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January 2011 Archives

Fun Friday: Doritos, the Super Bowl’s Sacramental Snack Food?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

I was going to blog about Ted Williams, the “golden voiced” homeless Ohio man and recovering addict who has credited God with for his newfound fame, but I’m a bit apprehensive about his sudden stardom — everyone loves a feel-good […]

New Congress Boasts Conservative Catholic Speaker & Highest Ranking Jew Ever

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Jews and conservative Catholics are excited about new House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (the most senior elected Jewish official in American history) and Speaker John Boehner (a Catholic like his predecessor Nancy Pelosi, but one who is staunchly pro-life). But aside […]

Christians in Egypt, Muslim World Fear For Their Lives

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Christian minorities in the Middle East and Muslim countries were already scared for their lives, but this “Christianophobia” crisis has become even more obvious in the wake of a bombing that killed at least 21 worshipers and injured about a hundred at a […]

Religion News Predictions for 2011: Muslims, Catholics & Mormons (Oh My)

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Happy New Year! I’m back from an exhausting trip to India, with more than 700 faith-related headlines waiting for me under the Christmas tree. (Incidentally, there were tons of Christmas carols and decorations in the airports and shopping areas in […]

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posted 4:57:28pm Feb. 14, 2012 | read full post »

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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