Israel A Model on Gays in the Military

JERUSALEM (RNS) Israel, like the United States, is a largely secular society with deep religious roots. And Israel, like the United States, is home to vocal religious conservatives who frown on homosexuality. But Israel, unlike the United States, has allowed gays and...

Report Finds Strong Growth in U.S. Orthodox Churches

(RNS) America’s Eastern Orthodox parishes have grown 16 percent in the past decade, in part because of a settled immigrant community, according to new research. Alexei Krindatch, research consultant for the Standing Conferences of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the...

Has America Become an Empire?

Has America become an Empire? With the demise of the old Soviet Union, America certainly exists as the only remaining super power in the world. And that is a unique place to be, uncharted waters in many ways. For nearly our entire history we have either been underdogs...

U.S., Russia Leading World Arms Sales

International arms sales grew 8 percent last year, reaching nearly $36.9 billion, the highest figure since 1994, according to a report by Congressional Research Service, an arm of the Library of Congress. “Despite global changes since the cold war’s end,...