Tom Gjelten appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Pope Francis has created a tribunal to hear cases of bishops who failed to protect kids from pedophile priests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.