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March 2011 Archives

Jewish Outcry Prompts Facebook to Reluctantly Remove Fan Page for Third Palestinian Intifada

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Reversing an earlier announcement that it would merely “monitor” the situation, Facebook shut down a fan page for the “Third Palestinian Intifada” today — prompted by outcry from Israeli officials and Jewish groups like the Anti-Defamation League. I’m a bit confused, […]

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RIP Geraldine Ferraro: Political Trailblazer, Pro-Choice Catholic & ‘Friend of Israel’

posted by Nicole Neroulias

I don’t normally blog about obituaries here — religious leaders and prominent people of faith die every week, after all — but the coverage of the death of trailblazing vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, 75, struck me as particularly interesting, from […]

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Fun Friday: He’s Not Heavy, He’s My Brother (in Christ)

posted by Nicole Neroulias

A new study, covered by Religion News Service, USA Today & The Chicago Tribune, finds that churchgoers tend to be fatter than their less devout peers. Baptists tend to be the heaviest, with Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist groups bringing up the […]

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Poll: U.S. Christians Conflicted About Why Disasters Strike

posted by Nicole Neroulias

This month’s new Public Religion Research Institute poll asked how America’s evangelicals, mainline Protestants,  Catholics and minority Christians felt about natural disasters, like Japan’s earthquake-tsunami-nuclear crisis, as it relates to their understanding of God. The findings include: Most white evangelicals (84 […]

Eruvs: God Loves a Loophole, But Does Your Town?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Covering religion requires an open mind. I’ve written about all sorts of faith traditions in the 10 years, and not much raises my eyebrows anymore, but some things do require me to suspend disbelief more than others: celibacy-with-exceptions for Catholic […]

Testing, Testing… Our Faith in Technology! (Also, American Muslims.)

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Sorry, folks — as you may have guessed by my absence and all the recent posting problems in the Comments section, Beliefnet has been moving the blogs over to a new system, and it’s taking longer than expected. In the […]

Fun Friday: Preparing for Purim, Judaism’s Mardis Gras

posted by Nicole Neroulias

It’s slim pickings for Fun Friday this week — even The Daily Show and The Colbert Report have been reruns — so I’ll take this opportunity to preview Purim, by far the funnest of Jewish holidays. (When else can you […]

Irish Catholics & Friends Celebrate St. Patrick, As His Church Struggles to Shake Abuse Scandal

posted by Nicole Neroulias

The clergy abuse scandal continues to plague the Catholic Church in Ireland (and Philadelphia, Los Angeles & Mexico, etc.), but the country’s patron saint still gets his due today — green beer, Shamrock Shakes, “Kiss Me I’m Irish” pins and all. Here are some faith-related links: The Long […]

Beware the Ides of March… and Gay Marriage?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Couldn’t resist a timely headline joke here — a Shakespearean nod to all the panicked Americans convinced that legalizing same-sex marriage represents DOOM, as March 15 traditionally does. Some relevant recent headlines: Maryland gay marriage bill dies with no final vote […]

Week in Review: Prayers for Japan, Fears of U.S. Muslims

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Guess I wasn’t kidding about having that “Jon Stewart curse” — a lot of faith-related news broke while I was on vacation, including the prayers and faith-based aid directed to Japan’s disaster recovery efforts, and the American Muslim community’s reaction to […]

Coming Up: Accused Priests Dismissed, Ash Wednesday & Muslim Hearings

posted by Nicole Neroulias

There’s a lot of religion news expected over the next few days, including the ongoing fallout from the clergy abuse scandal in Philadelphia, tomorrow’s Ash Wednesday (kicking off Lent for Catholics and Protestants; it already began for Orthodox Christians with […]

As Lent Approaches, Catholic Clergy Abuse Scandal Rocks Philadelphia (Again)

posted by Nicole Neroulias

As Catholics prepare for Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season — a period of penitence and reflection — the Philadelphia archdiocese is getting hit with a major lawsuit, three weeks after a grand jury investigation concluded that it has continued […]

Fun Friday: Updated Bible Shakes Booty & Virgin

posted by Nicole Neroulias

I’ve had a hard time picking just one “Fun Friday” topic to elaborate on in past weeks, but this time was easy: a revised Catholic Bible includes changing “booty” to “spoils of war” and “ideal wife” to “woman of worth.” USA Today […]

Evangelicals to Congress: Don’t Balance Budget By Sacrificing the Needy

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Religion reporters increasingly hear from Christian groups advocating positions that are politically more aligned with Democrats than Republicans, particularly on the environment, immigration and health care reform. I usually take this kind of thing with a pillar of salt during campaign season, […]

Houston Rabbi Gives Update on Gabrielle Giffords’ Condition

posted by Nicole Neroulias

It’s inevitable that our 24-hour news cycle leaves even major stories slipping through the cracks — when’s the last time we heard about Haiti or the Gulf of Mexico oil spill? — so I appeciate it when there’s a chance […]

Victory for Hate? Westboro Baptist Church Wins Supreme Court Case, Pakistan’s Christian Minister Gunned Down

posted by Nicole Neroulias

It’s a bad news morning: Christian Pakistani Minister Shot Dead in Islamabad Ambush (Reuters) High Court Rules for Military Funeral Protesters (AP) Wow. Makes me wish I had stayed in bed longer, especially after an all-nighter with a sick toddler. […]

February Flashback: Southern Gay Parents, Facebooking Nun & Amish Bernie Madoff

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Belief Beat usually covers hard news or stories that make multiple headlines, but now that it’s March, let’s look back at a few interesting February features you may have missed: Gay Parenting Takes Off In Bible Belt (CNN Belief  Blog) […]

Oscar Recap & Fallout: Natalie Portman Ditches Dior Designer Over Hitler Rant

posted by Nicole Neroulias

I’m glad I live on the West Coast now, so that I don’t have to stay up late to watch the Academy Awards anymore — especially when it’s a rather dull telecast, as it was this year. There has been […]

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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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