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Texas prison inmate sues to obtain locks of dead parents’ hair for religious ritual

TENNESSEE COLONY, Texas — William Chance wants to connect to the spirits of his dead parents from his prison cell. … Continued

Aide shares the Bible devotionals he sent to President Obama each morning

RNS () — President Obama may not attend church most Sundays, but a new book reveals the Bible verses and … Continued

Gay rights vs. religious rights: 7 issues to watch

NEW YORK — The rights of religious groups or individuals that object to same-sex marriage continue to clash with those … Continued

Indonesian Muslim clerics: Cancel Miss World pageant

RNS () — Indonesian Muslim clerics are asking the government to cancel this month’s Miss World pageant because Islam prohibits … Continued

Atheist group can sue IRS over enforcement of pulpit politicking

RNS () — A federal judge has ruled that the Freedom from Religion Foundation may continue its lawsuit over whether … 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

Partisan fighting spells trouble for church insurance under Obamacare

RNS () — An effort to tweak President Obama’s health care reform bill to fill a gap for church health … Continued

House rejects call to allow nonreligious military chaplains

House lawmakers late Tuesday (July 23) approved an amendment to a Pentagon spending bill to prevent the appointment of nonreligious … Continued

Lawmakers ask Obama for religious diversity summit

Nearly 40 members of the U.S. House, among them Buddhists, Hindus, Jews and Muslims, sent a letter to President Obama … Continued

Demand legal protection: It’s okay to be gay at work

Andrew Harrer / Bloomberg You can still be fired for being gay in 29 states, and for being transgender in … Continued

Catholic hospitals at odds with bishops over birth control mandate

The organization representing Catholic hospitals across the country says it no longer objects to the Obama administration’s mandate that all … Continued

Broad coalition says contraception mandate a religious liberty threat

WASHINGTON — Just days after the Obama administration issued final rules to religious groups for its contraception mandate, a broad … Continued

White House denies contraception exemption to private businesses

The Obama administration on Friday (June 28) issued final rules for religious groups for its controversial contraception mandate, maintaining its … Continued

Yes, you can be gay and Christian

A same sex marriage advocate waves a rainbow flag at a protest in Los Angeles. (Jae C. Hong/AP ) The … Continued

Catholic leaders urge support for Boy Scouts after shift on gays

The U.S. Catholic Church’s top liaison to the Boy Scouts of America is telling Catholic Scout leaders and troop sponsors … Continued

Franklin Graham vs. the IRS

Republican nominee Mitt Romney meets with the Rev. Billy Graham, and his son Franklin Graham in Montreat, N.C. in 2012. … 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

13 attorneys general push Obama on contraception mandate

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Thirteen state attorneys general are urging the federal government to broaden religious exemptions for private businesses under … Continued

American Atheists wrestles with its cherished ‘grumpy’ image

AUSTIN, Texas — For someone who was once dubbed “the most hated woman in America,” Madalyn Murray O’Hair is getting … Continued

Melissa Rogers new head of White House faith-based office

Church-state expert Melissa Rogers will be the new director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Rogers … Continued