Army Chaplain Capt. Joseph Odell baptizes a fellow soldier on the field in Afghanistan. RNS photo courtesy Joseph Odell

Pentagon refutes reports of anti-Christian policies

(RNS) Christian conservatives have grown increasingly alarmed over reports that the Pentagon has adopted new policies aimed at disciplining or even court-martialing those who share their faith. But the Department of Defense on Thursday said evangelization is still permitted.

Praying for God to hurt someone is not illegal, judge rules

(RNS) Is it okay to ask God to do harm to another person? The theology of such “imprecatory prayer” may be a matter of debate, but a Dallas judge has ruled it is legal, at least as long as no one is actually threatened or harmed. By David Gibson.