Lutherans pick first woman to lead church

Hannover Bishop Margot Kaessmann became the first woman to lead the Protestant church in Germany on Wednesday, Oct 28th after receiving 132 out of 142 votes from the synod. The 51-year-old succeeds 67 year old Bishop Wolfgang Huber, who is retiring. “With trust in God’s help I accept the vote,” she said. Following the vote... Continue Reading

Atheist sees global faith revival

By Julia Duin Although I think religion is the queen of beats, it’s not often I hear journalists from other disciplines admit how important covering God really is. Which is why I was glad to see two editors from the Economist magazine release “God is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith is Changing the... Continue Reading

Dept. of Homeland Security Amends Uniform Policy for Sikhs

By: Angela Abbamonte The Department of Homeland Security has amended its uniform and grooming policies after a Sikh man lost his job for wearing a turban and refusing to shave. Federal standards had required security guards to be clean-shaven and to wear a specified uniform and hat, two things that conflict with Sikh requirements to... Continue Reading

Should (some) religion be banned from sports?

Tom Krattenmaker thinks that religion and sports don’t mix. At least certain kinds of religious conviction shouldn’t be allowed in the realm of athletics. With the release of his book on the subject, Onward Christian Athletes: Turning Ballparks into Pulpits and Players into Preachers, Krattenmaker looks to extend his peculiar views of religious discrimination to... Continue Reading

China’s ‘Conscience’ Missing in Action

Top Christian lawyer Gao Zhisheng vanishes as government stifles dissent. In 2008, China’s Ministry of Justice named Gao Zhisheng, a brilliant, mostly self-educated man, one of the country’s top ten lawyers, received a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize for his human-rights advocacy work. Then, less than a year later, Gao disappeared when security police... Continue Reading

Survey: Bible interpretation has large generation gap

How different generations of Americans read and interpret the Bible varies greatly according to a new survey by the Christian research firm, the Barna Group. Similarities across age ranges show that a vast majority consider the Bible a sacred text. Also, similar proportions regardless of age subscribe to the polar opposite views that the Bible... Continue Reading

Obama Czar, Sunstein, urges: Abolish marriage

Adviser compares institution to country club membership by Aaron Klein, World Net Daily The U.S. government should abolish its sanctioning of marriage, argued Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s regulatory czar. Sunstein proposed that the concept of marriage should become privatized, with the state only granting civil union contracts to couples wishing to enter into an agreement.... Continue Reading

Meet White House adviser who supports Islamic law

Muslim leader says Dalia Mogahed ‘shares the outlook of Islamists in Egypt, Pakistan’ By Art Moore She describes her role in the Obama administration as a communicator to the president and other public officials of “what it is Muslims want.” But Muslims such as Steven Schwartz, a prominent American convert to Islam and ardent critic... Continue Reading

Christians on High Alert Over Hate Crimes Passage

A hate crimes bill sent to President Obama for his signature raises a red flag for Christians. On Oct 22, the U.S. Senate passed a hate crimes bill that Christian leaders have warned for years could greatly infringe on the rights of those who speak to loudly about their religious views. Matt Barber of Liberty... Continue Reading

Gunman prays with clerk before finishing robbery

Police say an armed robber spent nearly 10 minutes on his knees praying with a clerk at an Indianapolis check-cashing business before fleeing with $20 from the register. Security video from the Advance America branch clearly showed the man’s face during the stickup Monday, and a 23-year-old surrendered Tuesday on a preliminary charge of robbery.... Continue Reading

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