Religion and Football?

As a BYU football player competing against Utah, Aaron Roderick remembers the derisive signs and religious taunts of fans — likely the same fans who now support him as a Ute assistant coach. Much of the passion involved in the rivalry stems from BYU’s affiliation with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As... Continue Reading

EU Trumps British Religious Rules

The British government is being forced by the European commission to rip up controversial exemptions that allow church bodies to refuse to employ homosexual staff. It has emerged that the commission wrote to the government last week raising concerns that the UK had incorrectly implemented an EU directive prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of a... Continue Reading

Holiday ads promote goodness without God

Television lights burned brightly in the room at the National Press Club where the Consumer Federation of America was holding a press conference on holiday spending. Outside the room where something called the 2010 Hunger Report was about to be released, the juice-and-muffin table was swarmed. Things were a little quieter in the Zenger Room.... Continue Reading

Obama Thanksgiving Proclamation: No Mention of God

A president’s first Thanksgiving Day proclamation is an opportunity for the commander in chief to highlight his new administration’s accomplishments or reassure the nation at a time of gratitude and family togetherness. But President Obama’s Turkey Day bulletin Monday went in a different direction. Obama’s declaration is short — just over 400 words — and... Continue Reading

Thomas Nelson Inc. says rival publisher Zondervan Corp. copied Gigi character

Nashville’s Thomas Nelson Inc., the nation’s largest Christian publishing company, has filed a lawsuit against one of its major competitors, claiming that the rival publisher conspired with a freelance artist to copy the illustrations for one of Thomas Nelson’s newest Christian series for children. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Nashville, seeks unspecified... Continue Reading

RI bishop asked Kennedy in 2007 to avoid Communion

A month of harsh words between Rep. Patrick Kennedy and a strident critic, Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin, escalated recently when the bishop acknowledged asking Kennedy not to receive Holy Communion because of the Democratic lawmaker’s support for abortion rights. The bishop’s attempt to publicly shame Kennedy on his abortion stance comes just a few... Continue Reading

Scientology: Science or fiction?

Even for a religion started by a science fiction writer, the allegations levelled against the Church of Scientology in Australia’s federal parliament last week sound stranger than fiction. Blackmail, cover-ups of child abuse, labour camps, embezzlement and coerced abortions are spelled out among the 53 pages of allegations by seven former Scientologists – some of... Continue Reading

A Challenge to Iran’s Theocracy

For years, Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri criticized Iran’s supreme leader and argued that the country was not the Islamic democracy it claimed to be, but his words seemed to fall on deaf ears. Now many Iranians, including some former government leaders, are listening. Ayatollah Montazeri has emerged as the spiritual leader of the opposition,... Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Puts an End to High School Valedictorian’s Fight

The United States Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of a high school valedictorian whose microphone was turned off by school officials after she began speaking about the part her Christian beliefs played in her success in life. Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute had asked the Court to hear the case of Brittany... Continue Reading

Washington Times editor files EEOC complaint

The former editorial page editor of the Washington Times has filed a discrimination complaint against the paper, saying he was “coerced” into attending a Unification Church religious ceremony that culminated in a mass wedding conducted by the church’s leader, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Richard Miniter, who was also vice president of opinion, made the... Continue Reading