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Six GOP presidential hopefuls schlepped for votes Wednesday at a candidates forum hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition (insert your own SNL Coffee Talk joke here). Background notes: Jews make up less than 2 percent of the U.S. population and vote overwhelmingly […]

My ancestors defined the “golden mean” as the middle ground between extremes; moderation in all things. A few thousand years later, Goldilocks and three bears made a similar discovery about ideal food temperature and furniture comfort. This Greek philosophy seems to […]

Please RSVP by 3 p.m. Dec. 6 EST if you plan to attend the religion media networking event in Manhattan next week: RNA/RCC Happy Hour The Huffington Post, 6th Floor, 770 Broadway (at East 9th Street) 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14 […]

Oh dear: Saudis fear there will be ‘no more virgins’ and people will turn gay if female drive ban is lifted (Daily Mail) But hey, look on the bright side: if there aren’t any more virgins in this life, all […]

Catholic comedian Stephen Colbert devoted a “Yahweh or No Way” segment to the new English translation of the Roman Missal (Mass). Only Colbert could work in references to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and They Might Be Giants’ “Istanbul (Not Contantinople)” […]

Top five points I took away from last night’s “Can Foreign Aid Really Help Africa?” talk in Seattle, featuring American Jewish World Service president Ruth Messinger and University of Washington Prof. Dan Chirot: 1) Faith-based organizations are strongly motivated to […]

This one just can’t wait for Fun Friday: Netanyahu Government Suggests Israelis Avoid Marrying American Jews (The Atlantic) Oy! I believe this qualifies as biting the hand that feeds you. And, as I noted on Facebook, nothing sends most young […]

A bit late to the party, but USC’s Trans/Missions Scoop blog just alerted me to the latest nonsense from my old friend Pamela Geller: a diatribe against halal Thanksgiving turkeys, because real Americans shouldn’t be forced to eat Muslim-approved meat. Ball’s […]

Thanksgiving is supposed to remind us to be thankful for we have received, but as with most holidays, commercialization can make it hard to remember its original spirit. This sentiment, plus my fear of Black Friday frenzies and apathy towards […]

I haven’t been covering the Jerry Sandusky child-rape allegations, because it’s not a faith-related story, unless you count the Penn State football=religion, Joe Paterno=God perspective. But other religion reporters disagree, and of course there are obvious comparisons to how the […]

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