“I believe when I stand before the Lord God, I’m going to say, ‘Dear God, I violated a policy but I didn’t want to stand before you with blood on my hands.’”
— Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Paige Patterson, apologizing to delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Baltimore for admitting a Muslim Ph.D. student.
(RNS) The Mormons appear to be purging from within, an Oklahoma candidate is cool with stoning the gays, and Pat Robertson doesn’t want a kid to get his dad “busted.” All that and more in today’s Roundup.
(RNS) Brave students at Seattle Pacific subdue a gunman “hellbent on killing a lot of people.” Sister Cristina brings home the big prize and Russell Moore is not amused (or maybe he is). All that and more in today’s Roundup.
(RNS) Jesus apparently had a lot of ink, but you won’t see any of it in one Texas school district. Family values in Pakistan, the pope’s hand-written prayer and why bacon smells so freakin’ good — all that and more in today’s Roundup.
The Benham brothers lose their HGTV show, nuns are losing trust in the Vatican, Westboro Baptist is losing another Phelps and the crucifixion is losing its central figure. All that and more in today’s Roundup.
“We pray God’s unconditional love will touch the consciences of the men who did this.”
_ Stan Noffsinger, general secretary of the Church of the Brethren in the U.S., commenting on the kidnapping of 234 Nigerian schoolgirls, many of whom are affiliated with the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria.
“Churches and other places of worship are intended to be sanctuaries — holy sites where people come to pray and to worship God. In this nation of ours, they have seldom been the locations where violence has disrupted the otherwise peaceful atmosphere. Yet even those occasions — rare as they may be — are not sufficient reasons to allow people to bring more weapons into God’s house.” — Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, announcing that he will not allow guns in Catholic churches under a new Georgia law.
Equating baptism to an act of torture like waterboarding is sacrilegious – and particularly surprising coming from you as someone who has publicly professed your Christian faith. — The Rev. Ron Stief, executive director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, in an open letter for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin after she told the NRA’s annual meeting that “If I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we’d baptize terrorists.”
(RNS) Rome gets ready for the double-barrel canonizations on Sunday, a Republican candidate in South Carolina steps in it and a nice Jewish boy goes horribly wrong. All that and more in today’s Roundup.