The President said he wanted to have a debate on Syria. Let’s give him one. Let us start by reminding him of the real teachings of the same Dr. King on peace and justice that he and others have so thoroughly sought to appropriate. What is at stake is both the fate of the suffering citizens of Syria and the fate of our own democracy. We are, as King told us, caught in this inescapable network of mutuality.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis’ new Secretary of State will replace Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, a trusted aide of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI who had been blamed for the mismanagement and scandals that plagued the Vatican in recent years.
A military jury decided this week to recommend the death sentence for convicted Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people and wounded another 32 when he opened fire on a building packed with unarmed soldiers and civilians in 2009.
Religion News Service readers will vote for the best artistic rendering of Pope Francis as part of the nonprofit news site’s first ever art contest. Public voting online begins Tuesday, Sept 3, at: http://religionnews.com
Two-dozen artists from the U.S. as well as Canada, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia have submitted their artistic renderings. Submissions will be accepted until midnight on Monday, Sept.2. Winners will be announced on Sept. 9.
(RNS) An atheist couple challenging the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance hopes that the same Massachusetts court that legalized gay marriage can set another precedent against the phrase “under God.”
“What the gay rights movement is fighting for is not just equality for gays but freedom of conscience to live openly according to their identity. I don’t think we should be in the business of being as intolerant of others as they were to us.”
— Jonathan Rausch, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, arguing that gay-rights groups should be more willing to grant religious exemptions to individuals or organizations that oppose gay marriage. He was quoted by The Associated Press.
PASADENA, Calif. (RNS) Hardships, whether it’s a failing economy or a failing marriage, are a kind of stripping away that, while painful, can make room for unimaginable blessings. Just ask singer-songwriter Sam Phillips.
(Nashville, TN. August 30, 2013) – Provident Films and Faith Street Film Partners LLC announce the DVD release date for the inspirational family film KING’S FAITH for October 22, 2013. KING’S FAITH received an overwhelmingly positive response from audiences, media and ministry leaders during its theatrical run during the spring of 2013. The film has a special message to young people who are challenged in today’s culture with making the right choices and learning to break free of past mistakes. KING’S FAITH stars Emmy Award winning actress Lynn Whitfield (The Women of Brewster Place, Madea’s Family Reunion), Crawford Wilson (Zoey 101), Kayla Compton, and James McDaniel (Malcolm X, NYPD Blue). The official website is www.kingsfaith.com.
This hideous practice not only tramples on the rights of American Muslims, it also makes a mockery of the very rights and freedoms that are at the heart of the American experiment. If America is great, if America wants to be great, its greatness is to be measured not in the size of the flags we fly, but the extent to which we recognize the innate rights of all of our citizens, starting with the most marginalized amongst us.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Aug. 30, 2013 — When you pull out your iPhone is the camera always set on video? Do people at your church tell you that last video you did needs to win an award? Well, how about the next one you shoot winning an award instead?
RNS) The American workplace is becoming more religiously diverse and that is raising concerns about employer accommodations for believers — and increasing the odds for uncomfortable moments around the water cooler. But part of the potential for conflict is also due to the growing number of nonbelievers and the desire by white evangelicals to share their faith.
WASHINGTON (RNS) As the Obama administration readies for a probable military strike against Syria, Religion News Service asked a panel of theologians and policy experts whether the U.S. should intervene in Syria in light of the regime’s use of chemical weapons against civilians.
Chad Allen’s motivational book and my husband’s all-around DIY awesomeness have inspired me lately to “do my art.” What about you? What are you passionate about, and how can you make that creative outlet a regular part of your life?