Ever play that game “Would you rather?” Here’s a Fun Friday edition: Would you rather spend a year in jail or church? It’s not entirely theoretical, at least not for nonviolent, first-time offenders in Alabama: –Jesus or jail? Alabama town offers options for serving time (CNN) –Criminals offered choice of time in pews or the…

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 Obama’s Jewish numbers plummet, AJC poll shows U.S. Jews “grumpy” (AJC) –In Brooklyn, a Hasidic…

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 the abstinence movement often seems to ignore:  Relevant notes that in biblical times, people married…

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 gay man to be ordained in Presbyterian Church USA since historic vote (Minneapolis Star Tribune) –Bishop:…

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Nicole Neroulias is a correspondent for Religion News Service, a secular news and photo service devoted to unbiased coverage of religion and ethics. A graduate of Cornell University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she has previously written for The New York Times and other media outlets. She and her family live in Seattle.

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