Some churches conflicted over Kwanzaa

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Come each December, high atop the choir loft of St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas sit the traditional three purple and one pink Advent candles for several Sundays. But as the month comes to a close, another candelabra appears when the Kwanzaa kinara _ with its seven […]

Barcelona nativity scenes feature an unusual visitor

c. 2007 Religion News Service BARCELONA, Spain _ The Virgin Mary. The three kings. A few wayward sheep. These are the figures one expects to find in a traditional Christmas nativity scene. But a smartly dressed peasant squatting behind a rock with his rear-end exposed? Not so much. And yet statuettes of “El Caganer,” or […]

COMMENTARY: The truth, available to all with eyes to see

c. 2007 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Last week, a truth-loving friend sent what he found to be inflammatory comments uttered by the documentary filmmaker Werner Herzog. Herzog was speaking at the American Film Fest 2007 on the subject “Is the filmmaker’s responsibility to the subject to capture objective truth, or realize his own artistic vision?” […]

GOP Debaters Answer Biblical Question

A question of biblical proportions came up during Wednesday’s CNN/YouTube Republican presidential debate. A Dallas man held up a Bible to the camera during his videotaped query and asked if the candidates believed every word of it. Here’s how the candidates, responded, according to a transcript in two parts from CNN Anderson Cooper of […]

Endorsement Watch: Huckabee Gains Falwell Jr. Endorsement

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has added a famous name among Christian conservatives to his list of endorsers: Jerry Falwell Jr., the son of the late Jerry Falwell and the president of Liberty University, which his father founded. “I knew Jerry’s dad for more than 30 years and have admired the long tradition of Liberty […]

With a Middle Name Like Hussein …

The Washington Post story today about the rumors swirling around Barack Obama that he’s a closeted Muslim raise interesting questions about media responsibility-specifically, where is the line between trafficking in rumors and reporting the news? In a similar but unrelated vein, I’m often wondered where we draw the line in reporting on some of the […]

I like the Jesuits, and I love reading but …

…I think I’ll take a pass on this particular tome. If the title don’t put you off “A True and Perfect Relation of the Whole Proceedings Against the Late Most Barbarous Traitors, Garnet a Jesuit and His Confederates” (subtitles anyone?) … …how about thisâÂ?¦ The book is believed to be bound with the skin of […]

A Less Annoying Sudan Story

The good folks at United Methodist News Service have word that a Church in Tipp City, Ohio (Good place to be a waitress?) is trying to raise $1.5 million for relief efforts in Darfur. Instead of buying boatloads of Christmas gifts, church leaders are asking for contributions for their “Christmas miracle offering.” Sounds kinda like […]

Father Andrew Greeley on Faithful Citizenship

Father Andrew Greeley’s got a cogent analysis of the recent statement by U.S. Catholic Bishops on Faithful Citizenship in the Chicago’s Sun-Times. First off, Greeley says the media got it wrong. The bishops didn’t say the eternal salvation of voters who vote for pro-abortion rights pols is in jeopardy. (The media don’t do nuance very […]

Islam and Aaargh

Two stories in this a.m. WasPost combine Islam with a signficant aargh-factor. Numero uno: Obama beating back from conservatives that he’s a Muslim in disguise. The senator, who spent part of his youth in Indonesia, says: “If I were a Muslim, I would let you know, ” he said in Dubuque, Iowa, recently, according to […]