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An Islamophobe Says What? Pam Geller’s Fowl Language

posted by Nicole Neroulias

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 […]

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Could American Muslims Take a Page From The Book of Mormon?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Mormons and Muslims: brothers from another mother? Think about it: Judaism and Christianity updated by a controversial new prophet, the prohibitions on alcohol, the historical polygamy, homophobia, etc. By some estimates — without a U.S. Census asking about religion, this is always […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Muslims Celebrate End of Ramadan, Brace for 9/11 Anniversary

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Ramadan, the holy Islamic month of daytime fasting and spiritual reflection, has ended with the usual Eid-al-Fitr festival fanfare — plus some controversy at Rye’s Playland amusement park (my old stomping grounds), confusion in Indonesia, and continued civil disobedience in Egypt. […]

Ramadan F-Words: Friends, Family, Fasting, Forgiveness & Female Problems

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Ramadan 2011 is underway, with Muslims around the world fasting and praying accordingly. As promised, I met up with Aman Ali (in hat) and Bassam Tariq, the “30 Mosques in 30 States” guys, when they stopped in Seattle during Day […]

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: […]

Norway Massacre: Prayers for Victims, Relief for Muslims

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Not only was Anders Behring Breivik, Norway’s accused mass murderer, not an Islamic terrorist, but he’s an Islamophobic hardline Christian. (Cue immense sigh of relief from Scandinavia’s Muslim community, among others.) A Christian terrorist, if you will. The facts are still coming […]

Fun Friday: If Muslims & Christians Pray Together, Can Santa – or God – Tell the Difference?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Check out this field report about interfaith cooperation from last night’s Daily Show With Jon Stewart, in which correspondent-comedian John Oliver plays the role of a conservative Christian confused by a Virginia church allowing Muslims to pray in its multi-purpose room. (Seems like […]

BREAKING NEWS: Osama Bin Laden Killed in Pakistan; U.S. Muslim Groups Respond; Updated Faith Links

posted by Nicole Neroulias

So much for the royal wedding stealing the thunder of Pope John Paul’s beatification, the Bible Belt tornado deaths, the “60 Minutes” interview with Lara Logan about her assault in Cairo, and all the other news going on this weekend — the top […]

France’s Burqa Ban Begins, With Full Coverage (As It Were)

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Today marked the beginning of France’s controversial ban on the burqa — not to be confused with the niqab, hijab or chador, as I’ve previously noted here (and CNN reminds us), but rather the clothing that completely hides a Muslim woman’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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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