The lame-duck Congress repealed the so-called “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring gays from serving openly in the military, a fight that galvanized religious lobbyists on both sides of this volatile issue and a battle that mirrored the gay marriage debate in the wider society.
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The popularity of in-vitro fertilization and other procedures that require the creation of multiple embryos has resulted in an excess of frozen embryos, as many as 500,000. What to do with them, and whether couples can “adopt” them to gestate them to birth, is an ethical conundrum and a matter of intense debate.
The 2010 World Cup will conclude on July 11, but not before observers offer up numerous analogies between soccer and religion. ReligionLink has a running tally of stories and resources for reporters looking for an angle on the tournament in South Africa.
This year’s Academy Awards ceremony on March 7 features a bumper crop of films, many that are built around spiritual, and sometimes overtly religious, themes. Are 2009′s movies really more spiritually focused than films of recent years? Has Hollywood found religion? Or are producers just recognizing that religion sells? Whatever the reason, there is a [...]
Baptisms have dropped to a 20-year low in the Southern Baptist Convention, and membership and giving are down, too. The declines are causing hand-wringing in the nation’s largest Protestant body — and setting the stage for intense debates when SBC leaders gather on June 23-24 in Louisville, Ky., for their annual convention. What will they [...]
The primary season — even through Super Tuesday — posed a particular challenge to evangelicals. From Ronald Reagan’s campaign in 1980 through George W. Bush’s in 2004, evangelicals usually found a champion they could rally around. But the wide-open field this year, and the presence of Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and Baptist preacher, [...]
UPDATED MAY 19, 2008: Global warming is moving from a scientific issue to a religious and political debate with the power to influence votes and public policy.
Several high-profile evangelical Christians are criticizing the evangelical movement for its close alliance with the Republican Party. These voices – scholars, clergy and laypeople – say that evangelicals have sacrificed the message of Jesus at the altar of political influence, throwing over their biblically mandated mission to the poor and disadvantaged in favor of trying [...]