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

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

ACORN received PCUSA grants

By Parker T. Williamson, The Layman ACORN, identified by the Associated Press as “a scandal-tainted” community organizing group that has been denied federal funding by the U.S. Congress, has received multiple grants from agencies of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The ACORN acronym stands for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. A 2008 grants... 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

Notre Dame feels political heat again

A surprise decision by the University of Notre Dame to send five students to last weekend’s gay rights march in the District has produced fury among alumni still smarting from the Catholic institution’s invitation to President Obama in May. Five students belonging to the school’s Progressive Student Alliance were given an undetermined amount from the... Continue Reading

Federal Court of Appeals to Hear Kentucky Ten Commandments Case

Cincinnati, OH – On Oct 20, Liberty Counsel will present oral argument at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in defense of the “Foundations of American Law and Government” display, which includes the Ten Commandments. Liberty Counsel represents McCreary and Pulaski Counties in Kentucky. These are the same cases Liberty Counsel argued at the U.S.... Continue Reading

No sausages at Palestinian Oktoberfest, but plenty of beer

Taybeh, West Bank (ENI). There was barely a knackwurst sausage, Wiener schnitzel, sauerkraut, or accordion and tuba in sight. Yet the tantalising smell of grilled meats wafted through the air and the music of a traditional dabkeh dance performed on the stage blasted through loudspeakers as the West Bank’s Taybeh village celebrated its fifth annual... Continue Reading

Bishops may pull health care support over abortion, immigrants

By Kevin Eckstrom, Religion News Service WASHINGTON — The nation’s Catholic bishops have threatened to pull their support for health care reform unless their concerns about abortion and access for immigrants are addressed by lawmakers. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which supports universal access to health care as a “basic human right,” had been... Continue Reading

NAE Deals with Criticism After Immigration Statement

By Michelle A. Vu Christian Post Reporter Leaders of the National Association of Evangelicals have issued several clarifications on the group’s stance on immigration reform in the days since it released its resolution on the issue. [Editor’s note: the original URL (link) referenced in this article is no longer valid, so the link has been removed.]... Continue Reading

Historic Carrolton Presbyterian Church, New Orleans Lawsuit May Bankrupt Presbytery

The Presbytery of South Louisiana (PSL) will be out of money sometime during the year 2010, according to the Rev. Theodore Roeling, Sr., former treasurer of the organization. At a presbytery meeting on Oct. 9 and 10, the finance committee announced that its deficit for the first eight months of 2009 had grown to $244,000... Continue Reading