Here is your Religion News Roundup excerpt for today.
By Daniel Burke
c. Religion News Service 2012
Reprinted with permission
Pointing heavenward and wiping away tears, the Rev. Fred Luter was elected the first black president of the predominantly white Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday.
In a sermon before his election, Luter said:
“Only the Word of God can change the heart of a racist; only the Word of God can change the desire of a child molester. The Word of God can change a lifestyle of a homosexual. The Word of God is the only hope for America today.”
Sure, he sounds like a Southern Baptist, but is the term "black evangelical" a contradiction in terms? asks the NYT.
CT sits down down with Sen. Marco Rubio and finds that his religious background is as varied as the reports surrounding Romney's choice for VP. For the record, Rubio says he's a Roman Catholic.
A Saudi man has been beheaded on charges of sorcery and witchcraft, the Beeb reports.
Two car bombings in Baghdad killed more than 30 at the end of a weeklong Shiite celebration.
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