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: a Christian response

By Anthony Woods In the 17-years since Congress enacted “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” supporters of the discriminatory law have defended … Continued

What’s a “church” and how does the IRS decide?

What counts as a church, synagogue, mosque or temple, can be decided in many ways. Synagogue, the category closest to … Continued

Jesus prayer opens Texas textbook meeting

By David Waters Friday’s meeting of the Texas Board of Education, charged with revising the state’s social studies curriculum, began … Continued

Heavenly delights

Q:What is your vision of heaven? What images – from Scripture, tradition, culture or your personal experience – best describe … Continued

Politicians should be open to input

Q: U.S. Catholic bishops are defending their direct involvement in congressional deliberations over health-care reform, saying that church leaders have … Continued

Political Altar Egos

By David Waters The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge raised questions last week about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s regular speaking appearances … Continued