Obama proclaims National Day of Prayer despite court ruling

President Obama has followed through on his promise to declare May 6 the National Day of Prayer despite a controversial April 15 ruling by a federal judge who said the government encouraging its citizens to pray violates the First Amendment.

Church-state separationists relieved, displeased by desert-cross decision

A divided Supreme Court rendered a complex decision April 28 on the fate of a lonely cross in the California desert. The decision -- the first major church-state case of Chief Justice John Roberts’ tenure -- upset religious-freedom advocates but heartened religious conservatives.

Faith leaders protest Arizona's anti-immigration law

Religious events across the country are being planned this weekend to protest Arizona's new law giving police more power to crack down on illegal immigration. Critics said the bill encourages racial profiling and illustrates the need for comprehensive immigration reform at the federal level.

Obama administration to appeal ruling against National Day of Prayer

The U.S. Justice Department announced April 22 it would appeal a federal court ruling that the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional.

African-American churches see a revival of cooperation

Recent months have seen a resurgence of interdenominational relations in some of the nation’s most prominent predominantly black churches.

Judge rules National Day of Prayer unconstitutional

A federal judge has found a National Day of Prayer mandated by Congress unconstitutional, saying it violates the separation of church and state.

Some black church leaders feel jilted by President Obama

When President Obama was elected, some black pastors—fresh from a campaign that featured extensive outreach to their churches—expected meetings with the president, or at least to be enlisted as informal advisers. For better or worse, those expectations have largely fallen flat.

Poll finds broad religious support for immigration reform

A new survey finds broad support across party lines and religious groups for comprehensive immigration reform that reflects the rule of law and respects the dignity and wholeness of immigrants and families.

Analysis: Council’s report partial victory for church-state separation

After a year of work by President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, the panel has made its recommendations. According to experts in religious liberty, some of them represent long-sought victories for supporters of strong church-state separation.

Interfaith Alliance urges publishers to ignore Texas teaching standards

A Baptist preacher who leads a national interfaith organization has written leading publishers around the country to urge them to reject changes made to standards for teaching about social studies, history and economics in Texas.

Faith-based panel recommendations leave some issues unsolved

Melissa RogersA White House advisory council March 9 submitted 164 pages of recommendations on ways the federal government can partner better with faith-based groups in tackling a host of social problems, from poverty to improving interfaith relations.


Obama, Clinton at prayer breakfast denounce Ugandan anti-gay proposal

President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used the occasion of the National Prayer Breakfast Feb. 4 to denounce a draconian proposed anti-homosexuality law in Uganda -- even though the event’s organizers have been closely associated with the Ugandan leaders pushing the bill. Video Included

Study finds abstinence-only programs effective in delaying sex

A new study by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine says that abstinence-only sex-education programs are effective in getting pre-teens to put off having sex.

One American in eight needs food assistance, study shows

Food-assistance agencies nationwide serve 1 million more people each week than they did four years ago, according to a national study released Feb. 2. Statewide, the study showed 3 million Texans—including 1.2 million children—received help from a food pantry or soup kitchen. Video Included

Common ground on abortion not impossible, but tough to find

Polls indicate Americans are tired of abortion warfare. Experts say finding common ground will be difficult—especially in light of recent health care battles—but not impossible.
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