Moscow’s “Holy Rus” religious art show spotlights sacred Russia

By Reuters Staff
May 26, 2011

(A member of gallery staff passes an exhibit at the Holy Rus exhibition at the Central House of Artists in Moscow May 25, 2011/Denis Sinyakov)

Is free Iraq becoming a more Islamic state?

December 20, 2010

baghdad shi'iteA group of men recently ordered Siham al-Zubaidi to close down her Baghdad hair salon for two months for Shi’ite religious festivities. She had no idea who they were but complied because she feared for her life.

U.S. appeals court hears key California gay marriage case

By Reuters Staff
December 6, 2010

marriage 1Three federal appellate judges considering whether to allow gay marriage in California hear arguments on Monday in a case many expect to land in the U.S. Supreme Court and set national policy. California voters, with a reputation for social liberalism, shocked the United States in 2008 when they narrowly approved the Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage only months after the top state court opened the door to same-sex weddings.

Tax dispute flairs between Cyprus gov’t and Orthodox Church

March 24, 2010
cyprus church

An Orthodox church in Limassol, Cyprus, 20 Nov 2007/Ewa Dryjanska

A furious dispute has erupted in Cyprus after the ruling communists set their sights on the island’s wealthy Orthodox Church of Cyprus to help plug a runaway deficit. The island’s government says it wants to start a dialogue with the Church regarding the millions it says the church owes in unpaid taxes.

U.S. court nixes faith displays in postal station

August 20, 2009

Another dispatch from the trenches of the U.S. church/state wars, this one from my colleague Jonathan Stempel in New York.