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Washington’s Gay Marriage Debate: Clergy vs. Clergy

posted by Nicole Neroulias

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 […]

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What Israel’s Domestic Policy & Santorum Supporters Have in Common

posted by Nicole Neroulias

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 […]

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Republican Primary Choice: Conservative Christian or Christian Conservative?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Voting has begun in the New Hampshire primary, and I expect that Mitt Romney will continue to do well — especially since New Hampshire voters care a lot less about religious bonafides (aka Jesus talk) than their counterparts in Iowa and […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fun Friday: What to Ask Republican Presidential Candidates, And What Not to Wear to Church

posted by Nicole Neroulias

I dearly love the premise of GetReligion, a blog that points out weaknesses in the mainstream media’s coverage of faith-related issues, but I do get annoyed at its conservative Christian perspective at times. For example, all the pearl-clutching over Bill […]

Where Do White Evangelicals Stand on Strict State Immigration Laws?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Religious leaders and faith-based groups have taken an active role in the debate over immigration reform vs. enforcement – some louder than others, some conspicuously quiet. The new flare-up over Alabama’s extreme new law is no exception. Catholic clergy tend to […]

Michele Bachmann & Rick Perry: Fair Questions for the ‘Christian’ Candidates?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

With Rep. Michele Bachmann winning the Iowa straw poll, and Gov. Rick Perry entering the race hot off his Texan prayer rally, we’ve got ourselves a Christian horserace for the Republican presidential nominee. (My theory is they’ll split the white […]

Should Federal Funds Go to World Vision & Other Groups That Only Hire Christians?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Religion & Ethics Newsweekly aired an interesting piece this weekend about whether faith-based groups that accept government funding may continue only hiring members of their own faith. (Remember, the ongoing controversy here is that these groups are supported by taxpayer […]

Rick Perry Prays for America, While Army Atheists Go Marching Along

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Texas Gov. Rick Perry held his much-publicized — some say too publicized, but I strongly disagree — daylong prayer rally in Houston on Saturday. Check out coverage of “The Response” from CNN, AP and Mark Silk’s Spiritual Politics blog. Let’s see […]

Fun Friday: Prayers Answered for Smokin’ Hot Wife & Circumcision Ban Banned

posted by Nicole Neroulias

As I expected — though perhaps not this quickly — San Francisco’s proposed ballot measure banning circumcision has been, ahem, nipped in the bud. On a serious note, the debate over the pros and cons of circumcision, both medically and religiously, […]

Budget Crisis & Debt Ceiling Crossroads: Time to Pray?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

America’s fiscal crisis and debt ceiling debate has prompted a lot of soul-searching, both literally and figuratively. (An interfaith gathering even attempted to pray away the problem… let’s see if it works better than praying away the gay!) As with the […]

Poll: In Godly Presidents We Trust?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

A new poll finds that most Americans want presidential candidates to have strong religious beliefs — even if those beliefs are different from their own. As Gary Scott Smith, a history professor at Grove City College and author of “Faith and the Presidency: […]

LGBT Faith News: Pray Away the Gay… Or Teach About It?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

You know it’s an election cycle when there’s even more gay-related religion news than usual, beyond the usual headlines about marriage, parenting, ordination, DADT in the military, etc. On that topic, two stories in particular are rocking Christian America’s “is […]

Back to the USA & Catching Up on Faith News: Your Picks?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Happy birthday, America! It’s nice to be back in time for the Independence Day fireworks, though my dog is not so thrilled. Check back tomorrow for a roundup of July 4-related faith news links. In the meantime, how’s this for […]

Fun Friday: Tim Tebow, Christian Sports Hero, Reveals Sense of Humor

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Football quarterback Tim Tebow, best known to the masses as the evangelical guy who wrote Bible verses in his eye-black as a college star last year (and had a pro-life ad air during last year’s Super Bowl), has been making […]

May Flashback: San Francisco to Vote on Circumcision, Bishop Eddie Long Settles & More

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend — prayers and picnics alike. Here’s my top five list interesting faith-related news from the past few weeks worth keeping an eye on: Battle over circumcision is shaping up in California (JTA) […]

Fun Friday: Saint’s Head for Sale, Christian Brains for Study

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Mixed news for Christian noggins this week: The skull of St. Vitalis of Assisi, a 14th Century Benedictine monk who led an “immoral and licentious youth” before becoming the saint to pray with to be healed from bladder or venereal disease, […]

Why We Covered the May 21 Rapture (That Wasn’t?) & Will Cover October’s Judgment Day (That Isn’t?)

posted by Nicole Neroulias

In the days since the unrapturous Rapture, I’ve seen a lot of comments here and on other religion blogs asking why Harold Camping’s prophecy got so much coverage in the first place, alternately accusing the media of snarky schadenfreude or […]

Billy Graham Released From Hospital; Lady Gaga’s Taking the Reins?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Five days after being admitted to a North Carolina hospital with pneumonia, the Rev. Billy Graham has been released from the hospital, and is now resting comfortably at his mountain home. Meanwhile, is Lady Gaga trying to be the next […]

BREAKING NEWS: The Rev. Billy Graham, 92, Hospitalized With Pneumonia

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Evangelist and “pastor to presidents” Billy Graham has been admitted to a North Carolina hospital, with pneumonia. Officials say Graham is resting comfortable, and perhaps it’s not too serious: CNN reports that his son, Franklin Graham, is not expected to return from […]

Poll: Americans Think Bin Laden’s in Hell, But Would Jesus Want Us to Celebrate (Much)?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

This month’s Public Religion Research Institute/Religion News Service poll asked how Americans  feel about Osama bin Laden’s death, whether the Golden Rule applies to terrorists, and other questions that probe the grey area between Christian belief and behavior. No surprise […]

Presbyterians, U.S. Navy Tackle Gay Acceptance — Upsetting Some Christians

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Do big gay faith news stories come in threes? If so, we’ve already had two this week: The Presbyterian Church got enough member region (presbytery) votes Tuesday to allow gay clergy, after more than three decades of debate and nearly […]

No Offense? Sojourners Rejects Gay Ad, Jewish Paper Rejects Hillary Clinton’s Image

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Here’s a case of two faith-related news stories that both illustrate two of my favorite sayings: “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you” and “The medium is the message.” Sojourners, the progressive Christian organization helmed by Jim Wallis, is getting lots […]

What Would Martin Luther King’s Dream Be Today?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Yesterday marked the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Not to be confused with MLK Day in mid-January, which marks the civil rights leader’s birthday.) As PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly reported on the 40th […]

Irony Alert: Should Christians Apologize for Terry Jones, Westboro Baptists, Abortion Clinic Bombers, Etc.?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Here’s some food for thought: Should all Christians, or at least evangelical Protestants, apologize on behalf of the actions taken by Florida’s reportedly unrepetant, enthusiastically Quran-burning pastor Terry Jones — which prompted violent protests in Afghanistan over the weekend — or […]

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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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 ...

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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 ...

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What Israel's Domestic Policy & Santorum Supporters Have in Common
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