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Rick Warren accuses critics of 'Christophobia'

Pastor Rick Warren termed criticism of his selection to pray the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 inauguration "hate speech" and "Christophobia" in a video message on the Saddleback Church website.
       

Pentagon tightens policy on distributing religious literature to recruits

The Pentagon recently reversed its policy of granting religious groups like the Gideons International preferential access to provide literature to new recruits.
       

Christian leaders call for easing travel restrictions to Cuba

Christian leaders on Dec. 18 called on President-elect Barack Obama to ease travel restrictions to Cuba they say hinder religious work.
       

Evangelical leaders seek broad moral agenda in Cizik replacement

Fifty-nine evangelical leaders signed a letter requesting that whoever is chosen to replace ousted lobbyist Richard Cizik at the National Association of Evangelicals carry on Cizik's commitment to a moral agenda broader than opposition to homosexuality and abortion.
       

Rick Warren to give invocation at Obama inauguration

Rick Warren, founder of the Southern Baptist Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., will give the invocation at Barack Obama's Jan. 20 presidential inauguration.
       

President Bush awarded for fight against AIDS

President Bush was recognized on the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day for his international efforts to fight the spread of AIDS.
       

Controversy over NPR comments forces NAE lobbyist Cizik out

Backlash over comments about gay rights on a public-radio broadcast has apparently cost a prominent National Association of Evangelicals lobbyist his job.
       

President Bush discusses faith in TV interview

In a television interview broadcast Dec. 8, President Bush said he doesn't know if God wanted him to be president, doubts the Bible is literally true, agrees you can believe in God and evolution simultaneously and believes Christians and those of other faiths pray to the same God.
       

Richard Land compares President Bush to Harry Truman

A prominent Southern Baptist leader has compared George W. Bush to Harry Truman, another president whose approval ratings dropped to the 20s in his final months in office but is now considered one of the greatest American presidents of the 20th century.
       

Bush administration leaves major mark on faith-based funding, experts say

President Bush’s administration and a host of court rulings have indelibly altered the way the federal government relates to religious charities, according to an analysis by experts on the subject.
       

Huckabee says neglected ‘values voters’ are key to GOP future

Promoting his new book, Do the Right Thing: Inside the Movement That’s Bringing Common Sense Back to America, former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee insists Republicans neglected religious conservatives this year and need to maintain their support as the party regroups.
       

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.
       
 
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