France takes dim view of burkini swimwear, unlike Brits

France takes dim view of burkini swimwear, unlike Brits

By TOM HENEGHAN © 2016 Religion News Service PARIS — Burkinis aren’t showing up at the beaches on either side of the English Channel yet, but the thought that the full head-to-ankle swimsuit might catch on among Muslim women in Europe has already sparked lively...
A majority of people in Scotland have no religion

A majority of people in Scotland have no religion

By TREVOR GRUNDY © 2016 Religion News Service CANTERBURY, England — More than half of the 5.4 million people living in Scotland have no religion, according to a survey published by Scottish Social Attitudes. The 52 percent of unaffiliated Scots represents a 12 percent...
Americans see immigrants more favorably than do Trump, Cruz

Americans see immigrants more favorably than do Trump, Cruz

By CATHY LYNN GROSSMAN © 2016 Religion News Service The 2016 Republican presidential campaign boils with anti-immigrant rhetoric but candidates’ harsh proposals don’t resonate with most Americans, particularly religious believers and young adults. A new analysis by...
Mormon Tabernacle Choir shows ‘Messiah’ for Easter, too

Mormon Tabernacle Choir shows ‘Messiah’ for Easter, too

By ADELLE M. BANKS © 2016 Religion News Service It’s a staple of the Christmas season, along with trees and carols. But the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is making a daring pitch with Handel’s “Messiah.” This Easter season, the big choir is not only singing the...
Conservative Catholics endorse Ted Cruz as Trump alternative

Conservative Catholics endorse Ted Cruz as Trump alternative

By DAVID GIBSON © 2016 Religion News Service More than 50 conservative Catholic activists and political leaders have come out in support of Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz in an effort to shore up Catholic backing for Cruz as an alternative to Donald Trump....