Gingrich: Christians are opposed by radical Islam and secular
CUMMING, Ga. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Newt
Gingrich says American Christians face fierce opposition from
"radical Islamists who want to kill us," and from "secularists
who want to coerce us."
At a Sunday church service, Gingrich said an example of secular
coercion is President Barack Obama's contraceptive coverage
He also faulted Obama for apologizing for the burning of Qurans
in Afghanistan, where Americans have been killed in retaliation.
Gingrich told the congregation at First Redeemer Church in
Cumming, Ga., that the books of the Bible written by the apostle
Paul are especially relevant today because they tell Christians how
they should live in a pagan world.
He charged that America's secular left believes with "a
religious fervor" that people are "just randomly gathered
protoplasm" that can be molded by an all-powerful government.
Santorum: JFK's 1960 speech on religion makes him sick
MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Rick
Santorum says he strongly disagrees with a speech on religion that
John F. Kennedy made before being elected president in 1960.
Kennedy, who was trying to become the nation's first Roman
Catholic president, told Baptist ministers that he believed "in an
America where the separation of church and state is absolute."
Santorum said he found that idea not just wrong, but sickening.
On ABC's "This Week," he declared, "To say that people of faith
have no role in the public square? You bet that makes you throw
Santorum insisted the views of all Americans - religious or not
- deserve fair consideration.
If elected, Santorum would become the second Catholic president.
Catholic Santorum benefits from evangelical support
UNDATED (AP) - Rick Santorum's political good fortune in the
Republican presidential primaries has come about in large part
because of his appeal to evangelicals.
A Roman Catholic, he is a beneficiary of more than two decades
of cooperation between conservative Protestants and Catholics who
set aside theological differences for the common cause of the
Now running about even with Mitt Romney, Santorum has nearly
doubled his support from white evangelical Republicans.
The high regard extends to Santorum's personal life. His seven
children have been home-schooled, a practice much more common among
conservative American Protestants than Catholics, who have a
network of parochial schools built over centuries.
And Santorum's concerns - he opposes gay marriage and abortion,
and promotes traditional roles for women - contribute to that
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Judge gives NYC churches access to public schools
NEW YORK (AP) - A new injunction by a federal judge means
churches can once again worship in New York City schools on Sundays
while their case is appealed.
Judge Loretta Preska had issued a previous injunction barring
enforcement of the city's worship ban, but the city appealed and
the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals had narrowed her injunction to
cover only the Bronx Household of Faith - not the dozens of other
congregations that were worshipping in city schools until this
But on Friday, Preska blocked the city from enforcing its
no-worship policy against any group while the lawsuit continues.
In her latest injunction, Preska wrote, "In this Court's view,
losing one's right to exercise freely and fully his or her
religious beliefs is a greater threat to our democratic society
than a misperceived violation of the Establishment Clause."
The city said it would immediately appeal.
Insurance fight shows Catholic-Evangelical ties
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The support shown by evangelical Christian
leaders for Roman Catholics in a dispute with the Obama
administration over birth control would have been hard to imagine a
Contraception was once a wedge between Catholics, who have
historically opposed it, and Protestants, who don't generally
object to most methods of birth control.
But the anger shown by many evangelicals at the rule that would
have forced religious employers to pay for workers' birth control
shows an alliance that's been building for years.
Southern Baptist leaders like Albert Mohler and Richard Land say
the issue is about religious liberty rather than contraception.
Randall Balmer, an expert on religion at Columbia University,
notes that many evangelicals already disapproved of the president
for other reasons.
Pope: marriage only place `worthy' for conception
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict says infertile couples should
shun artificial procreation.
Benedict spoke Saturday at the end of a three-day Vatican
conference on diagnosing and treating infertility. Reiterating
Vatican teaching, he called marriage the only permissible place to
Benedict also pressed a church ban against artificial
procreation. He said infertile couples should resist resorting to
any method to try to conceive other than sex between husband and
He said arrogance and the drive for profit seem to dominate the
field of infertility and warned against what he called the
"fascination of artificial procreation technology."
Suicide car bomber kills 3 outside Nigeria church
JOS, Nigeria (AP) - A radical Islamist group is claiming
responsibility for the latest deadly attack on a Nigerian church.
A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives outside a major
church in Jos (jahs) Sunday, killing three people and wounding 38.
Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attack on the main
headquarters of the Church of Christ in Nigeria that hit as
worshippers took part in an early morning service. The attack
follows other assaults the Islamist sect has claimed against
Christians in Nigeria's north, widening distrust between the two
main faiths in the multiethnic nation of more than 160 million
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan condemned the attack.
Islamists dominate in Egypt's upper house vote
CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's election committee says the official
results from the vote for parliament's upper house show the Muslim
Brotherhood winning 58 percent of the seats up for grabs.
The commission said Sunday that the ultraconservative Al-Nour
party came in second with a quarter of the seats in the upper
house, known as the Shura Council. That result matches the party's
surprisingly strong showing in the lower house elections.
Liberal parties came in third with a combined total of 12
percent of the seats.
The upper house has no legislative powers and enjoys only a
consultative role. It has 270 seats, two-thirds of which are filled
by elections and the rest are appointed.
Islamists also dominated elections for the People's Assembly,
the more powerful of the two houses of parliament.
NYPD monitoring of Muslims enters mayoral race
NEW YORK (AP) - Potential candidates for Mayor Michael
Bloomberg's office are taking stands on the New York Police
Department's surveillance of Muslim students, ranging from cautious
support to a warning about curtailing civil liberties.
Bloomberg, who leaves office after the 2013 election, has said
that he finds "worrisome" the idea that his successor might
abandon NYPD policies that have kept New Yorkers safe.
The NYPD used undercover officers and informants to infiltrate
Muslim student groups at a dozen colleges in New York City, upstate
New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, documents
obtained by The Associated Press show. The monitoring was part of
the department's anti-terrorism efforts.
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