Belief Bytes for Dec. 23 – Friday’s Religion Roundup

Today’s Religion Roundup comes courtesy of Religion News Service‘s editor-in-chief Kevin Eckstrom.

Read a snippet here:

“Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George – never a man afraid to say exactly what he’s thinking – says “gay liberation” forces are now as big a threat to the Catholic Church as the KKK once was.

And the other guy who isn’t afraid to say what’s on his mind – Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow – is one of the top religion authors of 2011.

A court-brokered settlement will allow 12 nurses at a New Jersey teaching hospital to avoid participating in abortions for religious or moral reasons.

Two verdicts in cases we’ve been following: A former church janitor was convicted in New Jersey of stabbing a Catholic priest to death; and a white man who torched a black church on the night of President Obama’s election was sentenced to 14 years in Massachusetts.

Catholics aren’t the only ones who oppose new rules that require insurance coverage for contraception: so do evangelicals.