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Fun Friday: Church as Alternative to Alabama Slammer?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Ever play that game “Would you rather?” Here’s a Fun Friday edition: Would you rather spend a year in jail or church? It’s not entirely theoretical, at least not for nonviolent, first-time offenders in Alabama: -Jesus or jail? Alabama town […]

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Ringing in Rosh Hashana & Navratri 2011

posted by Nicole Neroulias

It’s Rosh Hashana, Judaism’s New Year, so here are some Jewish headlines to ring in Year 5772: -In a TriBeCa Park, a Question of Law and a Religious Symbol (New York Times) -Make this the year of the apology (JTA) -As […]

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Paging Bristol Palin: Most Christian Teens Don’t Wait Until Marriage, Either

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Here’s the latest story reporting that most evangelical youths, despite the best intentions of their clergy and parents, ultimately losing their virginities before marriage: Why Young Christians Aren’t Waiting Anymore (CNN) This story addresses the obvious angle that coverage of […]

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Gay Clergy, Ground Zero Mosque & Other Controversial Faith Stories Move Ahead Quietly

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Interesting mix of faith news over the weekend, kind of falling into an “end of an era” theme.  Check these out: -Islamic center opens its doors near ground zero (AP) -Church leadership post for an openly gay Mormon (CNN) -First […]

Fun Friday: Cagefighting Jesus, Alternative Southern Baptist Names, Ted Haggard’s Wife Swap

posted by Nicole Neroulias

The Daily Show and The Colbert Report aren’t resting on their Emmy laurels — they each had entertaining faith-related bits this week, particularly on the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict’s United Nations edition. (Unfortunately, Comedy Central […]

Military Ends ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Ban on Gay Troops: Chaplains Blink?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

The U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on openly gay troops ended yesterday, and as many outlets have noted, we’re all still safe and sound. Check out the AP’s story and video here. If anything, military recruiting looks poised […]

Notes on Islamophobia, Polygamy & More from Religion Reporting Conference

posted by Nicole Neroulias

I’m back in Seattle after my whirlwind trip to Durham, N.C. for this year’s Religion Newswriters Association conference. Those of you who followed #RNA2011 on Twitter got a preview of the breaking news and upcoming trends that will now make […]

Heading Southeast, While Clergy and Candidates Clash on Immigration Reform & Jobs Act

posted by Nicole Neroulias

I’m heading to the Religion Newswriters Association’s annual conference, held in Durham, N.C. this year. Check out the schedule and let me know if there are any specific topics you’d like me to cover, in addition to the Buddhism session […]

Faith News Roundup, 9/11 Anniversary Edition: Where’s the Ground Zero Church?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

For all the brouhaha over not having clergy lead prayers at the 9/11 anniversary ceremony at the new World Trade Center memorial yesterday, there was plenty of faith at the observance, including biblical readings from President Obama, former President George […]

Fun Friday: Muslim Guy Wants to Stop Apologizing for Sept. 11 Attacks

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Every time the 9/11 anniversary comes along, I’m torn between wanting to cover the hell out of it, and wanting to curl up in the fetal position until it goes away. Pretty much the same way I felt as a journalism […]

Gov. Rick Perry: Faith, Not Science, Explains Texas Drought?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

I’m mystified that GOP presidential contenders still get away with dismissing climate change as a a mere “theory” (like gravity?), but even more so when the doubting Thomas comes in the form of Gov. Rick Perry, of the drought-stricken state of […]

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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 ...

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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