California Companies Fight Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

As the political battle over same-sex marriage plays out in state capitals across the country, several California companies have emerged as the go-to players for opponents of the marriages. One of the companies, Mar/Com Services Inc., lists its business address here in San Francisco, a city well known for its large and politically active gay... Continue Reading

Israel: Who will soldiers obey on settlements – Netanyahu or rabbis?

In an unprecedented move, Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Dec 13, cut ties with one of the dozens of religious seminaries that feed students to the military amid concerns that its ideologically driven students might refuse orders to evacuate settlements. The military was concerned that the chief rabbi of the school, known as a... Continue Reading

Violence saps spirit of Christmas for Iraqi Christians

Fear of violence and religious persecution has become the new Christmas tradition for Iraqi Christians and, following a series of recent sectarian attacks, this year was no different. Rather than openly enjoy their own celebrations, Christians from Mosul in the north to Basra in southern Iraq have been keeping a low profile. The situation in... Continue Reading

Detroit terror attack: Profile of Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab

To his classmates and teachers at the British school in Togo, west Africa, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab was the cheerful if sometimes serious student, whose pious views earned him the nickname, the Pope. But behind his innocent chiding about the perils of alcohol and western decadence lay a burgeoning pull towards radical Islam, which on... Continue Reading

Greater Love: A Pakistani Christian’s Sacrifice

At Christmastime, we’re reminded that our God is the God of great reversals. As we set out humble nativity scenes, we may forget how unthinkable it is that the King of Kings lowered himself not just to be born in human flesh, but in a lowly stable amidst the braying of animals and the smell... Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood Breaking State Law?

Did Planned Parenthood lie to patients? A national group says hidden cam video is proof a Wisconsin clinic isn’t telling the truth. Now state lawmakers want to know what’s going on. A group out of California says it has proof a Planned Parenthood clinic in Wisconsin is breaking the law and “selling abortions to women.”... Continue Reading

Rick Warren calls anti-gay bill in Uganda ‘un-Christian’

The Rev. Rick Warren, possibly the most influential current pastor in the USA, has joined progressive pastors in speaking out against the so-called Uganda “gay death bill” and any rumors that he’s ever supported it or anyone associated with it. Highlights — or rather lowlights — of the original anti-homosexuality bill before the Ugandan parliament... Continue Reading

Gallup Report: Religious Intensity Remains Powerful Predictor of Politics

Americans’ religious intensity continues to be a major predictor of party identification. A new analysis of more than 29,000 interviews Gallup conducted in November finds that Republicans outnumber Democrats by 12 percentage points among Americans who are classified as highly religious, while Democrats outnumber Republicans by 30 points among those who are not religious. The... Continue Reading

Obama’s ‘olive-branch’ Cairo speech named top US religion story; Rick Warren named Religion Newsmaker of the Year

President Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo in which he pledged a new U.S. relationship with Muslim countries, has been named the top religion story for 2009 by secular journalists who cover religion in the United States. The June speech in Egypt was seen as offering an olive branch to the Muslim world and was named... Continue Reading

Actor blames Catholic Church for lack of sequels to the movie “Golden Compass”

Actor Sam Elliot has blamed the Catholic Church for stopping sequels from being made to the Golden Compass movie based on the first book of Philip Pullman’s atheistic trilogy His Dark Materials. The film, starring Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and Eva Green, grossed more than $380 million worldwide after its Christmas 2007 release, but took... Continue Reading


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