Belief Beat

Catholic comedian Stephen Colbert devoted a “Yahweh or No Way” segment to the new English translation of the Roman Missal (Mass). Only Colbert could work in references to Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and They Might Be Giants’ “Istanbul (Not Contantinople)” into that story! Plus there’s some funny stuff about Pope Benedict’s “need for speed” and disregard for seatbelt laws in his popemobile, and a ridiculous holiday season shopping ad:

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Yahweh or No Way – Altered Catholic Mass, Papal Seat Belt & Offensive Vodka Ad
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive

In breaking religion news that just made me smile with relief, JTA reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is canceling an ad campaign about the dangers of Israelis marrying Americans. (Your kids might call you Daddy instead of Abba!) On a related note, doesn’t the “Ministry of Immigrant Absorption” sound awfully Orwellian? Maybe it sounds better in Hebrew.

Also, don’t forget to RSVP if you plan to attend the Dec. 14 religion media networking event in Manhattan:

The Huffington Post, 6th Floor, 770 Broadway (at East 9th Street), 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 14

Journalists, faith-based public relations professionals and graduate students are invited to mix and mingle over refreshments.  Co-sponsored by Religion Newswriters Association and the New York chapter of the Religion Communicators Council, the event will include pitching and blogging advice from Huffington Post Religion editor Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, and a drawing for a free registration for RNA’s 2012 conference in the Washington, DC area. Admission $10 for RNA/RCC members and students, $20 for non-members. RSVP to by Dec. 5.

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