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Local News, Religion: FAITHFUL OBSERVATIONS: Compass International  Coeur d'Alene Press

It is amazing to run across businesses and enterprises that are headquartered here and we often know nothing about them. One such international ministry is ...

Elaine Pagels ponders: Why Religion?  Slate

When Elaine Pagels began to wonder why religion was still important in the 21st century, she found answers in her own story.

Aid for Immigrants on Desert Trek Stirs Religion-Freedom Fight  The Wall Street Journal

A federal judge in Arizona is deciding whether a group of volunteers accused of trespassing in the Arizona desert has a religious right to leave relief supplies for ...

The danger of mixing religion and politics | TheHill  The Hill

Violence is escalating at a site where, for 165 years, Hindus and Muslims in India have fought over a plot of land less than three acres in size.

Week-in-Religion  KMOX

Fred Bodimer reports on Jesuit priests accused of sexual abuse over the last serveral decades, a human skull found outside a Detroit Chruch. 00:02:48.

Reaching Generation Z: A how-not-to guide for churches  Religion News Service

The headlines are screaming that Generation Z, born from the mid- to late 1990s to somewhere around 2010, is the least religious generation in recorded history ...

Secular Economist Proves Religion's Positive Impact on Poverty  Christianheadlines.com

Does a recent scientific experiment involving 6,000 households mean that being religious will cause people to earn more money? That's what the latest episode ...

Albert Einstein's 'God letter' reflecting on religion auctioned for $3m  The Guardian

Missive that calls the Bible 'a collection of primitive legends' was expected to fetch only half that much.

Albert Einstein's 'God letter' in which physicist rejected religion auctioned for $3m  The Independent

A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein rejecting religion has been auctioned for almost $3m (2.3m). The ?God letter? was written in 1954 in Einstein's native ...

America?s New Religions  New York Magazine

Political cults are increasingly filling the empty space in our lives left by the decline of organized faiths.

For George H.W. Bush, religion was low-key but deep  The Economist

FOR ANYONE who knows the American religious scene, the Episcopal church conjures up several very different things. First, it is the aristocrat among churches, ...

Human rights are aligned with religion, says Suhakam chief  Malaysiakini

It is a misconception that human rights are a threat to religion, Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) chairperson Razali Ismail said today. "Human rights are ...

Religion digest  Hot Springs Sentinel

Center for. Spiritual Oneness. The Center for Spiritual Oneness, 300 Oaklawn, corner of Third Street, will hear Susan Gonzales, religious science practitioner, ...

A Scholar of Religion Confronts Her Own Grief  The New York Times

In her memoir, ?Why Religion?,? Elaine Pagels tells the story of her own deep loss and her search for answers in faith and spirituality.

What progressives need to defeat Trump: populism and religion  The Guardian

Together the two have generated some of the most vital moments of democratic change in the modern era.

When George HW Bush played the religion card  Religion News Service

(RNS) ? George H.W. Bush was not one to wear his religion on his sleeve. But to gain the Republican presidential nomination, he felt he had to. A New England ...

OPINION: The uses and abuses of religion  The Guardian

Leap from history to theology based on faith; not a substitute for historical evidence or empirical fact.

Veganism could get the same legal protections as religion  CNN

An angry dispute between an animal welfare charity and its former employee will be the first case in Britain to decide whether ethical veganism is a ...

Another Jehovah?s Witness center has been destroyed in 9-month rash of arson attacks  The Washington Post

At the center of the investigation into crimes against Jehovah's Witnesses ? including two fires that destroyed worship centers ? is a question that has vexed ...

Lingayat Leaders Insisted On Grant Of Religious Status: Siddaramaiah  NDTV News

Former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah Saturday said he was prodded by Lingayat leaders to recommend reservation for them and that his ...

Fastest growing religion in Minnesota, the nation, is 'none'  Star Tribune

One in four Americans now belong to no religion, a trend fueling church closings and mergings.

India and Pakistan turn to religious diplomacy as peace talks stall  CNBC

A five-kilometer passageway that connects Sikh shrines from the Indian city of Dera Baba Nanak to the town of Kartarpur in Pakistan is hoped to normalize ...

Umbanda, the thriving Afro-Brazilian religion with Nigerian roots  Face2Face Africa

Among the many things taken to the Americas during the transatlantic slave trade is religion. The enslaved Africans in a bid to hold on to their culture and ...

Religious leaders recall George HW Bush's priorities: friendship, faith, family  Religion News Service

WASHINGTON (RNS) ? As the nation learned of the death of former President George H.W. Bush, religious leaders from across the country reacted with ...

Can students pray in public schools? Can teachers say ?Merry Christmas?? What the law allows -- and forbids.  Washington Post

A few years ago I published a piece about what teachers and students can and cannot legally do in public schools when it comes to religion ? and with the ...

In Philadelphia, ordinary Catholics keep the faith ? despite the church's failings  Religion News Service

PHILADELPHIA (RNS) ? Catholics in this city and places like it have been through hell in recent decades. The Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal, detailed ...

Ayodhya: Thousands rally in Delhi over disputed religious site  BBC News

Tens of thousands of Hindus have marched in the Indian capital, Delhi, to call for a temple to be built on a hotly contested religious site. Organisers say they will ...

Halal Branding: New Book Probes The Sticky Intersections Between Retail, Religion & Pop Culture  Forbes

New book Halal Branding / FKA Twigs in a "stylised minimalist Arab 'battoulah' face mask that the book's author describes as a modern urban tribal fusion.

Religious scholars weigh risks, rewards of speaking out  Religion News Service

DENVER (RNS) ? Najeeba Syeed was all set to speak about Islam and peacemaking, something the associate professor of interreligious education at ...

All the presidents at the Bush funeral service together recited this core prayer. Except one.  The Washington Post

The Apostles' Creed is one of the prayers most core to Christianity. It states in a few lines the basic narrative of Jesus's life, is the statement of faith in one God ...

Can religion unite Americans?  San Francisco Chronicle

Why are thousands of churchgoing Christians supporting a political agenda that would ban immigrants from our shores, ignore growing income inequality, ...

Indonesian app to report 'misguided' religion 'risks dividing neighbours'  Channel NewsAsia

JAKARTA: Indonesia's national human rights agency said on Monday (Nov 26) it was concerned about the launch of a mobile application by the Jakarta ...

Myanmar religion minister says Rohingya 'brainwashed' to 'march' on the country  Reuters

Myanmar's Minister for Religion on Tuesday said Rohingya Muslim refugees living in neighboring Bangladesh are being "brainwashed" into "marching" on the ...

Madrasa Discourses equip tomorrow's Islamic scholars with scientific literacy  Religion News Service

(RNS) ? When Waqas Khan, a 29-year-old Pakistani, graduated from his madrasa in Karachi, he felt disillusioned. Though he had earned top grades ...

Families at autism school sue Phoenix, allege religious discrimination  AZCentral

Scottsdale Worship Center is suing Phoenix after it denied a permit for the church to operate a school for children with autism.

Morality, religion and politics | News, Sports, Jobs  Marshalltown Times Republican

Billy Graham (1918-2018), the most influential Christian leader of the 21st century, must be rolling over in his grave while witnessing how some white evangelic.

Malays must unite for race and religion, says Ahmad Zahid  The Sun Daily

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Malays need to unite to fight against issues affecting Muslims and their race. Spe...

How we create our spirituality and how it creates us  The Washington Post

Elaine Pagels offers her story of spiritual discovery, love and staggering loss.

Freedom from Religion Foundation protests Bible clubs in Wood County Schools | News, Sports, Jobs  Parkersburg News

PARKERSBURG ? A national organization supporting the separation of church and state says there are constitutional violations in Wood County Schools.

Einstein's religious views on display at 2 New York auctions  Fox News

NEW YORK ? Did Albert Einstein believe in God? The famous physicist was constantly questioned about his religious beliefs during his lifetime. Two Einstein ...

Muslim nations must learn about religion from India: Dalai Lama  Economic Times

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Tuesday said Muslim countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan and Syria should learn about religion from India so that ...

Religion and the New Supreme Court  National Review

The amendment singles religion out for special protection. But the Court has strayed from the Constitution's commands.

Southern Baptist minister embroiled in election fraud controversy  Religion News Service

(RNS) ? The Rev. Mark Harris, a Southern Baptist pastor turned aspiring congressman, is facing allegations of election fraud in North Carolina, where ...

War between science and religion is far from inevitable  The Conversation - UK

In his 2015 book Faith versus Fact, the biologist and polemicist Jerry Coyne launched one of his many attacks on religion in the name of science: science and ...

Report shows Dutch foreign ministry lacks religious knowledge  Crux: Covering all things Catholic

According to a secret internal document, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs suffers from a ?secular bias? and a ?lack of religious literacy.?

Photos of the Week  Religion News Service

(RNS) ? Each week Religion News *Service* presents a gallery of photos of religious expression around the world. This week's gallery includes funerary rites for ...

10 things I?ve learned in 45 years of covering North Carolina politics  The News & Observer

As I wind down my stint as political columnist for The News and Observer over the next two weeks, I wanted to share 10 observations that I gleaned from ...

We should've spoken up about religious abuse sooner - CRL  News24

Religious leaders say they cannot apologise enough for terrible things that have been happening in churches in the name of religion.

Evangelical retailer John Wanamaker built fortune by blending faith with business  Religion News Service

(RNS) ? During his lifetime, John Wanamaker built two megachurches. One tried to save souls. Another sold clothes, jewelry and perfume. And the two worked ...

Why religious rules on butchering beasts make many people see red  The Economist

IT IS hard to imagine such a sizzling political issue, one that connects the welfare of children and animals with clashing notions of religious freedom, and even ...

Politics must be separated from religion says MCA sec-gen Chew - Nation  The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: Politics and religion must be separated, especially in a multiracial and multi-cultural society, said MCA secretary-general Datin Paduka Chew ...

New types of religious state school deepen segregation  The Economist

AS THE HEAD teacher at a Hindu secondary school, Simon Arnell might be expected to have a sophisticated understanding of the religion. And one day he ...

Is religion better than atheism as a coping mechanism?  The Irish Times

Unthinkable: Secular philosophies 'lack the melodrama of religion', says Stephen Asma.

'You belong': Threatened Muslim child receives 500 interfaith letters of support  Religion News Service

BOSTON (RNS) ? When a 10-year-old Muslim girl looked in her classroom cubby one Friday morning last month, she found a note there with the words, ?You're ...

Stop buying items displaying my picture, Pastor Adeboye warns members  Pulse Nigeria

Speaking at the ongoing Holy Ghost Congress 2018 at Mowe in Ogun, Adeboye said he had nothing to do with the items such as stickers, key holders and ...

Religious Freedom Manifesto Calls for Compromise and Civility?What's So Wrong With That?  Rewire.News

Behind earnestly-worded appeals for religious freedom and respect is a pretense that the Framers of the Constitution and the First Amendment somehow ...

'Freedom from religion' on display for the holidays  Concord Monitor

Jack Shields pulled his Honda Ridgeline onto Concord's City Plaza to deliver his First Amendment display Saturday morning.With a little help from his friends at ...

Should Vegans Have the Same Protections as Religious People? A 'Landmark' Case Will Decide  EcoWatch

In the UK, it is unlawful for an employer to fire an employee based on their religion or belief. By the same token, is it ok for an employer to fire an employee if they ...

Dr. Tara Isabella Burton joins Religion News Service as columnist  Religion News Service

COLUMBIA, Mo. ? Religion News *Service* (RNS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Tara Isabella Burton will become a columnist beginning this month. Burton will ...

One Cancer Survivor's Views on Religion  Curetoday.com

Before we begin this post about religion and cancer, I will be setting some ground rules. I am not anti-religion, atheist, nor a Satan worshipper. I would most ...

Former IFB church member Audrey Burget tells her story  Fort Worth Star Telegram

Audrey Burget, who grew up the daughter of independent fundamental Baptist missionaries in Puerto Rico, tells her experiences with the church. She says she ...

The Religion of Leftism  Townhall

The Religion of Leftism - Allie Stuckey: Over the last decade, America has moved drastically to the .12/08/2018 14:41:55PM EST.

The culture within the independent Baptist church  Fort Worth Star Telegram

Former church member, Katy Hardy, shares her experience in an independent Baptist church.

Mom battles school board, saying yoga is against her family's religion  TheSpec.com

Gina Clarke says her daughter came home crying after taking part in class activity, despite being given a religious accommodation from the principal.

New film profiles boxer Pardeep Singh Nagra and his fight for religious freedom  Religion News Service

(RNS) ? Two decades ago, Pardeep Singh Nagra was headed for the top. An up-and-coming Canadian boxer, Nagra had captured the Ontario light flyweight ...

Dicey Topics: Billy Slater talks money, bodies and religion  The Sydney Morning Herald

The retired rugby league star discusses the subjects we're told to keep private.

Private school says religion not an excuse for not vaccinating children  WIVB.com - News 4

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - A private school in Ohio says its no longer accepting religious beliefs as an excuse for refusing to have a child vaccinated.

What Ambedkar meant by ?Destruction of Hindu Religion?, Read to Know  Legal Desire News Network

Some may not understand what Dr. B.R. Ambedkar meant by destruction of Hindu religion, some may find this revolting to them, and some may find it ...

Who is a Hindu? Hinduism in the Caribbean  Mumbai Mirror

Fifty years before Swami Vivekananda gave his famous speech on Hinduism in Chicago, the religion was being practised in the Caribbean. Even today, it is an ...

Ekere: PDP no longer ?religion? in Akwa Ibom  Guardian

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom is one united family as we speak, and I tell you that we are fully reconciled and ready for the general ...

Imbewu's Fundiswa Zwane: Culture & religion don't have to be in conflict  TimesLIVE

The actress also hopes that her role will open conversations around family issues, forgiveness and healing.

It's time for a grand compromise on religious freedom and contraceptives  Religion News Service

(RNS) ? Those who felt that the Obama administration was heavy-handed in its promotion of reproductive rights are pleased with the Trump administration's ...

Doctor Who Just Introduced Time Lord Religion (After 55 Years)  Screen Rant

After 55 years, Doctor Who season 11 has finally introduced Time Lord religion. Although it's generally been assumed that the Doctor isn't religious, the show ...

The value of religion courses in today's America  CU Columbia Spectator

When I tell people that I study religion the most common response I receive is: ?What are you going to do with a religion degree?? For many people, studying ...

Former church member Dawn Price tells her sex abuse story  Fort Worth Star Telegram

Former IFB church member Dawn Price says she was being groomed for molestation from the day she was adopted. "I was just 5 years old looking for someone ...

A religious opening for stopping climate change  Religion News Service

?I don't believe it,? President Trump said the other day in response to a question about the federal government's latest report on climate change. ? It's ?not based ...

Ohio school says religion not an excuse for not vaccinating children  Atlanta Journal Constitution

A private school in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, sent out a notice to parents saying that religion will not be an acceptable excuse for not vaccinating children.

'The Conners' recap: A little politics, a little religion and a lot of grief  USA TODAY

The Conners? go to church, Dad struggles with his faith in the wake of his wife's death and Darlene's son navigates political lines at the polls.

Ex-IFB church member Jennifer Waggoner molested at age 4  Fort Worth Star Telegram

Former Independent Fundamental Baptist church member Jennifer Waggoner tells her story of being molested at age 4 and how she used to think it was normal.

Can religion decide Indian citizenship?  The Daily Star

The determination of the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to push through the controversial constitution amendment Bill in the coming winter ...

Church calendar: Dec. 8-14 | Religion  Waco Tribune-Herald

Women's conference, 9 a.m., Dec. 8, True Vine Worship Center. Call: 537-1172. Sunday. Annual choir day, 3 p.m., First Baptist Church NBC, 613 Jefferson.

Ex-IFB church member Joy Evans Ryder shares sex abuse story  Fort Worth Star Telegram

Former IFB church member Joy Evans Ryder discusses how the charismatic personalities of church leaders make it easier for them to prey on their victims.

Former IFB church member Brianna Kenyon tells her story  Fort Worth Star Telegram

Former independent fundamental Baptist church member Brianna Kenyon says a church member who started out being a father figure began to sexually abuse ...

Raj Thackeray Accuses BJP Of Using Religion To Get Votes  NDTV News

MNS chief Raj Thackeray said, "The current government has no issue to discuss right now, so they are trying to create differences between the Hindus and ...

Scientologist sues Altru, claims hospital discriminated against his religion  Grand Forks Herald

A former Altru Health System doctor is suing the Grand Forks hospital, claiming it discriminated against him because he practices Scientology. Dr. Ralph ...

A systemic, widespread abuse  Fort Worth Star Telegram

Dave Hyles, son of influential pastor Jack Hyles, continued in the ministry after facing sexual abuse allegations at multiple independent fundamental Baptist ...

Pope says he's worried about homosexuality in the priesthood  Religion News Service

VATICAN CITY (AP) ? Pope Francis has been quoted in a soon-to-be published book as saying that having gays in the clergy ?is something that worries me? ...

A conscience vote is a smart way to end this impasse on religious schools and gay students  The Sydney Morning Herald

A free vote in Parliament is a sensible option after years of infighting when gay rights come into conflict with religion.

Why Muslim women hope this year's historic election helps curb the discrimination they face  The Tennessean

Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar in November became the first two Muslim women ever elected to Congress.

As election nears, religious tensions surge in an Indian village  Reuters

Nayabans isn't remarkable as northern Indian villages go. Sugar cane grows in surrounding fields, women carry animal feed in bullock carts through narrow ...

The problem with Malaysians isn't race or religion  Free Malaysia Today

Mariam Mokhtar recently called for the removal of race and religion markers from Malaysian identity cards, or MyKads, in order to foster national unity. Her call is ...

Soul Surfer | Lance Maki Finds Peace In Religion And Surfing  WUFT

Seventy-one year old surfer Lance Maki had a defining moment that changed the course of his life. Maki was focused on his career and had forgotten the true ...

WATCH: Angry Christian and Taoist face off in war of words attacking each other?s religion  Yahoo News

It's 2018 and we really should not be fighting against one another over religious differences, but a video that is going viral Saturday (Dec 8) shows the uglier side ...

Deadlock on religious freedom is a shambles  The Australian

The progressive transformation of Australia has brought the Liberal and Labor parties into fundamental conflict on the philosophical but practical task of ...

Religion Not Inheritance Of Any Political Party: Jyotiraditya Scindia  NDTV News

Amid war of words between political parties in poll-bound Rajasthan, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said Sunday religion is a personal matter and not the ...

Divided by religion, united by religion  The Tribune

TheTribune: The most sellable commodity in both India and Pakistan may not be 'Tata Namak' or 'Tapal Chai', but religion and religion alone.

Pope to gay priests: Be celibate or get out  Religion News Service

(RNS) ? Nothing gets the pope on the front page of newspapers faster than saying something about homosexuality. This was evident earlier in the week when ...

How Many More Lives in The Name of Religion, Asks Son of Bulandshahr Cop Killed in Violence  News18

Subodh Kumar was the investigation officer in the Akhlaq lynching case from September 25, 2015 to November 9, 2015. Kumar's uncle Ram Avtar Singh has ...

RELIGION BRIEFS - Opinion  Cape Cod Times

Jewelry sale planned for Women At RiskOn Dec. 15, First Congregational Church of Yarmouth, Route 6A, Yarmouth Port, will be having a sale of jewelry and ...

Should courts interfere in religion? Rajinikanth breaks silence on Sabarimala  India Today

Tamil superstar and politician-in-making, Rajinikanth broke his silence on the issue of allowing all women entry into Kerala's Sabarimala temple. Rajinikanth ...