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Religious leaders urge executive order banning torture

ban tortureA multi-faith coalition of more than 200 religious organizations is calling on President-elect Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning torture as one of his first acts in office.

FCC approves ‘white space’ technology; some churches worry about interference

The Federal Communications Commission has decided to grant Google, Motorola, Dell and Microsoft permission to develop “white space” devices that some pastors worry will interfere with wireless microphones.

Supreme Court considers whether a city-approved monument is ‘government speech’

The U.S. Supreme Court will rule on whether Pleasant Grove City, Utah, must permit the "Seven Aphorisms" of a group called Summum to be erected alongside the city's stone monument to the Ten Commandments.

Obama election not the Promised Land, but getting closer, black ministers say

Barack Obama’s election as the first African-American president of the United States does not mean Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of racial justice has been fully realized—but it’s a lot closer to reality than ever before, some black religious leaders said.

Next president should focus on human rights, Carter says

President Jimmy Carter called on the next president to focus on restoring human rights as a primary objective in American foreign policy.

Survey: On foreign policy, U.S. both blessed by God and on wrong track

A new study described as the first of its kind suggests Americans believe the United States is both especially blessed by God and especially responsible to use its power wisely.

Candidates spar over abortion in final presidential debate

John McCain and Barack Obama differed sharply over the legality of abortion in their third and final presidential debate Oct.15 at Hofstra University, in one of the only mentions in this year’s presidential debates of a divisive cultural issue.

Faith leaders urge Red Cross access to detainees

Top leaders from several faiths have asked Congress to allow the International Committee of the Red Cross access to all U.S.-held detainees, including those held at secret overseas prisons.

Young evangelicals less enthusiastic than their parents about McCain

Young white evangelical voters are less supportive of Sen. John McCain than evangelical voters over the age of 30, according to the poll conducted for the PBS program Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.

Connecticut latest jurisdiction to legalize same-sex marriage

The Connecticut Supreme Court Oct. 10 made that state the latest in the union to offer full marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Little framed in moral terms during presidential debate

Economic woes and national security dominated a second presidential debate that offered little new information for undecided voters, including those looking for a values-based hook on which to hang their presidential choice.

Fewer than three-dozen churches risk tax-exempt status through endorsements

Only 33 churches signed up to participate in a conservative Christian group’s Pulpit Freedom Sunday Sept. 28, but planners viewed the exercise in civil disobedience as a success.

Support for ‘two-state’ solution troubles some Palin backers

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's answer during her Oct. 2 vice-presidential debate expressing support for a “two-state” solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is drawing criticism from some of her strongest supporters -- pro-Israel conservative Christians.

VP debate explores little on hot-button social issues

Biden PalinVoters hoping to know more about the vice-presidential candidates’ faith-influenced views on contentious policy issues probably learned little from the Oct. 2 debate between Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Sarah Palin.

Four in 10 think clergy should endorse candidates

Four in 10 Americans believe religious leaders should be permitted to endorse political candidates from the pulpit without risking their organization’s tax-exempt status, a new survey by the First Amendment Center shows.
 
 
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