Belief Beat
February 2011 Archives

U.S. Rep. Peter King of New York, the new Republican head of the House Homeland Security Committee, is moving full speed ahead on controversial hearings to assess the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism. (To borrow an old Chris Rock joke, what […]

Updated to add Rolling Stone link. Scientology has come under a lot of fire in the past year, as the St. Petersburgh Times, CNN and other media outlets — helped along by Anonymous, a kind of WikiLeaks of the organization […]

Check out the medical news out of the Vatican, as covered by my Religion News Service colleague Francis X. Rocca: Vatican to Draft Guidelines for Catholic Hospitals Pope Can’t Be Organ Donor, Church Says (The first story relates to my […]

USA Today’s Faith & Reason blog and The Christian Post report that this Super Bowl ad reportedly rejected by Fox execs due to its religious content ran during yesterday’s game after all — at least, it did in Washington, DC. GetReligion […]

Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart had a funny field report last night from Texas, covering the “miracle” of a Jewish Republican’s reelection. The show focuses on how Texas Rep. Joe Straus, Speaker of the Lone Star state’s House of […]

The Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers will face off in Super Bowl XLV this weekend, and there’s been plenty of faith-related coverage leading up to the big day. Here’s a sample, starting with a related preview story about […]

NASA astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ husband, delivered the closing prayer at this morning’s National Prayer Breakfast. From CNN’s coverage: At one point during his wife’s hospitalization in Tucson, Mark Kelly said he visited an impromptu memorial set […]

For such a short month, February sure does have a lot of holidays! Today is Chinese/Lunar New Year — it’s now the Year of the Rabbit, so my sister-in-law in Hong Kong and her pet bunny are in luck! — and Setsubun-sai, […]

Just a bit of sillinesss to balance out the Middle East today: It’s Groundhog Day, and Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, which means he has predicted an early spring. (Sure, if you live in Seattle, where it’s been mild […]

Updated with more links at 2:30 p.m. EST. It seems like everyone has an opinion about the turmoil in Egypt, including what the implications may be for the region’s Islamic groups and religious freedom. This concerned confusion extends to the fate of […]