Baptist pastor and Mississippi state senator Phillip Gandy sponsored a law he says will restore and protect people’s freedom to practice religion. Others interpret it as a means to legalize discrimination. “It’s aiming at keeping government in its place,” Gandy explains. But National Council of Churches president and general secretary Jim Winkler describes it as “a rearguard action by those concerned by changes taking place in society.” More
Three religious leaders continue their conversation about the mood of the country as President Obama’s second inaugural approaches and consider the crisis of gun violence and the inability of American society to deal with conflict. Violence, says theology professor Harold Dean Trulear, is “who we are as Americans.” More
Watch more of managing editor Kim Lawton’s interviews with former US Ambassador to the Vatican and co-chair of Catholics for Romney Jim Nicholson, and Maureen Ferguson, senior policy advisor with the Catholic Association. More
“Rick Santorum is a very particular kind of Catholic…A lot of Catholics don’t see themselves in him, and a lot of people actually don’t even know that he’s Catholic. Most people assume he’s an evangelical,” says Religion News Service editor in chief Kevin Eckstrom.
know that he’s Catholic. Most people assume he’s an evangelical.” More
Trying to balance issues of public health and religious liberty, the Obama administration announced a plan to calm anger over a new rule that would require health insurance plans, including those offered by Roman Catholic hospitals, universities, and charities, to provide free birth control to female employees. Instead, insurance companies rather than religious institutions will be required to offer contraceptive coverage at no cost. More