Chris Lisee is an author at Religion News Service.
Rep. Michele Bachmann’s Muslim Brotherhood claims draw fierce fire
WASHINGTON (RNS) Rep. Michele Bachmann's claims that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the U.S. government are drawing fierce criticism. By Chris Lisee
Debate reignites over religion at Air Force Academy
(RNS) Debate has reignited at the Air Force Academy over the proper place of religion as fresh cadets arrived for basic training in Colorado Springs, Colo. By Chris Lisee.
“God particle” discovery ignites debate over science and religion
(RNS) Physicists' recent discovery of the 'God particle' marked a new chapter in scientific knowledge. It also reignited debate over the universe's origins — and the validity of religious faith as scientific knowledge expands. By Chris Lisee.
Study: Pastors’ concerns for others may harm their own health
(RNS) Studies of United Methodist pastors found high rates of chronic disease and depression, and researchers worry it can be difficult to convince clergy — who tend to care for others first — to seek help. By Chris Lisee.
Catholic nuns’ bus tour concludes in nation’s capital
WASHINGTON (RNS) A group of Catholic nuns ended its nine-state bus tour here Monday (July 2), speaking out against a Republican federal budget proposal they say favors wealthy Americans at the expense of poor families. By Chris Lisee.
Conservatives line up against sperm donors, but lack the power to ban them
WASHINGTON (RNS) Social conservatives say its unfair to allow children conceived through egg or sperm donors not to know their parents. They also know they're unlikely to be able to ban the practice. Like opposition to divorce or gay adoption, it leaves them with a dilemma: opposing something without the ability to ban it. By Chris Lisee.
Hutterite says National Geographic didn’t exploit rural colony for reality show
WASHINGTON (RNS) A character on a National Geographic Channel documentary series about a rural Hutterite colony defended his community and the production company after Hutterite bishops criticized the show and its producer. By Chris Lisee.
‘Radicalization’ hearings on Muslim return to Capitol
WASHINGTON (RNS) House lawmakers split along party lines at a hearing Wednesday that explored Muslim responses to prior hearings on the “radicalization” of American Muslims. By Chris Lisee.
Interfaith leaders fast to protest solitary confinement
WASHINGTON (RNS) An interfaith coalition is urging Congress to end solitary confinement, which they said is a “harmful, costly, and ineffective practice.'' By Chris Lisee.
Sandusky charity transfers $2 million to Christian group
WASHINGTON (RNS) A Christian foster care organization is poised to take charge of $2 million in assets from the troubled children's charity run by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. By Chris Lisee.
Hutterites blast ‘exploitative’ show on National Geographic Channel
(RNS) Members of a Hutterite colony in Montana that's the focus of a new National Geographic reality show say the series is a “distorted and exploitative'' depiction of their life that is not what the producers promised. By Chris Lisee.
Evangelical group proposes code of ethics for pastors
WASHINGTON (RNS) The National Association of Evangelicals is urging pastors to unite under a consistent code of ethics. NAE leadership says the code will provide uniform guidance to church leaders across 40 denominations. By Chris Lisee.
Evangelicals press Congress on immigration
WASHINGTON (RNS) Evangelical activists are pressing Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform plan — a tricky election-year issue that conservatives' GOP allies have been reluctant to take up. By Chris Lisee.
Supreme Court tosses ‘Christian candy cane’ case
WASHINGTON (RNS) An appeal over Christmas sweets turned bitter yesterday (June 11) when the Supreme Court declined to hear the so-called “candy cane” case. The case is a rallying point for conservative Christians concerned about free religious expression. By Chris Lisee.
Conservatives rally across U.S. for ‘religious freedom’
WASHINGTON (RNS) Conservative religious and political groups held rallies across the U.S. on Friday to protest the Obama administration's assault on “religious freedom” in a new plan to mandate that employers provide contraception coverage for employees. By Chris Lisee.