Belief Beat
December 2010 Archives

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 […]

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 […]

(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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]