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Religious expression at the holidays:

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  • Store owner fights display ban | To Christopher James, Christmas inspires too much joy to be celebrated only one or two months of the year. But because of two 5-foot-tall Santa Claus figures outside his store, he so far owes $47,000 in fines, and the meter is still running (Palm Beach Post)

  • Jesus figurine stolen from Libertyville Nativity scene | The theft of a plastic baby Jesus from a Nativity scene in Libertyville's Cook Park has upset local religious leaders (Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs)

  • Nativity scene goes up in Daley Plaza | "Christians feel it's the only thing representing the true meaning of Christmas up in Chicago," Jim Finnegan said. (Daily Herald, Chicago suburbs)

  • We should flag up Scotland's Christian side | Despite being an agnostic, I was angered by reports that the Scottish Parliament had abolished any reference to Christianity on its Christmas cards, and delighted to hear MSPs would in fact be given a choice of card, with or without religious message (Jim Sillars, Evening News, The Scotsman)

Advent and Christmas:

  • The season of Advent invites quiet reflection | For some Christians, the days between Thanksgiving and Dec. 25 are a time for spiritual contemplation, not shopping (Los Angeles Times)

  • Spirit of Advent | Christians prepare for Christ's birth and Second Coming with books, ceremonies and personal reflection during the season of Advent (The Wichita Eagle)

  • Counting the days | 19th-century Advent tradition kept alive today (Courier & Press, Ky.)

  • Keeping Christmas | Why participate any longer in this charade where the focal point of worship has shifted from a babe in a manger to a babe in the Victoria's Secret window? (Cal Thomas, The Washington Times)

  • The steel meaning of Christmas | What does a mill town do when it loses its mill? In Bethlehem, Pa., they just turn up the tinsel (The Washington Post)

  • Christmas is more than religion | Those who bemoan the holiday's commercialization should take a historical view (Clarke Thomas, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

  • Shopping center puts price tag on Jesus | The Oslo City shopping mall has started a campaign to spur Christmas buying that they say reminds consumers of what the holiday meant, and what it has become. But plenty of people find the promotion - a large banner depicting Jesus Christ with a CD as a halo and a price tag over his head—tasteless (Aftenposten, Oslo, Norway)

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  • Are churches too skittish to address gluttony? | The disconnect between food and spirituality, some people of faith say, is never more poignant than at Thanksgiving—America's gorge-fest. Families gobble, gobble, gobble to their heart's desire, treating their bodies as objects for overindulgence rather than sacred temples. (Dallas Morning News)

  • Pilgrims, No thanks in Mohawk Country | Pilgrims? Mrs. King's first graders looked blank when asked by a visitor. Pilgrims? (The New York Times)

  • The un-Pilgrims | This is the region that historians now see as the birthplace of religious pluralism in America: as the origin of the melting pot (Russell Shorto, The New York Times)

  • A case of hit and myth | The Pilgrims were not warm and loving freedom seekers. They were intolerant people (Margaret Finnegan, Los Angeles Times)

  • Forgiving can add to joy of holiday dinner | The best offering for the Thanksgiving table doesn't come from the oven (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

  • Praise heaven, religion's still free | Because they risked danger and death in a faraway land for the chance to worship as they saw fit, freed of government interference, the Pilgrims have become symbols of our commitment to religious liberty (Editorial, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)



  • How would Jesus be? | 13 questions about the man, his teachings and the way the world celebrates him (The State, Columbia, S.C.)

  • 'Roadside' queries for Jesus show pain and hunger | Five weeks ago, I asked the 5,000 readers of my daily e-mail meditations: If Jesus walked by, as in Mark's story of blind Bartimaeus, and they could ask a question from the roadside, what would they ask? I have received 233 responses and more than 300 "roadside questions" (Tom Ehrich, The Indianapolis Star)


  • God on the Quad | New England's liberal college campuses have become fertile ground for the evangelical movement, which is attracting students in record numbers. But after they graduate, will they keep the faith? (The Boston Globe)

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Life ethics:

  • Block on EU cash for stem cell research | Italy failed to overcome disagreements between governments which have highlighted religious and ethical differences in regards to using human embryos for medical purposes (The Guardian, London)

  • Also: EU split over stem cell research funding (The Independent, London)

  • When abortion is the choice over deformity | By all means, let's clarify the law on what constitutes serious handicap, after due consideration. But let's not demonize one woman, one doctor and one set of police without any details - which are confidential - whatsoever of the test-case (Margaret Cook, The Scotsman)

  • French row over rights for unborn | French feminists, doctors and the leftwing opposition reacted furiously after the conservative majority in parliament passed a bill making it a crime to cause a pregnant woman to miscarry against her will (The Guardian, London)

Religious speech of General Boykin and President Bush:

  • The deadly history of religion | The ensuing six decades since WWII, as noted, have seen scant easing of religious animosities—which explains the "Boykin problem" dogging President Bush. (Lionel Van Deerlin, San Diego Union Tribune)

  • Do all religious paths lead to the same God? | Bush remark renews old debate (Newhouse News Service)

  • A little God talk from the chief | It's not easy being the theologian-in-chief. George W. Bush often gives lectures in Islam as "the religion of peace" between denunciations of suicide bombers in Israel and terrorist slayers of American soldiers in Iraq, and last week in London he had to pause in the midst of a state visit to instruct an inquiring British mind in the nature of God. (Wesley Pruden, The Washington Times)

  • President Bush, faith convictions, and media cynicism | Christians and Muslims do not worship the 'same God' (Richard Land,

  • Muslim God and Christian God | President George W Bush has come in for some stick this week for saying that the God he worships is the same God that Muslims worship (Christopher Howse, The Daily Telegraph, London)

  • Mr. Bush and the Almighty | If that seems like a great deal to read into such a brief remark—"I believe we worship the same God"—just consider if the U.S. president had said the opposite (Editorial, The Japan Times)

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  • Stickers produce unique battle in Egypt | Muslims use shark bumper stickers to counter Christian fish (Associated Press)

  • Christianity and Islam battle fervently for African souls | "Battle for Souls" leads viewers into the riotous troubles with a focus on unrest in Nigeria (The New York Times)

  • Islam for Catholics | Catholics — as well as other Christians — need to know a lot more about Islam, say two authors of a book of 100 questions and answers on the topic. However, the outlook on Muslims from "Inside Islam: A Guide for Catholics" is hardly favorable (The Washington Times)

  • Christian mullahs message of hate | In reality US desire to enforce "freedom of opinion", "human rights" are a pretext to facilitate the permeation of western culture and values, whilst marginalizing the Islamic values and traditions, hoping this will reduce the antagonism in the Arab/Islamic world (Yamin Zakria,

Interfaith relations:

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  • Christians cause chaos at psychic show | Fundamentalist Christian demonstrators caused chaos at the Baxter Theatre on Tuesday night as they hurled threats and anti-Semitic abuse at psychic Belinda Silbert (Cape Argus, Cape Town, South Africa)

Other religions:

  • Interest surges in Voodoo | New Orleans is the center of what scholars and others say is a surging revival of interest in voodoo, a centuries-old belief system rooted in Africa (The New York Times)

  • Living the religious life of a none | Growing numbers shed organized church for loose spiritual sensibility (San Francisco Chronicle)

  • Bishop warns on satanic practices | Lugazi Catholic Diocese Bishop Mathias Sekamanya said it was unfortunate that some parents were killing the future of their children by allowing them to take part in harmful cultural practices by traditional seers (New Vision, Kampala, Uganda)

  • Number of 'nones,' those who claim no religion, swells in U.S. | Their numbers have more than doubled in a decade, to nearly 30 million. Organized as a religious denomination, they would trail only Catholics and Baptists in members (Newhouse News Service)


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Missions & Ministry:

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  • Let Africans decide how to fight AIDS | This historic opportunity—not to mention billions of dollars and the lives of countless men, women and children—will be wasted if ideology trumps proven public health policy (Edward C. Green and Wilfred Mlay, The Washington Post)

  • Researchers fake AIDS study data | Three Maryland researchers have admitted fabricating interviews with teenagers for a study on AIDS prevention that received more than $1 million in federal funds (The Washington Times)

  • Bono credits church for leading AIDS fight | The 43-year-old lead singer of the Irish band U2 revealed that the greatest spiritual insight he's acquired lately was how he had underestimated churchfolk (Chicago Sun-Times)

  • Christian pop acts cover U2 to fight AIDS | When Bono speaks, Christian musicians listen (Los Angeles Times)


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Pop culture:


  • Holy art | Local artisans look to Christian symbols for inspiration (The Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.)

  • Power of prayer | Pictorial showcases how African Americans have relied on faith to stay strong (Sacramento Bee, Calif.)

Money & business:


  • Democrats losing the faithful | A poll released last week by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press — exploring attitudes toward homosexuality and same-sex marriages — illustrates how Democrats' irreligious and value-free views open doors for Republican candidates. (The Hill)

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  • A spiritual struggle for Democrats | Silence on religion could hurt candidates (The Washington Post)

  • Bush presses funding for faith groups | Through executive orders, an aggressive wooing of religious groups, and his unflagging commitment to use the bully pulpit, President Bush has bypassed a reluctant Congress and is fulfilling his inaugural promise to bridge the historic separation of church and state and make his administration the most faith-friendly in memory (The Boston Globe)

  • Don't cross church-state line | Church-state issues should not be decided unilaterally by the president. Congress must be assertive in crafting a program that does not run roughshod over the principle of maintaining a healthy distance between religion and government (Editorial, The Hartford Courant, Conn.)

  • Clergy urge more active White House effort for Mideast peace | Thirty-two religious leaders representing many of the nation's largest Christian, Jewish and Muslim groups are jointly urging the Bush administration to make more "active and determined" efforts to forge peace between Israel and the Palestinians (The Washington Post)

  • Also: Religious leaders press Bush on Mideast | Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders announced plans Tuesday to use speeches from the pulpit, church bulletins and a march on Washington to push President Bush and Congress to move forward on the "road map" plan for Middle East peace (Associated Press)

  • Canada's view on social issues is opening rifts with the U.S. | But from gay marriage to drug use to church attendance, a chasm has opened up on social issues that go to the heart of fundamental values (The New York Times)

  • AP: NIH may petition Bush on stem cells | If it turns out White House restrictions are slowing federally funded studies of embryonic stem cells, the head of the National Institutes of Health says he will ask President Bush to revisit the issue (Associated Press)

  • Black clergy begin vote drive | Black religious leaders disgruntled with the Bush administration have teamed with People for the American Way to conduct a national voter-registration drive in states where the president won by slim margins in 2000 (The Washington Times)

  • A house divided | Apparently, the future of politics in America is intertwined with the future of religion. (Mike North, The Chattanoogan, Tenn.)

  • Faith emerging as new fault line in U.S. politics | Want to know how Americans will vote next Election Day? Watch what they do the weekend before (Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.)

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  • Pompano officials reopens commission meetings to religion | Pressured by about two dozen ministers who attended this week's commission meeting to protest a new religion-neutral city plan, a majority of commissioners say they will accept references to specific religions and deities in invocations before commission meetings (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

International politics:

  • Greek archbishop brands Turks 'barbarians' | The head of the Orthodox Christian Church in Greece, Archbishop Christodoulos, has provoked a diplomatic storm with neighbouring Turkey by describing Turks as barbarians who should not be allowed to join the EU (BBC)

  • Also: Preaching division | Archbishop calls Turks 'barbarians,' wants them kept out of EU (Kathimerini, Greece)

  • God meets the lawyers | Arguments about God and the preamble to the European constitution (The Economist, subscription required)

  • Alliance future at risk with anti-gay comments | Civic activists are campaigning door to door to repeal Article 12 of the city's charter — the article that forbids the city from passing anti-discrimination legislation that would apply to gays and lesbians (Toronto Star)

  • Minister resigns from Orange Order in protest | Dennis Bannerman said the Bible orders Christians to submit themselves to the legally-appointed authorities without disregarding the law, or those who enforce it (, Ireland)

Immigration and asylum:

Britain's religious equal employment law:

Locke v. Davey:

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  • Absurdity, taken to highest power | A divinity student in Washington should be eligible for state scholarship funds on a par with everyone else (Editorial, The Oregonian)

  • Ministers need not apply | The court should protect Mr. Davey from religious discrimination for his choice of major, without forcing the states to throw open their treasuries to church schools (Editorial, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

  • Rock of ages and a hard space | The Supreme Court searches for breathing room in its religion cases. (Slate)

Pledge and Commandments:

  • An allegiance to dissent | Man's challenge to 'under God' is one of many—including a pivotal custody battle over daughter (The Washington Post)

  • Boise rally backs Commandments marker, Alabama judge | coalition of people from various local churches voiced their support Friday for both a Ten Commandments monument in Julia Davis Park and an Alabama judge who was removed from office for defending the public display of the stone tablets (Associated Press)

  • Ten Commandments judge to appeal loss of job | Alabama's former chief justice said on Thursday he would ask the state's highest court to overturn a decision to strip him of his job for refusing a federal order to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments from a courthouse (Associated Press)

More legal issues:

War and terrorism:

  • Bible's words a 'Shield of Strength' for soldiers | The 1-by-2-inch shield, which Capt. Rippetoe wore along with his military dog tags and a Christian cross, displayed a U.S. flag on one side and a quote from Joshua 1:9 on the other: "I will be strong and courageous. I will not be terrified, or discouraged, for the Lord my God is with me wherever I go." (The Washington Times)

  • Indictment in abortion clinic bomb plot | Federal prosecutors have said 35-year-old Stephen John Jordi was plotting to firebomb abortion clinics, as well as churches and gay bars across the eastern United States (Associated Press)

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  • Pa. priest is found guilty of assault | A Serbian Orthodox priest accused of pulling a gun on the council president of the church where he had presided for 15 years has been convicted of assault and reckless endangerment (Associated Press)

  • Palestinian baby born in Bethlehem draws crowds | The boy has gained attention for being born with a large birthmark across his cheek that roughly forms in Arabic letters the name of his uncle, Ala, a Hamas militant killed by Israeli troops after he was alleged to have planned a suicide bombing (Reuters)

  • Christians march for peace | Hundreds of Christians from the Punjab marched from St Andrew's Church to Naulakha Church for peace on Monday (Daily Times, Pakistan)


Church life:

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Anglican woes:

  • S.E. Asian Anglicans break ties with U.S. | The Anglican Church in Southeast Asia said Friday that it has severed ties with its U.S. counterpart for elevating an openly gay man to the rank of bishop — another sign of growing disapproval for the move around the world (Associated Press)

  • Also: SE Asia's Anglicans split from U.S. over gay bishop (Reuters)

  • Also: SE Asian Anglicans end US ties (BBC, video)

  • Religion Today: Africa's Anglican leader | Anyone hoping that Anglicans can heal the worldwide rift over an openly gay bishop in America's Episcopal Church would be disheartened after a talk with Archbishop Peter Jasper Akinola (Associated Press)

  • Anglican Church still has ties in US | The Church of Uganda has said it did not cut ties with the entire Episcopal Church of the United States (The Monitor, Kampala, Uganda)

  • Episcopal bishop reaffirms beliefs in New Ken visit | At the center of a controversy about the place of gay clergy in the Episcopal Church, Bishop Robert W. Duncan Jr. spoke Sunday about the battle that is the Christian faith (Valley News Dispatch, Pa.)

  • Naming of gay bishop the result of manipulation of laity by clergy | A major reason that a man such as Robinson can be elected bishop has to do with subtle and not-so-subtle manipulation of the laity by clergy who often are far more liberal than the people they are commissioned to serve (R. James Tasker, The Plain Dealer, Cleveland)

  • Gay bishop divide has parishes worried about survival | At St. Paul's Episcopal Church in suburban Pittsburgh, Sunday attendance is down by 100, annual pledges are off by $125,000 and the rector, the Rev. Bob Banse, is worried about his parish's survival (Associated Press)

  • Who decides who's a Christian? | Anyone who saw Peter Jensen, Anglican Archbishop of Sydney, on Channel 9's Sunday program last weekend must have been astonished by the archbishop's assumption of the right to interfere in the affairs of other churches (James Murray, The Australian)

  • Gay issue derails Catholic-Anglican talks | A February meeting between Catholics and Anglicans in Seattle has been put on hold because of concerns raised by the consecration of an openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, the Vatican said (Associated Press)

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  • Also: Vatican cancels Anglican talks over gay bishop | Top-level talks between the Roman Catholic Church and Anglicans collapsed due to the U.S. Episcopal Church's consecration of the world's first openly homosexual bishop last month (The Washington Times)

  • Gay rites movement | Conservative Episcopalians huffing over the consecration of Bishop Gene Robinson are standing on the wrong side of history—their own church's (Sarah Wildman, The American Prospect)

  • Traditionalists preparing for Catholic conversion | American and Australian traditionalists are preparing to submit to papal authority should Archbishop Rowan Williams and the Primates fail to restore order to the wayward American Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion (The Church of England Newspaper)

  • Archbishop pleads for Anglican truce | The Archbishop of Canterbury rebuked the warring factions in the Anglican Church yesterday for being too preoccupied with their neighbors' failings (The Daily Telegraph, London)


  • The biological basis of homosexuality | Is there a biological basis for homosexuality? With gay marriage now supported by the state's highest court and homosexuality likely to be a hot-button issue in the presidential campaign, the question of whether sexual orientation is an innate or acquired trait is an increasingly urgent one (The Boston Globe)

  • Support for gay marriage at 31% | Poll shows opposition softening if separate category is created for same-sex unions (National Post, Canada)

  • Mass. conservatives late to action on gay rights | Conservatives in Massachusetts say they failed to match intensity and focus of the gay lobby there, and blame themselves, in part, for finding their state on the brink of legalizing homosexual marriage (Fox News)

  • Culture and what courts can't do | Because the public meaning of marriage—the reason there are laws about it—is procreation and child rearing, what would be the consequences of altering the public meaning of marriage by including same-sex unions? (George F. Will, The Washington Post)

Discipling pols:

  • Church may penalize politicians | Bishops are exploring requiring officeholders who are Catholic to back official doctrine (Los Angeles Times)

  • Bishops to pressure Catholic politicians | As the 2004 election season heats up, certain candidates might be looking over their shoulders at an unlikely special-interest group: the U.S. Catholic bishops (The Washington Times)

  • JFK and the 'religious question' | Every time a politician says that he is "personally opposed" to something, but votes for it anyway, it is JFK talking (Raymond J. de Souza, National Post, Canada)

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Covering contraception:

  • Challenge to contraception law turned back | A court has rejected a challenge by Roman Catholic groups to a state law requiring employers who offer prescription drug plans to include coverage for contraceptives (Associated Press)

  • Legal battles over 'contraceptive equity' | This week, courts in New York and California wrestled with the question of whether religious organizations opposed to contraceptive use on moral grounds should be exempt from those requirements when insuring their employees (The Christian Science Monitor)

  • Catholic Church seeks exemption from law | The Catholic Church asked California's high court Tuesday to be exempted from a law requiring employers who offer prescription drug plans to include coverage for contraceptives (Associated Press)

  • Prescription law challenge hits court | Catholic agency objects to having to cover contraception (San Francisco Chronicle)


  • Vatican not quite ready to rock | The pope praised the role of modern music in the Catholic church in a document issued today but said it must be carefully chosen to avoid "violating the spirit and the rules" of religious ceremonies (PA, U.K.)

  • Catholics to see changes in leadership and liturgy | Christians around the world will mark the first Sunday of Advent tomorrow, and this year the season of reflection brings changes for Toledo Catholics (Toledo Blade, Oh.)

  • As Pope's health ebbs, church enters a season of uncertainty | Depending on the moment, on whether he has rested and how his medicine is working, he can remain attentive and engaged. Or he can seem worryingly frail (Los Angeles Times)

  • Don't tell the Pope | The Vatican is increasingly out of touch and exerts a reactionary — even, in this world of AIDS, deadly — influence on health policy in the developing world (Nicholas D. Kristof, The New York Times)

  • Journal defends Pius XII during WWII | The Vatican's wartime pope, Pius XII, learned of the Nazi roundup of Jews in Rome only after it had occurred and tried to gain their release and prevent further arrests, a Catholic journal reported Thursday, citing newly unearthed World War II-era documents (Associated Press)

  • Catholics install Toledo bishop | The new leader of the 325,000-member diocese made several references to his Toledo ties (The Toledo Blade)

  • Miracle claimed as village's statue of saint oozes blood | Blood oozed from the eyes of a life-size statue of Padre Pio, Italy's charismatic modern-day saint, according to the deputy mayor of a village in Calabria (The Independent, London)

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Clergy abuse scandals:

  • Parish of pain sees millstone as a monument | Over the next few days, Father Lasch will share with parishioners at this church so deeply affected by the scandal a design for a memorial by a member of the church who was abused as a boy (The New York Times)

  • In death, Geoghan triggers another crisis | In death, something new had been added to Geoghan's epitaph: The cruel, rapacious abuser, the centerpiece of the clergy sexual abuse crisis in Boston, had become a kind of victim. An inmate with a bull's-eye on his back, he was failed by an institution that bungled its basic duty to keep him safe (The Boston Globe)

  • Also: A priest by turns demanding and timid trod prison's path | Geoghan was, from the start, a strange sort of inmate, a man with remarkably little self-awareness of what had landed him behind bars (The Boston Globe)

  • Also: Behind walls, trouble built to a brutal end | One inmate said correction officers would sometimes use the gym's public address system to assail the former priest. (The Boston Globe)

  • Child sex abuse foe says L.I. bishop should resign | Laura Ahearn, who has been featured in the national news media as the founder of the Parents for Megan's Law group, led several abuse victims and their relatives in a protest in front of St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre (The New York Times)

  • L.I. bishop will meet 400 priests in effort to heal rift over abuse scandal | Some Roman Catholics on Long Island are hailing it as one of the first positive moves the bishop has made to deal with the church sex-abuse scandal. (The New York Times)

  • Leader of Lutheran panel ignored abuse, suit says | Advocates for sex abuse victims are calling on the Chicago-based Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to remove the chairman of a study on sexuality, saying that as a former seminary dean he knowingly ordained a child sex abuser six years ago (Chicago Tribune)

  • Also: Corrections and clarifications | An article in some Metro sections Wednesday misrepresented Rev. James M. Childs' role in the ordination of a seminarian who allegedly posed a threat to children (Chicago Tribune)

  • Boston archdiocese to settle abuse case | Boston Archdiocese has agreed to settle a clergy sex abuse claim that had been dropped after the plaintiff's account was questioned (Associated Press)

  • Boston archbishop will sell residence for abuse payout | The Boston archdiocese will sell the quarters that have housed the city's Catholic Church leaders for 75 years to help pay an $85 million sex abuse settlement (The New York Times)

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  • Suit accuses N.J. man of investment fraud | In 2000 and 2001, Joel Sofia, son of the pastor of the large Gloucester County Community Church in Washington Township, approached relatives and fellow congregants with an intriguing investment proposal (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • When the church becomes a den of thieves | With recent call on church leaders to declare their wealth, any doubts that corruption thrives in Church should be gone by now (Francis Ayieko, The Nation, Kenya)

  • 64 die in Congo from anti-sorcery potion | Congo health officials on Thursday were investigating the poison deaths of 64 people, allegedly from a potion used to ward off evil spirits (Associated Press)

  • Also: Brew promising salvation kills 64 in Congo (Reuters)

  • Also: Churchgoers poisoned in DR Congo | Health officials in Kinshasa, say they are looking for a Catholic priest who allegedly administered the drink to his followers during a cleansing ceremony (BBC)

  • Two on trial in Bible studies beating | 12-year-old testified Wednesday that he was severely beaten with a tree branch by a church pastor and the pastor's twin brother to "get the devil out" of him because he had misbehaved during Bible class (Associated Press)


Other articles of interest:

  • Foundation sues over similar name | The Dallas-based Leadership Network, which works with clergy and congregations to develop more effective ministries, is demanding that the newly formed Clergy Leadership Network of Washington change its name (Associated Press)

  • First kick the addiction, then escape the recovery culture | Whatever people tell you, recovery is not endless—and it should not remain the center of your life (Mark Gauvreau Judge, Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

  • Culture vs. faith | A sociologist sees the end times for traditional religion in the United States (John T. McGreevy, Chicago Tribune)

  • Writer journeyed from atheism to Christianity | C.S. Lewis scholar explores author's beliefs (Toledo Blade, Oh.)

  • Student's death baffles authorities | Having exhausted most conventional theories, investigators said Wednesday they are looking at what role religious fasting and a possible eating disorder may have played in the young woman's death (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

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  • In battle for Sunday, the 'blue laws' are falling | Most colonial edicts have gone the way of scarlet letters. But one has remained intact in states from Connecticut to Texas: the ban on Sunday sales of alcohol. Now, a stubborn seam of Puritanical America is coming undone (The Christian Science Monitor)

  • Religion news in brief | Religious attitudes among college students, Missing bishop in China's illegal Roman Catholic Church surfaces, and other stories (Associated Press)

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