Update: Abbey’s Road

The case of a small Benedictine college—and federal attempts to pressure it to pay for employees’ contraception—could foretell the loss of religious freedom after Congress overhauls healthcare Jamie Dean, Edward Lee Pitts For the 18 Benedictine monks living in a 142-year-old monastery in the tiny town of Belmont, N.C., life is intentionally simple: They rise... Continue Reading

Southern Baptist Leader Apologizes for Holocaust Reference

By: Adelle M. Banks “It was never my intention to equate the Obama administration’s health care reform proposals with anything related to the Holocaust,” Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission wrote in a letter on Wednesday (Oct. 14) to the Anti-Defamation League. “My concern, which is clear when the... Continue Reading

Evangelicals and Immigration

By Mark Tooley, American Spectator The National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) has adopted a new pro–liberalized immigration stance that is creating ripples among its conservative membership. Although NAE had touted its board’s supposedly unanimous backing, at least one prominent NAE member, the Salvation Army, has apparently already disavowed it. Professing to represent 30 million U.S.... Continue Reading

Pro-Life Student Forced into Isolation on Day of Silent Witness by School Principal

Principal says the right to free speech does not apply to school property WIARTON, Ontario – 16-year-old high school student Jennifer Rankin fully intended to unite her voicelessness with that of the unborn as part of the annual Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity when she arrived at school yesterday, reports Bill Henry of Sun Media.... Continue Reading

An evangelist extravaganza

By Julia Duin The first one was in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1974. The second was in Manila in 1989. The third will be in Cape Town in 2010. I’m talking about the massive worldwide conferences on evangelism that began as the brainchild of evangelist Billy Graham, along with British Anglican theologian John Stott and Australian... Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood Teaches Sex Ed Classes in Cleveland Public Schools

By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer A sex ed administrator with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District says that half of the “Responsible Sexual Behavior” classes for 9th and 10th grade students are taught by Planned Parenthood personnel. “Planned Parenthood is one of our partners that teaches about 50 percent of our 9th and 10th graders,”... Continue Reading

1 Million People Rally Against Abortion in Spain

By Ethan Cole An estimated one million people participated in a rally in Madrid Saturday to protest a proposed new law that would expand permission for abortion. The overwhelmingly Catholic country currently allows only abortion in the cases of rape, fetal abnormality, or when the mother’s physical or mental health is at risk. But the... Continue Reading

Soul-searching evangelicals look to nonpolitical future

By G. Jeffrey Macdonald, Religion News Service Repentant for having spent a generation bowing at the altars of church growth and political power, concerned evangelicals gathered last week (Oct. 13-15, 2009) to search the soul of their movement and find a new way forward. That evangelicals, who compose a quarter of the American population, must... Continue Reading

MySpace Entry Admitted as Murder Evidence

By Amanda Bronstad The National Law Journal October 19, 2009 The Indiana Supreme Court, addressing a “novel question,” ruled that prosecutors properly introduced electronic evidence from an accused murderer’s MySpace page. In so doing, the court upheld the conviction of Ian Clark, who was found guilty of murdering his fiancee’s 2-year-old daughter. Clark objected to... Continue Reading

Ohio Judge: State to Take Custody of Christian Convert Runaway

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio can take custody of a girl who ran away to Florida, saying she feared she’d be killed for converting to Christianity from Islam, a judge ruled Thursday in a decision clarifying the girl’s legal status once she returns. The Franklin County Children’s Services agency will take custody of Rifqa Bary pending... Continue Reading