Belief Bytes: Monday’s Religion News Roundup

Here is your Religion New’s roundup for today:

Noah mosaic. Courtesy of RNS archives.

By Daniel Burke
c. Religion News Service 2012
Reprinted with permission

“Lots of interesting obits and encomia over the weekend for Chuck Colson, the Watergate felon turned evangelical advocate for prisoners.

A church-state watchdog filed a formal complaint with the IRS alleging that the Catholic Diocese of Peoria violated rules barring tax exempt organizations from opposing political candidates when Bishop Daniel Jenky compared President Obama to Hitler and Stalin.

University of Notre Dame faculty have drawn up a petition asking for Jenky to resign from the university’s Board of Fellows if he is unwilling to publicly and “loudly” renounce “this destructive analogy.”

Some Liberty University students and alumni are protesting plans to have Mitt Romney deliver the commencement address next month. “Liberty University should have gotten a Christian to speak not someone who practices a cult,” said one student.”

Read the rest of the article here.

-Samantha Freda, Wilmington Faith and Values news intern

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One response to “Belief Bytes: Monday’s Religion News Roundup

  1. This issue of Belief Bytes is a veritable cornucopia of wacky religious news that begs for comment. Having followed the Watergate scandal when it unfolded on live TV and in the press, believing someone so devious as Chuck Colson could have a prison conversion taxes my credibility. As much as I might like to hope that this could be possible, I can’t make my gullibility stretch that far. Sorry Charlie.

    As far as Catholic Bishop Jenky comparing Obama to Hitler and Stalin, perhaps it’s time for the IRS to decide if the U.S. Constitution really espouses separation of church and state, or if it was just kidding. Pulling the tax exempt status of some of these religious organizations for making these flagrant political statements might convince them to be more responsible.

    And, finally, on a Mormon giving the commencement address at uber-evangelical Liberty University: manna from heaven for someone like me who finds political-religious intrigue so fun to watch! Can’t you see Romney’s speechwriter now? How can we say something important while not saying anything that anyone will remember? How can we pay homage to a belief system so foreign to my own without infuriating either cult? How can I say something today that I can easily disavow tomorrow? How can I try to convince these fundamentalist Christians that Mormons, like themselves, believe in helping the poor and downtrodden when my budget proposal shreds the social safety net? If Romney can pull this one off, maybe he does deserve to be President (of BYU)!

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