JERUSALEM (RNS) — For many Jews, the holiday of Purim has become too commercialized, and alcohol, according to one rabbi, 'has become the star of the holiday.'
(The Conversation) — Though he's become synonymous with parades and drinking, the Irish revere the fervor of their patron saint's words and feel a debt of gratitude for his unselfish commitment to their spiritual well-being.
(RNS) — The connection between Christmas and liquor has been institutionalized of late in 'carols and cocktails' events that, while concerning to some, are deeply consistent with the holiday’s history.
(AP) — The South African Gabola Church, which celebrates the drinking of alcohol, was started eight months ago and has found an enthusiastic following.
What I learned from giving up alcohol and dessert for Lent.
Charee Stanley filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, saying she wants to do her job without serving alcohol, as she was doing before her suspension, her lawyer said.
JAKARTA (Reuters) Two Islamic parties have proposed legislation that would ban all consumption of alcoholic drinks and bring jail terms of up to two years for offenders in Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population.
(Reuters) State Rep. Kraig Powell sought to remove the barriers in 2013 and 2014. But his proposals have failed to win enough support in the face of resistance from the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
(RNS) How do some of the nation’s Christian denominations address alcoholism among their leaders? Here’s a sampling.
(RNS) While most Christians might not be caught smoking a joint, opinions on how states should handle those who possess or sell marijuana varies among religious leaders.
(RNS) Early in their history, Mormons who enjoyed the occasional tipple or chaw could get a temple recommend and enjoy all the privileges of a member in good standing.
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Some 60 Muslim protesters marched through London’s East End Monday (Dec. 16), demanding Muslim-owned businesses stop selling alcohol and warning that "this is just the beginning."
Under a new policy that goes into effect Friday, drinking will not be allowed at any event that is directed primarily toward minors. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson announced the change in a letter to parishioners last week. Now alcohol at games or other events directed toward minors “is not to be served to anyone or brought in by someone,” according to the letter.
(RNS) Evangelist D.L. Moody was among those who argued for voluntary abstinence from alcohol rather than outright prohibition, and now the Chicago school that bears his name is lifting its ban on alcohol and tobacco for faculty and staff.
Brett McCracken shares how he believes Christians can navigate the moral gray areas in culture.
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