Trump administration should use key diplomatic tools for religious engagement
(RNS) By overemphasizing the links between Islam and extremism, the administration has fueled Muslim anger, obscured the complex roles that religious institutions play in global affairs and ignored important lessons from the past.
Religious freedom at stake in this election, but not in the way evangelicals think
(RNS) Presidential nominee Donald Trump is singling out and advocating a systemic persecution of a religious minority.
COMMENTARY: US Senate should ratify disabilities treaty
(RNS) More than 40 religious organizations have voiced support for the disability treaty. They join more than 700 U.S. disability, civil rights, business, and veteran organizations. It’s time for the U.S. Senate to do the same.
Can Cathy McMorris Rodgers resurrect compassionate conservatism?
(RNS) The congresswoman who’s already being compared to Sarah Palin hinted at a term that has faded from Republican rhetoric in recent years: compassionate conservatism.
ANALYSIS: Is ‘Just War’ doctrine another victim of the Syrian conflict?
(RNS) The central problem is not that the just war doctrine is being dismissed or condemned, but that both sides in the debate over Syria are citing just war theory, but are reaching diametrically opposed conclusions.
Former charity head confirmed as U.S. ambassador to Vatican
(RNS) The Senate has confirmed former Catholic Relief Services head Ken Hackett to be the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Hackett replaces Miguel Diaz, a theologian, and he gives President Obama an experienced voice on social justice in Rome where a new pope, Francis, has made caring for the poor a priority.
Is Eric Metaxas the next Chuck Colson?
(RNS) Eric Metaxas took over some of Coloson’s roles, including part of BreakPoint, a radio show Metaxas wrote for in the late ’90s. He took Colson’s place on the board of the Manhattan Declaration, a movement Colson helped found to focus Christians’ attention on life, marriage and religious freedom issues, too. But comparisons to Colson go only so far.
Muslims back Obama, but by smaller margin than in 2008
(RNS) While fewer Muslims are supporting Obama this year, Muslim support for Mitt Romney, at 7 percent according to a recent poll, is more than triple the 2.2 percent of Muslims who voted for John McCain in 2008. By Omar Sacirbey.
Q&A with ‘Nonbeliever Nation’ author David Niose
(RNS) In his new book, “Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans,” David Niose charts the development and growth of the religious right, tackles the “War on Christmas” as a manufactured controversy, and explains why George W. Bush's election was the best thing to happen to the secular movement. By Kimberly Winston.
Family Research Council hires controversial former Army officer, Jerry Boykin
(RNS) The conservative Family Research Council has named a former top Delta Force commando and outspoken culture warrior, retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. “Jerry” Boykin, to run its day-to-day operations. By David Gibson.
The end of ‘compassionate conservatism’?
(RNS) Just three years after George W. Bush left the White House, compassionate conservatives are an endangered species. Is this just a case of the Republican Party wanting to distance itself from the Bush years — or is compassionate conservatism gone for good? By Amy Sullivan.