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Juan Williams, Muslims, Free Speech & Political Correctness

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Lots of journalists and/or bloggers have weighed in on the Juan Williams-NPR-Muslims controversy over the weekend, with public opinion leaning towards “NPR was wrong/premature to fire Williams” line of thinking. (Don’t cry for Williams: contrast to the departures of Helen Thomas and […]

Fun Friday: Berenstain Bears are Christian; Simpsons are ‘Presbylutheran’

posted by Nicole Neroulias

The Berenstain Bears have found Jesus — some examples of recent titles starring the furry forest family include The Berenstain Bears Go To Sunday School and The Berenstain Bears Show God’s Love. So much for my vague — and I […]

Obama’s India Trip Will Skip Sikh Temple: Islamophobic Victory?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

The New York Times reports that President Obama will not visit the Golden Temple, a Sikh holy site and major tourist attraction, during his trip to India next month — apparently because a photo of him wearing the required head covering would […]

Christine O’Donnell & Church-State Separation Confusion: WW(T)JD?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Christine “I’m Not A Witch” O’Donnell , Delaware’s aspiring senator, is now making headlines for current events (as opposed to youthful indiscretions): her confusion at yesterday’s debate with Democratic opponent Chris Coons over what the First Amendment says about religion. Here’s […]

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Fun Friday: Atheist Temple Planned for UK's Nonbelievers
Author Alain de Botton has announced plans to build an Atheist temple in the United Kingdom, presumably so nonbelievers have a place to gather and share their philosophies. Um... isn't that what Starbucks is for? Also, I can't wait to see how the architect will handle this kind of project. May

posted 2:53:42pm Jan. 27, 2012 | read full post »

Alaska Airlines: High Payers No Longer Offered Sky Prayers
Alaska Airlines, now the country's seventh-largest airline, has announced it will stop offering prayer cards with its in-flight meals. (It's just raining religion news in the great unchurched Pacific Northwest lately.) I've flown Alaska several times since moving to Seattle, but I confess that I'

posted 11:07:56am Jan. 26, 2012 | read full post »

Washington's Gay Marriage Debate: Clergy vs. Clergy
I reported for Reuters at the Washington state Capitol yesterday, covering the public hearings on a gay marriage bill -- and in between, the breaking news that the state Senate now has enough votes to pass the bill. (The House already had enough votes.) It now appears that Washington's lawmakers wi

posted 11:24:39am Jan. 24, 2012 | read full post »

What Israel's Domestic Policy & Santorum Supporters Have in Common
Hope everyone had an introspective Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, whether observed as a faith-related holiday, a nice break from the work week or something else entirely. Check out this story from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly about how mandatory sentencing for drug crimes and non-violent offens

posted 1:32:44pm Jan. 18, 2012 | read full post »

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