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Fun Friday: Halloween, Jesusween or Halaloween – Just Gimme Some Candy!

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Today is the Greek holiday “Ohi” (No) Day, celebrating Greece’s defiance against the Axis powers during World War II. In that spirit, I say “NO!” to anyone raining on my Halloween parade, from my family’s church canceling its awesome haunted […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Muslims Brace For A Long, Hot & Hungry Ramadan 2011

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Ramadan is a physically and spiritually demanding month for Muslims — think Lent & Yom Kippur having a baby, on steroids — but when the Islamic calendar places it during secular summertime, it’s especially tough, because the daylight fasting requirement […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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