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Study says larger churches hit harder by economy

The economic recession has hit larger churches harder than it has smaller ones, according to a new survey by the Barna Group.

Scholar says faith-based initiative failed to increase churches' role

Eight years of President George W. Bush's faith-based agenda to increase religion's role in providing social services had little impact on day-to-day ministries of local congregations, according to scholar at Duke Divinity School.

Report says use of death penalty on decline in United States

Fewer death sentences were imposed in 2009 than in any year since the Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976, according to year-end statistics compiled by the Death Penalty Information Center.

In 2010 predictions, Pat Robertson says America under God's wrath

Pat RobertsonReligious broadcaster Pat Robertson said God's wrath is looming over a nation headed for economic ruin in his annual predictions for the coming year Jan. 4 on "The 700 Club."

Evangelical leaders support abortion compromise in health-care plan

Thirty-nine pro-life Christian pastors and leaders released a statement Dec. 18 applauding alternative language aimed at preventing health-care reform from being derailed by debate over abortion.

Supreme Court to deal with rights of religious groups at state schools

The Supreme Court agreed Dec. 7 to hear a case dealing with sticky questions about whether religious groups at state schools can be forced to either comply with non-discrimination policies or forego the access to funding and other benefits that go along with official school recognition.

No more imprecatory prayers; now Drake wants treason trial for Obama

A former Southern Baptist Convention officer who made headlines in June when he said on national radio that he was praying for Barack Obama to die now says he wants to see the president live long enough to stand trial for treason.

Group says proposed prison likely unconstitutional

A church-state watchdog group says a faith-based prison being proposed in Oklahoma would likely be unconstitutional.

Texas textbook battles have national impact

Battles in the Texas State Board of Education over social studies textbooks really amount to a conflict over what kind of nation the United States was founded to be—and what it may become in the future, a nationally recognized authority on religious liberty issues told an interfaith gathering in Dallas.

Commission hopes religious freedom report will serve as ‘call to action’

An independent government panel that monitors global religious-freedom conditions thanked the State Department for its latest comprehensive report on the subject Oct. 26, but said the administration could move more boldly to protect freedom of conscience in some places.

Advisers urge caution on religious/federal partnerships

White House advisers recommended federal officials do more to ensure that government partnerships with faith-based groups are constitutional, transparent and support religious liberty.

One American in five may be secular by 2030, study shows

The number of American adults who do not identify with a particular religion is growing and may comprise more than 20 percent of the population in two decades, according to a new study.

Evangelical group endorses immigration reform

The National Association of Evangelicals has endorsed comprehensive immigration reform, saying new policies should reflect “biblical grace to the stranger.”

Supreme Court gets technical in arguments on Mojave cross

Although the case of a lonely cross on federal land in California’s Mojave Desert ultimately could have wide-ranging implications for the separation of church and state, justices on the Supreme Court spent much of the Oct. 7 oral arguments asking attorneys about highly technical and procedural issues.

White House concerned about spreading flu in churches

The White House and federal health officials have released guidelines recommending that worshippers take precautions against spreading germs to reduce the risk of contracting swine flu.
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