Tom Gjelten

Tom Gjelten appears in the following:

Supreme Court Sides With Religious School In Church-State Case

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Missouri church that had sought a state grant to resurface the playground at its preschool. The lower court had ruled that the funding violated the Constitutional separation of church and state. In Monday's decision, the court said that states can't deny public benefits to religious institutions that are otherwise qualified.


Unitarian Universalists Denounce White Supremacy, Make Leadership Changes

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Unitarian Universalists are among the most liberal of all religious denominations in America. Activists have denounced what they see as white supremacy in the church and are changing leadership.


Trump Administration Faces Pressure To Not Deport Detained Iraqi Christians

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Many of the nearly 200 Iraqis currently under detention are from the minority Chaldean Christian community, which faces severe persecution in Iraq.


FBI Concludes GOP Baseball Practice Shooter Had No Ties To Terrorism

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

A law enforcement investigation of the June 14 shooting at a Republican congressmen's baseball practice concludes that the shooter acted alone and had no links to terrorism.


What We Know About The Virginia Shooting Suspect

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Law enforcement officials have named James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., as the gunman in Wednesday morning's shooting at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.


Southern Baptists Update Bible's Language On Gender

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Faced with declining membership among millennials, the Southern Baptists are seeking to modernize their language. The denomination has adopted a new Bible with more gender-neutral terms.


'March Against Sharia' Planned Across The U.S.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Saturday's nationwide "March Against Sharia," sponsored by a group known for aggressively criticizing Islam, has in recent days become a rallying cause for right-wing extremists.


Authorities Brace For Conflict During Anti-Sharia Marches

Friday, June 09, 2017

ACT for America, known for its aggressive criticism of Islam, hosts anti-Sharia marches on Saturday across the U.S. Many supporters have alt-right links.


Pregnant Student Barred From Graduation At Md. Christian School

Friday, June 02, 2017

Pro-life groups say the decision by the Heritage Academy, a private Christian school in Maryland, could mean other pregnant girls may choose abortion over public humiliation.


Trump Avoids Major Slips On International Religious Tour

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Trump's trip "was a kabuki dance through a minefield," one analyst said. "Any president would have difficulty handling it."


Trump Takes Religion Tour On First International Trip

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Donald Trump made a bit of presidential history by visiting the holy lands of Islam, Judaism and Christianity on his first overseas trip. He stayed on message but some say he fell a little short.


Trump Will Meet Pope Francis At Apostolic Palace During Vatican Visit

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Apostolic Palace is the traditional residence of the Pope inside Vatican City, but Pope Francis chose not to live there. President Trump will meet with the Pope later this week.


Callista Gingrich Nominated As Ambassador To The Vatican

Saturday, May 20, 2017

There is little sign of opposition to the nomination of Callista Gingrich, but it is not without controversy.


Wading Into Murky Waters, Trump Trip To Advocate Religious Unity

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Starting Friday, President Trump will address Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia as well as visit the Israel and the Vatican. But there's plenty that could go wrong.


Facing Global Persecution, Christian Leaders Urge U.S. For More Protection

Friday, May 12, 2017

Hundreds of Christian leaders from around the world are in Washington to highlight the cause of Christian persecution in the Middle East and other countries. No other faith group faces more restrictions, and some leaders are pushing the U.S. for more protection.


Trump Issues Executive Order Designed To Protect Religious Freedom

Thursday, May 04, 2017

President Trump used the National Day of Prayer to promote his administration's commitment to religious freedom. Conservatives wish his executive order would go further in protecting the claims of Christian institutions.


Morning News Brief: GOP Health Care Plan, Trump Eases Religious Group Restrictions

Thursday, May 04, 2017

After weeks of wrangling, the GOP will send a health care bill to a vote Thursday. Also, President Trump is expected to sign an executive order relaxing political restrictions on religious groups.


Why Religion Is More Durable Than Commonly Thought In Modern Society

Friday, April 28, 2017

It's commonly accepted that as societies become more modern, religion loses its grip. But recent research suggests it's more complicated than that.


This Islamic School Helps Students Build Their American And Muslim Identity

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Al Fatih Academy in Virginia is one of about 270 Islamic schools in the U.S. The staff aim to give their students a well-rounded education and promote civic awareness.


Catholics Build 'Intentional' Community Of Like-Minded Believers

Monday, April 10, 2017

Nationally, Americans are growing disenchanted with traditional religion. But in a Maryland suburb, Catholics seeking more spiritual lives are banding together with others who share their values.