Religious Groups Irked by Contraception Mandate

(RNS) The Obama administration is taking heat from religious groups, particularly Catholic leaders, upset that new federal health regulations may force them to pay for employees’ birth control, a violation of church tenets. Proposed religious exemptions to the new...

U.S. Conservatives on the Defensive after Oslo Killings

(RNS) For years, many religious and political conservatives in the U.S. have sought to connect Islam to violence carried out by Muslims, and argued that Muslims often fail to denounce terrorism committed by Islamic extremists. But in the wake of the horrific attacks...

Iowa Marriage Pledge Drops Reference to Slavery

WASHINGTON (RNS) An Iowa-based conservative Christian organization has removed controversial language about slavery from a pledge to uphold traditional marriage that the group has asked GOP candidates to sign. The Family Leader’s “Marriage Vow” originally included...

Mo. Congressman Apologizes for God Comment

(RNS) A Missouri congressman has apologized for telling a national radio audience that “at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God.” U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, whose comments created a nationwide uproar among liberals, apologized to anyone who thought he was...