Archive: Under God
Tuesday may have been Mardi Gras for many in the Christian world, but in Catholic America, Tuesday instead brought a much graver reality: In a mass suspension, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia placed 21 active priests on administrative duties due to what the NYTimes characterized as "credible accusations of sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior toward minors."
By Elizabeth Tenety | March 9, 2011; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (18)
Wolf is well-known for his work advocating for persecuted religious minorities overseas, particularly Christians, as well as Muslims, Baha'is and others. He also wrote the legislation in 1998 that created the National Commission on Terrorism. He currently is chair of the subcommittee that oversees the budget of the Justice Department and the FBI.
By Michelle Boorstein | March 7, 2011; 05:58 PM ET | Comments (2)
The angry shout-fest that was expected to happen at 1 p.m. in front of the White House over Islamic law was cancelled.
By Michelle Boorstein | March 3, 2011; 01:16 PM ET | Comments (0)
Terry Jones and Anjem Choudary are both reportedly coming to Washington to make a show of the role of Sharia in America.
By Michelle Boorstein | March 1, 2011; 05:28 PM ET | Comments (6)
Can the right pivot from free market to moral market? Do you agree with Boehner that America's national debt is a moral hazard?
By Elizabeth Tenety | February 28, 2011; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (62)
Have your beliefs on gay rights changed over time? Does religion need to evolve? Does the president?
By Elizabeth Tenety | February 23, 2011; 03:00 PM ET | Comments (29)
Scott and Jean Adam, two of the four Americans killed by pirate captors off the coast of Somalia, were not just adventure-seekers sailing a nearly decade-long cruise around the world. According to their own writings, the couple was using their global excursions as an opportunity to spread the Gospel.
By Elizabeth Tenety | February 22, 2011; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (40)
The hearing is reportedly going to explore King's assertion that the Muslim American community does not cooperate with law enforcement, but so far it's not clear if he will call anyone from the law enforcement community. Major Muslim-American organizations initially appeared to be outside the process but now it seems there are some behind-the-scenes talks going on.
By Michelle Boorstein | February 17, 2011; 04:18 PM ET | Comments (28)
Do you think issues of religious freedom abroad should be a higher priority for the U.S. government?
By Michelle Boorstein | February 9, 2011; 11:49 AM ET | Comments (5)
Confession: The Roman Catholic App has landed at Apple and according to its creators is, "designed to be used in the confessional [as] the perfect aid for every penitent."
By Elizabeth Tenety | February 8, 2011; 04:05 PM ET | Comments (25)
The office has adopted the conservative view on several contentious issues that come up in the non-profit world.
By Michelle Boorstein | February 4, 2011; 06:55 PM ET | Comments (6)
President Obama gave Americans a peek into the spiritual life of a president Thursday, speaking at the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
By Elizabeth Tenety | February 3, 2011; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (74)
"I told Gabby the other night, that maybe it's possible that this is just one small part of that same plan: that this event, horrible and tragic, was not merely random, that maybe something good can come from all this. Maybe its our responsibility, maybe its your responsibility, to see that something does."
By Elizabeth Tenety | February 3, 2011; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (21)
By Julia Duin Although today is the dawn of the Chinese New Year, most people are unaware that Chinese Christians are gearing up to be the world's most potent missionary force....
By Julia Duin | February 3, 2011; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (6)
Why do u think the president is talking about his faith in more detail now?
By Michelle Boorstein | February 3, 2011; 05:46 AM ET | Comments (37)
Unlike evangelical Protestants and Catholics, the Orthodox in this country haven't been known for taking to the streets as antiabortion activists
By Julia Duin | January 25, 2011; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (11)
Christians of all denominations are gathering on the National Mall today to protest the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide. But one denomination that may be sparsely represented is Seventh-Day Adventists whose large worldwide network of 170 hospitals allows elective abortions.
By Julia Duin | January 24, 2011; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (94)
After 60 years of extreme secularism, New York City is experiencing "an unpredicted, widely hailed as unlikely, revival of religious faith."
By Julia Duin | January 19, 2011; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (60)
It's unclear whether Chinese President Hu Jintao, whose U.S. visit begins today, will be confronted by President Obama on the lack of religious freedom for his country's 1.3 billion inhabitants.
By Julia Duin | January 18, 2011; 10:15 AM ET | Comments (7)
It used to be when pastors were disgraced, they simply left town, changed occupations and otherwise made sure they were never heard from again. These days, they get a reality show; specifically Ted Haggard: Scandalous, which aired Sunday.
By Julia Duin | January 17, 2011; 09:48 AM ET | Comments (2)
Six months after the minister of a tiny Gainesville church drew the world's attention with his threats to burn the Koran, Jones is resurfacing with a slightly more subtle proposal.
By Michelle Boorstein | January 11, 2011; 02:13 PM ET | Comments (3)
Westboro's tiny (and mostly related) congregation believes that God exacts violence against sinners on this side of eternity. They use military and other high profile funerals (most recently Elizabeth Edwards') to bring their hateful messages to the masses. That's the bad news. The good news is that Westboro's showing often bring out the best in humanity, too, via counter-protests in a show of support for grieving families.
By Elizabeth Tenety | January 11, 2011; 09:52 AM ET | Comments (21)
Pelosi and Boehner personify a debate within American Catholicism about what it means to be a Catholic, especially as it applies to politics.
By Elizabeth Tenety | January 5, 2011; 04:25 PM ET | Comments (63)
Did the hospital misinterpret the teaching? In this context, what does "authentically Catholic" mean?
By Elizabeth Tenety | December 22, 2010; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (81)
The whole debate reflects disputes both over how to read the Torah but also how to best nurture a "Jewish" spirit in Israel as the Israeli-Palestinian rages on.
By Michelle Boorstein | December 15, 2010; 03:32 PM ET | Comments (22)
"I suspect that if Christ were alive today he would say, 'If you want to find God, minister to those who are suffering and dying from AIDS." -Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.)
By Elizabeth Tenety | December 9, 2010; 01:48 PM ET | Comments (2)
Regardless of what those Anglicans may think--and regardless, too, of what Lennon himself said (reportedly, that the song was "anti-religious," among other "anti's")--I don't see how one can hear it without thinking it profoundly religious.
By Gustav Niebuhr | December 9, 2010; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (10)
By Gustav Niebuhr Other than the election of Pope Benedict XVI five years ago, news stories about the Roman Catholic Church tend to cluster around a single, terrible subject--the sexual abuse of children and adolescents by individual priests (in the...
By Gustav Niebuhr | December 2, 2010; 03:15 PM ET | Comments (21)
A leaked excerpt from Pope Benedict XVI's book-length interview with journalist Peter Seewold in which the pope talks about condom use has attracted major media attention over the past 24 hours. Did he really say it's okay to use condoms in some situations?
By Elizabeth Tenety | November 21, 2010; 01:30 PM ET | Comments (68)
Vestments, entourage, the pope, the pomp! A roundup of news surrounding Donald W. Wuerl's elevation in Rome to cardinal
By William Wan | November 20, 2010; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (1)
The changes are meant to please church-state people on both sides of the ideological spectrum but still sidestep the most explosive, unresolved issue: whether such groups can discriminate in who they hire.
By Michelle Boorstein | November 16, 2010; 07:29 PM ET | Comments (5)
America's Catholic bishops pulled a shocker today in picking their new president, disregarding tradition and precedent by rejecting its vice-president and instead choosing a man seen as more outspoken and conservative.
By Michelle Boorstein | November 16, 2010; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (28)
Is our gadget-crazed world bringing us closer together or further apart?
By Elizabeth Tenety | November 15, 2010; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (84)
As the president acknowledged, the stakes are high and tensions frayed in America's relationship with the Muslim world. Obama faces political pressure and domestic distrust, especially in regard to his outreach to Muslims.
By Victoria Benning | November 10, 2010; 08:18 AM ET | Comments (26)
With the right to abortion and coverage of birth control likely up for debate, what is the right venue for activists? And, as Salon asked "Is the Twitter "#ihadanabortion" trend effective empowerment or needless provocation?"
By Elizabeth Tenety | November 5, 2010; 01:02 PM ET | Comments (9)
This week Watergate-figure-turned-evangelical-leader Chuck Colson floated the idea of a third party, saying religious conservatives "have no political home."
By Michelle Boorstein | November 2, 2010; 04:41 PM ET | Comments (9)
Just a couple years after what many were calling a renaissance for religious progressives, some believe the Democrats have bailed on faith outreach - and will pay today at the polls.
By Michelle Boorstein | November 2, 2010; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (0)
The Forward's list of America's 'most influential' Jews includes names from big politics (Rahm Emanuel), big entertainment (Jon Stewart), the Big Apple (Michael Bloomberg).
By Michelle Boorstein | October 28, 2010; 06:29 PM ET | Comments (1)
Some Muslims, hoping to bring a bit of levity to an American season rife with anxiety about their faith, are planning to come to the Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert rally this weekend with signs including one reading: "Boo! I am a Muslim - and not just for Halloween!"
By Michelle Boorstein | October 28, 2010; 05:00 PM ET | Comments (1)
George W. Bush's account of his life in office is scheduled for release on Nov. 9, but Drudge Report Thursday revealed a glimpse into the memoir's themes, including that the former president "returned to his faith, time and time again."
By Elizabeth Tenety | October 28, 2010; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (118)
Any new efforts around the country to accommodate Muslims are getting more attention in recent months amid what appears to be a new wave of anxiety about Islam in America.
By Michelle Boorstein | October 26, 2010; 03:38 PM ET | Comments (37)
The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg notes that Williams' swift firing is only the latest in a recent string of journalists getting the boot over their controversial remarks about religion.
By Elizabeth Tenety | October 21, 2010; 11:15 AM ET | Comments (113)
Given the competing opinions on where to draw that line on issues like abortion, gay marriage, public prayer and teaching creationism, could it be that open debate over the 'separation of church and state' is a sign of a healthy and functioning democracy?
By Elizabeth Tenety | October 19, 2010; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (290)
Wuerl, a somber, careful leader, has seen his star rise since coming from his hometown of Pittsburgh to Washington in 2006, and then hosting a papal visit in 2008 that the Vatican considered a big publicity boon for a pope who hadn't gotten much love from the U.S. press
By Michelle Boorstein | October 18, 2010; 05:57 PM ET | Comments (2)
The study, released today by a coalition including Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), Voice of the Faithful and BishopAccountability.org also says accused priests were not randomly spread across the city's parishes but were assigned only in about half of Chicago's zip codes.
By Michelle Boorstein | October 12, 2010; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (4)
While CAIR, with representatives around the country, has long kept and publicized anecdotal reports about anti-Muslim incidents, it's not been scientific, so this effort will be lauded by people looking for more data.
By Michelle Boorstein | October 11, 2010; 05:23 PM ET | Comments (21)
In what might be a first for American politics, Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell (R) offers an anti-witchcraft message in her new television ad: "I'm not a witch."
By Elizabeth Tenety | October 5, 2010; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (21)
Imam Mohamed Magid, 45, executive director of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling, already was vice president of ISNA and a well-known regional interfaith leader.
By Michelle Boorstein | September 29, 2010; 01:25 PM ET | Comments (0)
Pew looked for controversy surrounding mosques in America and found 35 of them, a much broader scale than has been reported in the many stories done on this subject this summer.
By Michelle Boorstein | September 29, 2010; 01:16 PM ET | Comments (3)
Muslim-Americans who have concerns about the center and even oppose it are speaking out a bit more. Khan was asked about what she was hearing from leaders in her faith community and she said only a small minority are encouraging her to consider moving the location.
By Michelle Boorstein | August 25, 2010; 04:13 PM ET | Comments (7)
Washington Post religion reporter Michelle Boorstein examines the complex and varying opinions on religious freedom on the mosque near Ground Zero.
By Michelle Boorstein | August 25, 2010; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (4)
"We should be more concerned with the tragedy than religion."
By Michelle Boorstein | August 20, 2010; 01:56 PM ET | Comments (3)
By Elizabeth Tenety | August 19, 2010; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (235)
A very interesting chat with Daniel Pipes, who is considered one of the most senior scholars who focus on radical Islam.
By Michelle Boorstein | August 18, 2010; 08:29 AM ET | Comments (5)
Ramadan falling during the summer has an interesting side consequence: It's harder for Muslim charities to raise money.
By Michelle Boorstein | August 12, 2010; 04:30 PM ET | Comments (1)
Julia Roberts has long been called America's sweetheart. But is America ready for a Hindu sweetheart?
By Elizabeth Tenety | August 6, 2010; 12:19 PM ET | Comments (330)
By Michelle Boorstein Which would you rather read about: the "easy, breezy, beautiful" communications specialist named one of Capitol Hill's 50 most beautiful staffers, or internal squabbling and alleged religious bias at a government commission? Trick question. We hear the...
By Michelle Boorstein | July 29, 2010; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (1)
Possibly the frankest lawmaker in the room was Sen. Dick Durbin, who said he struggles with the ethical ramifications of the war in Afghanistan, for which he voted-- his only vote authorizing force since he came to Congress in 1983.
By Michelle Boorstein | July 28, 2010; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (0)
Sure, some people know that the White House oversees a dozen faith-based offices in different federal agencies, ranging from the Department of Health and Human Services to the U.S. Agency for International Development to the Department of Agriculture. But do you know what, exactly, the offices do?
By Michelle Boorstein | July 22, 2010; 01:19 PM ET | Comments (4)
God has been speaking mostly to Republicans when it comes to the call to serve in public office.
By Elizabeth Tenety | July 14, 2010; 03:58 PM ET | Comments (170)
Presbyterians revise Israeli statement, redefine marriage
By David Waters | July 7, 2010; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (6)
Southern Baptists urged government "to ensure full corporate accountability for damages, clean-up and restoration" of the gulf oil spill.
By David Waters | June 16, 2010; 04:14 PM ET | Comments (1)
A no-tech idea to heal the rupture in the Gulf.
By David Waters | June 11, 2010; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (0)
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will pay a $5,000 fine for not reporting non-monetary contributions in support of Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.
By David Waters | June 11, 2010; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (0)
Ted Haggard, the self-proclaimed penitent sinner, is starting a new church.
By David Waters | June 2, 2010; 03:41 PM ET | Comments (2)
U.S. agency calls for Pakistan to repeal blasphemy laws
By David Waters | June 2, 2010; 03:04 PM ET | Comments (6)
Amendment would let military chaplains pray as they wish.
By David Waters | May 26, 2010; 03:21 PM ET | Comments (13)
The controversial Mojave cross remains missing, but the mystery surrounding it continues to grow.
By David Waters | May 25, 2010; 08:46 AM ET | Comments (2)
Anonymous statement claims theft of Mojave cross was "anti-discrimination" protest
By David Waters | May 13, 2010; 11:13 AM ET | Comments (0)
Arizona religious leaders to lobby McCain on immigration reform
By David Waters | May 12, 2010; 02:53 PM ET | Comments (14)
Pope blames church's 'own sins' for sex scandal
By David Waters | May 11, 2010; 02:44 PM ET | Comments (2)
Church-state separatists urge thorough vetting of Kagan's views
By David Waters | May 10, 2010; 03:35 PM ET | Comments (0)
Snubbed by Pentagon, Franklin Graham leads National Day of Prayer event at Capital
By David Waters | May 6, 2010; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (79)
World Vision leader wins 2010 Christian Book Award
By David Waters | May 4, 2010; 03:29 PM ET | Comments (1)
"Islam condemns terrorism unreservedly and totally."
By David Waters | May 4, 2010; 01:24 PM ET | Comments (32)
Obama: I call upon the citizens of our Nation to pray, or otherwise give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings.
By David Waters | April 30, 2010; 06:41 PM ET | Comments (5)
Boston Globe's investigation may be made into "All the President's Men" type movie
By William Wan | April 30, 2010; 01:37 PM ET | Comments (2)
Aseem Shukla and Deepak Chopra debate yoga's Hindu heritage and American popularity.
By David Waters | April 30, 2010; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (88)
40 retired military chaplains sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary of Defense Gates urging them to uphold the "don't ask, don't tell" policy of gays in the military.
By David Waters | April 29, 2010; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (1)
Supreme Court: Mojave cross can stay put
By David Waters | April 28, 2010; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (0)
PBS NewsHour will air an exclusive interview today with Cardinal William Levada, whose office is handling about 3,000 claims of clerical sexual abuse.
By David Waters | April 27, 2010; 02:11 PM ET | Comments (1)
Religious groups react to tough Arizona immigration law.
By David Waters | April 27, 2010; 12:33 PM ET | Comments (0)
Military officials have rescinded evangelist Franklin Graham's invitation to speak at the Pentagon at a May 6 National Day of Prayer event.
By David Waters | April 22, 2010; 12:37 PM ET | Comments (40)
Faith groups urge National Day of Prayer and Reflection
By David Waters | April 21, 2010; 03:07 PM ET | Comments (0)
Army considers rescinding 'Prayer Day' invitation to Franklin Graham
By David Waters | April 21, 2010; 02:58 PM ET | Comments (1)
There was plenty of frank discussion of about faith, football and being better fathers at the Red Zone National Men's Conference, where three current and former NFL head coaches and more than a dozen current and former players talked about their faith to a sea of men sporting various jerseys.
By David Waters | April 19, 2010; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)
American Catholic bishops have begun tracking complaints of sexual abuse against foreign-trained priests working in this country, raising questions about the screening process in place in U.S. dioceses.
By David Waters | April 16, 2010; 03:04 PM ET | Comments (0)
National Day of Prayer ruled unconstitutional
By David Waters | April 15, 2010; 03:50 PM ET | Comments (10)
John Leland Religious Liberty Award goes to Chinese human rights lawyer Dr. Fan Yafeng.
By David Waters | April 13, 2010; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (0)
Reaction to retirement of Justice Stevens
By David Waters | April 9, 2010; 10:18 AM ET | Comments (0)
Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who was barred by the Bush administration from entering the U.S., is scheduled to speak at Georgetown University next week.
By David Waters | April 8, 2010; 05:54 PM ET | Comments (0)
Obama's remarks at Easter prayer breakfast
By David Waters | April 6, 2010; 11:07 AM ET | Comments (0)
Baltimore's archbishop disavows papal preacher's comments.
By David Waters | April 5, 2010; 04:37 PM ET | Comments (1)
U.S. Catholic bishops expressed concern Tuesday for victims of child sexual abuse by clerics, but also praised Pope Benedict XVI for his leadership in dealing with the sin and crime of child sexual abuse.
By David Waters | March 30, 2010; 09:56 AM ET | Comments (4)
Religious leaders denounce threats to Congress over health care vote.
By David Waters | March 26, 2010; 01:51 PM ET | Comments (1)
Latest developments in the Vatican's response to cases of clerical sexual abuse in Europe and the U.S.
By David Waters | March 26, 2010; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (6)
Vatican declined to defrock a Wisconsin priest in the late 1990s despite receiving clear warnings from American bishops that his case was serious and could embarrass the Church.
By David Waters | March 25, 2010; 09:44 AM ET | Comments (38)
Senior citizens at church not far from Capitol Hill transformed their annual luncheon into a prayer rally for President Obama and health-care reform.
By David Waters | March 19, 2010; 01:21 PM ET | Comments (0)
Pope Benedict has signed the first ever papal document devoted exclusively to pedophilia.
By David Waters | March 19, 2010; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (0)
Thousands of people of faith representing dozens of religious denominations and organizations will demonstrate their support for immigration reform in a series of events Sunday in Washington. March for America events begin Sunday morning with a special Mass at St....
By David Waters | March 19, 2010; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (1)
'The Great Gathering' brings three historic black Methodist denominations together to discuss plight of black men.
By David Waters | March 3, 2010; 06:18 PM ET | Comments (2)
A wide range of religious leaders are working to lobby for comprehensive immigration reform by delivering one million pro-reform postcards to Members of Congress during February and March.
By David Waters | February 10, 2010; 01:15 PM ET | Comments (1)
Washington pastor uses conference call, Facebook to connect with snowbound worshippers.
By David Waters | February 8, 2010; 08:18 AM ET | Comments (0)
Three Southern Baptist leaders sent a letter to President Obama Friday urging him to do everything he can to secure release of 10 volunteer missionaries jailed in Haiti on charges of child kidnapping.
By David Waters | February 7, 2010; 01:22 PM ET | Comments (11)
Two conservative evangelical leaders met Thursday with Haitian Ambassador Raymond Joseph to express their concern about ten American missionaries being detained in Haiti.
By David Waters | February 4, 2010; 04:25 PM ET | Comments (1)
After much debate about the size of the Obama White House's Hanukkah party, the event will take place this afternoon around sunset.
By Michelle Boorstein | December 16, 2009; 08:03 AM ET | Comments (0)