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There are difficult questions to be asked about this senseless act of violence, and we will ask those questions later. For now, let us mourn, let us pray, let our hearts be shattered for now.
In 1898, Émile Zola stunned the French nation by publishing “J'accuse,” an open letter to French President Félix Faure charging him with anti-Semitism and the unlawful jailing of Jewish army officer Alfred Dreyfus. Tom Junod's stunning article in the latest Esquire, “The Lethal Presidency of Barack Obama,” is a “J'accuse” for 21st century America.
(RNS) Religious groups and social conservatives are reacting to the Supreme Court's historic ruling that largely upholds the Obama health care reform law. RNS will provide live updates throughout the day.
(RNS) In a blow to the Obama administration and a boon for the Catholic bishops, the influential Catholic Health Association that supported health care reform has rejected the White House’s proposals that were aimed at addressing faith-based objections to the controversial contraception mandate. By David Gibson.
(RNS) A federal appeals court in Boston has ruled the federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, setting up a potential showdown over same-sex marriage in the Supreme Court and providing another culture war issue for the already contentious presidential campaign. By David Gibson.
(RNS) During the dramatic diplomatic negotiations over blind Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng, anti-abortion groups in the U.S. hailed Chen as one of their own. But Chen is now in the U.S., and he may not be as “pro-life'' as some of his American supporters assumed. By David Gibson.
WASHINGTON (RNS) After nearly four years in the Oval Office, President Obama is wrongly thought to be Muslim by one in six American voters, and only 1 in 4 can correctly identify him as Protestant, according to a new poll. By Lauren Markoe.
Citing his Christian faith, President Obama endorsed same-sex marriage in an interview with ABC news on Wednesday. “At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Obama said, less than a week after Vice President Joe Biden also backed same-sex marriage. “I had hesitated on gay marriage in part because I thought that civil unions would be sufficient,” Obama said. “I was sensitive to the fact that for a lot of people, the word marriage was something that invokes very powerful traditions and religious beliefs.” Obama's announcement on Wednesday marked a shift in his religious views on marriage. When he was campaigning for the Senate in 2004, Obama said: “What I believe, in my faith, is that a man and a woman, when they get married, are performing something before God, and it’s not simply the two persons who are meeting.” Obama repeated that sentiment in a 2008 campaign event at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, saying “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman.
(RNS) New York Times columnist Ross Douthat doesn't mince words in his new book “Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics.” In an interview with Religion News Service, Douthat explains his definition of heresy, why he thinks Mitt Romney and President Obama are both heretics, and why more Americans should argue about religion. By Daniel Burke.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Almost a year into her stint as the State Department's point person on religious freedom, the Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook has traveled to eight countries and seems to have moved beyond questions about her lack of diplomatic experience. By Adelle M. Banks.
(RNS) The Obama administration is offering to expand the number of faith-based groups that can be exempt from the controversial contraception mandate, and proposing that third-party companies administer coverage for self-insured faith-based groups at no cost. By David Gibson.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI on Friday (March 9) denounced the “powerful political and cultural currents” that are working to “alter the legal definition of marriage” in the United States. By Alessandro Speciale.
(RNS) Saying “I'm not anti-Semitic, I'm just telling the truth,” Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan told followers that Jews control the media and entertainment industries, and said President Obama could be assassinated in an inside plot that could be blamed on Muslims. By Omar Sacirbey
(RNS) Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's claim that U.S. colleges drive young adult Christians out of church, was disputed by Protestant and Catholic experts. By Cathy Lynn Grossman.