(RNS) Supporters say the clergy tax breaks helps compensate ministers and rabbis for their role in providing social services and pad their "modest salaries."
(RNS) Their absence at the Values Voter Summit could hurt the New Jersey governor and the brother of the former president with conservative Christians who are key to winning the GOP presidential primaries.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s chief spokesman said Pope Francis wanted Thursday’s meeting to be a “gesture of support for all those who suffer for their faith, or living in situations of difficulty or restraint.”
(RNS) The next religious liberties faceoff may be between LGBT workers and private business owners who, the Supreme Court says, have religious rights.
(RNS) "If the point of this event were to single out a group of individuals and target them for hatred, I most certainly would not be there,” wrote San Francisco Achbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who leads the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
(RNS) The Justice Department will instruct employees to give lawful same-sex marriages full and equal recognition to the greatest extent possible under the law. Gay marriage is currently legal in 17 states and the District of Columbia.
(RNS) James Dobson will speak at the March for Life rally on Jan. 22, as part of a new strategy to expand the annual event's reach beyond its Catholic base to include evangelicals.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The rhetoric from Republican and conservative opponents of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act is moving away from the morality of the bedroom and into the business sphere. More politicians are fighting ENDA as a bad economic move, not as a break with the Bible.
WASHINGTON (RNS) As 45 states implement new Common Core education standards this fall, some Christians see the heavy hand of government in the state-led goal posts for K-12 students in English and mathematics.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The bill signifies a shift in strategy for gay marriage opponents: Increasingly resigned to the reality that they're unlikely to stop gay marriage, they're now trying to blunt its impact by carving out explicit protections for dissenters.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Organizers of the new Freethought Equality Fund political action committee claim there are more than 24 nontheists in Congress, although only Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., publicly identifies her religion as “none.”
NEW YORK (RNS) Inspired by Dan Savage’s "It Gets Better" campaign for gay teens, the NALT (Not All Like That) project aims to be a platform for Christians who believe "there is nothing anti-biblical or at all inherently sinful" about being gay.
(RNS) “If we had one one-thousandth of the adherence of either of communism or Islam, we’d be doing pretty well," said Emergent Church leader Tony Jones. "When I first saw this, I thought it was a headline from The Onion.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) Let's be clear: Christians in the military are not under threat of constant, widespread persecution.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Previous Pentagon spending bills protected the "beliefs" of service members and chaplains, but the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act would expand protections to include religious "actions and speech."