Georgia bill aims to protect religious liberty. Opponents say it’s a license to discriminate

By Jeff Amy — February 23, 2024
ATLANTA (AP) — That religious protection bill resurfaced Thursday eight years after lawmakers passed a different version of the measure.
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Trump promises a revival of Christian power in speech to National Religious Broadcasters

By Bob Smietana — February 23, 2024
(RNS) — In a packed hotel ballroom in Nashville, the former president pledged to bring God back into the public square and restore a country he said has fallen apart since he left the White House.

At National Cathedral, leaders of different parties, perspectives call for civility

By Adelle M. Banks — February 22, 2024
WASHINGTON (RNS) — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and Maryland Gov. Wes Moore spoke about their participation in the ‘Disagree Better’ project and noted their efforts to seek bipartisan solutions.

The Episcopal Church takes steps to improve protocols for bishop misconduct

By Kathryn Post — February 22, 2024
(RNS) — The changes follow a string of public misconduct allegations against Episcopal bishops.

And then, they came for the rock star …

By Jeffrey Salkin — February 22, 2024
(RNS) — It happened to Matisyahu. It could happen to any Jewish performer. And, any Jew.

A call for Christian leaders to denounce the Russian Orthodox Church

By Mark Silk — February 22, 2024
(RNS) — Calling out leaders who seem to consider it bad ecumenical manners to tell the Russian patriarch he’s wrong.

Matthew Slater, a Super Bowl champ with his eye on higher things, retires from football

By Bob Smietana — February 22, 2024
(RNS) — The player’s longtime coach, Bill Belichick, once referred to him as a ‘perfect player.’ Teammates and opponents alike praised Slater for his leadership skills, which he says were built on his faith.

Retired Catholic bishop charged with sexual offenses in northwest Australia

By Rod Mcguirk — February 22, 2024
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A Vatican investigation into child sexual abuse allegations against Saunders began in 2022.

Georgia GOP senators seek to ban sexually explicit books from school libraries, reduce sex education

By Jeff Amy — February 22, 2024
ATLANTA (AP) — The measure passed by the Education Committee would ban distribution of any sexual materials to students in sixth grade and below and restrict them for seventh grade and above.

Woman who says she was abused spiritually and sexually by a once-famous Jesuit demands transparency

By Nicole Winfield — February 22, 2024
ROME (AP) — The Jesuits kicked Marko Rupnik out of the order last year after he refused to respond to allegations of spiritual, psychological and sexual abuses by about 20 women.

Churches and nonprofits ensnared in Georgia push to restrict bail funds

By R.j. Rico — February 22, 2024
ATLANTA (AP) — Senate Bill 63, which passed the GOP-dominated Legislature earlier this month, would expand the number of charges that require cash bail, while restricting who can post that bail.

Trump-aligned think tank, denying policy plans, gives voice to Christian nationalist views

By Jack Jenkins — February 21, 2024
(RNS) — The Center for Renewing America is denying a Politico report about plans to push Christian nationalism should Donald Trump win back the White House — but that doesn’t mean the group doesn’t endorse the ideology or want it to help shape public policy.

Heads of SBC mission boards say they will not fund new abuse reform nonprofit

By Bob Smietana — February 21, 2024
(RNS) — Leaders of Send Relief, an SBC-related humanitarian group, say funds earmarked for abuse response have to be used within the SBC.
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