Tom Gjelten

Tom Gjelten appears in the following:

In A Try For Transparency, Mormon Church Releases Historical Documents

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released documents Tuesday that give more information on the origins of the founding of the religion by Joseph Smith in the 19th century.


Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Raises Questions Of Religious Rights, Tax Status

Friday, July 17, 2015

Religious colleges worry that if they stick to their convictions, they may lose tax-exempt status. That happened to Bob Jones University in 1983 because it continued to prohibit interracial dating.


At The NSA, A Rising Star's Commitment To Faith — And Public Service

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The National Security Agency's chief risk officer grew up in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community that didn't encourage women to work outside the home. But she credits her faith for her achievements.


Pastors Eye A Move From God's House To The Statehouse

Friday, July 10, 2015

Hundreds of conservative pastors around the country are so upset about what they see as a moral crisis in government that they are preparing to run for public office themselves.


Evangelical Pastors Gather To Learn Another Calling: Politics

Friday, July 10, 2015

Hundreds of conservative evangelical pastors across the country are being trained to run for political office. The project is part of an effort to mobilize an "army" to do battle in the culture wars.


Conservative Pastors Deliver Sharp Criticism Of Same-Sex Marriage

Monday, June 29, 2015

Conservative pastors are vowing to mobilize in opposition to the Supreme Court's legalization of same-sex marriage. Although the decision applies to government actions, not religious ceremonies, some of these pastors say they reject such a separation of church and state functions.


Pope Creates Tribunal To Investigate Bishops Accused Of Hiding Sex Abuse

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Pope Francis has created a tribunal to hear cases of bishops who failed to protect kids from pedophile priests.


Why Are Only Three Observant Sikh Men Serving In The U.S. Military?

Friday, June 05, 2015

The Pentagon's ban on facial hair and religious headgear has long been an obstacle for Sikh men, who wear turbans and don't cut their hair. Sikhs are hoping a court ruling might lead to a rule change.


Survey Shows Number Of Christians In U.S. Is Declining

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A Pew survey shows the share of Christians in the U.S. is declining, and the number of adults who don't identify with organized religion is growing.


Learning About The Quran ... From A Catholic Archbishop

Thursday, April 30, 2015

As a young priest, Michael Fitzgerald studied Islam and served the Vatican in Muslim countries. Devoted to promoting Catholic-Muslim understanding, he's now teaching Jesuit students about the Quran.

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Christians Debate Sinfulness Of Servicing Same-Sex Weddings

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Christian conservatives who say that servicing a same-sex wedding violates their religious beliefs cite New Testament verses that suggest it is sinful not only to engage in homosexual behavior, but also to "approve" of it. Moderate theologians say such a literalist reading takes the lessons of the Bible out of context.


Muslims Will Outnumber Christians This Century, Pew Says

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A Pew study released this week says that by the middle of the century there will be about 2.8 billion Muslims worldwide. Within that period, Muslims will outnumber Jews in the United States.


Church Of Scientology Calls New HBO Documentary 'Bigoted'

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The filmmaker of Going Clear, which is critical of the church, says the documentary treats the dangers of "blind faith." Scientology officials have hit back with their own public relations effort.

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Pope Francis Very Popular Among Both U.S. Catholics, Non-Catholics

Friday, March 13, 2015

Pope Francis has maintained high approval ratings even as the Catholic Church struggles with declining membership and the effects of the sexual abuse scandal.


Pew Study On Religion Finds Increased Harassment Of Jews

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A quarter of all countries — home to 75 percent of the world's population — are coping with high levels of religious intolerance, and harassment of Jews has risen for the seventh straight year.


More Muslim Groups Voice Willingness To Combat Extremism In Their Faith

Friday, February 20, 2015

Many leaders are reluctant to say al-Qaida's or ISIS' terrorism has roots in Islam. But some Muslims say the time has come to acknowledge an extremist strain in the religion, and to combat it.


Some See Extreme 'Anti-Theism' As Motive In N.C. Killings

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The suspect in the shooting deaths of three Muslim students in North Carolina is a self-described anti-theist, what some some experts see as a new extremism developing among some atheists.


New Government Agency Designed To Tackle Cyber Threats More Effectively

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Obama administration is creating a new agency to gather and distribute intelligence on cyber threats more quickly. The agency is modeled after the National Counter Terrorism Center, created after Sept. 11 to improve information sharing across the U.S. government.


Obama Vague On Details In His Intelligence Proposals

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Intelligence officials, civil libertarians, technology executives, and foreign leaders: All of them had something at stake Friday when President Obama laid out his ideas for reforming the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. The president sought to balance security and privacy concerns in his speech.


Global Internet Infrastructure Makes It Hard To Reel In Spying

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The NSA has apparently figured out a secret way to tap into the links between Internet users and Google and Yahoo data centers overseas. The companies say they didn't give the NSA permission, and they are angry. Because the data centers are located outside the United States, the NSA may not be bound by the same laws that govern domestic surveillance. The case shows how difficult it is for policymakers and legislators to oversee NSA surveillance activities.