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Alaska Airlines: High Payers No Longer Offered Sky Prayers

posted by Nicole Neroulias

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, […]

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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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RIP Christopher Hitchens: In Heaven, Hell, In Between or Nowhere in Particular

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Prolific writer and ascerbic atheist Christopher Hitchens died yesterday, more than a year into his public battle with esophageal cancer. Kicking, screaming and ‘blaspheming’ until the end, surrounded by friends and prayed for (despite his indifference) by supporters? It’s a comforting […]

Fun Friday: What GOP Hopefuls & NY Middle Schoolers Have in Common

posted by Nicole Neroulias

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 […]

Notes From Jewish Lecture on Aid to Africa

posted by Nicole Neroulias

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 […]

Israel’s Anti-American Ads: Not Kosher

posted by Nicole Neroulias

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 […]

Thanksgiving: Gratitude vs. Gluttony & Greed

posted by Nicole Neroulias

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 […]

Meet Religion Reporters in NYC: 11/30 & 12/14

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Professional journalists, clergy, bloggers, students and other folks simply interested in learning more about how religion headlines happen – check out these events coming up in Manhattan: 1) Religion and the Media The Jewish Theological Seminary 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. […]

Occupy Wall Street Protests: Preparing for the Apocalypse?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

With Harold Camping’s new definitely/maybe apocalypse rescheduled for this Friday, perhaps the Occupy Wall Street crowd’s contagious pessimism has just been preparing humanity for the end of days? Any gold enthusiasts reported deathly ill from a mysterious plague yet? Either way, there’s […]

Fun Friday: Finding New Angles for the Jewish High Holy Days

posted by Nicole Neroulias

For longtime religion reporters, it’s a challenge to come up with fresh ideas for the same holidays each year, especially for smaller groups like Judaism (depending on where you live). In a pinch, there are a few go-to angles that […]

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 […]

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 […]

London Riots Prompt Prayers, Reflection

posted by Nicole Neroulias

The riots in London, Birmingham and other British cities have caught us off-guard — it’s a far cry from the pomp and circumstance associated with the recent royal wedding, not to mention next year’s Olympic Games and Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond […]

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, […]

Fun Friday: Pope Takes a Holiday, Israelis Disagree on Days Off

posted by Nicole Neroulias

In the spirit of summertime and my own recent hiatus, I’ve enjoyed the “Pope takes a vacation” stories on this appropriately slow news week. (Perhaps he’s already burned out from tweeting?) Pope Benedict Begins His Busy Vacation (Catholic News Agency) […]

Faith News Roundup for July 4: America Is/Was/Not a Christian Nation?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Sorry for the delay, folks — technical difficulties! The Huffington Post’s Religion section published a range of July 4-themed columns, reflecting the range of beliefs practiced in the United States these days: ‘God of Liberty': The Role of Religion in […]

Away Message: Leavin’ on a Jet Plane, Don’t Know When I’ll Be Back Again…

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Belief Beat is on a break for the rest of the month, while I visit family overseas. As noted last week, I’m disappointed to miss next week’s Seattle meeting of the U.S. Catholic bishops, discussing updates to their clergy abuse […]

Fun Friday: Jon Stewart Gets ‘Jewish’ Over Bleeding Wrist During Weinergate Press Conference

posted by Nicole Neroulias

There was a very funny exchange on The Daily Show this week, during the fake press conference Jon Stewart held to satirize both Congressman Anthony Weiner’s apology and his own show’s half-hearted mockery of the scandal (Weiner is an old […]

San Francisco Circumcision Vote Crosses Line from Wacky to Wicked

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Although — or perhaps because — I’m a religion reporter who has specialized in Judaism (including all kinds of circumcision rituals) and spent a few years working in the Bay Area, I’ve been content to just briefly mention the anti-circumcision ballot […]

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) […]

UPDATED: Muslims, Jews Pay Close Attention to Obama’s Middle East Speech

posted by Nicole Neroulias

President Obama is giving gave a speech about the “Arab Spring” and related upheavals in the Middle East this morning, and is meeting with Israeli officials tomorrow and Sunday (unless the world ends). Here’s the text of the speech, which included this […]

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 […]

Happy Mother’s Day: Here’s a Bouquet of Faith-Related News

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Happy Mother’s Day — I’m enjoying a rare day off from everything, but here’s a quick round-up of related news — in exchange for sleeping in tomorrow? (I may have just jinxed the religion reporting universe…) Thanks, Moms (Whispers in […]

U.S. Jewish Groups Welcome Bin Laden’s Death, But Urge Continued Vigilance

posted by Nicole Neroulias

As religious and secular outlets alike scramble to cover the hell out of the death of Osama bin Laden, the two emerging angles have been “what’s the appropriate way to react to the news” and “was the at-sea burial Islamically appropriate, and […]

Passover Starts Tonight: Faith News Roundup

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Passover begins tonight, and Jews are vigorously debating — what else is new? — the proper way to observe this major holiday, with controversies ranging from the dietary (whether gin, ciabatta and quinoa are kosher-for-Passover) to the literal (how to make the […]

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