At Plymoth Plantation, feasting as the Pilgrims did

By the time the “sweet pudding of native corn” makes its appearance, delivered by period-costumed servers in brightly colored, flowing wool skirts and breeches, there could be little doubt as to how a 17th-century Pilgrim banquet, commonly known as a “groaning board,” got its name. Preceding it was a sallet (salad), mussels, sauc’d turkey, and... Continue Reading

FBI Report Notes Rise In Hate Crimes

The number of hate crimes against religious groups in the U.S. jumped more than 8 percent during 2008 — the most notable increase in a variety of hate crime statistics reported in data released Monday by the FBI. In all, 7,783 hate crimes were included in the FBI’s 2008 Hate Crime Statistics report. The report... Continue Reading

Manhattan Declaration: Reflecting an ‘urgency’

Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, and evangelical leaders stood together Friday to release the Manhattan Declaration, a statement of Christian convictions on the matters of life, family, and religious liberty. Chuck Colson, head of Prison Fellowship and one of the initiators of the declaration, told me after document’s release, “I can’t find any other case, in... Continue Reading

Spiritual Questions

If you popped into the Sanders Theatre at Harvard University on a particular day, you might think you were at the recording of some daytime television chat show. A slightly-built man in a smart suit paces confidently around the stage, hands behind his back, playfully throwing out questions to the packed audience about sex, gay... Continue Reading

15-Year-Old Egyptian Convert to Christianity Sends Plea to Obama

CAIRO, EGYPT (ANS) — Dina el-Gowhary, a 15-year-old Egyptian girl who converted from Islam to Christianity, has sent a plea to President Barack Obama, complaining of mistreatment by the Egyptian Government and asking for his mediation. This has been revealed in a story by Mary Abdelmassih and posted on the Assyrian International News Agency website... Continue Reading

Congresswoman Says Allow Input of Religious Groups

Family Research Council yesterday responded to a quote attributed to U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) by The Hill to the effect that Catholic Bishops and other conservative Christians should not have input in public policy debates. The Hill now reports that it inaccurately quoted the Congresswoman’s ABC News interview and that she said Christian groups... Continue Reading

Virginians Speak Out on Education Reform Topics

While a majority of Virginia’s voters believe the state’s public school system is good or excellent, similar numbers favor school choice reforms such as tax-credit scholarships, school vouchers, and charter schools. Fifty-five percent of likely voters would opt for schools other than regular public schools, according to the results of a public opinion survey released... Continue Reading

Senate Health Care Wording Angers Abortion Opponents

In seeking to fend off a major revolt by supporters of abortion rights, Democratic leaders in the Senate have infuriated abortion opponents with their new version of health care legislation. The National Right to Life Committee called the Senate language “completely unacceptable.” The Senate bill drops some of the restrictive abortion language that was part... Continue Reading

USDA food report provides impetus for holiday giving

If you contribute to a domestic or international ministry your mailbox and e-mail inbox will be filled up soon if it isn’t already. In all the stories done about various Christian outreach efforts, the point that November and December are counted on as an important source of income is clear. Choosing what ministry(ies) to support... Continue Reading

Military Conscientious Objector discharges rare in today’s force

The officer charged with killing 13 Fort Hood soldiers told his family and associates he wanted out of the U.S. military because his interpretation of the Quran bans Muslims from participating in the killing of fellow Muslims. In at least one class presentation a few years ago, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan suggested that Muslims like... Continue Reading