He Still Loves Israel

Michelle Boorstein at the Post has a fascinating article on Theodor Herzl’s (aka the founder of Zionism) grandson being exhumed from his grave in Washington to be buried near his relatives in Israel. Stephen Theodore Norman was the only of Herzl’s descendant to embrace Zionism, Boorstein writes. “It wasn’t sort of an obvious thing. Herzl […]

Oral Robertson University?

Speaking of Pat Robertson, the Virginian Pilot has this little nugget about Pat’s offer to explore possible ties with the troubled Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, which remains in turmoil after ORU President Richard Roberts was forced out (Roberts said God told him to quit) under a cloud of allegations of lavish spending, improper sexual […]

Religious Liberty for All?

The case of the Regent University law student who pasted an, um, unflattering photo of Regent founder Pat Robertson on his Facebook page now heads to court. Money quote, from Adam Key, the center at the center of it all: “I went there because I wanted an environment conducive to learning that had a respect […]

O Mane Pad My Bills…

The PA state senate opened their session with a Buddhist prayer Tuesday night. No word in this article about what the prayer actually said, or even what school of Buddhism the pray-er follows (they call him Sensei, so I assume he’s Zen). Notwithstanding that, the reporter immediately moves on to the flap about prayer in […]

Presby Pastor Throws Hat in Ring

Presbyterian News Service has word that the Rev. Bill Teng will stand for position of moderator of the PCUSA at the denomination’s assembly in San Jose, Calif., next June. I may be wrong but this is the first official announcement I’ve heard from any candidate. Teng, who was born in Hong Kong and now pastors […]

Mourning Hyde

Religious leaders from Cardinal George of Chicago to James Dobson of Colorado Springs are mourning former Rep. Henry Hyde today. I hadn’t realized Hyde was author of the “Mexico City policy,” which basically prohibits U.S. foreign aid from going to programs that offer abortion. George says: “His concern reached from those not yet born to […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2007 Religion News Service Pope offers `working meeting’ with Muslims VATICAN CITY (RNS) In response to a letter from Muslim leaders seeking better relations with the Christian world, Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday (Nov. 29) invited those leaders to the Vatican for a “working meeting” on inter-religious dialogue. Writing on behalf of the pope, […]

Books trace real and imagined history of Christmas

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The origins of the first Christmas are complicated. Establishing their historical authenticity is probably impossible, but then, that’s not the real point of Christmas, according to the authors of three new books on the holiday. In “The First Christmas,” leading scholars Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan explore […]