Critics question Obama’s commitment to international religious freedom

dalai lamaPresident Obama will not meet with the Dalai Lama during the Tibetan monk's visit to the United States this week, breaking a precedent that dates to President George H.W. Bush in 1991. The perceived snub has angered human rights advocates.


Court turns away attempt to force ‘Choose Life’ plates on Illinois

On the opening day of their 2009-2010 term Oct. 5, the justices of the Supreme Court turned away an anti-abortion group’s attempt to force Illinois to offer special license plates that support the pro-life cause.

Values voters see little value in health care reform

Health care reform may be Priority No. 1 in Congress and at the White House, but for the 1,825 religious conservatives who gathered for the annual Values Voter Summit, the subject was barely on their radar screen.

Church-state groups press Holder to withdraw Bush-era hiring memo

WASHINGTON (ABP) -- Supporters of the separation of church and state are urging Attorney General Eric Holder to fulfill a campaign promise by President Obama to combat religious discrimination in hiring.

Love your enemies, civility advocates say

Mark DeMoss, veteran conservative Christian public relations executive, has joined forces with Democratic consultant Lanny Davis to launch The Civility Project, an online forum that aims to help people who disagree be less disagreeable.

Judge sets court date in 'birther' case filed by Wiley Drake

The so-called "birthers" claimed a small victory Sept. 8 when a federal judge set a tentative trial date of Jan. 26, 2010, for a lawsuit claiming that President Obama is constitutionally ineligible for his office.

McKissic questions school district's banning Obama speech

A prominent black Southern Baptist pastor says a Texas school district should explain why it did not allow President Obama's Sept. 8 speech on education to be shown live in classrooms, but is planning later in the month to send selected fifth graders to a similar message by former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura.

Va. jail to stop censoring religious mail

A Virginia jail will stop censoring religious mail after protests from civil rights organizations that clerks had turned Bible-quoting missives from an inmate’s mother into tattered strips of paper signed “Love, Mom.”

Faith Digest: Most U.S. Catholics ambivalent about Latin Mass

More than six in 10 American Catholics have no opinion on the return of the traditional liturgy, according to a new survey.

Wardens walk fine line on religious materials for inmates

From Protestant texts to Wiccan incense, state and federal officials are trying to determine which religious materials belong behind bars.

Religious-freedom groups mourn Kennedy, cite First Amendment views

Religious-liberty advocates added their voices Aug. 26 to the thousands mourning the death of longtime Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy after a battle with brain cancer.

Torture opponents renew calls for inquest after release of CIA report

Religious anti-torture groups said the Aug. 24 release of a partially declassified 2004 CIA report on treatment of terrorism suspects justified their critique of Bush administration policies on detainee treatment.

Initiative seeks to link one church, one school

Scarce funding for public education may offer churches an opportunity to work more closely with public schools in their neighborhood.

Clergy especially vulnerable when it comes to losing health insurance

While a sour economy and rising costs make it harder for small businesses to afford health coverage, one group of employees is especially vulnerable—clergy.

FAITH DIGEST: Faith groups draw volunteers

Faith-based organizations attract more volunteers than any other type of organization, according to a recent survey by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
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