Tracy Simmons| Religion News Service

Stories by Tracy Simmons| Religion News Service

Pork-laced bullets designed to send Muslims straight ‘to hell’

SPOKANE, Wash. — Still angry about the idea of an Islamic cultural center opening near Ground Zero, a group of … Continued

Victims raise profile of ‘spiritual abuse’

SPOKANE, Wash. — Karen Wanjico had no choice. Turn away from her mother like the rest of her congregation, or … Continued

Lesbian answers bishop’s call for dialogue on gay marriage

SPOKANE, Wash. — What do you do when your spouse of 10 years — the person you’ve spent a decade … Continued

Woman crusades to save sister’s life, end the death penalty

SPOKANE, Wash. — They stood in front of a shopping mall, shackled together, heads down, nameplates dangling around their necks, … Continued

Washington churches told not to collect funds for gay marriage fight

SPOKANE, Wash. — Churches in Washington state are being reminded that collecting money for a political cause is not OK … Continued

Can conservatives overcome Washington’s secular bent to ban gay marriage?

SPOKANE, Wash. — Conservatives in Washington state claimed victory this month by collecting double the signatures needed to send the … Continued

Buddhist abbey a dream fulfilled for U.S. nuns

NEWPORT, Wash. — There aren’t a lot of Buddhists in America — around 3 million or so, according to the … Continued

Pro-Tutu petitions flood Gonzaga

SPOKANE, Wash. — After nearly 700 people tried to push Gonzaga University to rescind its commencement speaker’s invitation to Archbishop … Continued

Alumni don’t want Demond Tutu to speak at Gonzaga

SPOKANE, Wash. — Archbishop Desmond Tutu is slated to deliver the commencement address next month to Gonzaga University’s graduating class. … Continued

Pastor says hospitality staff can’t live by bread alone

SPOKANE, Wash. — Kevin Finch grew up in meat and potatoes country, a small town off of Flathead Lake in … Continued

Washington becomes seventh state to legalize gay marriage

SPOKANE, Wash. — In an emotional ceremony Monday (Feb. 13), Gov. Chris Gregoire signed legislation that makes Washington the seventh … Continued

Wash. moves closer to legalizing gay marriage

SPOKANE, Wash. — Opponents of gay marriage promised a fight at the ballot box after the state Senate on Wednesday … Continued