Belief Beat
November 2010 Archives

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has officially recommended that U.S. lawmakers repeal the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, citing a Pentagon study — taking religious concerns into account — that reports allowing openly gay troops would cause only “limited and isolated” short-term disruptions to military […]

I’ll always remember Thanksgiving 2008 as the one where we carved the turkey to the sounds of CNN, anxious for updates on the attacks on Mumbai’s hotels, train station, cafes and Chabad House. Fortunately, this year’s holiday weekend remained terror-free, thanks to federal investigators […]

I’ve just written a Religion News Service story about whether people of faith make easier marks for con artists, prompted by the news of a Ponzi scheme that scammed $30 million from Chicago-area Muslims, along with other affinity frauds that have targeted Jews (Madoff, […]

Pope Benedict attempted to clarify the Catholic Church’s anti-condom policy in a recent interview with a German journalist over the weekend, but only seems to have caused more confusion. Basically, the pontiff affirmed the Vatican’s stance against artificial contraception (condoms, […]

A New Jersey pastor, the Rev. Cedric A. Miller, has announced that married leaders at Living World Christian Fellowship Church must quit Facebook, due to a surge in adultery among church members who have rekindled old flames or struck up […]

President Obama has signed an executive order to streamline the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, a group created under former President George W. Bush. The reform reflects recommendations made earlier this year by council members and critics, including […]

Catholic and secular media outlets alike blared the news yesterday: in a surprise upset, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan is the new head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) — the first time in decades that the group’s […]

Between 2 and 3 million Muslims have converged on Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for this year’s annual hajj — the pilgrimage to Islam’s holy city, birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad. (Only Muslims allowed.) Around the world, the event culminates with today’s Eid […]

These two New York Times religion stories caught my eye over the weekend: The Burning Bush They’ll Buy, But Not ESP or Alien Abduction (by Mark Oppenheimer) For Roman Catholics, Interest in Exorcism Is Revived (by Laurie Goodstein) Oppenheimer’s piece […]

There were too many entertaining faith-related headlines to pick just one newsmaker this week, so here’s a Top 3 video edition of Fun Friday. (If you only want a print story, I also enjoyed the Baltimore nuns cashing in on a rare […]