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Fun Friday & Away Message: Christmas Eve to Happy New Year 2011

posted by Nicole Neroulias

I’m off to India for a family wedding — perhaps we’ll wave to Santa from the window seat! — so here’s plenty of holiday cheer to last until I get back: A flash mob for Christmas (Blogging Religiously) Colbert Takes the […]

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Another Christmas Eve Eve in Crisis in the Middle East

posted by Nicole Neroulias

I’ll have to post an extra Fun Friday tomorrow to make up for all the grim religion news this week, but the plight of Christians in the Middle East is important, especially at this time of year (once again): No Christmas […]

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Ariz. Bishop to Pregnant Women: Drop Dead (Rather than Abort)

posted by Nicole Neroulias

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has stripped St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center of its Catholic affiliation because of the 2009 procedure that ended a woman’s life-threatening pregnancy at 11 weeks. Apparently, the hospital should have allowed her to die, […]

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PopeWatch: Benedict Links Sex Abuse to Other Vices, Clarifies Condom Position

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Two interesting bits of news out of the Vatican: more from Pope Benedict on the clergy sex abuse crisis, and his controversial/confusing comments about condoms. Check out these links: Pope links sex abuse to vices (Religion News Service) Vatican clarifies […]

Faith Groups Respond to DADT Repeal, Deferred DREAM

posted by Nicole Neroulias

The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) policy on gays in the U.S. military, and the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act have deeply divided Americans, perhaps people of faith most of all. Over the weekend, the Senate […]

Top Religion Stories of 2010: Park51, Clergy Abuse, Tea Party & Your Picks?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

I participated in a Religion Newswriters Association panel at Columbia’s journalism school last night with David Gibson (PoliticsDaily) and Rachel Zoll (AP), and someone in the audience wondered about how we determine whether something is worth covering — do we base it […]

Fun Friday: Buff Bods for Benedict, Festivus for the Rest of Us

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Both of these stories cracked me up this week: a California inmate cited his religious belief in Seinfeld’s “Festivus” holiday in a bid to get salami-free prison meals, and a quartet of buff acrobats performed a bizarre barechested show for Pope […]

War on Christmas Time, Part II: Christmas vs. Xmas… and X-wings?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

I already blogged about the “War on Christmas” topic last week, but here are a few more headlines that have caught my attention: Mangers and ‘Star Wars’ mingle in displays on Loudon courthouse grounds (Washington Post) Let Xmas be Christmas? […]

Christian-Baiting vs. Gay-Bashing: Censorship of AIDS-Inspired Art Fans Culture War Flames

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Frank Rich had a scathing column in yesterday’s New York Times about the Smithsonian’s decision, prompted by conservative Catholic and right-wing political outrage, to censor artist David Wojnarowicz’s video, “A Fire In My Belly.” Rich explains: When his mentor and former lover, the photographer Peter Hujar, […]

Fun Friday: Tweeting the Nativity, Pope Condom Ads & New Narnia Film

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Plenty of off-beat Christian news to pick from this week, ranging from entertaining to just odd. Here’s something for everyone: Pope Benedict & Condoms PETA launches ‘Pope condom’ ads to avoid unwanted dogs, cats (USA Today) Pope has not endorsed condoms […]

Breaking News: Elizabeth Smart’s Kidnapper, Ex-Mormon Street Preacher, Found Guilty

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Before I get to Fun Friday, here’s some breaking news: Brian David Mitchell, an excommunicated Mormon who had claimed to be a prophet, has been found guilty in the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping/rape trial. He could face life in prison when sentenced in late […]

Extremism News: Westboro Baptists, Elizabeth Smart Trial, Faith Healing Death & More Homegrown Terror

posted by Nicole Neroulias

I try to keep perspective when covering religious extremists, noting that these folks represent a tiny fraction of a much larger community of believers (Mormons, evangelical Christians, Muslims, etc.) — but the news value of such stories gives disproportionate coverage […]

Midweek Roundup: Clergy Abuse, Prop. 8, Elizabeth Edwards & Your Picks?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

(Updated on 12/9 with Politics Daily story about Elizabeth Edwards.) Here’s a Belief Beat experiment: a Wednesday post that catches some of the faith news items that haven’t made it into a designated blog post yet. If you like this, I […]

Church Files Claim for Right to Rebuild at Ground Zero

posted by Nicole Neroulias

I’m assuming that it’s no coincidence that on yesterday’s St. Nicholas Day, leaders of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church destroyed on 9/11 began legal action against the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. I wrote about this […]

A Faith-Based Look at Time’s Person of the Year Possibilities

posted by Nicole Neroulias

This year, Time has solicited nominations for the magazine’s 2010 Person of the Year. (It’s probably not you — or “you” again — this year. Sorry!) Here are the top 20 results, to which I’ve added their religious afffiliations and faith-related links. […]

Fun Friday: ‘War on Christmas’ Time Again!

posted by Nicole Neroulias

While I appreciate that some people have genuine concerns about church-state separation, religious freedom and cultural sensitivity, I simply can’t take “war on Christmas” stories too seriously, given the real wars going on in the world. As Stephen Colbert noted last night on […]

Hanukkah 2010 Soundtrack: Matisyahu, Maccabeats & Bieber/Kanye/Enrique Parodies Light Up the Holiday

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Updated to add the Maccabeats link and video. Hanukkah tunes have come a long way since my suburban New York public school had us singing “The Dreidel Song” and a couple of obscure Hebrew ditties to balance out all the Christmas […]

Sharing My Cake With Hanukkah, World AIDS Day, DREAM Act Events & Seattle Archbishop Installation

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Updated at 9 p.m. EST with more links. Dec. 1 is always a crazy day for me — how convenient that my birthday (shared by Woody Allen and the Rosa Parks bus boycott launch, among other events) falls during the holiday season […]

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Fun Friday: Atheist Temple Planned for UK's Nonbelievers
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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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