Lauren Markoe | Religion News Service

Lauren Markoe covered government and features as a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years before joining the Religion News Service staff in 2011. She was Washington correspondent for The State (Columbia, S.C.), where she won a 2004 first prize for feature writing from the National Association of Black Journalists. She also covered government for the Charlotte Observer and the Massachusetts statehouse for the Patriot Ledger. Markoe holds B.A. in history from Yale University and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

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Q&A with pioneering Rabbi Miri Gold

WASHINGTON — Though they are not in the majority in Israel, Orthodox Jews control the country’s religious life. More liberal … Continued

The biggest slice of Obama’s religious coalition? The unaffiliated

WASHINGTON — The largest slice of President Barack Obama’s religious coalition — at 23 percent — is not very religious. … Continued

Jewish and Christian groups at impasse over U.S. aid to Israel

WASHINGTON — An established interfaith group is in danger of disintegrating as major American Jewish groups and prominent mainline Protestant … Continued

Survey: Young evangelicals at odds with their political parties

WASHINGTON — A large majority of young evangelicals see a conflict between their faith and their political party — but … Continued

Filmmaker asks whether hell is real, and who goes there

It’s something that has haunted Kevin Miller ever since he became a Christian at age 9 at summer camp: hell. … Continued

Jewish groups say conspiracy theory over anti-Islam film won’t die

Respected news outlets unwittingly sent a lie around the world on Sept.12: a Jew backed by 100 Jewish donors made … Continued

Obama at the U.N.: A new religion doctrine

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday (Sept. 25) gave a forceful speech at the United Nations, in which he challenged … Continued

Report: Restrictions on religious freedom increasing worldwide

Religious believers throughout the world face a rising tide of restrictions, according to a study released Thursday (Sept. 20). In … Continued

Poll: White working class voters are still looking for a candidate, and still religious

The white working class, a potentially rich bloc of voters for Republicans or Democrats, hasn’t settled on Mitt Romney or … Continued

On the Jewish New Year, look who’s blowing the Shofar

For thousands of years Jews have been commanded to blow the shofar, the horn of an animal, whose sound is … Continued

Here’s a look at what you should know about the Jewish New Year.

God is back in the party platform, but religion remains an issue for Democrats

God was out and now God is in. And Jerusalem wasn’t the capital of Israel and now it is. The … Continued

Democrats under fire for removing ‘God’ from party platform

The word “God” is nowhere to be found in the Democratic national platform this year, an omission Republicans have seized … Continued

Democrats gather in the heart of Billy Graham country

The host city for the Democratic National Convention is not a particularly political place. Charlotte, N.C., is known for three … Continued

Conservative groups release survey on religious hostility

Two conservative groups have released a “Survey of Religious Hostility in America,” which seeks to draw attention to a “relentless … Continued

Faith leaders urge Americans to combat attacks on religious minorities

A group of interfaith leaders Thursday (Aug. 9) exhorted Americans to do more than pray for better times. Representing seven … Continued

Rabbis aim to inject more morality into business

Banks make loans they know homebuyers can’t pay back. Conglomerates market unhealthy food to children. Wall Street tycoons bet against … Continued

Poll shows Catholics side with bishops on religious liberty, but warm to Obama

WASHINGTON — A new poll shows that American Catholics tend to agree with their bishops’ concerns that religious liberties are … Continued

New poll examines minorities’ views on social issues

WASHINGTON — Compared to Hispanic Americans, black Americans are far more likely to believe abortion should be legal in most … Continued

Liberal Jewish group launches political lobbying arm

WASHINGTON — Bend the Arc, a liberal Jewish group that has advocated for social justice causes for more than 30 … Continued