Selected religion-related news from around the Web.
NYT: Hollande signs French gay marriage law
The rush toward France’s first same-sex marriage officially began Saturday morning, after President François Hollande signed the country’s “marriage for all” act into law.
AP: Pope decries more concern over banks than people; leads Vatican rally, meets with Merkel
Pope Francis lamented that investment losses by banks trigger more alarm in the economic crisis than the struggle of people to feed their families, as he led a huge rally Saturday to invigorate the church’s moral conscience, hours after he held talks at the Vatican about the economic crisis with Germany’s leader.
Economist: Turkey's political imams: The Gulenists fight back
In a recent sermon Fethullah Gulen, Turkey’s most powerful Muslim cleric, preached against hubris. Delivered in rural Pennsylvania, where Mr Gulen lives in self-imposed exile, it was broadcast from his website with an electrifying effect. Was the holy man alluding to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian prime minister?
AP: Vote imminent as Boy Scouts considers change to policy banning gays
With its ranks deeply divided, the Boy Scouts of America is asking its local leaders from across the country to decide whether its contentious membership policy should be overhauled so that openly gay boys can participate in Scout units.
The Times: Britain is losing its faith in church, census shows
The number of British-born Christians is falling steeply while a youthful Muslim population is on the rise, according to census figures published yesterday.
NYT: Abortion law in Arkansas is blocked by U.S. judge
A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked enforcement of one of the country’s most stringent abortion laws, an Arkansas ban on the procedure at the 12th week of pregnancy, saying the law was likely to be declared unconstitutional.
Salt Lake Tribune: Utah Pentecostals praise God in ‘language of angels’
Pastor Ronald Rice is pacing and sweating, roaring and crying as he warns his west Salt Lake City Pentecostal congregation about what he calls the "dangers of drifting."
Wash. Post: Seminary graduates not always ministering from the pulpit
Alethea Allen, a Virginia resident, graduated this week from Wesley Theological Seminary in Northwest Washington after years of divinity classes. But she has no intention of becoming a minister.
Deseret News: U.S. government's faith-based initiative moves ahead while dodging controversy
When Acacia Bamberg Salatti runs down the accomplishments of the faith-based center in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one item is conspicuously missing from the list: how much money the center has handed out to churches and other religious groups.
Reuters: Critics slam new cloning research
Scientists' assertion that the advance in therapeutic cloning announced on Wednesday could not and would not pave the way to cloning a baby did little to assuage critics of the research.