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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.

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.
 
 
 
 
 
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