(RNS) Superman has always been identified with Jesus, which is why Warner Bros. Pictures made a big pitch to churches and pastors to get the flock to see the new “Man of Steel” movie. But many Christians are leaving the theater saying this Superman isn’t Jesus; he’s “the anti-Christ.”
“If you’ve never committed a sin, please pick up that rock, pick up that boulder, and hit me as hard as you can.” — Celebrity cook Paula Deen, in a tearful interview with The Today Show’s Matt Lauer, about allegations that she has used racist language.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The demise of the Defense of Marriage Act leaves an expanse of battlegrounds and a patchwork of laws. While every state in New England now recognizes same-sex marriages, for instance, not a single state in the South does.
The Supreme Court delivered two landmark decisions affecting same-sex marriage in the United States yesterday, one expanding the federal definition of marriage and the other allowing California to once again wed gay and lesbian couples.
(RNS) It would be a stretch to make a case that the Bible endorses homosexuality. But it’s even more difficult to find biblical support for the way in which Christians have maligned, ostracized and otherwise mistreated the gay community.
Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET. Visit www.pbs.org/religionandethics for additional information. Show # 1643 will be fed over PBS at 5:00 p.m. EST on June 28. Supreme Court Decisions – Tim O’Brien analyzes the important Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, voting rights and affirmative action that came down earlier this week. Decision Reaction –Managing editor Kim Lawton reports on the widespread religious reaction to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. Decision Analysis – Host Bob Abernethy discusses the Supreme Court decisions, their import, reaction to them and what it means for those affected, with Kim Lawton and Tim O’Brien.
Nuns’ debut CD, ‘Advent at Ephesus’, skyrockets to No. 2 on the Classical Traditional Music Chart
Atlanta, GA, June 27, 2013 – ANGELS AND SAINTS AT EPHESUS, the hit CD from the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, is No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Classical Traditional Music Chart for the seventh straight week. The sacred CD from the Missouri-based nuns also remains at the No. 6 spot on Billboard’s Overall Classical Music Chart and rose to No.
After maintaining radio silence for a month, Archbishop Myers of Newark made another effort at self-exoneration this week in a Q. and A. with the National Catholic Register. To say that his A’s strain credulity would be an understatement. Asked whether by returning Rev. Michael Fugee to ministry he had violated the U.S. bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children’s “zero tolerance” policy for all priests with credible accusations of clergy abuse, Myers said, “The memorandum of understanding worked out with the prosecutor’s office said he could function as a priest, but not with minors in an unsupervised capacity.” That’s not the case. The memorandum makes clear that Fugee was not to minister to minors, period.
WASHINGTON (RNS) White evangelicals are also more likely than any other religious group surveyed to believe that God has granted the U.S. a special role in history and to say they will likely attend a public July 4th celebration.
When I started reading the Book of Mormon, I had a hard time relating to Nephi. As the opening character—and crucial first narrator—in the Book of Mormon, he comes across as somewhat self-important. He caricatures his older brothers, the comical complainers Laman and Lemuel, who almost never appear as individual characters in his narrative. He never tells us much about the family he created on his own as an adult, but knowing that he had sons and yet chose to pass the records to his nephew instead indicates that there’s a shadow story there. Upon my early readings, Nephi seemed to me preoccupied with his place in history.
(RNS) Beyond issuing denunciations, religious conservatives have a number of possible options for responding to the decisions, including renewing calls to protect religious freedom. But can they agree which path is best?