U.S. sees homegrown Muslim extremism as rising threat

This may have been the most dangerous year since 9/11, anti-terrorism experts say. The Obama administration, grappling with a spate of recent Islamic terrorism cases on U.S. soil, has concluded that the country confronts a rising threat from homegrown extremism. Anti-terrorism officials and experts see signs of accelerated radicalization among American Muslims, driven by a... Continue Reading

German Supreme Court Declares Shopping During Advent Sundays Unconstitutional

Church victory: The German Supreme Court has curbed Sunday shopping during the advent season in the capital Berlin. The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe ruled the Berlinregulations allowing shops to open on up to ten Sundays annually, including all four Sundays leading up to Christmas, unconstitutional. The German federal constitution protects Sundays as days of... Continue Reading

Abortion Is a ‘God-Given Right’

Rev. Carlton Veazey, president and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, told a small crowd of pro-abortion protesters that women have a “God-given right” to abortion and that opposition from pro-life congressmen and religious leaders would never take it away. Veazey, closing speaker at a “Stop Stupak” rally on Capitol Hill staged by... Continue Reading

German Supreme Court Declares Shopping During Advent Sundays Unconstitutional

KARLSRUHE (ANS) — Church victory: The German Supreme Court has curbed Sunday shopping during the advent season in the capital Berlin. The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe today ruled the Berlin regulations allowing shops to open on up to ten Sundays annually, including all four Sundays leading up to Christmas, unconstitutional. The German federal constitution... Continue Reading

US troop surge met in Afghanistan with cynicism and conspiracy theories

Despite Barack Obama’s face featuring prominently on the evening bulletins on the various televisions positioned around one of central Kabul’s large and grimy restaurants, tonight few of the diners were taking any notice of the news that an extra 30,000 US troops would be arriving in Afghanistan soon. “It is just a political decision taken... Continue Reading

Proposed Minaret Ban Divides Switzerland

The proposal to ban the construction of new minarets was approved by 57.5% of Swiss voters who participated in the Nov. 29 referendum. Only four of the 26 cantons opposed a ban, but there was a clear division between urban and French-speaking areas, where support was relatively low, and rural and German-speaking cantons, where two-thirds... Continue Reading

First New Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Approved for U.S.

Thirteen embryonic stem-cell lines were approved for use by U.S.-funded researchers today, the first of hundreds of cell colonies that may become available under new polices promised by President Barack Obama. Stem cells taken from days-old human embryos can be kept alive indefinitely in solution, and have the ability to turn into about 200 cell... Continue Reading

Virginia County reverses ban on Christmas displays at courthouse

Bowing to an outpouring of protests from residents, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors reversed a week-old rule Tuesday that had banned public displays, including Nativity scenes and Christmas trees, at the county courthouse. Supervisors voted 7 to 1 to allow community groups “equal access” to the courthouse grounds. The supervisor who voted to keep... Continue Reading

Swiss Minaret Ban Highlights Difference Between Religiosity in East and West

Until recently, Europeans, including Western Christians, had generally assumed that “the entire world is just as tolerant and indifferent to religion” as they are, an official of the Moscow Patriarchate points out, but for Muslims, Jews, and Eastern Christians, “religion occupies a place of first importance. But the Swiss vote to ban new minarets shows……that... Continue Reading

Baptist Evangelist says 2.6 million Kentuckians may be hellbound

According to a Kentucky Baptist Convention official, 2,587,995 Kentuckians “are lost without Christ.” Ross Bauscher, Evangelism Growth Team Leader for the Kentucky Baptist Convention, announced those figures at the convention’s annual meeting earlier in November. The context was a talk he gave promoting a major evangelistic campaign planned by the state’s largest denomination for early... Continue Reading