Belief Beat
October 2010 Archives

Halloween has my vote for most fun holiday, so this jumped out at me this week: Catholic News Agency reports that a British Catholic leader has launched a “window light campaign intended to ‘reclaim’ Halloween as Christian holiday.” Damian Stayne, […]

New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop, has contributed a video to the “It Gets Better” project, aimed at assuring gay teenagers who are considering suicide that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel of high […]

The 33 Chilean miners have been miraculously rescued from their two month underground ordeal, answering the world’s prayers. As an update to my post yesterday on this topic, check out GetReligion’s latest roundup of the faith-related coverage. Now that everyone is […]

Rescue efforts for the trapped Chilean miners are going slowly but smoothly, as I type this. All we can do now is hope and pray, as the families in that predominantly Catholic country have done for the past two months — […]

Over the holiday weekend, it looks like my prediction about gay news overtaking Islamophobia (Obama’s Muslim roots, Park51, etc.) came to fruition: National Coming Out Day meets polarized American politics meets tragic bullying-related suicides… brace yourselves. While I catch up on […]

I’m looking forward to catching Monday night’s debut of God in America, a six-part series that aims to explore how deeply religion has influenced and informed public life in the United States, from Catholic missionaries’ first encounter with Native Americans […]

This week’s episode of Glee focused on religion, with lunkhead leading man Finn Hudson’s creation of a “Grilled Cheesus” (burned toast resembling Jesus) prompting him to coax New Directions to sing about faith. The glee club’s musical numbers included covers […]

The new (now with more Jews!) Supreme Court has heard from Pastor Fred Phelps today, defending his Westboro Baptist Church’s right to picket military funerals with signs that say things like “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God for Dead Gay Soldiers.” (The […]

According to a Public Religion Research Institute study released today, Tea Party supporters tend to be members of the religious right — though not all members of the religious right are Tea Party supporters. (Get it?) From the researchers: Much of the […]

In my Fox News debate a few months back with Pamela Geller, the anti-Muslim activist who funded those awful bus ads against Park51 (formerly known as Cordoba House, smeared as the “Ground Zero Mosque”), I called the situation “false advertising.” One […]