Poking the Buddha

If St. Augustine can have a Myspace page, then I guess it’s cool if the Buddha’s on Facebook. Also, I’m told you can send someone good karma via Facebook. Here’s the Facebook version of a Zen sesshin: Q: Why can’t I use a limited edition karma that my friend just sent me? A: You can […]

We all make sacrifices

Tim Murphy |

Big news out of the Empire State, yesterday, where police in Greenburgh, NY, nabbed a father-son duo they say mistreated animals with the intent of sacrificing them in Santeria rituals. From our friends at the Lower Hudson Journal-News: “Authorities found a pen containing about 30 goats and sheep; a half-dozen crates full of chickens, pigeons […]

Muslims find welcome at Democrats’ party

c. 2008 Religion News Service DENVER _ Muslim leaders here say the Democratic National Committee is welcoming their rising profile in the party, even as Democrats’ presidential nominee, Sen. Barack Obama, battles false rumors that he is Muslim. As the Democratic National Convention draws to a close tonight with Obama’s official acceptance of the nomination, […]

Muslims say they find welcome at Democrats’ party

David Finnigan |

DENVER-While presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama battles false rumors that he’s Muslim, Muslim leaders here say the Democratic National Committee is welcoming their rising profile in the party. As Democratic National Convention draws to a close tonight with Obama’s official acceptance of the nomination, faith has assumed a new prominence in the party’s proceedings. Just […]

Music to bond Katrina interfaith service

Bruce Nolan |

NEW ORLEANS-Representatives of New Orleans’ major faiths, and of some small local faith communities, will gather Friday evening to mark the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a rare offering of common musical prayer rising from Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Bahai and Sikh communities.

COMMENTARY: Census report shows the times they are a-changing

A. James Rudin |

While politicians argue whether “change” is coming to America, there’s no doubt real demographic change is happening right now. What emerges from the Census report is an American population less and less linked to Europe as the U.S. becomes a truly multi-racial and multi-ethnic country. These changes will dramatically impact every aspect of national life: […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service British court convicts Muslim man for involving teens in violent ritual LONDON (RNS) A British court has convicted a Muslim man of child cruelty for allowing two teenagers to flog themselves as part of a religious rite. Prosecutors accused Syed Mustafa Zaidi of ordering the boys to whip themselves with […]

Holiness camps still draw a crowd

Janet Fillmore |

WADSWORTH, Ohio _ The rains came. Not for 40 days and 40 nights, but for 40 steady minutes, which turned the winding, dirt road leading to the Sharon Center Holiness Camp into mud and then caused it to flood. Not good for the opening weekend of camp meeting. For more than 100 years, the faithful […]